ALEXANDMUSHI
2015—ongoing


ALEXANDMUSHI is a collaboration between artists:     
Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James

    
ALEXANDMUSHI: TWO CHAIRS Project. Mulino, Italy, 2017. Two Chairs is a non verbal and durational performance (20-40 minutes).


In 2015 Alex and Mushi met on the streets. To this day it remains a chance meeting. From that unexpected crossing they have begun to innovate a new genre, a new medium of collaborative practice. Alex and Mushi work directly with the dynamic tension core to all relationships. The desire to be seen and the terror of revealing ourselves. What does it take to build powerful relationships with people? Humans are always in context to others. And yet how deeply is that process of connecting understood?



Portrait of Alex and Mushi: Photo by Benito Strummer, 2019.


“In a good collaboration, both people let go of their territory to make a third thing that neither one can make alone.”—Meredith Monk




ALEXANDMUSHI: PORTABLE STUDIO Project. Nakameguro, Tokyo, 2015. The Portable Studio is a neutral territory zone that explores communication and connection through participation. ALEXANDMUSHI invites the public, two people at a time, to step into the 10’x10’ (ft) white gator-board box. Participants are then asked to play, for at least 3 minutes, using the two objects placed inside while observing two rules: no talking & no touching.



ALEXANDMUSHI are ‘artists as anthropologists’. They conceive art projects that isolate forms of communication, verbal or non-verbal such as words, body language, gestures, and tones using a combination of durational performance, writing, photography and video to examine how we connect and make visible what has become assumed and habitualized in our communication.



ALEXANDMUSHI: CHAIR CONVERSATIONS Project. New Orleans, 2017. Chair Conversations’ is a non-verbal listening practice using the body. What are the boundaries that exist between us? How do we engage and explore the space between the self and the other?


ALEXANDMUSHI have participated and worked with: MOCA Taipei, Bamboo Curtain Studio, Recology SF, Chinese Culture Centre SF, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture SF, University of San Francisco, Zonamaco Art Fair, MACO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Oaxaca, Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo Oaxaca, AIASF (American Institute of Architects), and AAA (American Anthropological Association).



Website: alexandmushi.com

Instagram: @alexandmushi

Facebook: /alexandmushi