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Conversations with Spaces

4Hands Collaborations

Christian Nicolay & Ya-chu Kang collaborated on several projects, residencies, exhibitions and performances from 2010 - 2016. They started collaborating in 2010 at the Playwrights Theatre Centre (Candahar Bar Project, Clamour and Toll) in Vancouver BC Canada with a sound performance based on morning rituals and habits from Western and Eastern cultures.  Nicolay and Kang’s art field have included sculpture, installation, video, sound recording, performance and site-specific projects.  Their research examined the shifting polarities between Western and Eastern cultural landscapes which they define as “portable walls”; a temporary or nomadic shift serving to enclose, divide, protect or change ones identity.  Issues of memory, process, space and time revolve around their portable walls explorations and how these constructions become part of their own experiences and spatial relationships. 


portable walls

1, a temporary or nomadic shift serving to enclose, divide, protect or change ones identity
(i.e.: your identity shifts depending on where you are).  2, To adapt to ones surroundings. 
3, What is destroyed is reborn (i.e.: A wall is meant to set a barrier from one area to another, but making it portable means you have to set it up and take it down each time).  4, Fluctuating re-occurrences.  5, Paradigm shift.  6, A person who creates more than one identity, traces of digital footprints, profiles and usernames.  7, Cultural landscapes that become crisscrossed and blurred from globalization, shifting borders, war, geo-politics, digital revolution, travel, re-location, etc. 
8, paying attention to the constant flux of rules, regulations, definitions, checks and changes on privacy laws and the ability to relearn what is learned.



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