Yokohama Triennale 2020: Episōdo 03 – Chasing the Scent

Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
09 Oct 2020 - 11 Oct 2020

Yokohama Triennale 2020: Episōdo 03 – Chasing the Scent

Yokahama Triennale 2020, curated by Raqs Media Collective, invites you to an online assembly taking place over two days on 9 & 10 October 2020.

A transcontinental tributary convened by Kabelo Malatsie, Michelle Wong, and Lantian Xie, investigates and performs the aporias arising from claims to equality, made with bodies, words, sounds, costumes, instruments, and with shifting forums. This draws from the insights of a minor strand in legal theory that engages with the way people transform courtrooms into forums to speak and make the act of speech itself the site for claims to justice.

Rains fall across the entire surface of a planet continuously for two million years—Carnian Pluvial Episode—pitter patter dispersed across contagious relays. From this, we intimate a scent milieu. Shino Hashimoto plays a motorbike engine spitting exhaust fumes into speech, rescuing appeals from waste, you know, like how radioactivity can also call prayer. Sumayya Vally reminds us of this with a call to ingest architecture. Digestion we think as vast, precarious, planetary infrastructure. The call drops every five minutes when we Skype with Kaushal Sapre and Aasma Tulika. They are plotting wormholes through data streams. On night drives in the desert, Ahmed and Rashid bin Shabib push hands with posterity, speculating elastic invitations to bypass unbuilding. A haunting, and then an appearance; Hala Ali draws a paralegal silhouette of an outfit worn by Muammar Gaddafi. Christian Nyampeta plays a Rodrigue Karemera love song.

In the graveyard shift Radio tropiezo uses noise, improvisation, spoken word and poetic lectures contemplating the Mexican prison system. Spatially, throats and tongues are acknowledged in Dineo Seshee Bopape’s spontaneously recorded song. A slug leaves a trail on concrete. In songs and shared listening with a stranger, Amiya Nagpal refuses misery, renders life as abundance exceeding biological given. Organs swap bodies, the left and right eye are moved from one body to another. Abhishek Hazra gives voice to the eyes’ last view.

There were many days in Hong Kong when it rained artificially, sometimes washing away voices unheard. Mark Chung replays the erasure of what forms part of an illegal chant, the name of a place, an unpredictable past. On the island of Java some people orient themselves according to where the Fire Mountain is in relation to where they are. Sets built after allegedly important moments of a nation appear on films as fact. Grace Samboh evaluates them as visual sources of truth, and then goes on a scooter ride. Santhosh S jostles time with time with time with time with time with…

Join us on Zoom webinar using the following details:

Webinar ID: 836 0899 9277

Youtube livestream link to be announced closer to the event.



DAY 1 | Friday, October 9

17h00 Yokohama / 16h00 HK / 15h00 Jogja / 13h30 Delhi / 12h00 Dubai / 10h00 Joburg / 03h00 Mexico DF

17h00 – Opening Remarks

17h05 – Shino Hashimito

17h15 – Sumayya Vally

17h50 – Ahmed & Rashid bin Shabib

18h30 – Hala Ali

19h00 – Christian Nyampeta

19h40 – Closing Remarks


DAY 2 | Saturday, October 10

03h00 Yokohama / 02h00 HK / 01h00 Jogja / 23h30 Delhi / 22h00 Dubai / 20h00 Joburg / 13h00 Mexico DF

03h00 – 05h00 – Radio tropiezo

05h00 – 05h05 – Dineo Seshee Bopape

17h00 Yokohama / 16h00 HK / 15h00 Jogja / 13h30 Delhi / 12h00 Dubai / 10h00 Joburg / 03h00 Mexico DF

17h00 – Opening Remarks

17h05 – Dineo Seshee Bopape

17h10 – Grace Samboh

18h10 – Amiya Nagpal

18h40 – Abhishek Hazra

19h20 – Mark Chung

19h35 – Santhosh S

20h30 – Closing Remarks


More information at

Saturday, 17 October 2020
23:00 (JP) 22:00 (HKT), 16:00 (ZA)

The Episodo 01: Afterparty which will be taking place on . 

This afterparty happens in the wrong place at the wrong time as part of an episodic deliberation on discursive justice. It will take place virtually with streaming, with Phastoki DJ-ing from Johannesburg and Fotan Laiki hyping from Hong Kong and visuals by Jerome Reyes. Wear your best clothes, BYOB and get ready for a digital boogie. Old and new friends welcome.

Live streaming: