Seven Bodies and the Talking Sea was a co-learning project consisting of study groups, workshops, and other activities. Its aim was to construct a platform where participating artists could explore writing, one of the most significant legacies in human civilization and they could also use their bodies and senses to examine other forms of score and notation. By organizing this platform, the curator hoped to bridge the link between contemporary writing approach and research methods in art.
In this platform curated by Esther Lu, participating artists invented various exercises together in eight sessions and they used online communication technologies, including zoom, miro, gathertown, and google workspace to correspond, interact, and share common knowledge resources. While working with each other, artists explored their imagination, in accordance with the curatorial theme and references, which included readings on feminist new materialism, the collective peer review, and co-learning space. This stimulating process enriched the possibility of exchange and alternative writing experiments.
The eight subjects proposed by participating artists are as follows.
Breathing & Listening Exercise | Sheryl Cheung
Queer Phenomenology | Loo Zihan
Transtactility | Wang Yung An
City Hall of the Particles | Rafika Lifi
Care Index | Alecia Neo
Exquisite Corpse | Phuong Linh Nguyen
Moving Soil | Rice Brewing Sisters Club
SilentDREAM | Chitti Kasemkitvatana
Founded by Esther Lu in 2021, the Moss Piglets is a curatorial and research organization dedicated to contemporary art practice with a particular focus on alternative education and production. While facilitating cross-cultural dialogues and multidisciplinary collaborations, the organization embraces the spirit of collectivism, especially its shaping role in defining the value of art, advocating ecological integrity, and speculating future body politics. Inspired by tardigrades, a phylum of micro animals that is able to survive in any extreme environments with its incredible adaptability, Lu hopes that Moss Piglets will find innovative ways of creating a future that is more accommodating, flexible, and resilient.