Dakota Guo (b. 1994, CN) currently lives and works in Rotterdam, NL. She works with pseudo-theory making translated into various forms, such as performance, video, installation, text, and sound. Her artistic research on the (cosmo-)necrological infrastructure testifies to the improbable self-sufficiency of the mortal world. Through performative deconstruction of various proto-religious accounts, she turns her peculiar obsession with ghostly matters and their materialisation into a post-secular revision of haunting.
Dakota holds degrees in Art Praxis (MA, Dutch Art Institute, 2022) and Performance Practice-as-Research (MA, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, 2017). Her work has been exhibited at Goethe Institute, Rotterdam (2022); Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2022); Make Room, LA (2021); Institute For Provocation, Beijing (2019), among others.
📌️ In 2022, together with Raffia Li, Pitchaya Ngamcharoen, Maoyi, and Miyoung Chang, Dakota initiated Soupspoon Collective. Based in Rotterdam, Soupspoon cultivates a common, Asian contextualised space for the particular that eludes translation.
📌️ CURRENTLY she is working on a duo project with Miyoung Chang under the framework of “Open Rehearsal” at If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam. In the project “Chu Renmei and Hye-Joo,” two daredevil friends come together in an attempt to study and exhaust the conventions of East Asian horror filmmaking. Claiming that they are not afraid of western ghosts in the arrogance of their displacement from the geographical sites where “effective” haunting would be possible, the duo delves into the mechanism of the cinematic apparatus, through which an abstracted horror affect of the absent presence of ghosts is generated nevertheless.
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illustration of kota & floating ghost made by Lin Hui