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Mute (forthcoming)

Mute is the largest solo exhibition to date by artist and composer Pan Daijing (b. 1991, Guiyang, China). The live-exhibition will occupy the entire Westgalerie of Haus der Kunst and adjacent spaces inside and outside the building. It invites the audience on a journey that encompasses architectural elements and unregistered spaces, manifesting as an ever-evolving environment. Pan Daijing‘s work is dedicated to process: works from the last ten years are reinterpreted and supplemented by new productions. 

Daijing’s works develop a symbiotic relationship with the spaces in which they unfold. The exhibition created for Haus der Kunst encompasses choreography, architectural intervention, sound, and video, rerouting the gaze and opening up unseen spaces. In a choreography exploring stillness and liveness, intimacy and distance, a performance ensemble activates a process of transformation. 

The durational performances throughout the six weeks of the exhibition aim to distort oppositions, such as the perception of inside and outside, or slow down the velocity of time. The audience is invited to immerse themselves, tracing the live elements of the performance. In a world of increasing interdependencies and entanglements, Daijing’s work probes what connects us and asks us to engage with our emotions. Every day, during the slow swing from day to dusk, several dancers animate the space. You may encounter them, or encounter their traces. There are countless ways to experience “Mute”.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Pan Daijing’s first monograph will be published by Spector Books in collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary. Contributors include Emma Enderby, Donatien Grau, Mark Harwood, Andrea Lissoni, Raimundas Malašauskas, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, Xue Tan, and Sarah Johanna Theurer.

Mute at Haus der Kunst.