Performance art in context : a Singaporean perspective

Lee, Wen (2006) Performance art in context : a Singaporean perspective. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: Performance art in context : a Singaporean perspective

This thesis will attempt to make a survey of my personal experience and development working in performance art. In doing so I would also like to go over my motivations and encounters of working in performance art and discuss the various issues of performance art as a fine art practice and medium. My focus will be on the complexities and questions surrounding the self as subject and use of one's own body as a visual art form, material and representation within the specific contexts of cultural location and time. The temporal and ephemeral nature of performance art also necessitates examining the problems faced in documenting, collecting, preserving and archiving.

Since its appearance in Singapore, the practice of performance art posed various questions. Why would artists feel motivated to work in a temporal art form, which does not result in the making of a material art object? Given the temporal and ephemeral nature of performance art how does it continue to be represented? For those who had not seen the actual performances presented in the past how can one continue to discuss the relevance and contexts of those performances today? Should the temporal ephemeral works be preserved?

My research will attempt as much as possible to follow an academic format and research based on published materials. However, it is an endeavor embarked upon with the fore knowledge that there are very few comprehensive, analytical texts on contemporary art of Singapore and especially in regard to performance art. My thesis therefore will also depend on personal interviews and interactions with the practicing performance artists as well as based on my own personal work and experience as a practicing artist.

From this research we may reclaim performance art and its position as a valid fine art form in relation to more traditional media. It will also interrogate possibilities for future actions and directions to develop my work in performance art and its contribution to contemporary art discourse.

Subjects: Fine Arts
Fine Arts > Singapore Artists
Divisions: Faculty of Fine Arts > Master - Arts
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2017 08:07
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 08:07

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