“We are delighted to announce six new digital commissions. It is incredibly exciting to enable such strong works to happen during this difficult time. From a diverse range of innovative ideas, the commissioned works will explore how digital devices could be the best media for some artistic concepts and how we can deliver the best artworks to the public and the community we serve digitally.

During this hard time, CAN has started these partnerships with CFCCA, HOME Manchester and Yellow Earth Theatre. The pandemic is extremely tough for the arts sector. I believe that arts organisations need to work together and we need diverse perspectives and voices across the sector to get through this situation.”

 An-Ting Chang, CAN Artistic Director

CAN Digital Commissions

Eelyn Lee – Casting Fu Manchu

An exploration of Yellow Peril in light of the coronavirus, Eelyn’s film will subvert racial stereotypes through a reimagining of Fu Manchu in 2021.


Seph Li – untitled project

Seph’s interactive art experiment connects modern science and ancient Daoism on the origin of the cosmos in digital media form. The project will provide a unique experience for each audience member.


CAN Digital Commissions in partnership with Yellow Earth Theatre

Pamela Carter – Monologue (working title)

A visual journey into a woman’s life, taking the audience on an impossible story spanning time and real historical events and touching on the subjects of war, cultural identity, gender, and colonialism.

Tobi Poster-Su – Chang and Eng and Me (and Me)

A digital theatre piece incorporating puppetry tells the story of Chang and Eng Bunker, Thai conjoined twins of Chinese descent who over the course of their lifetimes were both servants and slave-owners, with reflections of Tobi’s own life as an artist of mixed-race heritage.


CAN Digital Commission in partnership with Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Jasmin Kent Rodgman – nineteen ways of looking

Collaborating with writer Chen Si’an and choreographer and dance artist and choreographer Si Rawlinson, the piece will examine how their various practices – from theatre, contemporary classical, electronic and hip hop backgrounds – meet, compliment and rebound off each other.


CAN Homemakers commission in association with HOME, Manchester

Naomi Sumner Chan – Wait, I’m from Wuhan

The piece uses Instagram and blogs to follow a transracial adoptee as they trace their birth family to the Hubei province in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.


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