and you really move, 2021

private participatory one-to-one performance

performed as a part of the Master Fine Art, HKU graduation project the time that grows quietly in our absence curated by Katia Krupennikova and Kris Dittel.

By day, the text lies waiting. It is quiet and unmoving.

But by evening, the text is spoken and comes to life in the presence of the voices and hands that take it up and move it, beginning a process of circulation.

In conversation, we are always passing parts of ourselves back and forth. Where one of us ends and the other begins is blurry.

You and I read together, and as we do, we set words flowing.

Words are messy moving things, and the voice brings the body with it as it goes. Our languages contain a physicality that takes up space and crosses from body to body.

You and I address ourselves, we address each other, we address all that moves through the air between us.

You and I make meaning together by endlessly restating and reordering what passes through our hands.

You and I make meaning together by talking and sharing and transforming.

You and I make meaning together, slowly, over time.

Each day, following the close of the exhibition, one participant was invited to join in a shared reading of the printed text.
Written in the form of a mobius strip, this text was composed of a series of short phrases or sentnences, with no begininng or end. As it was read, the text was pulled by the participant and the artist, circulating through the performance structure. Both voices spoke aloud, and the order in which these phrases were said, was in constant flux, the meaning constucted differently upon each seperate reading.