Time Show: Archiving Performance Art in the Singapore Art Archive Project (2020)
Newspapers, digital photographs, cassettes and printed matter
Time Show: Archiving Performance Art in the Singapore Art Archive Project is a work of over 1,000 archival materials relating to Singapore’s performance art history by artist and independent archivist Koh Nguang How. Responding to the National Archives as a site where knowledge and history is produced, Koh proposes how an archive of performance art in Singapore may be organised, displayed and activated. Tracing the artistic representation of the physical body in Singapore’s performance art community from the 1980s onwards, the response is premised on time as a key basis of performance and its passage as seen through durational performances that began with The Artists Village 24-hour continuous performance event The Time Show (1989/90), and led to a series of New Year events such as Body Fields (1991/92) a 12-hour show organised by 5th Passage, and The Artists’ General Assembly (AGA) 12-hour New Year Show (1993/94) and many others. Unfolding through an evolving display of photographs, clippings and printed matter that act as indices to the otherwise intangible and ephemeral field of performance art, the work offers a re-look at the body as medium and demonstrates Koh’s deeper interests towards the registers involved in the presentation and interrogation of performance art in Singapore.
Artist will be featured in the talk A Window into Performance Art History: SAAP Open Studio on 18 January. Please click on link for more details.