Alchimies is a performance that turns the museum gallery into a sci-fi experimentation laboratory where staff and guests are greeted by a team of performers in white blouses and invited to have their hands casted in their "phone-texting" gesture. Following a futuristic orchestrated choreography, participants are lead thru a cold standardized scientific process that aimed at capturing the fifteen unique human gestures that would eventually form the work "Fifteen Pairs of Mouths".
After the performance, a metal table with science lab props and remnants of casting materials from the performance is left in the exhibition space. A phone on the table plays a video of the performance also available online.
2018 XCELERATOR - BEIJING TIMES ART MUSEUM 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION | CURATORS: CHARLES LINDSAY AND SAOYU SU | TIMES ART MUSEUM | BEIJING, CHINA *