Out of Turn

Bringing together a selection of artists and collection materials Out Of Turn, curated by Meenakshi Thirukode in collaboration with Asia Art Archive, draws attention to the rise of performance art across South Asia since its earliest instances in the 1970s. The project engages with a multi-­generational group of artists to underscore the evolution of performance over the decades in the region, connecting to other instances across Asia and stressing continuities even as it makes clear the variety of practices described by the term “performance” in this part of the world. Presenting live acts alongside documents and documentation- photographs, texts, audiovisual recordings – this exhibition will elucidate some of the paradoxes of performance art’s relationship to the archive.

Generally considered something which only exists live, performance is thought to be available for experience only in the presence of the performer(s), at a particular place and time. In actuality though, many experience performance art through its documentation. Thus, performance’s ephemerality as an artistic practice makes it all the more reliant on the archive to preserve its history. Often performances are also conceived specifically for the recording device—the still or video camera. In exploring these multiple existences of performance art, including its connection to the archive and the document Out Of Turn will aim to expand our understanding of performance – a most contemporary and elusive of genres.

Photography Credits: siren jung, I am not going to sing, performance and installation, 2015