October-November, 2018

Future Tao

Meme Space. Taipei, Taiwan

Heavy Breathing will join lololol in the group exhibition “Future Tao” organized by Sheryl Cheung and Xia Lin at Meme Space (Taipei) from Oct-Nov 2018. Heavy Breathing will offer artist-led HB A/V audio and video contributions, as well as a live Heavy Breathing session. Click HERE to experience HB A/V.

About lololol

lololol is an ongoing interpretive manuscript of Taoist-informed experimental practices for mind and body cultivation in contemporary times. Collectively written and organically evolving, the manuscript includes a decentralized program of weekly exercises and techniques shared as a community for inspirations of healthy living.

Responding to today's increasingly cybernetic lifestyles, the program includes a variety of benefits, including the improvement of circulation between the real and virtual, fitness of expanded consciousness, deeper understanding of our new bodies, and connection between lives of all kind.

Since ancient times, humans have been developing mind and body techniques to expand their material experience and the potential of consciousness. Since the Enlightenment, such efforts have been predominated by the logic of science and western technology. As computer technology is becoming increasingly pervasive in everyday life, human lifestyles are becoming increasingly cybernetic, and our sense of space, time and existence is rapidly changing. In the face of these new living conditions, what are new mind and body practices for the purpose of self-cultivation?

The kind of self-cultivation we explore in this project is marked by an excavation of ancient Taoist wisdom re-embodied with contemporary imagination. The manuscript builds upon, but are not limited to, ontological dualism, cosmic technics, mindful consciousness, and active relationship between heaven, man and nature.

lololol was co-founded by Xia Lin and Sheryl Cheung in 2013. The project focuses on the fast-evolving understandings of consciousness, sensory systems, and what it means to be human in the contemporary age. Our past projects include Make A Wish at Jeju National Museum, Korea; Internet Implosion & Internet Yamiichi x lololol at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; at Login & Dance at Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art, and Endless Love at Jiang Shan Yi Gao Suo, Taiwan.

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Heavy Breathing ︎ 2018

Critical thinking often feels heady, abstract, and divorced from the body. How do conversations change when we are moving our bodies and out of breath? What new modes of thinking become possible?