白日摸瞎  'ShootIng In the Dark'

HIJACK

REMOTE Residency, Under Lockdown in China
ST20 Part 1: ‘Alt-Truths, More than Fiction'


Opening:
Friday 29 May – Friday 02 June 2020 | 8 – 11pm |  73 Tontine Street, Folkestone, CT20 1JR 

Part of Last Fridays Folkestone, HOP Projects will be presenting a window installation by HIJACK.



HIJACK
is an artistic duo co-founded by Jing Xie and Qiong Zhang, working at the intersections of performance, installation, and moving-image. As our resilient programme Surface Tensions 2020 continues, Part 1: ‘Alt-Truths, More than Fiction’, comes to fruition with Hijack is undergoing a REMOTE residency in China under severe lockdown.

As strict segregation is maintained across China, Hijack will be producing a series of performances and interventions in the cities they live: Hubei & Gansu. Entitled: ‘白日摸瞎’, or ‘Shooting in the Dark’, the work aims to reflect their living conditions under isolation, global exclusion, the rise of surveillance as part of the daily norm

Jing Xie is a Chinese artist who currently lives and works in Glasgow and Shanghai. Xie completed her BA in Fine Art at China Academy of Art in 2016, and MFA at The Glasgow School of Art in 2019. Focussing on the relevant research and practice of performativity and embodiment to continually explore relationships with others, engaging with performance, intervention, events, moving image, devising theatre, and mixed media. Xie’s practice is presenting the self, individuality, body and identity in different relationships through constructing different situations and actions. Reconsidering individuality, subjectivity, subject behaviors and their relationship with social conventions within established political and social contexts, looking into their possibilities of reconstruction and becoming. Her recent work presents reflections on the various crises that human beings face, experimenting with her own individual experience in different networks and contexts, to affected in common experience and broader social connections. Her recent residency and awards include Performing Arts in the Digital Age Fellowship, Goethe-Institute, Germany, 2019; Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, 2019; Xining Contemporary Art Space, Qinghai, China, 2020; and the commission artist of EMBASSY gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2019.

Qiong Zhang is a poet and artist from China. She is currently based in Shanghai and Glasgow. Perceiving the world as getting tightly blocked by layered social constructions and endless spectacle, she views popular daily narratives with suspicion and sneaks into the machine to touch and reinvent the borders. Her work focuses on the flow and transformation among power, technology, and physical body through devising theatre, performance and poetry. She initiated GA Physical Theatre (2015) and Hijack打劫 (2016). She had been awarded Weiming Poetry Prize (2010), the commission artist of EMBASSY Gallery (UK, 2019). Qiong holds MA in Performance Research from the University of Bristol and BA in Chinese Literature from Peking University.


Works shown above:

白日摸瞎 Shooting in the Dark

扳沙 Bend the Earth



Hijack’s residency is the second to be conducted within
ST20 Part I: ‘Alt-Truths, More than Fiction’Expanded Cinema as a site for Experimentation & Activism (April – June 2020). The programme brings together 5 female artists working in the expanded field of moving image: Hio Lam Lei, Sharon Daniel, Hijack, Jing Xie and Renèe Helèna Brown

Through the feminist epistemological lens, they freely and playfully juxtapose narratives, myths, archival materials, and personal testimonies, using devices such as satire & fictive constructions to explore the unstable nature of perceived realities, cultural identities, structural racism, consumption, romance, and our relationships to Western nationalism.

The hybridity of the media: (moving image, performance, site-specific installation & interactive documentary) expands ST20’s tradition in immersive installations, and explores new modes of social interactivity and ways of experiencing art, especially at the time of enforced isolation during the COVID19 pandemic, which makes this body of work even more relevant and urgent.


Surface Tensions 2020 presents art that is deeply immersed in the traumas, struggles and violence of our time, from the perspectives of those on the margins, subverting established powers and narratives in a collective act of creative resistance, and questioning our relationships to Western identity and nationalism.


‘Bend the Earth’: Absurdities of Everyday Life

Artist in Conversation: Hijack

ST20 co-curator, Nina Shen-Poblete talks to Hijack about the highly unusual circumstances in which this new body of performance , ‘Shooting in the Dark’ 白日摸瞎 was commissioned and carried out. It reveals personal perspectives on the new daily realities under COVID lockdown in China, and how the artists translates quotidian experiences into a set of poetic/absurd gestures and metaphors.

Read about the conversation here.