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Artist Spotlight – Tai Shani

Up next for our artist spotlights is Tai Shani. Shani’s artistic practice, comprising performance, film, photography, and installation, uses experimental writing as a guiding method. For Art Night Tai brings My Bodily Remains, Your Bodily Remains, And All The Bodily Remains That Ever Were, And Ever Will Be to The Little Theatre. Set screenings of the film will take place every 75 minutes with a more informal small-screen version viewable in the Theatre’s bar.

Watch the trailer HERE!

We recently spoke to Tai to ask a little more about what to expect on the evening of Art Night…

⭐This new film you’re making originates from a performance you did with Art Night at Fabric in London last year, can you tell us a bit about it?⭐

‘My Bodily Remains, Your Bodily Remains, And All The Bodily Remains That Ever Were, And Ever Will Be is a fantastical series of filmic tableaux drawing from various genres ranging from horror to technicolour cinematic dreams.

The film is a poetic meditation on various historical resistance movements and groups, the spiritual dimensions of anti-supremacism, intersectional queer feminism, communism and revolutionary thinking to recognise the emancipatory power of love and pleasure as a catalyst for radical change. My Bodily Remains… features an original score composed by Maxwell Sterling and Richard Fearless (Death in Vegas) alongside digital animations by Adam Sinclair.’

Tai Shani, The Neon Hieroglyph, film stills, 2021

⭐We had such a good time with you in Dundee when you had your first site visit and fell in love with the Little Theatre. What are your thoughts of Dundee?⭐

‘I’m very much looking forward to being back in Dundee, I really love The Little Theatre – I think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world!’

Tai Shani, My Bodily Remains, Your Bodily Remains and All the Bodily Remains that Ever Were and Ever Will Be, film stills, 2023

Thank you Tai, we look forward to visiting The Little Theatre on the 24th of June!

This work is a Co-Commission for Art Night, CAC Cincinnati, KM21 and POR:TA. With additional support from Luminous Foundation. Developed in collaboration with The Southbank Centre, London. Supported using public funding by Creative Scotland, the Henry Moore Foundation, and Museum of London with support from Arts Council England.

Featured image credit: Yael Aviv

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