In Search of Miss Ruthless sets the stage for a public persona from the future. This series of public programmes reflects on diasporic communities and pageant infrastructures through discussions, screenings, performances, and workshops. Public programmes are developed and co-produced with the generous support of Spring Workshop. Additional support was provided by the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.
Heavy Lifting with Miss Ruthless
An assembled silicone barbell lies in the center of the room. Two performers approach the modified equipment, unscrewing the weight plates from the bar. Holding opposite ends of the barbell, the performers make a hasty departure from one another, a duo who’ve lost their trust. This is repeated five times. These instructions for a contact dance were written by artist , to describe an intimacy governed by tension. Heavy Lifting with Miss Ruthless is thinking about genderfluid and trans bodies in control. Muscle as a medium of form in addition to strength. In August 2011, renowned bodybuilder opened an exhibition of self-portraits. At the exhibition, he said, “As a professional bodybuilder, I’m a master sculptor. The art show made me realize that I’ve always been an artist. My medium is the human physique.” In the spirit of mobilizing notions of the body as an in-process project and subverting the format of beauty pageant preparations, we invite you to a tripartite day-long event framed by the idea of Miss Ruthless, a fantasy figure from the future. Heavy Lifting With Miss Ruthless is part of the public programming of In Search of Miss Ruthless, an exhibition at Para Site (Hong Kong) curated by on view from June 30 to September 10, 2017.
This programme will open with a workshop with artist and biohacker called Feminine Essence. Exploring biology as craft and looking at the effects of hormones (estrogen and testosterone) on the human body, Fan and Maggic will work with attendees to create estrogen from the urine of former beauty pageant contestants. Following, there will be a performance directed by with Hong Kong-based dancers called Disposed To Add. The dance is focussed on the relationship created between the two dancers as mediated by silicone weight-lifting equipment (on view at Para Site as part of In Search of Miss Ruthless). Lastly, trans* and genderqueer bodybuilder will lead a workshop called Muscle As Medium comprised of an intimate sharing of experiences followed by a dynamic workshop session. has competed as a female bodybuilder since 2015, is the ambassador of the Gay Games Hong Kong 2022 bidding team, and has been awarded several champions in local and international contests.
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