"Walker series" screening & conversation: Tsai Ming-Liang + Lee Kang-Sheng: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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"Walker series" screening & conversation: Tsai Ming-Liang + Lee Kang-Sheng

Two men recline and soak in water with eyes closed
Image credit: "No No Sleep" from the Walker series by Tsai Ming-Liang
6:30 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri September 30, 2022
6:30 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


"Walker series" screening & conversation with: Tsai Ming-Liang + Lee Kang-Sheng


(2014-2015, Taiwan, France, Hong Kong, approx. 90 min, no dialogue, DCP)

Please note the early start time: 6:30 PM.
We anticipate a full-capacity event--see" Notes on Attendance" below for guidance on reservations.




Beginning in 2012, Tsai and collaborator Lee Kang-Sheng embarked on what has come to be known as the “Walker series”: a suite of meditative performance films that capture Lee, dressed as a Buddhist monk, deliberately traversing public and private spaces across a range of world cities. This screening pairs two essential works from the series, JOURNEY TO THE WEST (2014, 54 min) and NO NO SLEEP (2015, 34 min), in which the filmmaker explores his trademark themes of dislocation, temporal dilation, and queer desire far beyond the limits of narrative cinema. JOURNEY finds red-robed Lee languidly moving through Marseille’s crowded streets, shadowed by iconic French performer Denis Lavant. In NO NO SLEEP, Tsai’s lingering camera takes in the nocturnal landscapes of Tokyo with ravishing results.

Following the screening, Tsai and Lee will appear for a discussion moderated by Dr. Jean Ma, professor of Film and Media Studies at Stanford University and author of At the Edges of Sleep: Moving Images and Somnolent Spectators, forthcoming from University of California Press.

Presented in partnership with the Ministry of Culture-Taiwan Cultural Center in New York, the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, and Doc Films. Programmed with support from J. Michael Eugenio. Presented as part of Tsai Ming-Liang’s US tour to Cambridge, Chicago, Washington DC, and NYC. Visit tsai2020.com for more information.



Due to the high level of interest in this event, we anticipate a full-capacity audience. The auditorium will be open by 6:00 PM and we highly encourage arriving early. RSVPs do not guarantee admission, however, RSVPs will be given priority seating on a first come first serve basis until we reach capacity. Any additional seats available at 6:25 PM will be available for those waiting in the walk-up line.

Presented with support from the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu