While in residence, Julian Hou, Prince Nifty, Eddy Wang, and Fan Wu will transform the Grand Luxe Hall into a quadraphonic sonic research space to investigate dimensions of the wounded healer archetype through daily jam sessions, readings, and meditations.
During this open rehearsal, the public is invited to witness their process and participate in a jam session. Audience members are welcome to bring poems, small instruments, and an inquiring eye to play along or observe.
Julian 伊 中 Hou is an artist based in Vancouver, Canada. His multidisciplinary practice includes the fostering and organizing of productions through a fluid collaborative art, audio, publishing and apparel entity (Second Spring), as well as an ongoing artistic practice that involves the accumulation of new skills and application of personal symbolic invocations, collective meaning, and original methods of divination that probe the darker recesses of psychic awareness. His stalwart mediums are drawing, sculpture, songwriting, album production, and clothing as art.
Prince Nifty (a.k.a. Matt Smith) is a producer and musician based in Toronto, Canada. His practice involves building immersive spatialized sound design for live theatre and dance, and composing work of various textures and approaches.
Eddy Wang is an interdisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia, United States and Toronto, Canada. His work eclectically mediates the relationship between theoretically-informed experimental cinema and passionate songs for human connection. His interests include Chinese gestures, drone music, indie pop, and creative programming. Wang is half of the indie band Ira Dot and is a part of the Toronto Experimental Translation Collective. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.
Fan Wu is an performer, writer, translator, and organizer based in Toronto, Canada. His practice involves studying knowledge traditions and engaging with wisdom traditions, namely Daoism, and is guided by a fascination with the expansiveness of such archetypes as “the wounded healer” and “the indulgent monk.” In his work and life, he asks: how can mythic ur-narratives help us to integrate our own suffering into transformation? And, how can we rearrange the forms of social life so it’s conducive to open channels of change? He is a Pisces/Pisces Rising, born into yin fire, and—of all the major arcana—most drawn to Temperance.
The Grand Luxe Hall is located on the second floor of Western Front, which is accessed by a flight of 26 stairs. Further details about accessibility at Western Front can be found here.
Presented in partnership with Second Spring and with the support of the Government of Canada and SOCAN Foundation.