Closing Reception: Untitled Arts Society
Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 9:00pm
Calgary: Untitled Arts Society
Tuesday, October 16 -20, 2012 — 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Lethbridge: Helen Christou Gallery
Monday, October 22, 2012 — 11:00am -4:00pm
Hourglass is a rice-based performance that explores “deterritorialization” and “disessentialization” in the Taken‐for‐Granted world.
The action of constantly painting white rice to black is a metaphor of the hourglass. Sand in an hourglass cannot flow without rotation, just as power cannot shift without struggle. Too much power concentrated on one side is a main factor causing disharmony, confusion and dislocation, embodied on the social turbulence that we see and feel in our daily lives. In fact, power doesn’t bring growth unless we understand the essence of sharing power. The process of social transformation does not have to involve violence, and the political gesture doesn’t have to be radical. In fact, it can be done through a more peaceful way, a meditative way or through actual meditation.
The gesture of painting white rice to black is a political gesture. This performance provides an opportunity for participants to meditate on our situation while working together on a mutual goal: reconfigure the established centralized power in order to create an equal, fair and balanced world.
Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a Chinese-born artist working with performance art, photography, and video. She received a B.F.A from Emily Carr University Art & Design and a M.F.A. from Concordia University. She has performed and exhibited her work in multiple national and international performance art festivals and venues. Among many other awards, she is the recipient of Franklin Furnace Award for avant-garde art in New York in 2014. Her performance is listed amongst the ‘‘Top Nine Political Art Projects of 2010’’ by Art and Threat Canadian magazine.