Co-presented with the Suitcase Institute, Incoming Outgoing No. 1 is a communal performance that engages the viewer through the objects contained in Shane Aspegren’s installation called Coming In Going Out Coming Out Going In (2019). These objects—found, fired, or fused with organic bacterial matter—wait to be used as tools, icons, statues, vessels or artifacts by the viewer. Suggestive incantations, embedded within texts and objects, invite participants to activate an emergent energy—a proposal that in itself can be rejected, expanded on and/or executed to one’s satisfaction. Continuing Aspergren’s ongoing work, this performance mobilises the possibilities and limitations of improvisation to explore the meditative capacity of social contact. With the capacity for euphonious intimacies or formal ritual, Coming In Going Out Coming Out Going In explores ideas of monotonous habitual customs, value systems and physical encounters.
This interactive performance will be conducted in Cantonese and English, and will be led by Ivy Yikchit and Chester Wong.
Live events take place on Friday evenings and include presentations by those working in sound publishing, performative readings, and low-fi zine production.
Shane Aspegren (b. 1975, Nebraska, USA) works at the intersection of music, sound, installation, video, photography, ceramics and performance. His artworks are characterised by their juxtaposition of carefully crafted and improvisational elements, exploring a cross-discipline perspective on such topics as metaphysics, habitual customs and human response to natural phenomena. In addition to his solo works, Aspegren has collaborated closely with artist Adrian Wong since 2014. Aspegren has additionally worked in roles as composer, performer or choreographer for exhibitions and performances with Tarek Atoui, Samson Young, Manuel Pelmus, Ivanhoe Lam, Huang Rui, Cody Hudson and others. His work has been exhibited internationally including at Spring Workshop, Hong Kong; Para Site, Hong Kong; K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; Frank Yang Foundation, Shenzhen; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Venice Biennale, Venice.
Suitcase Institute is a travelling platform for the itinerant exhibition of art. Suitcase Institute artworks can travel to and be presented in any location. While travelling, the suitcase is used as luggage. Presentations unpack / wrap-up open / close assemble / disassemble quickly. Suitcase Institute was founded in Hong Kong in 2018 by Willem Molesworth and Ysabelle Cheung. For more information on upcoming presentations, please visit www.suitcaseinstitute.com.