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Power Plays: Alternative Performance Art and Urban Space in the Political Life of the City

Edited by Kam Louie

in Hong Kong Culture

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028412
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.003.0003
Power Plays: Alternative Performance Art and Urban Space in the Political Life of the City

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This chapter considers artworks that incorporate text and images related to the institutional dynamics of the formation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. In this context—a historically unprecedented territorial formation and a political movement geared to increasing democratic practice—alternative performance art and art actions contribute to the articulation of an urban cultural politics with national dimensions and a spatial expression in public life. Reflecting on word and image, this discussion focuses on performance artworks concerned specifically with text, speech acts, statements and enactments, and those whose use of images or representational images have resonated beyond their moments of production to become known among artists and the art-viewing public as a consequence of social documentation.

Keywords: artworks; Hong Kong; China; territorial formation; political movement; urban cultural politics; text; speech acts; images

Chapter.  6698 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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