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Florence Lam: ‘Zírka (Incandescence)’ Performance

Fri, 5 Aug 2022, 7–8pm
Fri, 26 Aug 2022, 7–8pm

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Those who have survived near-death experiences describe seeing a warm, soft light . Zírka (Incandescence) is a witchcraft ritual constructed by the artist using her own artistic language. Incandescence refers to the phenomenon of applying energy to a substance, causing its temperature to rise until light is produced. Through the energy generated by the process of actions placed in the artistic context, the natural phenomenon of incandescence is used to send a prayer to a small star far away. 

The linear passage of time in performance art is based on the lifespan limitation of the human body and uses this as the basic mode of material consumption in the medium. The philosophy, worldview, and techniques of white magic reverse the laws of nature, fate, or karma, to heal illnesses and remove bad luck, using prayers, chanting, rituals, and other methods to prolong life. Zírka (Incandescence) attempts to use performance art to mediate between reflection and practice, exploring how art can contextually and technically ‘prolong life’, in turn attempting to reverse the linear nature of the physical passage of time in the nature of performance art.

Special thanks to Fanson Lam

About the artist

Florence Lam (b.1992 in Vancouver, Canada) lives and works in Hong Kong. She works with wonder and magical thinking to fuse together current moral issues with child-like world views through performance art, poetry, video, and sound. The aim is to explore the fertility and sterility of the mind manifested through the properties of the biological body, and language as a hint to the evolution of human values and spiritual understanding. She obtained her MFA from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2017 and her BA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in 2014.Lam has performed around Asia and Europe, including HART haus (Hong Kong, 2022), Para Site (Hong Kong, 2021), Cattle Depot Artist Village (Hong Kong, 2021), Hidden Space (Hong Kong, 2020), Nanhai Gallery (Taipei, 2019), MACRO Testattio Mattatoio Art Museum (Rome, 2018), Kling & Bang (Reykjavík, 2018), and Manifesta 11 (Zürich, 2016). She has participated in festivals including  A! Performance Festival (Akureyri, 2019), YÜP Festival (Osnabrück, 2019), ZABIH Performance Festival (Lviv, 2019), Reykjavík Arts Festival (Reykjavík, 2019), Performance Platform Lublin (Lublin, 2017), Sequences Art Festival (Reykjavík, 2017), and Performance Art Bergen Open (Bergen, 2017). She worked as a re-performer for ‘The Cleaner’ Retrospective of Marina Abramović at Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn, 2018) and a workshop facilitator for ‘A Different Way of Hearing—The Abramović Method for Music’ at Alte Oper (Frankfurt, 2019). She is the co-founder and co-curator of Per.Platform, a Hong Kong-based live art platform founded in 2021. Lam lives and works in Hong Kong.