EVERY GOOD BODY DANCES

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KRAY CHEN

2019

SINGAPORE

15 MIN

 G 

Every Good Body Dances is a new commission for Art Encounters Biennial 2019, curated by Anca Rujoiu and Maria Lind. The two-channel video was installed in a community theatre space at the Youth House in Timișoara. The work features Florin Boita and his band, who perform their song Yesterday I Went to the Village Priest, first at the original tempo of 150 bpm and then with each repeat, at 100, 50, 25, and lastly 12 bpm. This is performed for a long take and accompanied by a group of Hora dancers who respond to this deconstructed music. The resulting combined performance is one that transforms the conviviality of Baltic folk pop to a melancholic, contemplative rendering that examines the scores that highlight our ritualistic nature.

MAIN Every Good Body Dances Installation

Cast and Credits

Director

Kray Chen

Director of Photography

Lazar Dumitru-Mihai

Sound

Mihai Toma

Nah Yu En

Director's Biography

Kray Chen is a Singapore-based visual artist for film, performance, and installations. Chen is fascinated with social rituals and behaviors. Through them, his practice contemplates body politics — looking at the effects, remnants, and traumas of ideology and biopower. He has presented at Art Encounters Biennial (2019), Singapore Biennale (2019), Bangkok Art Biennale (2018), NTU-CCA Singapore (2017), FRAC Des Pays De La Loire in France (2015), Art Stage and Singapore International Film Festival (2016). Chen is the recipient of the 2017 National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award.

Elaine Forsgate Marden

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