II II (2016) is a collaborative performance piece by T & E which explores the idea of unknown as the unpleasantness by using color black and chopsticks. The two performing artists efface their identities by wearing black from head to bottom to evoke a sense of unknown. The chopsticks painted with black no longer become the familiar tools for eating. But they rather extend artists' physicality, to make indirect yet direct contact with the audience. Such direct contact made by the unknown, unidentifiable figures with their chopsticks are forceful, unpleasant and uncomfortable as the figures use chopsticks to interrupt the private spaces of each audience. The performance is a ceremonial act as the artists follow choreographed movements to pick up chopsticks, commencing the performance, and return to the installation to put down the chopsticks finishing the performance. As the upright placement of chopsticks are strictly used during the offering ceremonies for the dead, the chopsticks stabbed into the rice bowls challenge the Asian dining morals. As the result, the installation becomes a shrine, a symbol of the offensiveness, that celebrates the unknown as the unpleasantness and uneasiness for the contacted audiences.
1. Never talk to one another or to audiences
2. Never make direct physical contacts with audience; only through chopsticks
3. Never make skin contacts by chopsticks
4. Always pick one audience at the time together in pairs
5. Always pick the audience with chopsticks THREE times
6. Communicate with one another ONLY by ticking the chopsticks