Inner Voice Transplant is Wong Kit Yi’s most recent karaoke lecture-performance and video installation that combines her extensive research in Akron and Cleveland with her own personal experiences, ranging from Hong Kong pop culture to intimate family life. Using the format of the karaoke subtitle, as stand-in for her own voice, Kit Yi explores voice as scientific, spiritual, mediatic and imaginary reality. Wong Kit Yi’s approach challenges the separation between fields of knowledge to re-imbue the world with what she calls “political magick”.
For this specific performance, Wong Kit Yi, who lives in Hong Kong, works with local New York voices to utter her words. The work will be on view for the remainder of SIREN (some poetics).
This work was made for the occasion of Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, the 2022 FRONT triennial in Cleveland.
This event is organized in the framework of SIREN (some poetics), a group exhibition and a poetics devoted to technologies of myth and mouth, earth and alarm, gender and language.
Prior registration is recommended.
Installation view, Emily Davis Gallery, FRONT 2022
Wong Kit Yi lives and works between New York and Hong Kong. Exploring biological answers to metaphysical questions, she deals with odd scientific findings and the dysfunctional relationship between what is considered science and pseudoscience. She also investigates the contractual relationship, working with such ideas as patron collaboration through the 99-year leases for her artworks. Her interests are always subject to change.
Her works have been included in projects organized by Public Art Fund (New York, 2020); TANK Museum (Shanghai, 2020); Para Site (Hong Kong, 2019); Surplus Space (Wuhan, 2018); the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (Riga, 2017). She was a residant at the Chinati Foundation Artist in Residence program (Marfa, 2021), received an MFA from Yale University, and has been teaching university courses about performance, video art and new media. When she is not teaching, she loves lecturing people in her signature karaoke-inspired lecture format. She is the co-chair of LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) Hong Kong, and a die-hard member of KFC (kombucha fan club).