- November 17, 2000
High (bridi) Tea is a performative collaboration between artist Haruko Okano and writer Fred Wah that explores the visual and textual terrain of racial and cultural hybridity. The performance installation centres on table settings for 16 guests and, based on a material relationship on fungus and mould, plays with issues of contamination. Through a series of anecdotes and textual surprises, Okano and Wah interact with audience assumptions and expectations to create an unstable and questioning emulsion of language and memory. Haruko Okano is a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver. Fred Wah is a Calgary based writer and teaches at the University of Calgary.
By Fred Wah, Haruko Okano
artist | 4 ProgramsArtists Haruko Okano
- March 18, 1997 to April 5, 1997
In "Transvisceral Borders", I use the human skin as a metaphorical magnet, to gather opposing elements from within the human psyche. The skin's ambiguous role as "link" and "barrier" to the external world, universally draws physical reaction and mental reflection. "Transvisceral Borders" probes the shadows between fascination and abhorence, between instinct and ethics. Like Entrapment I and II (shown in the video), this project continues to explore the duality in human nature.
By Haruko Okano