Diverse Works logo with white background linked to the home page.

Moved by the Motion (featuring boychild)

CounterCurrent 14 Performance

Filmmaker, producer, and acclaimed visual artist Wu Tsang animates his installation at DiverseWorks with a one-time-only live performance, featuring the performer boychild. Moved by the Motion (featuring boychild) explores the sensorial potential of pictures in relation to cinematic narrative. Working in a tradition of artist-filmmakers, Tsang looks at the role that fantasy plays in representing social movements. Evoking “the underground” as a site of cultural resistance, he considers how these constructs have been transformed by the internet and social media. Playing with sci-fi and portrait film genres, Tsang’s filmic installation was developed across three locales in Europe, Latin America, and Houston.

Moved by the Motion (featuring boychild) is presented by DiverseWorks as part of the CounterCurrent festival in collaboration with the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

About boychild

boychild is a Los Angeles-based performer and artist. Her performances have been presented at MoMA PS1 (New York), MOCA (Los Angeles), SFMOMA, Kulturhuset (Stockholm), and upcoming at Fundación Proa (Buenos Aires), and the MCA Chicago. She has toured internationally with Mykki Blanco and works collaboratively with the designer Hood by Air and visual artists Wu Tsang and Korakrit Arunanondchai. 

About Wu Tsang

Wu Tsang is a Los Angeles based filmmaker, artist, and performer. His projects have been presented at the Tate Modern (London); the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum (New York); ICA (Philadelphia); and MOCA and REDCAT (Los Angeles). In 2012, he participated in the Whitney Biennial and New Museum Triennial (New York), Gwangju Biennial (South Korea), and Liverpool Biennial (UK). He was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012, and is a Film Independent Project:Involve alum. His first feature WILDNESS won multiple awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary at Outfest 2012. WILDNESS had its world premiere at MoMA Documentary Fortnight (New York, NY), and was screened at SXSW (Austin, TX), Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada), and SANFIC8 (Santiago, Chile), among other festivals. Tsang was recently selected as one of 35 artists included in the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. 2014 biennial.


Moved by the Motion was commissioned and developed by DiverseWorks in collaboration with the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

This project is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, and through support from the National Performance Network’s Visual Artists Network. Major contributors are The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Lambent Foundation – a project of the Tides Center, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and Southwest Airlines. Additional support from The Hollyfield Foundation.

Date & Time:

Saturday, April 12, 9 – 10 pm


Free. Reservations may be made on the CounterCurrent festival ticketing website.

Free tickets will also be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis, but reservations are strongly encouraged to guarantee admission.

This is a standing room only performance (no seating).


Wu Tsang: Moved by the Motion exhibition

CounterCurrent 14 festival