Betty Apple, Vibrator Love of Sound

Ownness Online Curatorial Tour and Performance

Online Tour

Friday, March 11, 2022, 9:00 pm

In conjunction with Ownness

Join curators Mizuho Yamazaki and Virginia Liu for an online 3D tour and discussion of the exhibition Ownness.

This exhibition sheds light on East Asian women who are claiming agency of their own bodies. Through the lenses of five emerging women artists from Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, it reveals women's gendered experience and empowerment across their respective societies. This exhibition will show how women across East Asia are fighting hand-in-hand to refute the expectations imposed upon.

Participating Artists:
Betty Apple, Dong Jinling, Nayoung Jeong, Kaai Ogaya and Wong Ka Ying.

Following the Online Curatorial Tour, Taiwanese Sound Artist, Betty Apple, will offer a 20 minute performance in tandem with her work Vibrator Love of Sound.

Betty Apple's performance series Vibrator Love of Sound, consist of musical arrangements made with eclectic instruments ranging from vibrators to wigs to shopping trolleys. Unencumbered by the canonized conventions of “good” music -which have been heavily shaped by colonialism and the subsequent cultural influence of the West– Betty Apple's "bad" noisic performances are fun, chaotic and bold.

Currently working as a Curatorial Assistant at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Mizuho Yamazaki creates exhibition spaces where spectators encounter the social and cultural realities from other parts of the world. With a special interest in arts and politics in the Middle East and North Africa and trans-physical exhibition platforms, she completed her MA in Museum Studies at New York University, and has taken part in curatorial internships for MoMA PS1 and the Abu Dhabi Project at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, as well as an exhibition design internship at the Tokyo National Museum.

Virginia Liu currently works at the Hong Kong Arts Centre Public Art Division, planning and executing art projects ranging from commissioned public art to community programs. She just finished a half-year professional attachment at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, funded by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, where she worked on Future and the Arts and STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World. From 2020 onward, she is involved in Via North Point (2019-2021), an art project that aims at urban renewal and community building. She is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong with a BA in Art History and an MA in Cultural Studies.

Betty Apple comes from a millennial generation of avant-garde artists in Taiwan. Her art (and music) draws on her lived experience living in post-colonial Taiwan. Her aim is to study the chaotic and hysterical "noise text" that is created by the conjuncture of humans and objects, using symbolic objects from kitsch culture and consumer society as sound elements. Her work has been seen across Asia, Europe, Australia and Canada. She received her B.A. in Theater and M.A. in New Media Art at the Taipei National University of the Arts.