Moved by the Motion – Performance by Wu Tsang and boychild with Patrick Belaga 

Wu Tsang, His Master's Voice, 2014; Courtesy the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Foto: Nick Ash

05.02.2015, 19:00

(Free admission, limited seating)

Moved by the Motion is an ongoing performance collaboration between Wu Tsang and boychild that explores different kinds of storytelling through the use of the voice, movement, and a theatrical stage that puts these elements in tension with one another. “Play” is a central part of the performance - both play as an activity and play as it defines a gap or space for flexibility and leeway. In Moved by the Motion, Tsang plays “the voice” - a mirage of words, cerebral and evocative - who frames the story with language, and boychild plays the “mover” - an agent, constantly changing - who breaks down the space/time of narrative with ineffable physicality and movement. 

Wu Tsang (b. 1982) is a multimedia artist and award-winning filmmaker. His films, performances, and installations have been presented in museums and film festivals internationally. Tsang's first feature Wildness premiered at MoMA's 2012 Documentary Fortnight and won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest (Los Angeles). His recent short film You're Dead to Me premiered on PBS and won a 2014 Imagen Award. Tsang has presented projects at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Tate Modern (London), the New Museum (New York), the MCA (Chicago), MOCA (Los Angeles) and the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Tsang was a 2014 Rockefeller Bellagio Creative Arts Fellow and was a 2012 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow. 

Boychild is a Los Angeles-based performance artist. Her performances have been presented at MoMA PS1, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Kulturhuset, MOCA Los Angeles, MoMA Warsaw, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Berghain (Berlin). boychild has toured with Mykki Blanco, and collaborated with Korakrit Arunanondchai, Wu Tsang, as well as the streetwear label “Hood By Air” on an eponymous collection.

Patrick Belaga (b. 1991) is a contemporary cellist based in Los Angeles. He trained classically for 17 years and has played cello in a variety of groups and venues in the US. He recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014 with a degree in music performance before relocating to Los Angeles. 

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