The live-exhibition by artist and composer Pan Daijing (b. 1991, Guiyang, China) encompasses choreography, architectural intervention, sound, and moving images. Her largest solo exhibition to date will manifest as an ever-evolving environ­ment. It invites the audience on a journey that spans the entire Westgalerie and adjacent spaces inside and outside the building.

Daijing’s works develop a symbiotic relationship with the spaces in which they unfold. At Haus der Kunst the artist creates a series of installations that integrate architectural elements of the building, reroute the gaze, and open up unseen spaces. In a choreography exploring stillness and liveness, a performance ensemble activates a process of transformation. The durational performances throughout the six weeks of the exhibition aim to distort oppositions between inside and outside and the perception and velocity of time. The audience is invited to immerse themselves, following or erasing traces left by the performers.

The daily activations will be performed by Amie Jammeh, Chihiro Araki and Wai Lok Chan. The performers will be present on weekdays from 3-7pm and on weekends between 1-5pm.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a monograph on Pan Daijing will be published in collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary.

“Mute” is commissioned by Haus der Kunst München. With the support of Y.D.C. and JNBY. With additional support for the performance by Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Goethe-Institut; and Kemmler Foundation, an initiative of Kemmler Kemmler GmbH.

Curated by Sarah Johanna Theurer with Lydia Antoniou, Emma Enderby, and Andrea Lissoni

Image: © Pan Daijing

Pan Daijing. Mute
Pan Daijing. Mute, Haus der Kunst 2024, Photo: Manuel Nieberle
Pan Daijing. Mute, Haus der Kunst 2024, Photo: Manuel Nieberle

Direction, composition, choreography, spatial design: Pan Daijing

Cast: Chihiro Araki, Camilla Brogaard, Kelvin Kilonzo, Pan Daijing, Amie Jammeh, Leah Katz, Chan Wai Lok, Cary Shiu

Vocals: Pan Daijing, Anna Davidson, Marie Gailey, Steve Katona

Sound mixing: Valerio Tricoli

Light design: Charlotte Marr

Architect: Celeste Burlina

Videography: Pan Daijing, Kleber Nascimento, Dzhovani Gospodinov

Video editing: Joshua Bonnetta, Liyo Gong

Artist studio: Taissa Fromme, Max Graef Lakin, Qusay Awad

For the works commissioned by Grazer Kunstverein, Tai Kwun Contemporary and Gwangju Biennale the artists thanks the institutions and the curators, as well as long term collaborators Raimundas Malašauskas, Xue Tan, Ximon Lee, Bill Kouligas and Rashad Becker