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Curators’ Series 11. Institute of Asian Performance Art. By Victor Wang 王宗孚 (27 Sept – 28 Oct 2018)

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For the 11th edition of DRAF Curators’ Series, guest curator Victor Wang 王宗孚 launches the Institute of Asian Performance Art (IAPA), an international network to deepen the awareness and understanding of the history of early performance art in Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.

Wang reconsiders the format of the Curator’s Series from an exhibition to a speculative institute. Three platforms connect the discipline and study of early East Asian performance art: Exhibition Case Studies, Classes and a Course Reader. They address and examine these diverse histories, which are often marginalised in the curriculum of universities and the collections of public institutions, and consider different ways to present and engage with them. The project investigates the trans-national connections and dialogues within the region, mapping the interconnected individuals and collectives.

EXHIBITION
Jiro Takumatsu 高松次郎| Hi Red Center | Hirata Minoru 平田実| Kim Ku Lim 김구림
28 Sept – 28 Oct 2018 (Weds–Sat 12–6pm)
111 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 6RY (nearest tube: Warren St)

Opening Reception: Thurs 27 Sept, 6–8pm

Performance by Kim Ku Lim: 7pm

Free, no booking required

A new exhibition brings together works from 1960s and 70s Japan and Korea. It includes sculptures and works on paper by the late influential artist Jiro Takamatsu. Documentation of performances by Hi Red Center at the 1962 Yamanote Line Festival, one of the influential collective’s first events, by photographer Murai Tokuji. It presents 24 works by renowned photographer Minoru Hirata, which capture key performances and events during the 1960s and 70s across public spaces. Kim Ku Lim re-stages his 1974 work Wiping Cloth for his first UK performance, alongside archival material and documentation from his early performance works.

CLASSES
A series of talks, seminars and performances with international artists, art historians, gallerists, writers and curators. They present, discuss and exchange lived experience and research at partner venues across the UK. The classes are open free to the public.

Performance Histories. Tehching Hsieh 謝德慶 | Yingmei Duan 段英梅
Sat 29 Sept, 2–4pm
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham NG1 2GB
More information and booking details here

Performance Histories. Kim Ku Lim 김구림
Thurs 18 Oct, 7–8.30pm
Brunei Gallery, SOAS (School of African and Oriental Studies), London WC1H 0XG
More information and booking details here 

Performance Histories. Japanese Performance Art 1960s–70s
Weds 24 Oct, 6.30–9pm
Asia House, London W1G 7LP
More information and booking details here

 

READER
Performance Histories from East Asia 1960s–90s
A new publication edited by guest curator Victor Wang, which brings together a variety of essays, photographs and archival materials and on the history of early performance art in East Asia. The publication will include texts by KuroDalaiJee, Reiko Tomii, Joan Kee, Yao Jui Chung and Victor Wang; and images by Hirata Minoru, Jiro Takamatsu, Murai Tokuji, Ma Liuming, Yingmei Duan, Kim Ku Lim, RongRong, Tehching Hsieh and Jung Kangja. An invaluable new research tool, the publication is available free at events and online.

Conversation with Tehching Hsieh 謝德慶 & Book Launch
Mon 1 Oct, 6.30–8pm
111 Great Titchfield St, London W1

Free, book here

Following his presentation at Nottingham Contemporary Tehching Hsieh discusses his work, on the occasion of the launch of Institute of Asian Performance Art: A Reader.

 

ABOUT

CURATORS’ SERIES (2009 – ongoing) supports independent curators by commissioning special research-based exhibitions. The Series presents diverse fields of knowledge, methodologies and practices. Each year, DRAF invites an individual, duo or organisation to curate an original exhibition.

Previous guest curators have included Cylena Simonds (UK), Raimundas Malasauskas (Lithuania), Mihnea Mircan (Romania), Mathieu Copeland (UK), Simone Menegoi & Chris Sharp (Italy and US), Pablo Leon de la Barra (Mexico), Vivian Ziherl (Australia) & Natasha Ginwala (India), Christine Eyene (France/Cameroon) , Arcadia Missa (London) and Kunsthalle Lissabon (Portugal).

Curators’ Series is supported by Arts Council England. Institute of Asian Performance Art is supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Daiwa Foundation.

The Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) is IAPA international partner, and will host a second edition of the project in 2018/19 in Japan.

VICTOR WANG王宗孚 is an independent curator based in Shanghai and London. Recent exhibitions include Michael Dean: Analogue LOL(2018) at ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai;XUZHEN Supermarket (2007/2017) and the group exhibition Zhongguo 2185 at Sadie Coles HQ, London; Katja Novitskova (2017) at the Cc Foundation & Art Centre, Shanghai; Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive (2017) at the Korean Cultural Centre, London; Jac Leirner: Borders Are Drawn By Hand (2016) at MoCA Pavilion, Shanghai; Neïl Beloufa: Soft(a)ware (2016) at K11 Foundation Shanghai; and Ensemble sin órganos (2016) (with Blanca Victoria López) at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana.

In 2015, Wang was appointed by the K11 Art Foundation as a curator (with Jo-ey Tang) of the travelling exhibition Inside China – L’Intérieur du Géant (Shanghai Station), the first collaborative exhibition between Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and K11 Art Foundation. Wang has curated film programmes, performances, talks and exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. In 2014 Wang assisted the curatorial team of the Twelfth Havana Biennial (2015), and was Assistant Curator for the Vancouver Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012).

Wang is a contributor to artforum magazine, and has been a guest editor of LEAP magazine. In 2016 he was awarded the AICA Incentive Prize for Young Critics by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

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  • Hi Red Center’s ‘Dropping Event’, at Ikenobō Kaikan, 1964
Copyright Minoru Hirata / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film
    1/10Hi Red Center’s ‘Dropping Event’, at Ikenobō Kaikan, 1964 Copyright Minoru Hirata / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film
  • Jiro Takamatsu, Temporary Enclosure of Carioca Building Construction Site, 1971. 
Copyright The Estate of Jiro
Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo/ Stephen Friedman Gallery, London/ Fergus McCaffrey, New York.
    2/10Jiro Takamatsu, Temporary Enclosure of Carioca Building Construction Site, 1971. Copyright The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo/ Stephen Friedman Gallery, London/ Fergus McCaffrey, New York.
  • Jiro Takamatsu's performance with a tire in The 6th Mixer Plan, 1963. 
Copyright The Estate of Jiro
Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo/ Stephen Friedman Gallery, London/ Fergus McCaffrey, New York.
    3/10Jiro Takamatsu's performance with a tire in The 6th Mixer Plan, 1963. Copyright The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu. Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo/ Stephen Friedman Gallery, London/ Fergus McCaffrey, New York.
  • Run, Run, Leave the Cars Behind (Akiyama Yūtokutaishi’s ‘Glicoman/Tadonman’), c.1971. 
Copyright Minoru Hirata / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film
    4/10Run, Run, Leave the Cars Behind (Akiyama Yūtokutaishi’s ‘Glicoman/Tadonman’), c.1971. Copyright Minoru Hirata / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film
  • Kim Ku Lim, Wiping Cloth, 1974 (video, sound, colour). Copyright Kim Ku Lim/ Courtesy the Artist
    5/10Kim Ku Lim, Wiping Cloth, 1974 (video, sound, colour). Copyright Kim Ku Lim/ Courtesy the Artist
  • Kim Ku Lim, Wiping Cloth, 1974 (video, sound, colour). Copyright Kim Ku Lim/ Courtesy the Artist
    6/10Kim Ku Lim, Wiping Cloth, 1974 (video, sound, colour). Copyright Kim Ku Lim/ Courtesy the Artist
  • Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 1981, 1982 (Outdoor Piece). © Tehching Hsieh. Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.
    7/10Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 1981, 1982 (Outdoor Piece). © Tehching Hsieh. Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.
  • To Add One Meter to an Anonymous Mountain, 1995. Performance by Beijing East Village Artists’ Collaboration. Photo: Lü Nan.
    8/10To Add One Meter to an Anonymous Mountain, 1995. Performance by Beijing East Village Artists’ Collaboration. Photo: Lü Nan.
  • Fen-Ma Liuming Walks the Great Wall, Beijing, 1998. Photo: Kristian
    9/10Fen-Ma Liuming Walks the Great Wall, Beijing, 1998. Photo: Kristian
  • RongRong, East Village Beijing, 1994. No. 20.  Courtesy the artist and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing.
    10/10RongRong, East Village Beijing, 1994. No. 20. Courtesy the artist and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing.