Performer

Past Resident

Yurika Higashikawa

YU is a research driven, performance-based art-worker currently living in Dublin. They graduated from NCAD with a Joint BA degree in Sculpture and Visual Culture in 2017. Since exiting the academic institution as a student, YU has continued to evolve their practice through a series of lectures and guided tours in and Dublin City Centre.

YU’s practice evolved out of a provisional act of resistance against the imposed heterogeneous hierarchies implicit in a university and aimed to highlight how certain classist, gendered and racist structures can affect and direct creative workers within the wider field of the Irish State. Since graduating from university, the antagonism of the knowledge economy remains a core consideration within their practice however YU has become predominantly concerned about the contingent realms of historical turmoil in relation to contemporary site of social unrest under neliberalism. They interrogate the ever-evolving, ever-shifting physical and metaphysical terrain of Ireland through the use of socially engaged actions and performances as well as guerrilla style object interjections. By using ‘The testimony’ or ‘The Complaint’ as their modus operandi, YU unravels ideas of agency, precarity, hope, adaptability, institutional pain and opportunity.

Alongside these key considerations, YU has also become increasingly concerned about the relationship between ethics and art. Having developed a profound distrust of the state’s co-option and utilisation of art in regeneration projects, YU poses their performances alongside capitalist entities as a tactic to erode or undermine their ideological actions. Placing their final iterations of their work in the public sphere, methods of co-option, over-identification and consent have become central to how they execute their work.

Current research has lead YU to consider what roles can be assigned to art in relation to the housing crisis and what links can be made to grassroots organising. Should it be a soothing agent, to propose band-aid solutions? Should it be the voice of dissent, using its autonomy to propagate or disperse hidden narratives? Can it effectively support communities in times of crisis and if so, what are the ethical considerations that should be taken into account? YU’s work is an interrogation of arts radical possibilities, paradoxical conventions and responsibilities in a post-relational art and institutional art context.

Past Resident

Luxin Zhang

Luxin Zhang is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of performance, video, sound and photography. As a classically trained vocalist, she creates video and performance that seek to break down the hierarchy of the stage by bringing the performance to the viewer, and playing with audience expectation. Widening the lens of performance and stage to include original audience, gallery viewers and mundane “off stage” scenes expands the spectrum of a song’s larger subliminal language. Luxin Zhang holds a B.S from Far Eastern University and received her MFA from Syracuse University in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has exhibited and performed both internationally in galleries, museums, concert halls, including Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse; David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center in New York. Her work was also shown at Light Work in Syracuse, N.Y. She recently joined Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, PA as an artist collective.

Past Resident

Eunbi Kim

Pianist Eunbi Kim (pronounced OOn-bee, like book) is creating new ways of experiencing concert music as a performer, speaker, and arts advocate. Her adventurous performances are characterized by their vividly personal themes ranging from mental illness to familial memories. For her efforts, Kim has received international recognition on television and in print, including from the BBC, I Care If You Listen, the Houston Chronicle, The Japan Times, and NHK Television. Kim is most known as the creator, performer, and producer of the music-theater work Murakami Music, for which she is recognized as a leading Murakami expert. Her debut album, A House of Many Rooms released on Albany Records, features a collection of premiere recordings of relatively unknown contemporary classical works by luminary jazz composer Fred Hersch. Kim has shown off her unconventional and immersive performance concepts in venues across the country. Notably, she has performed Emmy-nominated composer Daniel Bernard Roumain’s dedicated work “It Feels Like a Mountain, Chasing Me,” over 50 times across the United States, including its premiere at The Kennedy Center. Off-stage, Kim’s entrepreneurial efforts include launching a music mentorship program for women, transgender, and nonbinary musicians, bespoken, alongside co-founder Gina Izzo in addition to speaking engagements at organizations, universities, and institutions across the country. Her 2017 TEDx talk, “Performing Through Fear,” discusses conquering performance anxiety through learning to trust. Originally from Maryland, Eunbi Kim is based in New York City. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Past Resident

Michelle Wan Lok Chan

Michelle Chan is a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and currently an international dance/movement therapy student at Pratt Institute. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor’s degree (Honors) in 2010, majoring in Ballet and Dance Education. She was awarded HKSAR/Mainland Performing Arts Exchange Scholarship when she was at school. In 2016, Michelle had also completed Inspirees Professional Dance Therapy Core Training Program which was the alternative route program in Hong Kong. Since graduation she has had great pleasure to work with various populations with diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities in the community to promote life education through multidisciplinary arts. In addition, Michelle has traveled to Nicaragua, Iceland, Myanmar, Africa, Sweden, Singapore and Taipei National University of the Arts for cultural exchange and performances. In 2016, Michelle has participated the program of artist in residence in Iceland and presented her first interactive dance theater performance “Memomentary” at the 3rd Skammdegi Festival. In 2018, she recreated her solo dance video “Land of snow and sorrow” in Iceland and integrated the experiences in dance/movement therapy training, and finally presented in New York. 

Michelle actively participated in diverse productions to develop the arts field in Hong Kong, including ‘Bolero’ (2006) with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Burning My Life 201’ (2008) with Goodnews Communication International, ‘In Search of the Tree of Life in the Concrete Forest’ (2011) with Danceart, ‘Thanksgiving Music Concert 2013’ with Sharehymns Association Limited, ‘A Bit Closer’ (2014) with HKFYG, LCSD school tour "Philosophy of Happiness of Ant-men"(2016) by DancingAngels, ‘Philosophy of Happiness’ (2016) with DancingAngels, ‘Loving in the moment’ (2017) with HKFYG, ‘Separating From Separation’ (2017) with DancingAngels. 

I aspire to be the pioneer to promote the field of dance movement therapy in Hong Kong, China and Asia. One of my dreams is to spread the concept, intervention and impact of dance movement therapy that integrate my cross-cultural experiences and Eastern wisdom to the community and share with people all over the world. As many people think that therapy is only offered to people who are unwell. In order to promote welling being and prosperous living, being in touch with dance movement and arts appears to be one of the ways to reach the full qualities of humanity, honesty and wholeness. I strongly believe that this approach and shift in mindset will prove beneficial to the society and to the people who are preoccupied with their busy life. Everyone and the society needs it.