Wu Tsang ft. boychild: Untouchable
2 Oct 2014

October 2, 2014, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm.

SMBC Hall (stair case of historical building), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Entrance fee to the Stedelijk Museum + € 2.50 cover charge
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The Stedelijk Museum is delighted to present the new performance Untouchable, by Los Angeles-based artist Wu Tsang.

Untouchable is a "living cinema" experience directed by Tsang and featuring the performance artist boychild. As part of an ongoing collaboration with boychild, Tsang presents the newest chapter of his film, A day in the life of bliss, in the form of a live performance. The audience is invited to experience the story and even participate in creating the film. boychild plays Blis, a young pop star in a near future sci-fi world, where digital avatars called LOOKS control humans through a panoptical social media platform. Although her celebrity was manufactured by the Look regime, Blis has the power to channel their feed—or to disrupt it. Conceived as a site-specific work for the Stedelijk, Untouchable transforms the Stedelijk’s SMBC Hall, which houses the world-famous Dan Flavin installation, into a dystopian fantasy that blurs with present-day realities.

More information about the artists:

Wu Tsang is a multimedia artist and award-winning filmmaker. His films, performances, and installations have been presented in museums and film festivals internationally. In 2012, Tsang's first feature, Wildness, premiered at MoMA's Documentary Fortnight, Hot Docs (Toronto), and won the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding documentary at Outfest (Los Angeles). His recent short film You're Dead to Me premiered on PBS and won a 2014 Imagen Award. Tsang has presented projects at the Tate Modern (London), the Whitney Museum and the New Museum (New York), the Hammer Museum and MOCA (Los Angeles), Gwangju Biennial (South Korea), Liverpool Biennial (UK), and the 2012 Whitney Biennial (New York), and upcoming at Migros Museum (Zurich) and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam). Tsang is a 2014 Rockefeller Bellagio Creative Arts Fellow and was a 2012 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow.

boychild is a Los Angeles-based performer and artist. Her performances have been presented at MoMA PS1 (New York), MOCA (Los Angeles), SFMOMA, Kulturhuset (Stockholm), and upcoming at Fundación Proa (Buenos Aires) and the MCA Chicago. She has toured internationally with Mykki Blanco and works collaboratively with designer Hood by Air and visual artists Wu Tsang and Korakrit Arunanondchai.