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Lecture / 13.05.2020

In the lectureseries the "Kollektiv Mai Ling" talks about their collective and their work.

Due to Covid-19 the lecturew is postponed to an (half)public online version on May 13th, 2020.


Title: Who is Mai Ling?

An Asian woman in Europe is often not perceived as a person/individual but a hybrid body connoting various cultural interpretations and sexual fantasies created by the ideologies of a eurocentric society. The name of the artist collective, Mai Ling, refers to a series of sketch videos by Gerhard Polt (a German cabaret artist) dated in 1979, which represents the stereotypical image of Asian women in the occidental world. The concept of representing themselves as an artificial figure is essential for their artistic practice. By giving Mai Ling her own voice and manifestation, the artists point out a certain social reality in which they are objectified through their physical appearances and social 'prejudgements'.

In their presentation, the artist group will introduce one of their previous projects “Who is Mai Ling?” – a series of video/sound installations, performances and interventions in public spaces. Furthermore, their most recent work, “NOT FUNNY!”, will illustrate how art can be used as a means of protest in times where anti-Asian xenophobia is escalating.

About Mai Ling:

Mai Ling – based in Vienna – is an association as well as an artist collective, contextualizing and fostering contemporary Asian art and culture with a focus on FLINT*.
Mai Ling also offers a platform in which we can share our individual experiences and opinions about related subjects against racism, sexism, homophobia and any kind of prejudgment.
*FLINT: female, lesbian, intersexual, non-binary, transsexual.


To participant please register via E-mail in advance. The event will be held via a later named online platform, participants will receive meeting-code and password a day before the event.

13.05.2020, 6 pm

Internal accessvia Microsoft Teams: Click Link - Like it is known via Hfk-Teamsaccount.

External access via Microsoft Teams Webapp (just via Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge/Internet Explorer):
Click Link - Click Option "Stattdessen im Web teilnehmen" - set a name - mute microphone (right switcher/shifter in the window) - Click "Jetzt teilnehmen" - Waiting till moderation let you in.


Credit Image: All Images, © Mai Ling; Last Image: Videostill of “A beautiful alien girl” (HD Video, 7’15” | 2019), © Mai Ling

ONLINE: Lecturesseries Fine Art - Kollektiv Mai Ling


13. May 2020, 18:00