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Xuan Ye | Performance of Becoming Unreal

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We are very excited to announce that Toronto-based artist Xuan Ye will be performing Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau’s gestural and vocal score Becoming Unreal, on Saturday, October 12 at 2pm. This performance coincides with Lum and Desranleau’s exhibition What Do Stones Smell Like in the Forest?, currently on view in the main spaces at Latitude 53.

Becoming Unreal is a gestural and vocal score interpreted by Xuan Ye; it is a duet between a performing body and the objects that support its gestures and weight.

Written as a response to the sculptural installation Of, In or Under by Jasmine Reimer, Becoming Unreal presents an imaginary dialogue within an artist’s head about the ethics of their sculptural practice; how uncanny the act of representing the natural world with unnatural materials is in the context of the global environmental collapse.


Xuan Ye is the prototype of many objects. Through diagrammatic processes and multimedial translations, X engineers installations and performances about systemic violence and distributed subjectivity in various interconnected networks. More recently, X has collaborated with artificial intelligence and other non-human agents to co-author forms of media poetics. X’s art projects have been featured, exhibited and commissioned in international contexts such as Supermarket Art Fair (SE), InterAccess (CA), Inside-out Art Museum (CN), Goethe-Institut (Beijing & Montreal), ArtAsiaPacific, KUNSTFORUM International (GE), Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center (US), Trinity Square Video (CA), AGYU(CA), the Wrong Biennale (URL), Times Museum (CN), Galleri CC (SE), among others. X’s sound and body improvisation has been lauded as “one of Canada’s most exciting voices in textural soma” by OBEY Convention.