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MCA Live
Wu Tsang + boychild, Moved by the Motion

Tue, Aug 5, 2014, 6–8 pm


Wu Tsang
A Child and a Man on his Deathbed in One Body, 2014

Image courtesy of Wu Tsang and boychild; Clifton Benevento, New York; Michael Benevento, Los Angeles; and Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin

Moved by the Motion is an ongoing performative collaboration between Wu Tsang and boychild that explores different kinds of storytelling through the use of the voice, movement, and the theatrical stage that puts these elements in tension with one another. Play is a central part of the performance—both play as an activity and play as it defines a gap or space for flexibility and leeway. In Moved by the Motion, Tsang plays “the voice” (a fixed position and disembodied authority) and boychild plays “the mover” (an agent who is constantly changing), and together they engage in a playful call-and-response—at times combative, supportive, or conspiratorial—with each other and with the audience.

Moved by the Motion was commissioned and developed by DiverseWorks in collaboration with the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

*Recommended for mature audiences.

About the Artist

Wu Tsang is a Los Angeles–based filmmaker, artist, and performer. His video installation Mishima in Mexico is in the MCA Chicago’s permanent collection and will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Body Doubles. His projects have been presented at Tate Modern (London); the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum (New York); Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia); the Museum of Contemporary Art and REDCAT (Los Angeles). In 2012, he participated in the Whitney Biennial and New Museum Triennial (New York), Gwangju Biennial (South Korea), and Liverpool Biennial (UK). His first feature Wildness won awards including the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary at Outfest 2012 [World Premiere: MoMA Documentary Fortnight (New York, NY), SXSW (Austin, TX), Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada), SANFIC8 (Santiago, Chile)]. He has received grants from Frameline, Art Matters, Center for Cultural Innovation, Tiffany Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Contemporary Art Foundation.