Total Body Workout

Total Body Workout leads you through a ‘total body’ experience in which history unfolds not in chronological order but in a head-to-toe sequence.

How is our body scripted and shaped by the times it lives in? How are national agendas and political ideologies woven into bodily semiotics? How does one’s body memory become an integral part of hegemonic historical narratives? And how do we inhabit a historical and totalised body?

Based on nationwide physical exercise routines and mass gymnastic performances in Asia, the Eastern Bloc and the United States, Total Body Workout proposes a recomposition of the existing corporal movements and a reconfiguration of the past in the present. Here and now, we work out the total body.

  • Kexin Hao
  • Kexin Hao
  • Kexin Hao
  • Kexin Hao
    Key Cast
  • Helena Roig
  • Pedro Gossler
  • Dima Ibrahim
  • Mijs Goosen
    Make-up Artist
  • Kexin Hao
    Performance artists
  • Leon Lapa Pereira
    Performance artists
  • Ella Wang Olsson
    Performance artists
  • Tom Šebestík
    Performance artists
  • Tingyi Jiang
    Performance artists
  • Project Type:
    Student, Performance, Interactive Film
  • Genres:
    Aerobics, Performance, Sports
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 5, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,300 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Language:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
  • Graduation Show, Royal Academy of Art The Hague
    The Hague
    July 8, 2021
    Department Award, Graphic Design B.A
  • PIP Expo
    The Hague
    September 24, 2021
Director - Kexin Hao
Director Statement

Kexin is a visual artist and designer born in Beijing and based in the Hague. Her practices is a marriage of graphic design and autonomous projects involving performance and public engaging art. Kexin’s work is a constant swing between intimate close-up on personal stories and zoom-out to collective narratives; between a past of political heaviness and a flashy modernity rendered in humour and sarcasm.