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Choy Ka Fai

Transpersonal: Choy Ka Fai

29 Mar 2017

Sublime Dreams of the Body Explorers

Sublime Dreams of the Body Explorers is a collection of proposals on new perspectives for imagining our future through the Body. Artist Choy Ka Fai presents his ongoing research and explorations into how the body can remember and invent technological narratives. His project spans across the visual fields of choreographic processes, from the technicality of body conditioning to the cultural-social-political aspects of dance.

Choy Ka Fai (DE/SG), is an artist and performance maker who lives and works in Berlin. He is inspired by the histories and theorizations that together contain the uncertainties of the future. His research springs from a desire to understand the conditioning of the human body, its intangible memories and the forces shaping its expressions. These factors converge into complex articulations at the intersection of art, design and technology. Ka Fai graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, with MA in Design Interaction in 2011 and was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, Singapore. His projects have been presented in major festival worldwide, including Sadler’s Wells London (2016), ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna (2015) and Tanz Im August, Berlin (2015 & 2013). He is the Residency Artist at TanzHaus Nrw Dusseldorf from 2017-2019.

Transpersonal: art and life directives is a lecture series on the theory and application of art and design, curated and convened by Dr. Stephen Wilson. It is staged in collaboration with the ICA and the Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon College of Arts postgraduate community at the University of the Arts London.

The term transpersonal explores interpersonal relationships and communities, specifically forms of relation that break down the boundaries of the self. Over the course of ten lectures, this series explores a number of directives that aim to produce techniques, crafts, states of mind and forms of awareness related to psychosocial care. Drawing on critical developments in design, psychology, feminism, dance, anthropology, art theory, robotics and media studies, the series reassesses the value of cultural expressions and experiences to reconsider these experiences as "transpersonal responsibility".

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