“Hommage a Silence”

Performance at Danish Culturalcenter Beijing.  22 oct. 2016.

The first "Beijing Live" International Performance Art Festival kicks off this Friday at Danish Cultural Center. "Beijing Live" is the brainchild of Danish/Swedish curator Jonas Stampe, and will unfold a diverse and eclectic program presenting different expressions and tendencies in contemporary performance art. In all 32 artists from 17 countries including Austria, the Czech Republic, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.

At its best, performance art is an art of integrity. One could even say that it is integrity embodied. Honest and truthful to its inherent qualities, with the unique possibility of human identification, as a way to understand not only ourselves, or other people, but the world. Intellectually and emotionally it can be the opposite of human alienation. As an uncompromising expression of being, of existence, of hope, of a new becoming, of body and mind as one, of presence, of togetherness. It can be an artistic expression of life. With a heart.

Besides the performances at Danish Cultural Center, the program for "Beijing Live" also consists of talks, lectures and workshops at Goethe Institut, CAFA Art Museum and Central Academy of Art respectively.