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    "Gossip, Sleepovers, and care: a precursor to Elaine W. Ho's 'Precarious Bodies, Precarious Institutions'"
by Anna BOWEN (edited version first published at
21-Dec-2021 -

Imagine that you are in a nest made of bedsheets strung up with rope from your ceiling above an island built of a thousand caressing pillows. Situate your body in that space. Yes, it is dark but there is a string of miniature disco balls which sparkle in your eyes, keeping us cozy and smiling together as we move, warm and intimate,” narrates Amy Suo WU as part of online aural art space Radio Slumber.[1]

Informal gatherings outside of marketable holidays have been notably absent from public discussion as Covid-19 restrictions have expanded and contracted over the past year, at least in Canada where I reside. Can I have a sleepover? Has been a familiar refrain over the last few years from my eight-year-old daughter and her friends, the tenderness of sleeping beside each other in pajamas, otherwise only seen in the private space of the home, and the possibility for late night gossip embodying a profound desire for closeness, made more urgent by the separation experienced through lockdown. Similarly, guidance on essential gatherings of friends, preparing and sharing food together, for example, has been overridden in the public discourse and national news cycle by the economy and what it needs to survive through the pandemic. Opening restaurants, bars, hair salons, and gyms has clearly taken priority over communicating the possibility for potlucks, gatherings, cooking for each other—and slumber parties.

Radio Slumber——a series of radio pieces, or séances, and an online “grimoire” by Hong-Kong-based Elaine W. HO and Rotterdam-based Amy Suo WU——are the outcome of a residency focused on an “endotic” investigation and attentiveness, that is, looking inward to the everyday, to the ordinary as opposed to the exotic. The residency was part sleepover, part social-practice art, part “diasporadic” coven, and part study group. A warm place open for rest and gossip, the time was shared by a group of female artists and academics from the Asian diaspora in what they dub pwsssrfs——naturally, “potluck workshops + secret societies + spa retreats + fests of slumber”——and took place at Motel Spatie in Arnhem, Netherlands, during the winter of 2020.

In my own broader circles, the notions of séances, the unseen, covens, and alchemy, still provoke discomfort and disorientation——with the exception of where radical, predominantly white-Anglo friends are working their way towards relating to the cycles of the nonhuman through academia or ritual. My own sense of “gossip” is usually tied to a protestant moralistic distaste for “talking behind peoples’ backs.” But Radio Slumber brings back into focus the way that “sharing informal knowledges within female friendships [is or can be] a political act of solidarity within a patriarchal model that seeks to disrupt its existence.”[2] They open up of a space for gossip, wondering whether it might exist as a “noninstitutional informal space of knowledge production”[3] and how or even if that knowledge production, in turn, can be or shared publicly.

The group engages Silvia FEDERICI’s proposal that it is in part words “frequently used to define and degrade women” which serve to operationalize and reproduce gender oppression, with history of gossip being an “emblematic” example. At the turn of modernity in Europe, alongside the violent extraction of so-called witches from communities, gossip became a term that instead of representing close female friendship “turned into one signifying idle, backbiting talk, that is, talk potentially sowing discord, the opposite of the solidarity that female friendship implies and generates.”[4]

Radio Slumber shies away from productivity and performance, instead engaging in mutual vulnerability, whispered linkages, a “bond of care and friendship as methodology.” They explain, “We attempted to put what was urgent into practice: the act of care, friendship, rest, and solidarity. We tried to embody these gestures and take the practice of care seriously, slow down and resist the capitalist guilt of productivity.”

From within this context, the project spans from discussions about cultural theorist Rey CHOW’s text, “The Fascist Longings in our Midst,” to recipes for pineapple buns——and the audio provides an immersive artefact representing the wide-spanning fertile space of the gathering. Likewise, the website and accompanying audio pieces resist linear consumption or quick glances, instead demanding a longer, immersive engagement with its bubbles of information and aural concoctions. These bubbles span everything from notes on micro-aggressions to academic papers on care (Jamie HECKERT, Carol GILLIGAN, Leela GANDHI), from poetry by Li-Young LEE, to short video clips of sewing Radio Slumber “door cozies.” I take screenshots to remember where the bubbles are that I need to return to on this “home brewed” page, and with no other way to ingest them, resist my own impulses towards productivity and instead give in to time spent in a liminal space listening to the hours-long aural productions.

This, the fourth piece in the Complicating Care series on is written by Elaine W HO, one of the self-proclaimed “mama-sans” of Radio Slumber. In her article “Precarious Bodies, Precarious Institutions,” Ho reflects on a different space of embodiedness and intimacy, in this case an unintended and clinical dystopian sleepover, a forced pause from productivity, in a recent hospital stay that found her dependent on the medical system. In contrast to the closeness and intimacy of Radio Slumber, Ho wonders “how governments both care for and control their citizens” through this type of institution, invoking literary theorist Lauren Berlant’s work on ‘austerity, precarity, and awkwardness.’ Ho considers how art can ride the space between institutions and the intimacy of bodies, “as something that gives care to, as well as challenges, those roles.”

[1] Séance 1 of
[2] FEDERICI, Silvia
[3] Séance 2, around 01:07, from notes taken by a participant of pwsssrfs;
[4] FEDERICI, Silvia

    "Library Conversation"
interview with Object Lessons Space for Singapore Art Book Fair
26-Jun-2020 -
WeChat conversation between artist and 曲一箴 Twist QU Yizhen
13-Sep-2018 -
    "描述的邀请 An Invitation to Describe"
《八家》Bajia, Issue 02
Jul-2018 -
    "Display Distribute: Holy Motors, Hong Kong"
朱珮璧 Ingrid Pui Yee CHU, Frieze, Issue 188
Summer-2017 -
    "都市折叠 Rebel Cities" (review)
《艺术界》Leap, No. 45
May/Jun-2017 -
    "何颖雅,iwishicoulddescribeittoyoubetter 目录"
《艺术世界》Art World, Issue 318
May-2017 -
    "乌有乡消息维度 News from Nowhere"
(review of 都市折叠 Rebel Cities at Yang Art Museum)
《艺术世界》Art World, Issue 317

Apr-2017 -
    "Organization-in-Between: Art, Activism and Commodification"
Art in Context: Conversations with and between Art and Cultural Practitioners, Goethe Intitute

2016 -
    "Zeit-Ton Magazin"
Astrid SCHWARZ, Ö1 Radio Austria
20-Jan-2016 -
    "Alternative Spaces in China: Boundaries Between the Institutional and the Individual"
SU Wei, Dreams of Art Spaces Collected
2015 -
Two Roads Diverged: The Beijing International",
张桂才 Alexandra BROCKETT,《艺术界》Leap, Vol. 32

Mar/Apr-2015 -
    "Precarity Pilot: HomeShop", interview by Brave New Alps,
Jan-2015 -
    "Measures of Distance (to HomeShop): A Conversation
with Elaine W. Ho and Edward Sanderson"
Paul GLADSTON, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Vol. 1, No. 23

2014 -
    "跳出北京 Escape Beijing"
盧燕珊 LO Yinshan, 《經濟日報》 Economic Times
13-Dec-2013 -
    "Making Moves: Interview with HomeShop"
Ming LIN, ArtAsiaPacific blog
30-Apr-2013 -
    "创意百人 100% Creative Icons", 易洪波 YI Hongbo,《新视线》The Outlook, Issue 128 Dec-2012 -
    "HomeShop: Research-based Practice and the Spirit of the Hutong"
Jason WAITE, Art Papers
Sep-2012 -
朱洁树, 《东方早报》
26-Dec-2011 -
王馨卉, 《99艺术网》
23-Jun-2011 -
    "Noise and Context"
20-Jun-2011 -
张小船 Boat ZHANG, 《艺术世界》Art World, No. 250
Mar-2011 -
    "Growing Pains"
Edward SANDERSON,   
21-Feb-2011 -
卢迎华 Carol Yinghua LU, ed.
《艺术文献》 Fine Arts Literature, Vol. 70
Feb-2011 -
    "访何颖雅《穿 wear》杂志主编"
17-Feb-2011 -
    "The Gopher Hole: An art report from London",
Catherine RIVA,
20-Dec-2010 -
    "Busy Beehive"
6-Dec-2010 -
    "Alternative Spaces, Alternative Strategies"
Edward SANDERSON, 《艺术界》Leap, No. 6
Dec-2010 -
    "Reflections on Beijing's Edible Art"
22-Nov-2010 -
    "Little Movements"
卢迎华 Carol Yinghua LU
《艺术典藏國際版》Yishu Journal of Contemporary Art,
Volume 9, No. 5
Sep/Oct-2010 -
    "500 Words: Elaine W. Ho"
interview by Lee AMBROZY,
15-Jul-2010 -
    "何穎雅谈家作坊与《穿》 第二期"
interview by Lee AMBROZY,
11-Jul-2010 -
    "Alternatives: HomeShop", interview by Edward
19-Jun-2010 -
    "Emporium: A New Common Sense of Space"
《艺术典藏國際版》Yishu Journal of Contemporary Art,
Volume 9, No. 2
Mar/Apr-2010 -
    "Balanced Budgets"
Nataranjan BOHIDAR, Doors of
01-Mar-2010 -
    "颖雅的四合院 Elaine's Home Workshop"
方丹敏 Barbara FANG,《大学生》China Campus, Issue 124
Dec-2009 -
    "Beijing Apartments"
Apartamento, No. 4
Winter-2009 -
    "Far, yet close by"
《环球时报》Global Times
23-Oct-2009 -
    "Chinese artist-run spaces rise up again?"
Art Radar Asia
18-May-2009 -
    "Don't Stop: Doing Art Potluck Style", 卢迎华 Carol
Yinghua LU, e-flux journal #5
Apr-2009 -
    "Observing Chinese contemporary art through writings", Research Log, 亞洲藝術文獻庫 Asia Art Archive Mar-2009 -
    "Best of 2008", Robin Peckham, ArtForum (Chinese
10-Dec-2008 -
    "Home in shop, neighbors in home", 17-Aug-2008 -
    "胡同一家 A Home in the Lane", 《新浪财经》Sina Finance 16-Aug-2008 -
    "CHAN Studio", Perspective Oct-2008 -
    "另外一种设计 Another Kind of Design", 《青年潮流》创意杂志
, Issue 5
2008 -
    "The Secret Life of Expired Objects", Guerrilla
28-Jan-2007 -
    "Finding a common place at Stars & Rain", Nov-2005 -
    "Charity Activity Starts to Help Autistic Kids", 27-Nov-2005 -
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