Rehearsal of the Futures: Is the World Your Friend? 2018
Isaac Chong Wai
Performance, Set of 13 Drawing (30x40 each with frame), Painting 160 x 120cm
Exhibited at ACUD Galerie curated by Pauline Doutreluingne and Petra Suzie Poelzl
Performers: Katherine Leung, Manuel Lindner, Imola Nagy, Nobutaka Shomura. 
Photo: Alice Yu and Tobias Koenig

The performance is structured by 15 acts. Each act takes 10-15mins. The performance starts with the artist hanging the first drawing (Passerby) on the wall. And a sound of protest which is a soundtrack mixed with sounds of different protests that happened in the city where the performance is showing. 

In Rehearsal of the Futures: Is the world your friend? the artist combines existing works with a series of newly developed durational performances in which he imagines how future generations might look at the current and former ideological consensus of certain body postures, gestures and movements. Isaac Chong Wai deals with these so-called ideological movements or ideological postures in order to look for and propose possible futures. Rehearsal has always been made for the future: a rehearsal for a theater play before the curtain is opened, a rehearsal of a song before the concert starts, a rehearsal for a speech before it goes public. Rehearsing is then made for reaching the idealistic and perfect form of what one expects to show in the future, while we are not able to find a perfect form from the future to rehearse: the time has not yet come. The artist uses the word the futures, which are the possible fragments proposed in regard to the rupture of time between the past and the future as a form of reconciliation. Meanwhile, the reconciliation is enacted through performance so as to deal with the repetitive history and offers a new body movement that reconciles between body and time.