An unheimlich home project. Zürich / Beijing, 2007-2010.

by 何穎雅 elaine w. ho, 張秀娥 monika truong and 张秀芳 simone truong


What happens when we spend time together? What paths are crossed, how is intimacy created, what are the limits of togetherness and what spaces lie in between the ordinary and the extraordinary? In October 2009, guests joined us for dinner at the courtyard at Huzhu Xiang 8 to share an experience with us, both as a familiarity and as something completely new.



The OVERSEAS project began in 2008 as a performance arts project by three creators of the Chinese diaspora, their shared background as the starting point and from whence the overall name OVERSEAS is derived. This blog is an ongoing documentation, place of exchange, and dropbox of ideas and inspirations for the two-year project.

The term ‘overseas’ references those of Chinese heritage living outside of China, but rather than any claims to a particular identity, it is how we go beyond it towards relating to one another that remains the focus of our work. Identity can be a daily routine, it can be a performance. But the context, and the strength of the relation, are what enrich the process.

Since 2008 OVERSEAS developed as a series of workshops, movement research and video explorations between Zürich and Beijing. Investigations have brought the team into the very heart of the old capital, and since August of 2009 the initiators and a team of local Chinese artists and performers lived and worked intensively within a traditional courtyard in the center of Beijing, using the site as workspace, living space and point of inspiration for a series of confrontations and exchanges between daily life and representation, language and meaning, the ordinary and the extraordinary. The result was called OVERSEAS, CLOSE BY, a multidisciplinary event combining an evening of food and friends with visual arts and performance.