ASYMMETRY RITUALS: DAY RITUALS
One Marylebone, NW1 4AQ, London
We are thrilled to present our new initiative Asymmetry Rituals, a one-day experience in two parts taking place, on Friday, 13 October 2023, during London Frieze Week at One Marylebone.
In the morning, Day Rituals will kick off with a spoken word performance by Amiko Li as an invocation to start the day in community. Adapting his recent work ‘too quiet to hear’ to the unique space of One Marylebone, it will be a performance intertwining the artist’s personal stories into a sonic experience through the use of text, voice, and the slippages of meaning. It will be Li’s inaugural performance in the UK and Europe.
Following the performance, Li will be joined by artist Michele Chu, and curator and educator Ute Meta Bauer for a panel discussion, moderated by Director Michèle Ruo Yi Landolt.
At the heart of human nature lies the want to engage in rituals to hold emotion, forge connection and seek transformation. Especially in times of change and uncertainty, we resort to actions arising from convention, habit, or ceremony to create safety, and bond with ourselves, others and beyond. Breaking down the barriers between ritual as a series of actions in prescribed order and performance as expressive exploration, the panel delves into notions of ritualistic engagement in artistic practice today. While Li's multidisciplinary work spans language, structures, sounds and their interstices, Chu interrogates the field of tension between the collective and the individual through the body. Together, the speakers will explore the manifold meanings that rituals and rites can invoke and how institutional practice can support and maintain it.
After a break of coffee and snacks, the current Asymmetry Fellows in residence at our partner institutions - Goldsmiths University, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Chisenhale Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, and Delfina Foundation – will give introductory presentations on their research and practice.
DAY RITUALS PROGRAMME:
10-10.15: ‘too quiet to hear’, performance by Amiko Li
10.15 – 11.15: Panel discussion and Q&A, joined by Ute Meta Bauer, Michele Chu, Amiko Li, chaired by Michèle Ruo Yi Landolt
11.15 – 11.45: Coffee and snacks break
11.45 – 12.45 Research presentations by Asymmetry Fellows Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung (Whitechapel Gallery), Weitian Liu (Goldsmiths), Rachel Be-Yun Wang (Chisenhale Gallery), Jason Wee (Goldsmiths), Feixuan Xu (The Courtauld), Yuhang Zhang (Goldsmiths)
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ABOUT ASYMMETRY RITUALS
Rituals is a gathering of eminent thinkers, curators, writers, scholars, and cutting-edge artists from visual art, performance, and music and sound. A celebration of creativity and intellectual curiosity, Rituals contemplates the disparate origins of symbols and movements, the magic of place-making, and the symbiosis of expansive and inclusive communities.
In the evening, the space will be transformed into Night Rituals, a celebration of musical spectacles with a line-up of cutting-edge performances, audio-visual shows, and club DJ sets by some of the most internationally acclaimed artists and musicians, including five UK premieres, spanning two stages.