MAY 2  – JUNE 30, 2018

 

8 SESSION-EXPERIMENTS WITH LI-E CHEN

6 ASSEMBLAGES

23 CONTRIBUTORS

 

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

12 September 2017 - 12 September 2018

CONTRIBUTORS:  

Ezequiel Steinman (Dramaturge/Multidisciplinary Artist)

Miguel Ballarin (Choreographer)

Orlando Cela (Music Director/Conductor)

Stewart Melton (Writer/Dramaturge/Director)

Christina Marriage (Curator)

Seta White (Actor/Director/Opera Director)

Tanya Sharick (Artist)

Maria Teresa Ortoleva (Visual Artist)

Andrea Abbatangelo (Artist/Sculptor)

Delea Stand (Singer)

Angeliki Margeti (Choreographer)

Yanaelle Thiran (Choreographer)

Eline Vandeheede (Singer)

Jessica Hung Yun (Lighting Designer)

Claudia Contu (Curator)

James Oldham (Composer/Director/Devising Artist)

Clay Gold (Writer/Sound Artist)

Ernst Fischer (Artist)

Lynn-Marie Harper (Writer/Choreographer)

Eleni Tomadaki- Balomenou (Artist) 

Megan Armitage (Musician)

Gavin Fernades (Violinist/Conductor/Composer), and 

Emma Ingala Gómez (Professor of Philosophy)

ARTIST, CONCEPT, DIRECTION:

Li-E Chen

PROJECT COORDINATOR:

Hannah Grace Whittaker

PHOTO BY

Paul Whitlock

Hannah Grace Whittaker

ABOUT 

My inspiration for the work is based on my initial response to the documentation posters and associated statements of Tehching Hsieh’s five

One Year Performance carried out

between 1978-1986 ('Cage Piece', 'Time Clock Piece', 'Outdoor Piece', 'Art/Life Rope Piece', 'No Art Piece'and Tehching Hsieh: 1986-1999 ('Thirteen Year Plan'). I aim to bring the concepts behind Hsieh’s lifeworks to a silent opera.

‘The word opera means work if you go back to the Latin. It was the beginning.’ (Robert Wilson). It is also the plural form of ‘opus’ which is Latin for work, labour, a work. I am interested in bringing contributors’ different perspectives on and responses to Hsieh’s work of 'no-work' for further development of the project. To consider opera from the beginning where there is no creativity, no productivity and no innovation. Where and how do we begin from here? The project is not responding to Hsieh's biography, nor focusing on selected records of his conceptual documentations. I am looking at Hsieh’s lifework as one piece of life durational performance. “Life is a life sentence, life is passing time, life is free thinking.” (Tehching Hsieh)

“Expanding the possibilities.”

“Looking through the eyes of the artist to see life. ” 

“I want to spend more work (time) on things.”

“Becoming is an event, movement is passing in time and space. Becoming is not movement.”

“Relationships”

“Désoeuvrement”

“The invisible museum is opened to you when you have opened yourself to discovery. It is a state of being.”

“Art should make up for what’s not working in life. Shouldn’t be boring – we are enough bored already.”


– from Contributors

"8 Session-Experiments with Li-E Chen" 

May - June 2018

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One Year R&D: A Silent Opera on the Life and Art of Tehching Hsieh

2017 - 2018

Session 1: Dramaturgy on the lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh

4 May 2018 at Senate House, London 

Assemblage six: [Thirteen Year Plan] Tehching Hsieh: Tehching Hsieh 1986 - 1999 

Li-E with Stewart, Seta, Nina and Claudia.

Session 2: Invisible museum on the lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh 

11 May 2018 at TATE MODERN's Tehching Hsieh: One Year Performance 1980 - 1981

Assemblage two: [No Art Piece] Tehching Hsieh: One Year Performance 1985 - 1986

Li-E with Maria-Teresa, Tanya, Eleni, Megan and Nina.

Session 3: Movement on the lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh 

18 May 2018 at Senate House, London 

Assemblage one: [Cage Piece] Tehching Hsieh: One Year Performance 1978 - 1979

Li-E with Angeliki, Yanaelle, Ernst and Seta.

Session 4: Music on the lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh 

25 May 2018 at TATE MODERN's Tehching Hsieh: One Year Performance 1980 - 1981

Assemblage four: [Time Clock Piece] Tehching Hsieh: One Year Performance 1980 - 1981

Li-E with James, Clay, Gavin and Andrea.

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Session 5: Voice on the lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh 

1 June 2018 at Tate Modern, London

Assemblage four: [Rope Piece] Tehching Hsieh: Art/Life One Year Performance 1983 - 1984

Li-E with Delea and Eline.

Session 6: Sculpture on the lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh 

9 June 2018 at Tate Modern's Tehching Hsieh: One Year Performance 1980 - 1981, London 

Assemblage three: [Outdoor Piece] Tehching Hsieh: One Year Performance 1981 - 1982

Li-E with Andrea, Stewart and Lynn-Marie.

Session 7: Lighting on the lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh 

15 June 2018 at Senate House, London 

Assemblage one: [Cage Piece] Tehching Hsieh: One Year Performance 1978 - 1979

Li-E with Jessica.

Session 8: Dramaturge, Music and Movement on the lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh 

2 May - 30 June 2018 via Skype with Li-E Chen: lihappyday11

Assemblage one to six: Tehching Hsieh Lifeworks 1978 - 1999

Li-E with Ezequiel, Miguel, Orlando and Emma.

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