October 26–December 7, 2019
Reception Friday, October 25, 8pm

Performative Lecture: ‘This is no country music’
Friday, November 1, 6pm
Narrated by Nadya Isabella, Aubin Kwon and Julia Dahee Hong.

Hong-Kai Wang’s exhibition Quivering is a continuation of her work through experimental modes of sonic sociality. Wang describes Quivering as an open rehearsal, where the collective body becomes a conduit and site through which knowledge is produced, and the aggregate of small affinities becomes consequential. Operating on several different registers, ‘quivering’ – bodily, socially, politically, and geologically, Wang’s works are propositions that offer possibilities for a ‘choreography of survival’.

The exhibition will include two of Wang’s previous works, Hazzeh, developed in Amman Jordan (2019) and a performance lecture This is no country music (Asia Art Biennial, 2019; Taichung City, Taiwan). Hazzeh, which means quivering/shaking in Arabic, speaks not only to the history of land dispossession in the region of Jordan and Palestine, but also to seismic/tectonic histories and geological time. The project convenes a group of women performers as they navigate between Jordan and Palestine. Utilizing Wang’s open rehearsal technique, tracing fault lines of the region, they query modes of critical feeling, summoning rhythms and memories of that region. This is no country music takes the form of a performative lecture/collective listening session, around the work of Taiwanese composer Koh Bunya, particularly his Earthquake Relief Song. Born in 1910, Bunya’s practice developed between China and Japan. Having been born in Taiwan under Japanese colonial rule, and living in China as the People’s Republic of China was founded, Bunya’s work has come to embody the complexity of the deeply entangled history of this region.

Both Hazzeh and This is no country music grapple with lines of query around statelessness, borders, bodies and lived experience. Wang’s methodological approach engages voice, vibration, and practices of listening combined with geological histories of natural disasters. Geological time offers a depth, that requires a different comprehension of time, towards an immediate binary of human/non-human co-existence.

As an artist-in-residence at Artspeak, Wang will continue to build upon her research, developing methodologies that will take into consideration our location on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh, and this region being situated on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, Pacific Ring of Fire. Working with a choir and members of the UBC Seismology department, Wang will trace points of convergence, of histories, fault lines, through a collective embodied praxis examining voice and vibration.


Hazzeh conceived of by Hong Kai Wang was commissioned by Mohammad and Mahera Abu Ghazaleh Foundation for Art & Culture.

Lyrics selected from ‘Palestinian Mournings’ by Hassan Atari

Made possible with the assistance of Moawiah Bajes, May Marie & Rea Zakhour

Performed by May Marie, Ghazal Awdeh, Henna Haj Hassan, Ibtisam Ahmad & Raheeq Hafez

Special thanks to Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, Qais Assali, Shuruq Harb & Hamze Al Aqrabawi, and for the generous support of the National Culture and Arts Foundation Taiwan, and Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week.

Artspeak is a non-profit artist run centre established in 1986. The mandate of the gallery is to encourage a dialogue between visual art and writing.

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Artspeak is located on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

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