Come and find me as the fictional character of Emily Carr's Psychic, complete with Carr's monkey, Woo. Line up for a very special audio/video televised palm reading on Friday November 14, 2014 for FUSE: Revolution Counter Revolution, guest curated by Paul Wong and produced by MediaLab. This month's FUSE is inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors. A not-to-be-missed evening of new ideas and old traditions filled with unexpected surprises I'm sure. Here's a list of the characters you will meet within the four floors of the exhibition space.
Madam Mao – Enacted by Cara Sui, this tragic heroine/villain, wife of the Chairman, architect of the Cultural Revolution and leader of the Gang of Four, will engage the public and critique on art and culture.
Red Guard Ballerina – Taking cues from the ballet created during the Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976), Carolyn Chan will strike heroic poses and pirouettes in her military gear.
The Monkey King – Dancer Michael Kong will be the mythical trickster depicted in Chinese folklore Journey to the West. He will pose, perch, hide, observe, intermingle, peek and bounce around in his new kingdom, the Gallery.
Emily Carr’s Psychic – This fictional figure, brought to life by Cindy Mochizuki, will read visitors’ fortunes in a seemingly private setting that is made public via live audio/video feed.
The cast will also include Beijing Opera diva Catherine Li as the Drunken Beauty, ArtCart Rickshaw by Ken Lum, Velvet Steele and team parading in a Sedan Chair, performance video by Catherine Chun Hua Dong, movement artist Sandra Moore, street portrait artists, Tea Master Olivia Cheung, the Flower Factory and Smoking Lily. DJ Kevin Shiu and DJ Don Chow will duel it out in the side-by-side Art Bars that feature proletariat beer and bourgeois cocktails. Tickets are $20 and free for Members.
See you there!