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, Li-E Chen conducted a series of experiments to begin her early conceptualisation of developing a 'silent opera' based on and inspired by the lifework(s) of Tehching Hsieh.

 

These involved carrying out her 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 her first public 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 her first collaboration with Music Director and Conductor, Orlando Cella as part of her Artist Residency at Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival 2018 to present her Solo Work-in-Progress Performance Private-sharing along with a collection of Tehching Hsieh 1978 - 1999, 1978-1999 Posters and Statements at The Place, London. Li-E refined her aesthetic of silence, interdisciplinary practice and opera making through this One-Year R&D.

 

Li-E 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 her R&D, Li-E 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.’ 

 

Li-E's inspiration for the project was based on her initial response to the documentation posters and statements of Tehching Hsieh's six lifeworks: 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 she discovered in 2009. 

 

For more details about the project, please visit here

One Year R&D Project blog can be accessed via making an request.  

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 MANAGEMENT & PRODUCER: Li-E Chen

PROJECT ASSISTANT: Maria-Teresa Ortoleva

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