Kexin hao

total body workout (2021)

Total Body Workout by visual artist and 2021 GOGBOT Youngblood Award-winner Kexing Hao, leads you through a ‘total body’ experience in which history unfolds not in chronological order but in a head-to-toe sequence.

How is our body scripted and shaped by the times it lives in? How are national agendas and political ideologies are woven into bodily semiotics? How does one’s body memory become an integral part of hegemonic historical narratives? And how do we inhabit a historical and totalized body?

Based on nationwide physical exercise routines and mass gymnastic performances in Asia, the Eastern Bloc, and the United States, Total Body Workout proposes a recomposition of the existing corporal movements and a reconfiguration of the past in the present. Here and now, we work out the total body.