“SeSiSå” is a workshop-based exhibition by musician/composer Wei Ting Zeng and visual artist Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo. The exhibition was held in three exhibition rooms of TENTHAUS in January 2022.
The aim is to research more inclusive forms of knowledge and communication alternatives to language through visual, sound, and improvised music workshops, as well as to foster a safe environment of sharing and caring for one another.
The exhibition is supported by Kulturrådet and Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond.
“On SeSiSå” is a three-part live radio program in research of the exhibition SeSiSå, which were broadcasted on Radio Tenthaus in conversation with artists, musicians, and teachers.
“On SeSiSå Part One”
with Wei Ting Zeng, Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo, and artist Montserrat Llampallas
“On SeSiSå Part Two”
with Wei Ting Zeng and musician Christian Meaas Svendsen
“On SeSiSå Part Three”
with teachers from Møllergata Skole korps, Ole Magnus Næsbakken Ekeberg and Håvard Johansen
The two Taiwanese artists have developed “SeSiSå” as the first chapter of its pilot project “Vi Sees” which was exhibited at PODIUM in July 2021. They continue to focus on migration and identity insecurity, combining senses and memories as alternative knowledge. Through unfolding the familial experiences of being misunderstood, (mis)heard, oppressed, they scrutinize the (post)trauma that has been passed down over generations, and how the transformation of individual personhood – identities in progress – operates in relation to the collective.
Wei Ting and Jacky held several compositions and improvised music workshops with local children, many from Møllergata skole, a school in central Oslo where around 70% of the students have a different language and cultural background other than Norwegian. Each workshop will invite three participants between the ages of 8 – 12, the sound materials and processes from before and after the workshops will be presented at different stages throughout the three weekends: Phase 1: Se (Eng: See), Phase 2: Si (Eng: Say), Phase 3: Så (Eng: Saw).
Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo
Development & Technical Support:
Åsmund Kvarme Skuterud, Joaana Chia-Yu Lin
Wei Ting Zeng
Wei Ting Zeng
Phase 1: “Se” (Eng: See) starts with an invitation to interact with Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo’s spatial installation before the workshops. The folds and curves of the space are adapted from the familial scenes of his memory. Through the extended connection with the floor and the bodily sensations wrapped up in it, the space responds to the moment when a conversation stops abruptly, leaving only footsteps on the wooden floor.
Wei Ting Zeng uses sound installations on walls and under the wooden floor to interpret the shapes and curves of the spatial installations, capturing the sound in space, and the changes in frequency and amplitude caused by the changes in form of the installations. The two aim to engage in dialogue and interpretation through their physical perception of space, taking the scene as the initial immersive experience, inviting the audience’s body into an imagination that is more than visual, and paving the way for the upcoming workshops.
Wei Ting Zeng
Students from Møllergata Skole marching band
Wei Ting Zeng, Åsmund Kvarme Skuterud
Åsmund Kvarme Skuterud
Jacky Jaan-Yuan Kuo
Phase 2: “Si” (Eng: Say) will display the results of the workshops in three different exhibition spaces. The sound materials and dialogues recorded in the workshops will be added to the existing audio and site-specific installations.
In the workshops, the children will be guided by Wei Ting through visual and tactile exercises, exploring shapes and colours of sounds, and collectively creating an atypical score – a spatial notation. By combining various shapes, lines and colours, and developing the method of reading scores, participants will take turns playing the roles of conductors and musicians with varied objects, toys, or musical instruments.
In the process, they will share their own perspectives by coordinating and listening to each other closely. Through different rhythms, the intensity of the strength and the length of the notes through practice, a safe space for self-expression will be created, and then “heard”. This space nurtures concepts of inclusiveness and care; a need for self-expression but also listening to the voices of others.
(The audio recording was exhibited during the phase 2 “Se”, which was collected from workshops and performed by all workshop participants.)
Phase 3: “Så” (Eng: Saw) will be the last stage. The visual materials and spatial scores developed from the workshops will be removed, using the manipulation of tense to invite the audience into an imageless environment. Using the dialogue texts of the workshops and the sound of improvisational exercises as the index of retrospect, they explore the workshops and activities that have occurred in the space in the past; that is, the past and present tense of space, a retrospective constituent that can never be coexistent with immediate experience, but accompanies it in fractured form.