a collaboration between artists—Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James
ALEXANDMUSHI is a collaboration between Alex Nichols & Mushi Wooseong James .
A collaboration that precipitated by a random meeting on the street after Alex was evicted from her art studio in the Mission. Their work engages the public in interactive experiences that examine how we communicate and connect—cross culturally, looking at gender, culture and language. The Portable Studio is their primary project which has traveled around the world. Together they have built international partnerships with Bamboo Curtain Studio, MOCA Taipei, Zhuwei elementary in Taipei as well as City In the Sky in Marseille, France.
Portable Studio began in 2015, when Alex Nichols & Mushi Wooseong James met on the streets after Alex was evicted from her San Francisco studio. Rather than remain studio-less, Alex & Mushi fabricated a “Portable Studio” to bring onto the streets. Alex & Mushi invited the public to step into this 10’x10’ white gator-board box.
There are only two rules: no talking and no touching.
The Portable Studio is a neutral territory zone, for communication and connection, not just a tool to understand but a tool to experience. The Portable Studio eliminates the social conditioning embedded in our culture, race, gender and language. Alex and Mushi state that, “we need to remember how we connect person to person, for us that is an act of resistance.”
The Portable Studio is a radical look at what connects us as individuals rather than divides us within society.
Alex and Mushi believe that, “if we are going to overcome the forces that are working to divide us, we need to rebuild our connections one person at a time.”
How do we understand another person?
What are the boundaries that exist between us and how do we engage and explore the space between the self and the other?
To know someone requires listening and asking questions. This is a conversation around gender, generational gaps, projection, desire, tension, fantasy and the forbidden using the vehicle of the self and the other.
The structure of this project is simple. A chair and two artists: Alex Nichols & Mushi Wooseong James. Each person takes a turn in leading while the other must sit in the chair, eyes closed without moving. The project is placed in both public and private sites in which the environment also impacts the exploration of the conversation being held.