By Xin Cheng

Photo by Xin Cheng

tender surrender

XIN CHENG | In Desire Armed, Landstreicher proposed desire as a creative impulse to follow one’s own inclinations, independent from the spooks of society, in relation with the specific other people around oneself. I feel, an important distinction then, is to realise the situations where I can do something…

A view from Nanji-do ecological park, Seoul, Korea, 2015. Photo by Xin Cheng

Mountain Stories

XIN CHENG | The last three months of 2015, I lived on a trash mountain. I thought I was going to an eco-park. The morning after my arrival, I walked out of where I had slept, and discovered a giant dome building, a huge chimney, trucks coming in, and a blinking board of what looked like toxic chemicals with numbers beside them…

Photo by Iris Hsieh

Rulers

XIN CHENG | Quite a few months ago, in Taiwan, I saw a carpenter’s tape measure with the scales in metric, Chinese inches and how fortuitous the length is according to fengshui…

One of the spaces the writer has rested in. Photo by Xin Cheng

some stories around ‘shelter’

XIN CHENG | One night in May 2016 in a park in Western Tokyo, I made myself comfortable in between sheets of cardboard. There were high wind in the trees above. I felt the ground move powerfully under me, like riding a giant worm…

Xin Cheng, found in the Kobe mountains, Japan, 2016

I AM…

XIN CHENG | Early 2015, I performed for MAU/Lemi Ponifasio’s I AM at Aotea Centre as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. It was an intense and transformative experience. For a start, I was grateful for having been included as a volunteer, despite being an amateur to the world of performance (I had only started getting my toes wet…