PERFORMANCE X 4A
Presented in partnership with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, this critically acclaimed programme featured a series of diverse and compelling works by leading international artists.
Taking place throughout the six days of the Fair the programme featured Tobias Gutmann, Anida Yeou Ali, Uji Handoko Eko Saputro aka Hahan, Amrita Hepi and Enoch Cheng performing new iterations of some of their most lauded works.
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Gutmann’s hugely popular Face-o-mat returns to Asia after celebrated adventures in Papua New Guinea and Japan, to refigure and redesign the human portrait. Situated plein air in Street Food Central, Face-o-mat is the hybrid between the artist and an analog machine, whereby Gutmann draws abstract interpretations of what he sees in faces. Performing for two hours every day, participants will be selected by ballot draw, engaging ten portraits per hour.
Anida Yoeu Ali
The Red Chador: Ban Me!
Following her acclaimed performances across Europe, Anida Yoeu Ali will present a new iteration of The Red Chador at Art Central. The interdisciplinary performance explores the global agitator’s thematic interest in using religious aesthetics to provoke ideas of otherness. As a result of recent global events, Ali feels alarmed and disturbed about the political and cultural state of America, and will adapt her performance to emerge from 99 protest signs. Her signs utilize appropriated text from a myriad of sources, including notable political events such as the Umbrella Movement and President Trump’s public speeches. For Art Central, The Red Chador becomes a docent encouraging the public to sign up for her “art” tours, in which art viewers will become participants in the very artwork they have signed up to view. The work questions democracy, civil participation and public complicity.
Amrita Hepi has been working on the idea of space, utopia, growth and presence within her recent ouevre. A dancer by trade, her 20-minute performance at the Fair entrance will feature the artist emerging from a small door frame, expanding with every movement. A custom costume, with built-in fans, and extendable parts, will enable Hepi to transform from one subject into another creature. Founded on a concept of exploring space, as well as our physical and cognitive environment, Hepi’s performance will immerse audiences in a psychedelic spectacle of ideas.
It is a contemporary condition that we are overloaded with images from the news, advertisements, art, daily encounters and so on. From the compressed impression of various things, we have to quickly derive meanings in order to make sense of our lives. Yet, these quick judgements may not mean a fair contemplation of things. By developing a dance piece through looking at movement for 8 hours at Art Central on 23 March, Fair Gestures aims to open up a gap to explore other ways to retrieve meanings.
Uji Handoko Eko Saputro AKA Hahan
Speculative Entertainment No.1 Hong Kong Edition
Hahan creates works characterised by an ongoing tussle between ‘high art’ and ‘low art’, blurring realism with decoration. Asking participants to consider the production and consumption of the cutting-edge art market and its ironies, this interactive work will invite all audience to join direct selling performance with an auction atmosphere. His painting will divided into a 10cm square lot whereby audiences will be able to choose any lot they want at the booth, starting at $300HKD for each lot.