Urgency Addiction—The Human Condition in Fast Forward

2024.07.07 Sunday 18:30


Enbankment Building, 370 North Suzhou Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai

Artist: Lishuang Xu

Urgency Addiction is an experimental performance lecture. I will adhere to neuro-scientific guideline and suggestions circulated on the internet, allowing my body to become automated through repeated movements, enabling it to process three tasks simultaneously.

I will share stories within the ruin, telling while walking, walking while eating and working, working while exercising and filming, filming while speaking and coordinating the audiences.

The stories and movements are all tethered to “urgency” and its implicit driving force. In this performance-narration, “urgency” becomes more than a bodily expression, as it also alters the relationship between myself, the performer, and the audience. There is no narrative plot that needs to move forward in Urgency Addiction, only an exploration of how productivity disrupts the body, others, and the surrounding space.

The Macalline Center of Art (MACA) is a non-profit art institution located in the 798 Art District of Beijing and officially inaugurated its space on January 15, 2022. Occupying a two-story building with a total area of 900 square meters, MACA unites artists, curators, and other art and cultural practitioners from around the world. Through its diverse, ongoing, and collaborative approaches, the Center establishes a new site on the contemporary art scene. Guided by the “work of artists” and backed by interdisciplinary research, the Center aims to bring together a community passionate about art and devoted to the “contemporary” moment so as to respond proactively to our rapidly evolving times.