Queer East Presents: Alien Body, Human Dreams
September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree – £10
A series of cinematic investigations that centre the body as a potent site of hybridity, rejecting false divisions of man/woman, human/animal/alien, self/other to construct their own embodied, multifaceted ways of being. Artists in this programme purposefully employ queering as a technique to misread, re-appropriate, and puncture the systems of power projected onto the body.
In these works by queer Southeast and East Asian filmmakers, we meet a speculative reality where human body parts are sold in food trucks and witness a dance-fight between a lion dancer and a contemporary dancer. Bodyhacking, ritualising, and ceremonialising is used to knead cosmologies, folding knowledges in upon themselves.
Curated by April Lin 林森
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to boyhood, i never knew him (2022, dir. Trâm Anh Nguyễn): Words from a transgender man float to the surface as fleeting memories go on.
Longing for the Sun to Set Upwards (2022, dir. Jao San Pedro): An ode to the multiplicity, mutability, and expansion of what constitutes a body and a self, through imaging and technological mediations.
beast (2022, dir. Aileen Ye): A martial arts inspired dance-fight between a lion dancer and queer performer reflects the tension between traditional and modern identities.
Disease of Manifestation (2011, dir. Tzu-An Wu) The work builds itself towards the anarchistic conditions of the inner scenes, can also be seem as a wrong-manifesto.
Yummy Body Truck (2021, dir. Noam Youngrak Son) A fictional food truck selling human body parts mixed with other organisms in a biotechno-queer fantasy of interspecies mixing.
BXBY (2022, dir. Soojin Chang) In this self-recorded performance blending documentary and ritual practice, a hybrid creature attempts reproduction.
Garden Amidst the Flame (2022, dir. Natasha Tontey) A playful and imaginative fantasy that challenges the hypermasculine presentation of Minahasan ritual culture and everyday life.
This screening contains strobing lights, distorted imagery, distorted voice.
- Discussions of cannibalism, direct reference to terminated pregnancy
- Depiction of animated detached human parts, fake body parts being eaten, animal parts, recording of the inside a human bodysex, self-harm, distressing scenes, contains graphic reproductive content, imagery of the culling and dissection of a deer.
BXBY Content Warning (please note this may contain spoilers)
BXBY contains explicit content, including a close-up of a person using a speculum on themself and inserting a tube into their vagina (in a later scene they inject fluid into their vagina) and the graphic disembowelment and dismembering of a recently killed deer, which is revealed to be pregnant.
This screening is recommended for ages 16+
93 minutes long
Chinese, English, French, Indonesian audio with English captions. BSL-English interpretation and live captioning provided.
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Image: from BXBY (2022, dir. Soojin Chang)