Rockbund Art Museum 上海外滩美术馆

From Corporeal Resistance to Mediated Body: The Dynamics of Embodiment in Performance Arts since 1960s “表演光谱”系列讲座 | 从肉身抵制到媒介装置:半世纪的观演身体流动

Event Information

Date: 3 November 2018
Time: 06:00 07:30
Venue: Shanghai Study Centre, The University of Hong Kong
Speaker: Zhou Huilin
Language: 中文


日期: 2018年 11月 3日
时间: 06:00 07:30
场馆: 香港大学上海学习中心
主讲人: 周慧玲
语言: Chinese

About the Talk 关于讲座

From Corporeal Resistance to Mediated Body: The Dynamics of Embodiment in Performance Arts since 1960s

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For the inaugural discussion of the “Spectrum of Performance(ing) Arts” lecture series, the Rockbund Art Museum invites Katherine Hui-ling Chou, professor at the Department of English, National Central University (NCU) in Taiwan, playwright and theatre director, to sh­are with the audience the fundamental concepts and the ongoing pertinence with contemporary evolution enthralled in performance arts. Tracing back to Western practices in 1960s, the discussion examines how artists diverted from artworks and veered towards actions and body remediations. Redefining concepts of art, artists and artworks facilitated by exploration of non-art institutional space, these practices challenged the established art systems and enkindled conceptual art. Sequentially, they castigated a great debate on constitutions of art and the socio-historical context surrounding artists and artistic actions.

Chou will delineate a series of pioneering attempts that exerted influences in diverse areas of performance arts, including the structure and aesthetics of plays and art history, thus underscoring their capacity for cultural production and alignment with new media, media art, interactive art and digital performance in the 21st-century. This analysis primarily incorporates examples from North America and is supplemented by a few from the U.K. and the European Continent. Through assessing a broad historical context and particular social circumstances, the discussion aims to engage the audience in evaluating current issues confronted by performance arts and other avant-garde movements, as well as any feasible tactics to combat.

本讲座作为“表演光谱”系列讲座第一场,我们邀请到台湾中央大学英美语文系教授,同时也是编剧、剧场导演周慧玲来为公众提供一个表演艺术的基本概念与今昔演变之间的对照。讲座将首先回溯1960年代在西方,艺术家是如何开始改以行动(action)(而非艺术品),从整治自身身体(body)出发,透过对非艺术体制空间的探索来重新定义艺术、艺术家与艺术品的概念,从而抵制艺术体制、激荡出观念艺术,以此揭开何谓艺术的大辩论?他们(艺术家和艺术行为)所处的社会历史情境(socio-historical context)又如何?

About the Speaker 关于讲者

Katherine Hui-ling Chou now works full time at the Department of English, NCU in Taiwan as Distinguished Professor, and is Coordinator of Electronic Theatre Intermix in Taiwan ( – the digital archive of local modern play and performance. She previously served as Project Director of Black Box Theatre at NCU. Chou earned a PhD at Tisch School of Arts, New York University under the tuition of Richard Schechner, a celebrated American scholar of performance studies and director. In 1997, she co-founded the Creative Society, a theatre troupe in Taipei. As one of the very few artists in Taiwan that are active in both playwriting and directing, and academic research, she has published a number of plays, and made great achievements in extensive research, with plentiful academic writings recognized by awards or published in acclaimed journals of leading universities.

周慧玲(Katherine Hui-ling Chou)为国立中央大学特聘教授、英文系专任教授,台湾现代戏剧暨表演数据库eti-tw.com主持人、曾任中央大学黑盒子表演艺术中心计划主持人。

左手创作,右手论述,是台湾极少数兼具剧场编导和学术研究的剧场艺术工作者。她的学术研究范畴广泛而前沿,从性别表演到文化政策研究乃至于数字艺术,她的学术著作从博士生时代就获得瞩目,曾获纽约大学杰出博士论文奖。近年以英语发表的学术论文陆续获选入英美重量级学术出版社如美国哈佛大学出版社(Harvard Univ. Press)、加拿大Routledge、伦敦Palgrave学术撰述中,其中一篇更被美国麻省理工学院出版社MIT Press选为二十年来最常被阅读以及最有影响力的学术文章而获收入专书中。她的编剧作品以深邃的历史风貌以及多样的形式见长,她的导演手法尤其细腻而能优游与先锋和通俗之间。其原创戏剧作品曾获德、英、中文学术论文专文讨论,收入各地学术专书与期刊中。

About Series of Lecture of “Spectrum of Performance(ing) Arts” 关于“表演光谱”系列讲座

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.

This lecture is co-organized by iPANDA and NMG.




About The Shanghai Study Center, the University of Hong Kong (SSC HKU) 关于香港大学上海学习中心

The Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong established The Shanghai Study Centre in 2008. It is housed in the historical Post Office Building, on Suzhou Creek.

The Study Centre aims to be a place where new ideas emerge about urban development in the fastest urbanizing region in the world. The public program at HKU/SSC invites critics with challenging opinions, architects with provoking viewpoints, planners with innovative solutions and academics with new theories – all with the aim of understanding the current condition in Chinese cities, and to explore beyond today and tomorrow. The goal is to be able to generate new ideas that can contribute to better, more intelligent and more interesting cities and architecture.



About Shanghai Artemis Art Center (SAAC) 关于上海至美艺术发展中心

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.