Flying Circus Project 2000
This Lab involves 20 lamas including a Living Buddha from Tibetan Buddhism, and ritualists from Naxi Exorcism Ceremonies (Dongba Shamans) in Yunnan. The artists come from China, Taiwan, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The theme for this lab is the interface of Asian religious rituals and the urban artist from contemporary Asia. Another theme is the indigenous peoples' struggles with the participation of ethnic minority artists. There is also the Indochina Project which introduces artists from that developing region to the rest of Asia. Overall, the laboratory becomes more varied in tone and contrasting amongst the genres. Contemporary Asia is the focus, with the proposition that religious rituals and traditional arts are contemporaneous within their contexts. This contextualisation balances the continued exoticisation of Asia.