Out of Now : The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh

Heathfield, Adrian; Tehching, Hsieh. Out of Now : The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh. London, England: Live Art Development Agency; Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

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Abstract (English)

"Between September 1978 and July 1986, Hsieh realized five separate one-year-long performance pieces in which he conformed to simple but highly restrictive rules throughout each entire year.

Through the course of these lifeworks, Hsieh moved from a year of solitary confinement in a sealed cell to a year in which he punched a worker’s time clock in his studio every hour on the hour to a year spent living without shelter in Manhattan to a year in which he was tied by an eight-foot rope to the artist Linda Montano and finally to a year of total abstention from all art activities and influences. In 1986 Hsieh announced that he would spend the next thirteen years making art but not showing it publicly. When this “final” lifework—an immense act of self-affirmation and self-erasure—came to a close at the turn of the millennium, he tersely and enigmatically said that during this time he had simply kept himself alive.

After years of near-invisibility, Hsieh collaborated with the British writer and curator Adrian Heathfield to create this meticulous and visually arresting documentary record of the complete body of Tehching Hsieh’s performance projects from 1978 to 1999." -- Publisher's website.

Types: Anthologies, essays, collections
All Contributors: Heathfield, Adrian (Author); Tehching, Hsieh (Author); Abramovic, Marina (Collaborator); Phelan, Peggy (Collaborator); Low, Jackson Mac (Collaborator); Silverman, Gilbert B. (Collaborator); Burnham, Linda Frye (Collaborator); Durland, Steven (Collaborator); Etchells, Tim (Collaborator); Mantegna, Gianfranco (Collaborator); Johnson, Ray (Collaborator); Sierra, Santiago (Collaborator); Becker, Carol (Collaborator); Tehching, Hsieh (Interviewee); Heathfield, Adrian (Interviewer)
Dossier: 420 - HSIEH, TEHCHING
Collation: 381 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
ISBN: 9780262012553
Language of Publication: English
Publishers: London, England: Live Art Development Agency; Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Artists: Abramovic, Marina; Etchells, Tim; Hsieh, Tehching; Johnson, Ray; Montano, Linda; Sierra, Santiago; [et alii]
Copyright Statement: Adrian Heathfield; Tehching Hsieh; the contributors
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Includes an interview with Tehching Hsieh p. 319 - p. 339.
Includes biographical notes.
Includes bibliographical references.
Bibliography p. 370 - p. 373.

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Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 20:56
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2016 20:56
URI: http://e-artexte.ca/id/eprint/27845
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