Spaces of Exchange features a conversation between two arts professionals, with one moderator. No two participants will be based in the same area - the idea of this project to generate conversations between art professionals who have different physical, experiential, psychological backgrounds. Conversations will revolve around topics related to “Chineseness” and the notion of being Chinese in different sociopolitical and geographical settings.
For SE’s inaugural session, Dai, Ouyang, and Kok will explore revisionist capabilities of historical narratives including myths and legends. The discussion will consider how both artists cite these stories whilst navigating in and beyond established structures across generations and geographies: Dai's interest in languages has led her to Nüshu, a secret language created in China to defy patriarchal society, while Ouyang turns to folklore as a source of counternarratives, new spatio-temporal formations, and spiritual surrogates.