Li-E Chen's One-Year Research and Development: A Silent Opera on the Life and Art of Tehching Hsieh 2017- 2018

 

VENICE | NEW YORK | LONDON 

 

12 September 2017 - 12 September 2018

Life is a life sentence, life is passing time, life is freethinking.”  Tehching Hsieh

In 2017-2018, I conducted a series of experiments to begin my early conceptualisation process of developing a 'silent opera' based on and inspired by the lifework(s) of Tehching Hsieh. These involved carrying out my One-Year Research and Development, by visiting Tehching Hsieh: Doing Time exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale in Venice, The Robert Wilson Archives at the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation in New York; conducting my 'Invisible Museum' participatory experiments at the Southbank Centre, London during the China Changing Festival, "8 Session-Experiments" with 23 international contributors during Tate Modern's public displays of Tehching Hsieh: One Year Performance 1980-1981, and Artist Residency at Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival 2018, along with my collaboration with Music Director/Conductor Orlando Cella for a Private Work-in-Progress Performance sharing with my collection of Tehching Hsieh 1978 - 1999, 1978-1999 Posters and Statements at The Place, London. I refined my aesthetic of silence, interdisciplinary practice and new opera making through this One-Year R&D.

 

My inspiration for the project was based on my initial response to the documentation posters and statements of Tehching Hsieh's five One Year Performance ('Cage Piece', 'Time Clock Piece', 'Outdoor Piece', 'Art/Life Rope Piece', 'No Art Piece') carried out between 1978 - 1986 and Tehching Hsieh: 1986 - 1999 ('Thirteen Year Plan'), that I discovered in 2009. I approached Hsieh's lifeworks as one piece of life durational work, and aimed to bring the concepts behind Hsieh’s six lifeworks to a 'silent opera.' Marking the end of my research and development, I invited Tehching Hsieh for a conversation with the public on 2nd October 2018 at the Live Art Development Agency, London, to gain a closer understanding of Hsieh’s ‘art without form’, ‘work become life’ and ‘freethinking become art.’ 

 

For more details about the project, please visit here

Project blog was temporary closed for breathing space 23-10-2019.

For any enquiries, please email info@liechen.com 

A massive thank you to my team, contributors, mentors, all of my supporters, and friends to contribute my artistic development and helping me to make the project really successful.

Also a special thanks to: Tehching Hsieh (New York), Robert Wilson and The Robert Wilson Archives at the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation (New York), Columbia University in the City of New York, Rare Book & Manuscript Library (New York), Professor Nathan Widder, Contemporary Political Theory Research Group, Royal Holloway, University of London (UK), and Improbable’s Devoted and Disgruntled (UK).

ARTIST, CONCEPT, DIRECTION:

Li-E Chen

INVISIBLE MUSEUM ASSISTANTS:

Li-E Chen, Hannah Grace Whittaker, Maria-Teresa Ortoleva, Christina Marriage, Mette Philipsen, Dr Mark Walker, Paul Whitlock, Jasmine Lee, Yiwen Li, Nouria Bah, Chloe Ting, Christie Lee, Sherry Jie Min and Anonymous

PROJECT COORDINATOR/ARTIST ASSISTANT: Hannah Grace Whittaker

PROJECT ASSISTANT: Maria-Teresa Ortoleva

PROJECT MANAGEMENT/PRODUCER: Li-E Chen

ACCESS SUPPORT ASSISTANTS: Mette Philipsen and Anonymous

RESIDENCY COLLABORATOR - MUSIC CONDUCTOR: Orlando Cella

CONTRIBUTORS OF '8 SESSION-EXPERIMENTS WITH LI-E CHEN':  

Andrea Abbatangelo (Artist/Sculptor)

Angeliki Margeti (Choreographer)

Christina Marriage (Curator)

Clay Gold (Writer/Sound Artist)

Claudia Contu (Curator)

Delea Stand (Singer)

Eleni Tomadaki- Balomenou (Artist) 

Eline Vandeheede (Singer)

Emma Ingala Gómez (Professor of Philosophy) 

Ernst Fischer (Artist)

Ezequiel Steinman (Dramaturge/Artist)

Gavin Fernades (Violinist/Conductor/Composer)

James Oldham (Composer/Director/Artist)

Jessica Hung Yun (Lighting Designer)

Lynn-Marie Harper (Writer/Choreographer)

Orlando Cela (Music Director/Conductor)

Stewart Melton (Writer/Dramaturge/Director)

Seta White (Actor/Director/Opera Director)

Tanya Sharick (Artist)

Maria Teresa Ortoleva (Visual Artist)

Megan Armitage (Musician)

Miguel Ballarin (Choreographer)

Yanaelle Thiran (Choreographer)

CONTRIBUTORS OF LI-E CHEN'S INVISIBLE MUSEUM AT THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE

Ernst Fischer (Artist), Jey Jeyakumar (Singer), Jonathan Parr (Theatre Artist), and Kimvi Nguyen (Artist).

FOR ANY ENQUIRIES,

please contact Li-E Chen, email info@liechen.com