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   Artist:Chou Man-Nung

Girl-Machine Overture

Date: 10th November 2018,16:00-16:40
Venue: Art Space II, 2F

(The performance includes paint spraying. )

This installation work, inspired by Japanese research of girls, is a combination of theatre, moving images, and installation. During the Meiji era of Japan (1897-1906), a new genre of novels emerged known as “girl fiction”. It gave rise to the concept and use of the term “girl”. The term contains a certain level of ambiguity and vagueness. Deleuze references girls – whom he considers fluid among order, age, and sex – when discussing the concept of “becoming”. Girls as unlimited interlinking machines refer to both territorialization and deterritorialization. Where C-Lab sits has once served both industrial and military purposes throughout the decades. Recently, it has been repurposed into a site for contemporary cultural experimentation. True to the space’s experimental spirit, Chou’s work is presented in a transformed and deformed fashion to both affirm and confuse the viewer’s preconceived notions of the space.

Girl-Machine is Chou’s first installment of her Girl Erudition series. The overture will be performed on the exhibition opening day, followed by three acts which will be performed on 9th December 2018, 6th and 27th January 2019. The fictional girl in the work is based on historical, mythological, and manga characters; her bizarre way of regarding the future is interpreted through events death, resurrection, repetition, and violent oppression. By harnessing a girl’s power of the unknown and juxtaposing the Girl-Machine with the former Air Force Commander Headquarters (a complicated machine of sovereignty and history), will there be new developments and creations?

Girl-Machine Overture:
This performance is an exercise and a process of continuous death. Inspired by the character of Sonia in Anton Chekhov’s play Uncle Vanya, the performance consists of a series of manipulations of mechanical devices, objects, and bodies. In the end, the world becomes pink. Pink is just a color, it does not mean anything. This is how a girl – having managed to escape incessant attacks of symbolizations and metaphors – continues to live on in a barbaric ambiguity.

*Admission to the four performances is free of charge. Prior registration is suggested and will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. If applications are oversubscribed before the deadline, we will stop accepting applications without further notice. Please visit for full details. The organizer reserves the right to modify or cancel the event.

*Warning: These performances contain nudity and disturbing content that may be inappropriate for children. Viewer discretion is advised.

*The organizer reserves the right to modify or cancel the event.

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