Escaping from the “Establishment”: Performance as Method
Dec 28, 2018 Friday 19:00 - 20:30
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
This lecture will start with the canonical case of Italian futurism, providing the audience with a historical context of how performance emerged as a form of aesthetic resistance from the highly capitalized countries in Western Europe since the turn of the 20th century. Through more case studies, this lecture will show that performance, rather than simply an aesthetic practice, is indeed politicized social interventions deliberated by the avant-gardists. It is deployed by the avant-garde artists to escape from or even fight against the establishment we call “modernity.” By the establishment of modernity, I will unravel its meanings from three aspects: ideology, aesthetic experience and production mechanism and further analyze what strategies these early “performances” adopt to counter modernity. Subsequently，this lecture will further discuss how global capitalism morphs and its changing cultural logics bring about the flourishing of “performance art” and “body art” in the post war era since the 1970s. This lecture will end with a venture to discuss what and why certain performances are visible in contemporary Shanghai in relation to the changing power dynamics of the logic of global/local cultural production and reproduction in this current moment.
Jen-Hao Hsu (Walter) is an assistant professor in the Theatre Arts Department at Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He obtained his Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from Cornell University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Shanghai Theatre Academy. His research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese theatres in relation to issues of modernity. He has published academic papers in first-ranked journals and books in Taiwan, China, Australia and Hong Kong. In addition to academic researches, he is also an active participant in the contemporary theatre scenes across the Taiwan Strait. He has published theatre reviews and journalistic pieces on theatre making in newspapers, magazines and online platforms.
As art activities proliferate, performance and performing arts are evermore presented to the public, notably seen in art museums across recent years. The series of lectures of “Spectrum of Performance(ing) Arts” is not designed to invent some new vocabulary or definition, or to inquire “What is Performance (Performing)?”, but to examine how art in an unbound state flows and mutates into a spectrum with colorful connotations and more possibilities. It looks forward to the confluence and interaction of different realms of art, discussions from the artist, curator, researcher and scholar perspectives on issues such as the role of the platform, methods of artistic creation, ways of watching performances, the concept of curating, and the development of performance art and performing art under the globalization framework, as well as more dialogues in unexpected aspects between the speakers and audience.
This series of lectures is jointly initiated by RAM and Zhang Bing, an independent curator, and supported by Shanghai Artemis Art Center.
Shanghai Artemis Art Center (SAAC), funded by Anxin Trust Co., Ltd. and approved for registration by Shanghai Bureau of Civil Administration, was established officially on June 6, 2016 as a non-profit art institution.
SAAC aims at promoting the production and development of modern arts, through hosting, supporting and assisting non-profit artistic activities of various forms, including but not limited to art exhibitions, publications, public projects, artistic research, academic discussion, art curating, criticism and writing.
Free admission, reservation is required.