Guangdong artist He Guoqiang posted this blog entry on November 1, 2009, recalling his provocative performance art piece in honor of the opening of the 16th Party Congress in 2002. Photos from his performance reemerged online...
by Sophie Beach | Feb 15, 2011
Ministry of Tofu translates an articles from Global Times about performance artist Liu Bolin, who paints himself to be camouflaged with his surroundings: Each of his photos requires long hours of preparation, the longest being...
by Sophie Beach | Jul 17, 2010
A performance artist in Kunming put a yoke around his neck – a punishment for prisoners in ancient China – and covered his clothes with 100 yuan notes on a public street. During the performance, he was confronted by...
by Sophie Beach | Sep 1, 2009
Beijing’s Songzhuang arts district recently held the “Accidental Phenomenon Arts Festival” for local artists to exhibit their work. During the festival, the performance that garnered the most attention was put...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 19, 2009
The Beijing Biennale is now on, though some of the more controversial exhibits have been canceled. From CBC: Under the joint artistic direction of Zhu Qi and Marc Hungerbühler, the giant show focuses on emerging and mid-career...
by Xiao Qiang | Feb 24, 2009
The “grass-mud horse (草泥马)” has now become the icon of online resistance to censorship. It seems that everywhere the “river crabs (河蟹)” go, the “grass-mud horses” grow in numbers. Here is...
by Xiao Qiang | Sep 7, 2008
The Gao Brothers (Gao Qiang, Born 1962 in Jinan, Shandong, China; Gao Zhen, Born 1956 in Jinan) are a pair of artist brothers based in Beijing, and authors of several published works, including “How Far Can You Walk in One...
by Alison Satake | Feb 21, 2008
In Beijing, where one million people are disabled, only seven percent have gainful employment and few have promising futures. However, a performance troupe of 88 deaf and disabled dancers, musicians, and artists are succeeding...
by Xiao Qiang | Aug 24, 2007
„ÄÅ On August 15, Beijing-based performance artist Zhou Yongyang (周永阳) published the latest version of his work: “Pointing To The Sky, Cursing The Earth.” (“指天骂地”) He organized more than one hundred...
by Sophie Beach | Jun 13, 2007
Spiegel Online reports on the newest art exhibit by Ai Weiwei: It’s hard to make a splash in the art world these days. Bodily fluids, pornographic images, giant blocks of lard — it’s all been done already. But Chinese artist Ai WeiWei has found a way to get himself noticed at this year’s Documenta, the […]
by Gao Fei | Apr 8, 2007
From Cool Hunting Blog: Huang Yan is a Chinese painter. One of his preferred mediums is the human body, upon which he often paints one of his favorite themes, landscapes, and often as performance art which is then photographed. The artist says that ‘landscape is an abode in which my mortal body can reside, landscape […]
by Sophia Cao | Nov 12, 2006
From MSNBC: Wander through Beijing’s crowded Tiananmen Square and you may come across Han BingÔºàÈü©ÂÖµÔºâ walking a cabbage on a leash. Han’s cabbage is not a one-act vegetable; it’s walked on the Great Wall, along the beach at the resort town of Qinhuangdao, and in the idyllic village of Suzhou. “Walking the Cabbage””like all the […]
by Sophia Cao | Jul 26, 2006
From Danwei: This episode of the Hard Hat Show is about migrant workers in Beijing. It includes interviews and footage of an event at Beijing’s Jianwai Soho real esate development where an NGO called Hua Dan, together with UNESCO and the property developers, organized ‘Together with Migrants’. [click to see]
by Sophie Beach | Nov 18, 2005
From the Age: When the local government wreckers came and tore open the front wall of his studio here this week, sculptor Liu Bo expressed his rage in the way he knew best ” through art. Standing in the wreckage in plastic overalls, Liu turned himself into installation art.
by Sophie Beach | Sep 28, 2005
From the Boston Globe: Zhang Huan is the type of artist whom many outside the rarefied world of performance art label a crackpot. He has covered his naked body in honey and fish oil and sat in a public toilet, attracting flies. For his piece “Zhang Huan: Seeds of Hamburg,” documented in a series of […]
by Sophie Beach | Jun 6, 2005
From the Chicago Tribune: The timing for a performance art boom seems exactly right for urban China, which has reached a level of sophistication, affluence and self-absorption that leads naturally to self-reflection and critical analysis. But these are potentially dangerous notions to an authoritarian government. Because performance art is very public, provocative and can start […]
by Sophie Beach | May 3, 2005
The Long March Project, originally launched in 2002, has begun a new phase: May 1, 2005, led by Long March Chief Curator Lu Jie, the Long March team arrived at the Beijing’s West Train Station to send off artist Qin Ga. Three years prior, as the Long March team daily made its way forward on […]
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