Edition #2: Kai-Oi Jay Yung

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As part of Edition, our annual month long venture, which acts as a testing ground for innovation and cross disciplinary collaborations, Cornerhouse presents a new commission by Kai-Oi Jay Yung.

For Interval; A Narrative Psychosis Yung has created a multi-channel video installation in Gallery 1 that draws upon the recent investigative journey she undertook across Hong Kong and California. The work seeks to draw parallels between these seemingly distinct countries, cross referencing diverse aspects of Yung’s experiences – from the South China seas to Palm Springs, from a Hong Kong face reader to an Alcatraz inmate.

Through her editing process, Yung explores how we distill and reconfigure the information and experiences of our individual lives, inviting visitors to forge their own personal trajectories through the amassed places and voices presented. The gallery experience culminates in the performative narrative Amnesia; A Rehearsal, an unexpected restaging of 19th Century American figure Sarah Winchester and her occult fixation. Blurring reality with fiction, this exhibition reveals the psychosis that loops across time and space and permeates our daily lives.


Exhibition produced by Cornerhouse, with initial development through the Micro-Commissions programme supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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Here’s a taster of Yung’s videos…




This essay, written by artist Alex Hetherington and edited by Kai-Oi Jay Yung considers Yung’s practice in the context of altermodern and her deployment of video as a means to consider multiple identities and the fragility between fact and fiction. This accompanies an audio interview, Alex Hetherington conducted with Kai-Oi Jay Yung allowing a different insight into her practice. Listen to a 5 minute extract here…

5 min extract – Alex Hetherington interviews Kai-Oi Jay Yung on Interval; A Narrative Psychosis by CornerhouseMCR

Alex Hetherington Interviews Kai-Oi Jay Yung on Interval; A Narrative Psychosis, 2010

Alex Hetherington speaks to Kai-Oi Jay Yung on the motivations, intricacies and ambitions of her current project Interval; A Narrative Psychosis. It sets into context the psychological, political and empathetic investigations extending from Yung’s video works, considering the parallels between artifice and truth, documentary and narrative and the problem of verisimilitude.