9 – 11 May 2019 | The Palace of Ritual by Lynn Lu


The Palace of Ritual
Palazzo Donà Brusa, Campo San Polo 2177, Venezia
9-11 May 2019, 2 – 6pm

An Arts Territory Initiative
Co-Curated by Annie Jael Kwan, Denis Maksimov, Michał Murawski and Kasia Sobucka

Featuring Isadorino Gore, Enam Gbewonyo, Florence Keith-Roach, Alena Ledeneva, Karolina Łebek, Lynn Lu, Nissa Nishikawa, Sabina Sallis, Zorka Wollny, Khadija Von Zinnenburg Carroll and Mengting Zhuo

The Palace of Ritual is a programme of immersive, intimate performances, screenings and discursive workshops that aims to activate heterodox knowledges and practices of healing, sourced from myths, ritual and cosmology. Participants are invited to awake from the artificial psychological coma of the accelerating and verticalizing present, via healing rituals of care, levelling, perversion and futuring.

The programme explores why a return to ‘nature’ is an increasingly pressing need for many people today. Does our ‘post-contemporary’ (or metamodern) world, mediated as it is by unprecedented layerings of artificially intelligent technologies, paradoxically make so-called ‘traditional’ practices and rituals more desirable? What do the concepts of attachment to ritual, spirituality and nature mean today? We will revisit older, more divisive rituals, investigating what can be learned and appropriated from their obsolete and hierarchical but seductive styles, shapes and rhythms; and we will explore how rituals have been invented, reinvented and adapted today.

Ritual brings together aesthetic creation and a mythos-reinforcing re-enactment of collective histories; it caters to our primeval need to belong; it consolidates but also – in liminal moments – perverts established social norms and hierarchies. The typology of the Palace – whether a Venetian Palazzo, a Qing dynasty summer residence looted by Lord Elgin or a socialist-era “people’s palace” – provides a grandiose and spectacular backdrop for rituals of every kind. The Palace of Ritual – and its interregional, intersectional programme – will explore some winding paths for forging new ritual bodies, ritual aesthetics and ritual politics: perverted, progressive and planetary.

The Palace of Ritual is initiated by Arts Territory and it launches its new pathway of nomadic, fluid and open agency: offering new models of arts commissioning and curating, supporting radical artistic experimentation, research and collaboration, alongside testing the new forms of curation.

The programme is devised by Arts Territory together with PASAR (Post-Asian School of Alternative Rites), a new practice-based research project curated by Annie Jael Kwan; Perverting the Power Vertical, a research and arts initiative led by Maria Mileeva, Denis Maksimov and Michał Murawski; by the FRINGE Centre at University College London and Avenir Institute.

The Palace of Ritual is supported by Adam Mickiewicz Institute, The School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, The FRINGE Centre for the Study of Social and Cultural Complexity and Istituto Polacco in Rome. PASAR (Post-Asian School of Alternative Rites) is presented in collaboration with Something Human and Asia-Art-Activism and additionally supported by Arts Council England and Diverse Actions.

9 March 2019 | Oxytocin: Mothering the World by Lynn Lu


Date: Saturday 9 March, 2019
Venue: King's College London - Guy's Campus, SE1 1UL London

I will be performing a variation of Tend from noon-2.30pm, location tba.

For the Oxytocin's second edition, Procreate Project enters into a partnership with Birth Rites collection located at Guy’s Campus, King’s College London, to deliver a performance programme responding to a curatorial theme questioning iconography, cultural connotations and stereotypes associated with the word ‘Mother/Mothering’ and how they effect as well LGBTQIA families.

This year’s curatorial approach will look to unpick urgent issues that are still hardly discussed and represented in public contexts. These include; gender and rights in reproductive and maternal health and reflections around the use of the word 'Mother' and its historical connotations. This will be initiated through an essential artistic dialogue between artists reclaiming this word and their role as ‘mothers’ in their art practises and public lives, and LGBTQIA parents who have refused to be recognised in those terms and pushing for other ways of self identification, expression and care.

The symposium panels will host academics, health professionals and artists examining these subjects as well as start a discussion about sensitivity to the the LGBTQIA and non binary parents, research about gay and lesbian parents experiences of maternity services and also surrogacy. In addition we will look at issues for new mothers in how they find ‘motherhood’ framed as an institution and media narratives.

The artistic programme will re-stage existing performances in and around Guys Campus responding to the curatorial theme and premier three newly commissioned works. Full programme, artists and project's information will be announced soon.

Visit www.oxytocinbirthingtheworld.co.uk to check last's edition speakers and performing artists.

For any enquiries please contact events@procreateproject.com

*** Children are very welcome and must be supervised by their parents/carers. There will be an area with toys and materials for children to use and engage with. Further details to be announced in due course.

23 Nov 2018 | psychART Conference by Lynn Lu

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Date: 23 Nov 2018
Venue: David Game College, London UK

PsychART is a national conference celebrating the links between Psychiatry, Mental Health and the Creative Arts. This year’s keynote speaker is actor, writer and director Stephen Fry.

King’s College neuroscientist Prof Carmine Pariante and I are invited to present our prize-winning collaboration, For of all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘it might have been’.

This durational performance and installation won first prize in The Art of Neuroscience competition 2018, an annual contest directed by the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, and was covered by Scientific American in August.’

16 July 2018 | First Prize: The Art of Neuroscience competition by Lynn Lu

I’m delighted to announce that For of all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘it might have been’ - a collaborative artwork by King’s College neuroscientist Prof Carmine Pariante and myself - is the winner of this year’s The Art of Neuroscience competition 2018! This is an annual contest directed by the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience.’

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Scientific American covers the event in August.

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22 Sept 2018 - 24 Feb 2019 | Kinderbiennale - Dreams and Stories by Lynn Lu

Image: Stephanie Lüning - Colored Gallery (2015). Galerie Schau Fenster, Berlin.

Image: Stephanie Lüning - Colored Gallery (2015). Galerie Schau Fenster, Berlin.

Date: 22 Sept 2018 - 24 Feb 2019
Venue: Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden at Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 11, 01097 Dresden

Drawing inspiration from National Gallery Singapore’s inaugural Children’s Biennale, this group show themed “Dreams & Stories,” invites the inner child in each of us to embark on a creative journey. Explore the world through the eyes of ten international artists:

Olafur Eliasson, Félix González-Torres, Susan Hiller, Véronique Joumard, Mark Justiniani, Jan Kunze, Lynn Lu, Stephanie Lüning, Rivane Neuenschwander, and teamLab.

Image: Lynn Lu - Duplet (2017). National Gallery, Singapore.

Image: Lynn Lu - Duplet (2017). National Gallery, Singapore.

Image: Lynn Lu - This Changed My Life (2017). National Gallery, Singapore.

Image: Lynn Lu - This Changed My Life (2017). National Gallery, Singapore.

Originally commissioned for National Gallery Singapore in 2017, Duplet and This Changed My Life will be traveling to Dresden.

16 Sept–18 Nov 2018 | UnAuthorised Medium by Lynn Lu

Image: Erika Tan - The ‘Forgotten’ Weaver (2017). Installation view, Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale.

Image: Erika Tan - The ‘Forgotten’ Weaver (2017). Installation view, Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale.

Date: 16 September - 18 November
Venue: Framer Framed, IJpromenade 2, 1031 KT Amsterdam, Netherlands

The group exhibition brings together works by internationally established and emerging artists who have deep connections to Southeast Asia, while also working extensively across the globe.

Appropriating its title from áp vong, the Vietnamese secularised ritual of invoking the ‘dead’, the exhibition evokes the 'ghosts' - 'glitches' - in the archive. Through a range of artistic practices, including a variety of lens-based works, drawing and mixed media installation, the artists disrupt dominant systems of knowledge, reclaiming and reconstructing the erased, invisible and fictional to engage with the historical and contested paradigm of ‘Southeast Asia’.

Korakrit Arunanondchai, Noel Ed De Leon, Ho Rui An, Vong Phaophanit + Claire Oboussier Studio, Amy Lee Sanford Studio, Sim Chiyin, Erika Tan, Sung Tieu, Tuan Mami, Vandy Rattana, Boedi Widjaja, Sau Bin Yap
Curated by Annie Jael Kwan

15 September, 17:00: Official opening, featuring a new performance by Noel Ed De Leon.
16 September, 12:00 - 16:45: UnAuthorised Medium: Symposium Return and Repatriation

UnAuthorised Medium: Intense Visitations, featuring these performances and presentations:

16-17 November: Feeding the Hungry Ghosts by Lynn Lu

16-18 November: A Walk from Berlin to Vienna by Matthew Wang

17 November: One Day We’ll Understand by Sim Chi Yin

17 November: Tripping, Troping by Ho Rui An

23 June 2018 | Border STEW: De-colon-ising Art and Learning by Lynn Lu


Date: 23 June 2018, Saturday
Time: 5.00-7.00pm
Venue: Livestock at MART, 190 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6, Ireland

An experimental Long Table where discourse is the main course: the heat is turned up with border anxieties, environmental decline and increasing conflict, how can art and education cook up a future world?

Together, we marinade ideas and insights from around the world.

We partake and digest intercultural and intersectional discourse.

In this critical time, more than ever, exchange across borders is necessary.

Co-hosted by Something Human in collaboration with Livestock, with Dr Alice Feldman, Jesse Jones, Dr Helena Lim, Dr Glenn Loughran, Lynn Lu, Katherine Nolan, Julieann O'Malley, Paul Moore, Eleanor Phillips and Sau Bin Yap

Hope to see you there!

Part of Something Human's 2018-2019 Rolling Stock programme.