Discussants: Wen Pulin Jonas Stampe
Moderator: Xia Yanguo
Organizer: Red Brick Art Museum
Co-host: Wen Pulin Archive of Chinese Avant-Garde Art
Time: 11 December 2016 (Sunday) 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Red Brick Art Museum
On December 11th the talk, Concept, Action, Performance: The Path of Performance Art, held in the Red Brick Art Museum’s Auditorium. The talk is organised in conjunction with our current exhibition: Wen Pulin Archive of Chinese Avant-Garde Art of the 1980s and 1990s. As witnesses to Chinese performance art the participants Wen Pulin and curator Jonas Stampe will discuss the past, present and future of Chinese performance art.
Although performance art grew in prominence in Europe and the United States from about the middle of the 20th century, its appearance in China came a full eighty years later; moreover, it was not until the 1990s that Chinese performance art really attracted the attention of the media and the public. Performance art can shock, it can be markedly avant-garde and it also has the ability to truly represent an individual’s expression. Performance artists try to challenge existing concepts and institutions and work towards the destruction of existing rules in order to achieve a truly socially involved art form. In this discussion the two guests will look back to the history of the development of Chinese performance art, aiming to find historical perspectives that might hint at the future directions and possibilities of performance art.