This series of short videos introduces some of the key moments of performance art history in Hong Kong through highlights of AAA's Collection. Featuring participatory projects by Kwok Mangho Frog King, cross-disciplinary experiments in the 1980s, and works closely connected to social movements in the 2000s, this resource deepens our understanding of the development of performance art in relation to the recent art history and socio-political context of Hong Kong.
Content & Voice Over: Alan Chan, Artist and Art Educator
Length: 21 minutes
I. 1960s–80s: Ephemerality
Length: 6 minutes
Keywords: ephemerality, participatory, localising performance art
Artist: Kwok Mangho Frog King
Events/exhibitions: Five Move and Still Show (1979), Gau Doy Lum (1980)
II. 1980s: Collaborative Practices and Alternative Space
Length: 8 minutes
Keywords: young artists educated overseas, cross-disciplinary, collaboration, alternative space, Tiananmen Square Incident
Artists: Choi Yan Chi, Josh Hon, Sunny Pang, Leung Ping Kwan, Ricky Yeung Sau Churk, Epoxy Art Group, Yau Ching, Mui Cheuk Yin, Leung Man-tao, Kung Chi Shing
Events/exhibitions: Paintings by Choi Yan Chi and Works of Art in Dialogue with Poetry and Dance (Poems by Leung Ping Kwan, Dance by Sunny Pang) (1986), Out of Context (1987), Object-act-ivities (1989)
III. 1990s–2000s: Performance and Protests
Length: 7 minutes
Keywords: handover of Hong Kong to China, colonial history, art activism, privatisation of public space
Artists: Pan Xinglei, Kith Tsang Tak Ping, Lee Kit, Anthony Leung Po Shan, Jeff Leung, Jaspar Lau, Luke Ching, wen yau
Events/exhibitions: Pan Xinglei Incident (1996), performances in the Times Square Plaza in Causeway Bay (2008), Occupy Central With Love and Peace (2014)
Alan Chan was a Research Associate at AAA from 2016 to 2019.
Publishing date: 19 Feb 2020
The AAA Learning and Participation Programme is supported by the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited.