Myth of Ten Thousand Things

Myth of Ten Thousand Things

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Performance based open studio
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Performance of "The Edge of the Pacific"

Curated by Nathan Lynch, SoEx Curatorial Committee Member

Myth of Ten Thousand Things is a process-based collaboration between Dylan Bolles and Sasha Hom, which combines written and oral storytelling, music, performance, installation and graphic arts to tell family stories. In episodic explorations on the themes of voice and place, Bolles and Hom cultivate performance environments that embed practioners and audience members into a continuous field of change.

At Southern Exposure, Bolles and Hom create the conditions for a conversational exchange which will illuminate not only the stories brought to the table, but those which are made in the telling — particular to that place and time. Their latest episode, "The Edge of the Pacific," features a built-in kitchen-table guitar strung with silk strings and played with a slide-steel in a cross between a Korean Gyageum and an American diddley bow. In narrative and poetic song-like structures Hom speaks of learning how to surf while pregnant, linking themes of ocean and family to international Korean adoption and mythological birth stories, while Bolles plays the table, sometimes singing.

From 3:00 – 6:00 pm Bolles and Hom welcome gallery visitors to a performance-based open studio, which includes short segments from Myth of Ten Thousand Things, stories about their process, demonstration of the instruments and singing. At 6:00 pm Bolles and Hom take a short dinner break and prepare for a lengthier story-telling session at 7:00 pm, leaving some time in the middle to converse with the audience. If you're the kind of person who likes to sit down and be entertained you might come at 7:00 pm, but if you're the kind of person who likes to get to know people a bit, or have children who don't like to sit still for long or be too quiet, you might come earlier.