Frog King | Hong Kong

This project will survey the personal archive of Hong Kong artist Frog King (Kwok Mang-ho), digitising a selection of 1,000-1,500 historical slides and related digital photos from Frog King’s personal archive.

As a pioneer performance artist in Hong Kong and China, Frog King has produced an abundance of sculpture, painting, installation, and performance work as well as documentation of the field over the last 40+ years. To Frog King, art takes place in the context of everyday life and the spontaneous nature of his improvisational and participatory performances and happenings make documentation a challenge for traditional research practices. As part of his work, Frog King documents his own work with numerous photos, both in analogue and digital form, and videos. These photos and videos, including numerous undeveloped film rolls, provide significant evidence of his work, as well as the art scenes in Hong Kong and New York dating back to the 60s, and more recently those of Beijing and Korea.

This project is part of AAA’s Performance Art Archive Initiative, an effort to locate and digitise a number of collections documenting performance art in the region. Other aspects of this initiative include the digitisation of other key personal archives, including that of Ray Langenbach, ongoing documentation of regional performance art festivals, interviews and Action Script: Symposium on Performance Art Practice and Documentation in Asia held in 2010.

The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. Starting in 2013, AAA will gradually upload all the digitised material to the Collection Online.  



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