Choy Ka Fai

CosmicWander: Expedition

Over the past decade, Berlin­based Singaporean artist Choy Ka Fai has delved into the metaphysics of the human body. “CosmicWander” is an ongoing project for which the artist ventured across Asia to study the spiritual practices and shamanic dance cultures of different peoples and communities. On his travels he met over 50 shamans and filmed extraordinary dance rituals and immersive trance experiences. The exhibition “CosmicWander: Expedition” presents his research to date in the form of an immersive installation inspired by the practices he observed in Singapore, Indonesia, Siberia, Taiwan and Vietnam. In meshing new technologies with ancient rituals, Choy interweaves his encounters with “altered states” with personal accounts of spirituality and his own speculations on the post­human body.

Aside from the exhibition “CosmicWander: Expedition”, Tanz im August will present the performance “Postcolonial Spirits” at HAU1  from 12 – 15.8

Exhibition
  • Cast

    Concept, Direction, Cinematography

    Choy Ka Fai

    Curation

    Khim Ong

    Dramaturgy

    Tang Fukuen

    Mediaturgy

    You Mi

    3D Visual design & Programming

    Brandon Tay

    VR Experience

    Maria Judova, Florian Friedrich

    Motion Capture Dancer

    Yurika Yamamoto

    Video Performance

    Lin Su Lien, Fangas Nayaw, Song Wei-Jie

    Sound Design

    Tseng Yun-Fang, Betty Apple, Phu Pham, Cheryl Ong, Rizman Putra (NADA), Safuan Johari (NADA)

    Costume & Fabric Design

    Tran Thao Mien

    Writers

    Ng Hui Hsien, Yak Aik Wee

    Research & Translation

    Sekar Putri Handayani, Chun Tseng, Holly Chan, Tran Thao Mien, Chu Hao Pei, Mitya Glavanakov

    Additional Videography

    Kin Chiu

    Web Design

    Currency Design

    Technical Management

    Yap Seok Hui (ARTFACTORY)

    Project Management

    Mara Nedelcu

    Adaptation Berlin

    Andrea Niederbuchner (Curation), Anja Trudel (Exhibition Design), Johanna Herrschmann (Assistance), Ingo Ruggenthaler (Technical Management)

  • Credits

    Supported by: Singapore Art Museum, Taipei Performing Arts Center, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Nationales Performance Netz (NPN) - Coproduction Fund for Dance by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Germany. The research process is supported by: the National Arts Council of Singapore, Kunststiftung NRW, the VERTIGO project as part of the STARTS program of the European Commission, based on technological elements from Moving Digits. Special thanks to Anisah Aidid, Ray Tseng.

    In cooperation with KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst.

Dates of production

Location

KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Am Sudhaus 3, 12053 Berlin