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The Other Words

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Date: January 30, 10:00am – 13:00, 2016
As part of Duration & Dialogue Performance Art Festival/Symposium
Followed by a conversation with Johanna Householder (OCADU)
Chun Hua Catherine Dong with Robert Black

i feed pre-masticated rice to a naked man for three hours at Katzmann Contemporary

This performance issues communication and linguistically phenomena with minimalistic gestures. It refers that the sense of authenticity, integrity and beauty of resource language get lost in translation. The rice in this performance is a metaphor of text. I am sitting on a desk, translating a big plate of text to my reader who is devouring this plate in its translated form. My reader may understand the subject, but the quality of what he/she has consumed is definitely not the same as the original once. In fact, translating a text is like chewing up rice and then feeding it to somebody else. In performance, what I feed to people is still rice. However, this transformed rice has already lost its flavor and nutrition. It is the same in translation, clarity and fluency of source text might still be kept in a target text. However, the source text and the target text can never be the same because fidelity in translation is the root that translators strive to approach but it can never truly be reached.

The processing of eating and feeding rice to the others is a process of self-translation, a communicative situation, from one cultural context to the other.  My body in this performance is a cross-cultural mediator, rendering my experiences into the both languages. In this performance, I am not producing another original, but a reflection of difference that tailors reality and identify to suit conscious ideological needs.  What I offer is not unbiased textual fidelity, but a taste of the otherness in cultural communication.

photo credit: Johannes Zits

 




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Exhibition Date: Jan 8- Feb 6, 2016

For more info

http://www.thenewgallery.org/visual-poetics-of-embodied-shame/

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong used salt to build circles around a Gardenia twig, laying on the floor and keep still for three hours.A-Touch-of-Shame-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-04A-Touch-of-Shame-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-01A-Touch-of-Shame-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-02A-Touch-of-Shame-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-03A-Touch-of-Shame-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-06


Performance, 3 hours at The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada

i use salt to build circles around a Gardenia twig, and lay in front of the circles, face down, keep still for three hours. (photo credit: Ashley Be)

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hun Hua Catherine Dong's solo exhibition at Paved Arts, this exhibition includes two works: " Husbands and I" and " Red Baby"

Exhibition Date: November 6 – December 12, 2015

 

 

The Borders

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at ABC No Rio in New York: she built a USA may with plaster, casted her hands in the map. Audiences were told to pee on the map. Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at ABC No Rio in New York: she built a USA may with plaster, casted her hands in the map. Audiences were told to pee on the map. Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at ABC No Rio in New York: she built a USA may with plaster, casted her hands in the map. Audiences were told to pee on the map. Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at ABC No Rio in New York: she built a USA may with plaster, casted her hands in the map. Audiences were told to pee on the map.Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance at ABC No Rio in New York: she built a USA may with plaster, casted her hands in the map. Audiences were told to pee on the map.


I built a USA map with plaster, carving gaps between each state, and then i casted my hands in, facing down and keeping still for 3 hours. Audiences were told to pee on the map. The audiences’ pee gradually fill up the gaps and create borders between each state.

” The Border,” Performance. 3 hours at ABC No Rio, New York,  as part of “The Embodiment Ball (Bearings), “curated by EstherR Neff   (photographs courtesy of artist)

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance, Yellow Umbrella, in New York: twelve performers engage with yellow umbrellas and repeat symbolic gestures.Yellow-Umbrella-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-01Yellow-Umbrella_Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong_Select-Fair_02Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance, Yellow Umbrella, in New York: twelve performers wear surgical masks and engage with yellow umbrellas while repeating symbolic gestures. Yellow-Umbrella-Chun-Hua-Catherine-Dong-05

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's performance, Yellow Umbrella, in New York: twelve performers wear surgical masks and engage with yellow umbrellas while repeating symbolic gestures.

” Yellow Umbrella – An Unfinished Conversation,” 2015, Performance, two hours at Select Art Fair in New York, represented by Franklin Furnace, a work by Chun Hua Catherine Dong.

“The Yellow Umbrella—An Unfinished Conversation” is a performance that involves twelve performers engaging with yellow umbrellas. The umbrella is a symbol of protection and resistance. This performance seeks an intersection where aesthetics and politics ignite each other, exploring how symbolic and situational behaviors impact on our perception in regards to specific social movements and activism. It is relevant to open conversations about how to transform social and political landscapes through embodied gestures, examining relationships between the citizens and the place they live, between what they have lost and what they have gained in social political transformations.

Performed by Liliana Argumedo, Lean Aron, Hilary Brown, Ann Chiaverini, Jessica Cipriano, Kristin Draucker, Julie Edwards,Marie Christine Katz,  Kim L Rouchdy, Maria Sprowls, Mira Fister-Tadic,   Mary Williamson,