Taiwanese performance group NAXS.corp and producer Meuko! Meuko! have been beaming their creative collaborations into the virtual ether since long before COVID-19, and have now teamed up to curate an unmissable online event as part of the Unsound 2020’s globally distributed lineup. The Poland-based music festival kicked off on October 4, and tomorrow will host AFTERLIFE網路來生 - ev20f1, an “experimental space” curated by the Taiwanese artists that will mimic the format of an MMO game.
Like ‘希卡公主Princess Sika,’ a 2018 collaboration from the same group of artists, AFTERLIFE taps the virtual spiritual realm, presenting a digital environment constructed according to Buddhist conceptions of space-time. The six-and-a-half-hour program will consist of live sets by Taiwanese experimental artists, a screening of a recent video by Shanghai artist Chen Tianzhuo, and a stellar lineup of pan-Asian DJs and producers. The curators say that the event “is an experiment to open an interspace between post-human myths and animism cosmology, to reinvestigate the life, death and rebirth of our digital bodies.”
The first section of AFTERLIFE will be a theatrical performance piece by co-curator Meuko! Mueko!, Taiwanese-born Canadian musician Alex Zhang Hungtai, experimental vocalist
Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, Gang Gang Dance co-founder Dutch E Germ, and experimental Taiwanese bands Prairie WWWW and Scattered Purgatory. The second part features an incredible lineup of DJs and producers including Sonia Calico from Taiwan, Gabber Modus Operandi from Bali, 33EMYBW and Hyph11e from Shanghai’s SVBKVLT label, Leevisa from South Korea, ASJ from Hong Kong, Mars 89 from Tokyo, and Bangkok-based Malaysian producer Wanton Witch.
Overall, expect a visually evocative, sonically adventurous, metaphysically dense presentation of fresh ideas from some of the most daring and forward-thinking artistic minds currently doing their thing in Taiwan and across Asia.
The virtual doors to AFTERLIFE網路來生 — ev20f1 open at 16:00 CET, with the performances beginning an hour later. Find the full program here. The event is free, but donations to sustain Unsound’s non-profit organisation can be made here.