Farewell! Departing by Now. 2020, 2020, video, H264, sound, color, 12 min.
Bubble. 2020, 2020, video, H264, sound, color, 15 min.
The series of performances KAO did during the late 1990s to early 2000s is seen as one of the most important works in Taiwanese performance art history. Unlike previous performances addressing the fight against the state institutions with the use of the artists' own body, such as the works in the exhibition Living Clay, and LEE Ming-Sheng’s and YAO Jui-Chung’s art pieces, KAO turns his inquiries towards the relations between his very own existence and the external environment, rendering the state of his own existence a question to be investigated. The performance series can thus be seen as an attempt to ask how an individual existed in the 1990s, taking the viewpoint at the micro level of an individual to address a bigger question of living situations in an “era” (that is, the 1990s). By revisiting and remaking the series, we hope to initiate dialogues between two different times—the present 2020 and the 1990s, and urge the audience to contemplate the dynamics between live art of our time and the state of existence of an individual.
Through the remake project in 2002, KAO revisits his previous performances, including “Anonymous Writing” (1997), “Jump” (1998), “Farewell! Departing by Now” (1998), and “Bubble” (1999–2000) and examines what repetition could imply in performance art.
Hours: 11:00 - 18:00 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Venue: Art Space II, 1F & Dormitory A