Performance Histories. Tehching Hsieh 謝德慶 | Yingmei Duan 段英梅 (29 Sept 2018 at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham)

Performance Histories. Tehching Hsieh 謝德慶 |
Yingmei Duan 段英梅
Sat 29 Sept, 2–4pm

Nottingham Contemporary, NG1 2GB

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Artist Tehching Hsieh discusses his work with curator Adrian Heathfield. The conversation explores Hsieh’s ideas on time and performance, in particular in his durational works including his influential One Year Performances and Thirteen Year Plan (1986-1999). They discuss Hsieh’s ambitious proposal for a career retrospective measured and displayed in both time and space.

Yingmei Duan presents a new performative lecture Future Imagination: A solo show by Yingmei Duan in 2021 at Nottingham Contemporary. Created especially for the event, the performance is the latest in a series that sees Yingmei adopt the role of museum guide to present an imagined solo exhibition at the host institution.

This event is part of Curators’ Series #11. Institute of Asian Performance Art. By Victor Wang 王宗孚 



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.

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).

TEHCHING HSIEH 謝德慶(b. 1950, Nan-Chou, Taiwan) lives and works in New York. Hsieh entered the United States illegally in 1974, receiving amnesty in 1988. From the late 1970s, Hsieh made five One Year Performancesinside and outside his New York studio, works spanning long durations that make art and life simultaneous.  His Thirteen Year Plan(1986–1999), a self-imposed moratorium on exhibiting his work in public in retreat from the art world, set a tone of sustained invisibility. Since the completion of the performance in 1999, Hsieh has exhibited his work internationally including in North and South America, Asia and Europe. Hsieh lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is represented by Sean Kelly Gallery.

ADRIAN HEATHFIELD is a British writer and curator. He has curated a number of performances and durational events across Europe over the last eighteen years, including the Live Culture events at Tate Modern, London (2003). He was curator of Tehching Hsieh: Doing Time, the Taiwan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), curatorial adviser and attaché for the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) and an artistic director with the collective freethought of the 2016 Bergen Assembly, Norway. He has worked with many artists and thinkers on critical and creative collaborations including film dialogues, performance-lectures, writing and workshop projects. He is the author of Out of Now, a 2012 monograph on the artist Tehching Hsieh (MIT Press), editor of Live: Art and Performance (2004, Tate) and co-editor of Perform, Repeat, Record. Live Art in History (2012, Intellect Books). His essays have been translated into ten languages.

YINGMEI DUAN 段英梅(b. 1969, Daqing, China) is an artist who lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany and Beijing, China. In 1995 she participated in the influential performance To Add One Meter to an Anonymous Mountainalong with Zhang Huan and eight other artists, considered to be an influential moment in Chinese contemporary art.  Much of Yingmei’s performance art explores human instincts such as fear and desire, examining society and questioning its conventions and human behaviour.  Yingmei Duan has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, festivals, residencies, lectures and workshops. Her work has been exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum, Netherlands (2005), La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2007), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Germany (2009), Guangzhou Live, China (2010), Lilith Performance Studio, Sweden (2011), Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2012), Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales (2013), He Xiangning Art Museum, China (2014), the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2014), Solyanka State Gallery, Moscow, Russia (2015), Wiener Festwoch, Austria (2016) and Capsule Shanghai in China (2017).

NOTTINGHAM CONTEMPORARY brings international art to an iconic building in Nottingham City Centre. Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects Caruso St John, it is one of the largest and most ambitious contemporary art spaces in the UK. It opened in 2009 with 1.5 million visitors to date.

  • Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 1981, 1982 (Outdoor Piece). © Tehching Hsieh. Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.
    Tehching 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, 1965. Performance by Beijing East Village Artists’ Collaboration. Photo: Lü Nan.
    To Add One Meter to an Anonymous Mountain, 1965. Performance by Beijing East Village Artists’ Collaboration. Photo: Lü Nan.