Archival Turn: Contemporaneity of the History of East Asia


A Nomad in Nowhereland:Hsieh Tehching's One Year Performance (Outdoor Piece), 1981-1982


本論文闡述藝術家謝德慶呈現的《一年行為表演(戶外,1981-1982)》如何主動地擾動機構化的現代性國家與社會。有別於其他的一年行為表演,《戶外》作為一件以曼哈頓下城區為主要地點的現地製作表演藝術,謝德慶的臺灣戰後記憶、非法移民身分迴響著當時紐約Fluxus(激浪派)運動對空間再行定義的動能與政治批評。近期藝術史家明確地將謝德慶的作品認定為時延美學(durational aesthetics)。然而,他們忽略了謝德慶在追求自由、活躍的藝術空間時所展現的流動性與游牧;更進一步地說,藝術史家需再行檢視《戶外》作品中隱含的雙重遊牧──從臺灣到紐約,從他自囚的牢籠到大都會的探索之間所伴隨的政治批評與美學意義。





This essay asserts that One Year Performance (Outdoor Piece, 1981-1982) conducted by Taiwanese-American artist, Hsieh Tehching, actively generates a critique towards the modern state and society.  As a space-oriented piece, it is set in dialogue with Hsieh's pervious pieces while resonating with his martial law body memories in Taiwan and Fluxus art movement in New York City.  Recent art historians have rightly considered Hsieh's works as a durational aesthetic, yet they also overlook the mobility and nomadism that Hsieh carries out in his search for art-fertilization under the restricted atmosphere in postwar Taiwan and his illegal alien status in U.S. In addition, art historians neglect the politic messages that are inherent within his travels from Taiwan to New York and from his self-isolated cage to an exploration of the metropolis.       

This essay aims to trace and specify Hsieh's grand voyage, a migrant body as both an aesthetic and political site. Crystallized in the third piece of his One-Year Performance series, Outdoor Piece, this piece sets him in motion from sedentariness to itineracy and mobilizes his vulnerabilities. Through living a nomadic, outdoor life in New York City for a year, Hsieh's reveals his body memories under the dictatorship in postwar Taiwan, reconciled with the state apparatus, and more importantly, reframes his performance to a critical site-specific art.  This one-year nomadic life leads Hsieh to a line of flight away from the modernized body desired by the state and the conundrum of his own art practice. In this light, Hsieh's use of body in Outdoor Piece is reformed by postwar art, identity, and history of Taiwan. 


Hsieh Tehching, Nomadism, Line of Flight, Deleuze and Guattari, performance art, Deterritorialization