Performance art festivals have been widespread throughout Asia since the 1990s. Borrowing from the model of the renowned Nippon International Performance Art Festival (NIPAF, established 1993), a range of festivals have emerged and there are more than fiftenn annual or biennial performance art festivals taking place in the region. Responding to the vast expansion of the performance art scene in Asia, the Action Script symposium addresses issues such as the festival as a vehicle for promoting the art form, the medium as a means of social and political intervention and community interaction, and the challenges inherent in documenting and archiving this dynamic and ephemeral field, among other topics. Action Script has invited the artists/festival organisers to give presentaitons on the state of performance art in their countries and to look to the future of performance art in Asia in the next decade.
Future Performance Art in Myanmar
Aye Ko, New Zero Art Space, Myanmar
Say Goodbye to the Future, There is no Tomorrow
Lee Wen, artist, Singapore
Performance Art by All
Mok Chiu Yu, Centre for Community Cultural Development (CCCD) and Asian People's Theatre Festival Society, Hong Kong & Yuenjie, artists, Hong Kong
Know your Identity, Know your History, Know your Self.
No Identity, No History, No Self
Yuan Mor'O Ocampo, Philippine International Performance Art Festival (PIPAF), Balay na Santiago Museum, Philippines
NIPAF, its Future
Seiji Shimoda, Nippon International Performance Art Festival, Thailand
As if Asia + Topia Was just a Thought
Chumpon Apisuk, Asiatopia International Performance Art Festival, Thailand
Why do we do Live Art in China?
Shu Yang, Dadao Live Art Foundation, mainland China
TIPAF as a Platform for Liberation of the Arts
Wang Molin, Body Phase Studio, Taiwan
Key topics for group discussions:
- Guerrilla vs. Institution: strategies for promoting performance/live art practives
- Performance as Resistance or Reinforcement: the complexity of performance art in social activism
- The Performace of Art: developing performance art as a professional art practice
- Performance Art as a reflection of contemporary culture and social history
- Festival Players: the limitation and diversity of performative practice