Due to unforeseen circumstances, the exhibition related event “The Way to Mandala: The Artistic Practice of Connecting the Self to the Universe” by Yin-Ju Chen, originally scheduled on 9 March, 13:30-15:00 (UTC+8) online, has been canceled. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
“The hardest part is to dig into your heart and explore why you started, because there's no basis to catch anything.”*
In this talk, Yin-Ju Chen will discuss her introspective journey—first with astrology and tarot, all the way to Taiwanese folk beliefs, which are a mix of Buddhism and Taoism, and even UFO conspiracy theories that have become popular worldwide, as well as her recent exploration of shamanism—and how these "paths of redemption" have influenced her art creation in recent years and have subverted her long-standing conception of linear time.
She will also introduce her art creation during this period: Liquidation Maps (2014), Action at a Distance (2015), Extrastellar Evaluations (2016), Extrastellar Evaluations III: Entropy: 25800 (2018); works she created when learning shamanism: Notes on Psychedelics (2015), Notes on Psychedelics II: Inside a Memorable Fancy (2018–2019); her latest work Notes on Psychedelics III: 2-19-20 (2021); as well as the project Sonic Driving (2018–ongoing) on display at the ICA at NYU Shanghai.
* Yin-Ju Chen interview with The Art Newspaper China, 20 December 2021
Chinese (with simultaneous interpretation in English)
Registration is required.
The exhibition Close Your Eyes and You Will Know and related events are presented as the second season of the ICA’s second biennial artist research program, Another Knowledge Is Possible (2021-23), exploring neglected and repressed ways of knowing and the complex politics of knowledge decolonization.