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Performance: Himali Singh Soin—Body of Light

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An Affirmation Still

Still from An Affirmation, 2022.


Himali Singh Soin. Courtesy of the artist.

This performance emanates from artist Himali Singh Soin’s exhibition Static Range, drawing upon its central narrative of Cold War espionage in the Indian Himalayas. An epistolary reading by the artist will be accompanied by a sound bath of Himalayan drums and gongs performed by composer David Soin Tappeser, together forming a landscape of speculations and reflections on nuclear culture, porosity, toxicity, love, catastrophe, spiritual-scientific entanglements, and geopolitical fault lines.  

Made possible by the Mickie Silverstein Endowed Fund.

About the Artists

Himali Singh Soin is a writer and artist based between London and New Delhi. She uses metaphors from outer space and the natural environment to construct imaginary cosmologies of interferences, entanglements, deep voids, debris, delays, alienation, distance, and intimacy. In doing this, she thinks through ecological loss, the loss of home and seeking shelter somewhere in the radicality of love. Her speculations are performed in audio-visual, immersive environments.

David Soin Tappeser is a drummer, composer and performance artist based between London and New Delhi. His practice explores socio-eco-spiritual-tempo-somatic dimensions of sound. His performances and compositions use rhythm to unearth, manipulate and deconstruct linear perceptions of time, interdependence and alterity. They hint at intercultural entanglements, parallel histories and extra-human frames of reference while thinking about environmental destruction and sociopolitical fissures.

Please note that this is an in-person event that takes place at the museum.

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