The Ray Langenbach Archive of Performance Art
A joint effort of AAA and the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam, Netherlands), this project aims to re-master Malaysian-American artist Ray Langenbach's private collection of video documentation (originally in DV and Hi-8 format) spanning over 20 years of performance art in Southeast Asia from 1988 to the present.
Langenbach’s archive documents art and socio-political events from Southeast Asia, focusing predominantly on Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Burma. The entire archive is comprised of over 1000 hours of video and several thousand 35mm slides of documentation ranging from performance art, installation, and street performances to historical sites through the region.
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 digitsation of other key personal archives, including that of Hong Kong artist Frog King, ongoing documentation of regional performance art festivals, interviews and Action Script: Symposium on Performance Art Practice and Documentation in Asia held in 2010.
The digitisation phase of this project was completed in 2011. The archive of video documentation is now onsite accessible in AAA's Library.