LONG-DURATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART
Inspired by the upcoming visit to Australia of the renowned New York based artist Tehching Hsieh, tonight on Something Else, Julia and Ira talk about LONG-DURATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART. Their guest in the studio is a Sydney-based artist Frances Barrett, a founding member of the performance and video collective, Brown Council. As the former Co-Director of Serial Space, in 2012 Frances was involved with curating and producing Time Machine, a festival of experimental time-based art.
Frances Barrett is one of many durational performance artists whose work has been inspired by Tehching Hsieh’s pieces which explore questions of time, life and being, and are notable for their conceptual purity and physical extremity. Hsieh began making his one-year long performances in the late 70s and is today internationally recognised as a leading practitioner of durational performance (he has been branded a “master” by fellow artist Marina Abramovic).
One of Hsieh’s early works, the Time Clock Piece (1980-1981), will be showing at the Carriageworks from April 29th to July 6th. In this work, every hour on the hour, twenty four hours a day, for one year, Hsieh punched a time clock. At each punch, a movie camera shot a single frame. When edited together, one day was condensed into one second and one year reduced to around six minutes. The Carriageworks presentation marks the first time a major solo work by Tehching Hsieh will be presented in Australia. The installation comprises the documents the artist produced (photographs, film, time cards, and statements) as he observed the passing of time in this relentlessly methodical manner over a gruelling one year period.
Tune in to 89.7FM tonight and listen to Julia and Ira talk to Frances Barrett about the origin, meaning, and complexities of creating and witnessing long-durational performance art.
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