On March 6th, 2019, at the Manchester Art Gallery, there was a performance programme that took place along with a symposium on the Asian diasporic artist Li Yuan-Chia: ‘The LYC Museum & Art Gallery and the Museum as Practice’. The symposium was organized as part of the public programme for the temporary exhibition: Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition, that was curated by Hammad Nasar with Kate Jesson.2 Curator Annie Jael Kwan from Asia-Art-Activism Research Network3 invited three Asian diasporic performance artists to make work for the evening event: ‘Being Present’, an experimental performance programme that was curated in response to the exhibition.4 Using a performance proposal consists of a number of untruthful information about the “acclaimed researcher” Zoe Meng, I impersonated as Zoe Meng in the performance. Zoe Meng is not a real person in this present society. However, her absence in the reality is incorporated with the material evidences that illustrate her fictional presence. The material evidences (performance materials that I use in the performance and the proposal for the performance) allow her narrative to inhabit a space between the institutional authority and the individual agency. Biographies of different scholars, artist and academics, such as the childhood experience of the 20th century diasporic Chinese artist Li Yuan-chia, the philosophical narrative of the feminist scholar Rosi Bradotti, and chimerical personal story of Zoe Meng, are mix-matched and “mashed” together as the contextual references for the fictitious biography of Zoe Meng.
|Type||Cover Collaboration with British Art Studies Online Issue|
|Media of output||Digital Visual Essay|
|Place of Publication||Online|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Sept 2019|
- Asian Diaspora
- social engagement
- Practice-based research