How do we perceive the world today in all its seen, unseen, and imagined dimensions?

Does the body continue to play the role of a medium to connect with our surroundings and an archive for personal/collective memories, or has it dissolved into a digital stream of virtual consciousness?

16 January - 21 February 2021 | Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Road, #01-02 to 04 | 12 - 9 pm daily | Free admission

Berlin-based Singapore artist Choy Ka Fai has been researching the metaphysics of the human body in the last decade, taking the body as a conceptual device for explorations into “post-human” choreographic ideas and alternative states of consciousness. An investigation into the relationship between humans and worldly phenomena,

CosmicWander is an ongoing project by Choy that explores shamanic dance cultures in Asia, delving into the process of worlding across different communities. Having ventured into the region in search of the most spectacular and immersive trance experiences, the artist has met over 50 shamans and filmed extraordinary dance rituals, from the wilderness of Siberia to the mythological practices in Java.

CosmicWander: Expedition presents Choy’s research to-date, set up as an immersive installation that presents the artist’s perspective on humanity’s attempt to connect, to question, and to perceive and interact with different states of reality. Stories and images composed from his invigorating encounters with “altered states” interweave with the artist’s speculations to present a choreographic sequence of moving images, text and spectacle, inspired by practices observed in Singapore, Indonesia, Siberia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Kuan Yin Kali in Singapore

Chinese Indian Hybrid Spirit Medium

Witness a uniquely Singaporean phenomenon: feisty spirit mediums who worship both Chinese and Indian goddesses in their fight against evil.

To experience this hybrid of spiritual practices, we will dive deep into the heart of Yishun, a sleepy town also known as the Devil’s Ring. You will grasp how two immortals – Chinese deity Kuan Yin (an embodiment of compassion) and Hindu goddess Kali (an icon of destruction, violence, and sexuality) – coexist within the body of a single medium.

CosmicWander is developed with the support of tanzhaus nrw Dusseldorf, Taipei Performing Arts Center and Singapore Art Museum. Additional support for CosmicWander “Nezha” and “KuanYin-Kali” was received from the Nationales Performance Netz (NPN) Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Germany. The research process is supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore; Kunststiftung NRW, Germany; and the VERTIGO project as part of the STARTS program of the European Commission, based on technological elements from Moving Digits.

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