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If No More Yeh Tzu-chi I Eyes for Strangeness
If you don’t shit on the street, cage yourself or stay out of any building as long as one year, kneel and hang yourself in the air, eat your own fetis…. If you don’t…well, don’t do anything horrible, strange, astonishing, or disgusting, what else can you do with performance art? Should performance art be horrible, strange, astonishing, or disgusting? Should it fight against somebody or something? Are these the “political correctness” in performance art? If they are, then isn’t it referring to an existence of hegemony in this field? If there were not volcano explosion, flood, earthquake, or mood flood any more, would there be nothing left to see on this planet? Could it be possible that there is always some sort of turbulence and revolt in some small unnoticed corners? Isn’t that Picasso brought a giant revolution in the history of paintings when he painted quietly and unsurprisingly in his studio? And haven’t I faced my own claustrophobia when I enveloped my whole body with that giant heavy god-damned black cloth? Could it be possible that performance art can show hundreds of thousands of other factors than just frightening, astonishment, revolt, anger or turbulence? Could it be otherwise poetic, funny, or full of the spirit of zen, etc.……. Just like all the other art categories, performance art can have boundless space and orientation to develop and form its own specific traits of history. That’s why one can’t see performance art only with the eyes for strangeness.
II It’s art, not skill
III Please Come to the Scene
( for the whole article, pls check Documenta of ON THE WAY International Performance Art Meeting, p 11-13 )