Action Script: Symposium on Performance Art Practice and Documentation in Asia

When 21 - 25 Oct 2010

Performance art or the production of ‘live art’ by artists has become a vital element in the flourishing contemporary art scene in Asia. Festivals celebrating performance art proliferate in Asian cities and provide significant platforms for interaction, activism, and creative development. In addition to questions concerning the presentation, contextualization, and reception of performance art, there are many issues surrounding the documentation of this ephemeral art form. Over the course of a few days in October 2010, internationally respected performance artists, archivists, and researchers will gather in Hong Kong to critically discuss the challenges associated with performance work. The aim is not only to provide better resources and a deeper understanding of performance art in the region, but also to further encourage its cultivation. 中文

The programmes include:

Round-Table Seminars
21 - 22 October 2010 (Thu & Fri)
Experts from around the world will come together to exchange ideas concerning the practice and preservation of performance art. Special attention will be given to topics such as the festival as a platform for performance art, challenges faced by artists in the region, technical complexities of documentation, and the philosophical dilemmas of archiving/historicizing art creations that are inherently impermanent.
Participating professionals include Martha Wilson of Franklin Furnace Archive (USA); Paul Clarke of Live Art Archives (UK); Farah Wardani of Indonesian Visual Art Archive; Thomas Berghuis who researches Chinese performance art; Ray Langenbach, a scholar and artist; and Wen Yau of Asia Art Archive. The two-day roundtable discussion will be moderated by Debra Wacks, an art historian who specializes in performance art, and Ko Siu-lan, an artist and curator who has participated in numerous international festivals and exhibitions. They will be joined by Seiji Shimoda, founder of the pioneering Nippon International Performance Art Festival (NIPAF) and other artists and festival organizers from around the region to analyze past experiences and consider the future of performance work in Asia.
Enquiry & registration: / (852) 2815-1112

Artist Talk by Tehching Hsieh: 
In Conversation With Art Critic Lee Weng Choy
23 October 2010 (Sat) 
Agnès b. CINEMA, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
The exceptional series of actions entitled One Year Performances by Tehching Hsieh from 1978 to 1986 have played a significant role in the history of performance art. For one year the artist locked himself inside a cage, another year he methodically punched a time clock every hour on the hour, one year he lived completely outdoors, one year he conducted his life while tied to another artist without them ever touching, and for an entire year he did no art. Along with his Thirteen Year Plan of doing art without publishing for 13 years, Hsieh’s body of work explores essential concerns of life, time, and being. Hsieh will talk about his lifeworks in conversation with the Singapore-based art critic, Lee Weng Choy. The artist talk will be conducted in English and some Mandarin.
Enquiry : / (852) 2815-1112 

23-24 October 2010 (Sat & Sun)

Witness Asia’s vibrant performance art scene with local and regional artists who will be presenting their exciting and thought-provoking work to the Hong Kong public. Renowned international and local artists will explore body, spatial, and social politics in outdoor and indoor performances for the Hong Kong public.

Performances I
23 October 2010 (Sat) 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Outside Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Artists include:Chumpon Apisuk(Thailand), Aye Ko(Myanmar), Shu Yang(Mainland China), Au-Yeung Tung, ger Choi, Vinci Mok, Sanmu(Hong Kong)
Free Admission

Performances II
24 October 2010 (Sun) 3pm – 6pm
McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Artists include:Ray Langenbach(USA/Malaysia), Lee Wen(Singapore), Yuan Mor'O Ocampo(Philippines), Wang Molin(Taiwan), Ko Siu Lan, Leung Wai Man, Him Lo, Mok Chiu Yu, wen yau, Yuenjie MARU(Hong Kong)
Enquiry: / (852) 2891 8482  / (852) 2891 8488

23 October 2010 (Sat) 10am – 1pm
McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
International performance artists host a workshop, exploring their creative processes and the making of their work with participants. This workshop is suitable for anyone who is actively interested in engaging in performance art. Be prepared to get involved! 
Fee:$300 / $150* (*full-time students)
Enquiry & registration: / (852) 2891 8482  / (852) 2891 8488
Action Script at Lingnan University
25 October 2010 (Mon)
Lingnan University, 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun, New Territories, Hong Kong
Performances, seminars and a workshop will be held at the Lingnan University Campus. 
Enquiry: /  (852) 2891 8482  / (852) 2891 8488

Performance Matters
18 October 2010 (Mon) – 24 December 2010 (Fri)
Asia Art Archive
The AAA library will display material on the topic. Free admission. 
Enquiry: / (852) 2815 1112

Please note that if a Black Rainstorm Warning or a Typhoon Signal No.8 is hoisted within TWO hours prior to the start of the talk, the talk will be cancelled.

Supported by:
Burger Collection, The Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Arts Centre and Sino Group “Art in Hong Kong” and Osage Art Foundation.



Related Events:

Exhibition | 18 Oct - 24 Dec 2010
Performance Matters

Talk | 23 Oct 2010
Artist Talk by Tehching Hsieh: In Conversation With Art Critic Lee Weng Choy


  • The Challenge of Archiving Performance Art (Afternoon Session)
  • The Challenge of Archiving Performance Art (Morning Session)
  • The Future of Performance Art in Asia (Morning Session)
  • The Future of Performance Art in Asia (Afternoon Session)
  • Artist Talk by Tehching Hsieh: In Conversation with Art Critic Lee Weng Choy
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