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Ada Xiaoyu Hao

MA work

Somatic Apparatus

Somatic Apparatus 

The selected performances and their documentation focus on themes of the post-human, becoming animal, morphological desire, metonymic body mutation/simulation/transgression, notions of self within Asian Diaspora, body as archive, voice reverberation, and coalition beyond traditional gender, like the constructed verbal and non-verbal cultural/social codes. 

"At times, in the images where the camera has zoomed in, the body appears androgynous. The body you make us aware of here is via its skin, its membrane – that acts as a surface, a screen – offering protection as well as a tactile texture to encounter. The skin here encloses the body, and also presents the body. It veils the body’s insides, the things that render a body unnatural when fallen outside – and also becomes what we know of the body via our immediate senses of sight, smell and touch. The body-skin is a space of possible encounters, intimacies and sensualities."

- Annie Jael Kwan, Curator and Researcher, 'Duties of Self-Care', In response of Ada Xiaoyu Hao's work, 'Mask of Sanity'.


  • Ada Xiaoyu Hao
  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Contemporary Art Practice, 2018



  • Ada Xiaoyu Hao (b.1993), performance artist, lives and works in London. Using a diverse range of media spanning performance, (moving) image, sound, and text, her body of practice and research operate with themes of post-human and spatio-temporal (heterotopia) continuity to expand our possibilities for being and acting in the world. Responding to the social and historical context encountered and discovered in both private and public spaces/inhabitants, in search for the traces of corporeal dialects the contemporary diasporic bodies speak, Ada explores both external and internal morphological fascination the actual body derives.

  • Degrees

  • BA Performance Arts and Culture, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, 2016; BA Erasmus, Second Year Photography, Camberwell College, University of Arts London (UAL), 2015
  • Experience

  • Artist Residency, ‘Now’, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester, UK, 2018; Mask of Sanity, Performance Lecture and Artist Talk with Curator Annie Kwan, Duties of Self-care, Iniva Research Network, Stuart Hall Library, London; Founder & Producer of PAPRIKA Collective, an archive and platform for performance artists; Performance Curator, I come in the end, The best is over, Dyson Gallery. Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Curator, Speed Curating Chelsea Arts Club, London, 2017; Performance Curator, Skin without body, Synthetic Hapticality, Enclave Lab, Deptford, London, 2018; Curator, Live art Event, Archiving Fever 2: Here I am,There you are, Square Gallery London, 2018; Curator, Live art Event, Archiving Fever 1: Artists’ Confiteor, Hundred Years Gallery
  • Exhibitions

  • Beyond Body, Live Performance, Asylum Chapel, London, 2018; Live Performance, Testbed 1, London, 2018; Live Performance, Enclave Lab, Deptford, London, UK; Live Performance for Purple Velvet 2, RCA Queer Society, Royal College of Art, London, 2018.; Live Performance, Grain, The Factory, Folkestone, 2018; Live Performance. FOLLOW, Lychee One, London, 2018; Live Performance, Revolve Performance Art Festival, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala, 2017; Live Performance, The Nunnery Gallery, London, 2017; Live Performance, Brewery Tap Project Space, Folkstone, 2017; Live Performance, Hundred Years Gallery, London, 2017; Live Performance, Wick Woodland Forest, London, 2017; Live Performance, Tierp Konsthall/Bibliotek, Sweden, 2017; Live Performance, Five Minutes of Your Time, Testbed1, London,; Live Performance, British Public Art, Architecture Foundation, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Live Performance, WIP Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Collaborative Live Performance, Inventory London, Limehouse, London, 2016; Performance Exhibition, OXYGEN, Rome, Rome, 2016