“The Arrival” is a participatory research-based performance that examines identity, place, and belonging through languages and gestures. This performance starts from a twelve day field research in London where I ask random people I meet on streets to say, “ Where are you from?” with different tones and emotions, I record their voices. I also invite people who I cannot meet in person to participate by asking them to record their own voices of saying“ Where are you from?” and send them to me. The final project is presented at The CERA Project in London where I use the recorded sound, salt, and paper boats to respond my research. ““The Arrival” seeks cultural intersections created by experiences of immigration and globalization, examining how transnational interconnections impact and shape our identity, questioning what it means to be a citizen of the world today, and how we all relate to each other in the rapidly changing world.
I have recorded 156 people’s voices in London, for the voice sample, please visit
photo credit: Ines Valle
Chun Hua Catherine Dong acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts