Thousand Papers 千紙 
Exhibition and Durational Performance

Next Edition is on 9 October 2021:
Goldsmiths CCA, London
In response to Eugenio Dittborn’s exhibition Airmail Paintings

Tell us your stories, hopes and dreams. So then we can build the Senbazuru of ours.

The other day, we were randomly doing origami cranes with waste paper of junk mails. We discussed how we do it differently and suddenly started to question about how this Japanese art is such a crucial part of our childhood memory. We then started to collect stories from our friends and families, and imagine what if we carry all these stories with our bodies, and fold them all in into a Senbazuru, installation of a thousand paper cranes, each representing a part of our contemporary community. 


We believe that art is connected to audiences’ everyday lives. Regardless of differences in ideology, language, and culture, humans share many physical and emotional realities, such as birth, death, love, hate, desire, anger, etc., as well as the forces of politics, religion, and the passing of time. 

Derived from the concept of community sculpture building, movement practices and East Asian traditions. ShumGhostJohn invites you to be part of this durational performance and installation. Together, we write, sing, dance, celebrate and make origami...
Our performance disappears over time but the memory stays, manifested by the sculpture. This is about celebrating our happiness, sadness, hopes, dreams and love.

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Next Edition:

9 October 2021:
Goldsmiths CCA, London
In response to Eugenio Dittborn’s exhibition Airmail Paintings

Book your ticket now: 


15 July 2021
12-8pm: Durational performance
Derby Theatre
Departure Lounge with In Good Company
Interactive exhibition continue until 17 July

12 June 2021

St. Stephen Green, Bow, London

Outdoor Performance

With “Encounter Bow”, Chisenhale Dance Space

28 April - 6 May 2021

Fitzrovia Noir, 48 Aberfeldy Street, London, E14 0NU
Exhibition and Durational Performance

With Poplar Union, Finborough Theatre and Whitechapel Gallery

20 February 2021


Online version with 

Welcome to My Crying Party

27 November 2020
Contact, Manchester
More details here
(Cancelled due to COVID)

2 May 2020


Chisenhale Dance Space, London

As part of Open Weekend
(Cancelled due to COVID-19)

6 December 2019

9am - 5pm

Octagon, Queen Mary University of London

22 November 2019


Goldsmiths, University of London


12 October 2019

3-9 pm

EG-1 Project Space, Bow Arts Centre, London
Part of "Be Water!"

With Young Blood Initiative

This performance is on-going research on how to create a space for appreciating and celebrating the difference between individuals by reading and embodying the stories one by one through movement and origami. They value the participation of every audience member and hence emphasize the importance of acting collectively, at the same questioning their troubled cultural identity and linking it to the greater discourse of history.


To know more about this performance, please do not hesitate to contact us through shumghostjohn@gmail.com