Interdisciplinary Artist and Director
ava chen ning ning (Li-E Chen) (b. 1978 in Chaozhou, China) moved to London in 1997. Her practice involves performance, visual and mixed-media arts, and uses silence, nothingness, and 'thinking postures' as principles for its creative process. She was influenced by artists such as Robert Wilson, Tehching Hsieh, John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Samuel Beckett, philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, and mathematician Kurt Godel. She creates performances, participatory events, and publications using propositional forms, inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein, to explore the aesthetic of everyday life and art. She aims to create artworks that do not rely on narrative or representational meanings. In 2017-18, she conducted a One Year R&D: A Silent Opera on the Life and Art of Tehching Hsieh which she aimed to bring the concepts behind a Taiwanese-New York based artist Tehching Hsieh’s six life durational work 1978 - 1999, to a silent opera. She collaborated with organisations and artists in the USA, Europe, and South America, held events at the Live Arts Development Agency, Southbank Centre and Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival, researched the Robert Wilson archives in New York. Her recent works 'Proposition For Self-Development 2020' (through the Arts Council England's Emergency Response fund) and 'Proposition For Self-Care 2021' both explore her new artistic practice. She changed her name when her daughter turned 8 months old in May 2021, and made her first work, 'The State of Art Mothers Award.'