David Khang


David Khang’s work is informed by previous educational backgrounds in psychology, theology, and dentistry. In recent works, he uses ‘things’ foreign to the human body—live butterflies, extracted wisdom teeth, raw beef tongue—as prosthetics to “perform” language. Khang received his BFA from Emily Carr Institute (2000), and MFA with Emphasis in Critical Theory from the University of California, Irvine (2004). Khang currently lives and works in Vancouver, where he is a Sessional Faculty at the Emily Carr Institute. He is a 2006-07 recipient of the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art.

Phalogocentrix by David Khang

FADO is pleased to present Vancouver-based artist David Khang new performance, Phalogocentrix. This performance is presented in the context of FADO’s on-going IDea series.

Phalogocentrix is a performance about language and the way it forms and informs our culture. Vancouver-based artist David Khang interrogates constructions and performativity of language that is at once gendered (phallocentric) and culturally specific (logocentric). Part calligraphy, part yoga, and part breakdancing, this syncretic ritual explores African and Asian cultural connectivities, within the theological context of a church. By bringing together traditional and contemporary cultural references, as well as trans-diasporic identities, this work is an attempt to further critical understanding of the relationships between race, gender, and language.

Co-sponsored by Vtape and the Images Festival.

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer