DIG 21: Jian Yi / JTTE Productions | Weathervanes
Saturday 9 October, 5.45 to 6.30pm and 9 to 9.45pm
Duration 30 to 45 mins
'Weathervanes' is a queerbodylove project which seeks a psychological break with time and space. This ritualistic experience channels focus on the living full-body sensuality of the queer/P.O.C. performers, who are raised on elevated platforms, moving through light and sound in a trancelike state.
Evocatively constructing imaginary worlds, the performance installation tunes into the collective psyche with audiences to create a dreaming state of mind, and an architecture of queer futurity.
Audience members are free to sit or wander around the meditative space, womblike; summoning a sense of interiority-belonging and beauty through the synaesthetic-blurring of senses.
This radically sensuous work is brought to life and layered with mesmerising visual FX multimedia created by Cryptic artist Heather Lander, a haunting live electronic ambient soundscape, and with a new set design akin to a kind of dystopian/post-industrial garden of Eden.
This performance is a work for the feeling of Other-ness. Seeing this as possibility rather than curse, to be 'different' – it aims to create a space for feeling deep empathy between us. As a journey to the 'other side' of ourselves, 'Weathervanes' explores the idea of internal wildernesses through the collective unconscious of ritual experience.
This performance features an immersive light installation accompanied by live electronic music throughout.
Performance installation will have cushions as well as standing room, and chairs/seating can be provided on request.
Access: Highly visual, no or little text
Supported by Creative Scotland, The Work Room, Merchant City Festival, Dance4, Dance Base, Tramway.
Photo by Julianna Laird
Jian Yi explores the possibility of intimacy across difference and understanding. They are interested in the ways in which art can engage with marginalised subjectivities, ways of seeing and experiencing the world, and how that can be shared with others. This translates directly into performance work and how new forms of live art practice can channel previously unexpressed aspects of our identity. Through their multidisciplinary work, Yi seeks to explore the experiential trauma of marginalised persons within our society, such as neurodiverse and queer people of colour, and how we reflect on the broader human condition of our spiritual suffering under contemporary contexts of late neo-liberal Capitalism. Their work often takes the form of interventionist engagement in public contexts – looking at the meeting point between the private and the public, exploring the collective-unconscious, and ritualistic experiences.