CAN digital commission No.4 Jasmin Kent Rodgman

An Instagram Opera led by composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman, responding to the heightened racism towards Chinese and East Asian heritage people during the pandemic.


Nineteen Ways of Looking brings together composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman, counter tenor Keith Pun, Chinese writer Chen Si’an and choreographer Si Rawlinson to create an Instagram Opera. Responding to the portrayal of and prejudice displayed towards people of Chinese and East Asian heritage in the West during the COVID-19 pandemic, this multidisciplinary work explores nineteen different perspectives that relate to isolation, media and mental health. These will be presented on social media as a moving image or still photography, accompanied by various combinations of music, dance and spoken word. Shot entirely on camera phone, each Instagram ‘square’ will contain a miniature chapter of this semi-linear narrative, unfolding post by post, unravelling in real time for viewers.

The 4th of six CAN digital commissions, Nineteen Ways of Looking is co-commissioned with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA)

Jasmin Kent Rodgman

London-born British-Malaysian artist + composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman brings together the contemporary classical, electronics and sound art worlds to create powerful soundscapes and musical identities. A regular collaborator across various art forms including dance, word, film and VR, her music explores otherness, memory and plays with a sense of narrative. Activism also has an important place within her music and wider creative work; she is equally passionate about gender and racial equality and empowering others within the industry and beyond.

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