Dohee Lee ARA Gut (Ritual of Ocean)

When 18 Jan 2014
12:00PM - 8:00PM
Where Front Door Gallery, YBCA
701 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States
Enquiry +1 415-978-2787


Dohee Lee: ARA Gut (Ritual of Ocean)
Jul 20, Jan 18 & Spring TBA
Various locations in and around YBCA

“I passionately believe by practicing art we can commune with spirits to express and share our thoughts and ideas on vital issues such as identity, politics, nature, and spirituality.” —Dohee Lee

ARA Gut (Ritual of Ocean) is a cycle of three work-in-progress pieces created and performed by San Francisco performance artist Dohee Lee, presented by YBCA.

Dohee Lee’s performance rituals aim to heal the urban disconnect between nature and human. The project utilizes the mudang’s (Korean shaman) ancient vocation as communal healer to create a new role for the modern shaman in the Bay Area. “Ara” is a Korean word with various meanings including “ocean” and “eye”—symbols of rebirth and wisdom. These rituals are meant to evoke the regenerative power of the ocean as the energizing force behind life and the cycle of rebirth. All ARA Gut performances are community rituals. They are free and the public is invited to participate.

Sat, Jan 18, 2014, Noon–8 PM: Winter: Mago, Front Door Gallery
Dohee Lee: voice
Adria Otte: electronics/violin
Suki O’Kane: electronics
Marshall Trammell: percussionist

Sat, Jul 20, 2013, 4–6 PM: Summer: Invited Ritual, YBCA Grand Lobby
Adria Otte: Electronics, violin
Suki O’Kane: Electronics, percussion
Dohee Lee: Electronics, percussion and voice

Future Performances:
Spring: Ara, Yerba Buena Gardens


  • Summer: Invited Ritual
    Jul 20, 2013 3:00pm – 5:00pm
    Grand Lobby
  • Winter: Mago
    Jan 18, 2014 12:00pm – 8:00pm
    Front Door Gallery

    Winter: Mago is an eight-hour continuous performance. Dohee Lee and musicians will intervene between audience and ancestors through sound and movement. The audience can experience the work in any increment of time—either by watching it as a performance installation or entering into the space and participating in the ritual aspect of the work.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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