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BECOMING STICKINESS | TANZQUARTIER WIEN

17 February 2024



At the end of an artistic research laboratory with Mai Ling, an open level, migrant-positioned workshop with Karin Cheng, Bianca Figl, Debbie Galias, Virginia "Aura" Lewerissa, Mary Maggic and Suchart Wannaset invites us to explore "stickiness" as an instrument of pleasure and resistance. Through figure-eight motions, repetition, journaling, instant composition, and collective choreography, the workshop shares different perspectives of stickiness as a somatic practice necessary for care and survival, reclaiming the sticky and dirty experiences that made us who we are today.



MAI LING SOUP BATH | WIENWOCHE

24 September 2023


Mai Ling Soup Bath is an immersive journey of the senses and contemplation, wherein we shall commune through a harmony of flavours, a meditative sound bath, and caress. Food has always been a sacred place of kinship, solace, care, and tenderness. Let us gather as one, sharing in the embrace of a communal repast, igniting our spirits and nourishing our collective existence. Collectively, we will brew a pot of familiar sensations and edible memoirs — an embodiment of our intertwined pasts, present pulsations, and hopes. At the end of the session, everyone is invited to share a warm meal together.

Curated by Denise Palmieri for WIENWOCHE
With the participation of the pan-asian documentation archive WANDAPANDA & TIGER by Perilla




WHO IS MAI LING? | BRUNNENPASSAGE 

24 March 2023


Throughout history, foreign plant species have been intentionally brought to Europe fo their medicinal properties, as orientalist decorations, and for their exotic appeal. Many of these plant species have since adapted to European soil, some even named invasive and overgrown in some regions. In this performative action, Mai Ling positions these plants as an example of resilience in migratory bodies and experiences, evolving past their extractivist and colonial origins.

The event was followed by the panel talk “Anti-Asian Racism in the Arts” moderated by Vina Yun.




MAI LING KOCHT | MIGRATING KITCHEN

September 11th, 2020


Comfort food is a safe and warm space of sensorial and cultural familiarity. Not judged by its “authenticity”, but rather, demanded out of scarcity. During the performance, Mai Ling  takes you through a journey of being foreign and shows how food is manipulated for ones own comfort.


This project was supported by kültür gemma! and MA7.