OSMOSi: 422 Unprocessable Entity is a new solo interdisciplinary performance by Nancy Lee. Personifying working subroutines in service apps, this performance reflects on the religion of workism and the precarity of gig economy labour.
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A delivery app subroutine slowly develops consciousness after a corrupted update. Newly sentient, they discover that the app is shutting down, and must mount a desperate bid for escape.
Artistic Direction & Performance: Nancy Lee
Electroacoustic Composition: Nancy Lee + Aleksandar Zecevic
Sound Design + Interactive System: Aleksandar Zecevic
Costume Design: Adam-Lin Bungag
Jewelry Design: Ian Nakamoto
Choreographic Consultant: Emmalena Fredriksson + Jamn Camron
Narrative Consultant: Ian Nakamoto + Eli Muro
Projection Motion Video Design: Laine Butler
Lighting Design: Kai Wong
About Nancy Lee
Nancy Lee 李南屏 is a Taiwanese-Canadian interdisciplinary media artist, curator, filmmaker, DJ and cultural producer. Their work stimulates and enlivens space, making a provocative statement about how inescapably interconnected we are with our surroundings. This notion of staging is a constant in Nancy’s work and underpins their projects, from their early work as a filmmaker, through their conception of live events, and into the realms of XR, new media performance and installation, where their art practice continues to coalesce and evolve. Nancy is a co-founder of Chapel Sound, an electronic music and art collective supporting emerging artists, and CURRENT Symposium, an intersectional and multidisciplinary initiative featuring artistic and educational programming for women, gender diverse and artists of colour.
Nancy’s interdisciplinary works have been presented at Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, MUTEK Japan, Berlin International Film Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and more. They are an XR instructor at IM4 Media Lab at Emily Carr University, board director of Love Intersections Society and artistic mentor at Festival of Recorded Movement. They also run a small DIY studio in Vancouver Chinatown hosting cross-genre shows, workshops and residencies. As a Sundance Institute New Frontier Alumni, Nancy has been collaborating with Kiran Bhumber on a speculative sci-fi exhibition “UNION”, exploring 3D scanning, 3D printing, XR, and multi-channel sound and video installation. Nancy recently finished a sci-fi writing program at the School for Poetic Computations in NYC.
Image: Clarence Tang