Being Behold: Notes on Recent Performances, An Artist Talk by Loo Zihan
In 2014, Zihan collaborated with various artists on several performance projects, this included Swiss collective Thom Truong and French choreographer Xavier Le Roy. This artist talk will consolidate his musings on these experiences, supplemented with observations on the (dis)appearance of ‘live’ bodies in recent art events and installations in Singapore. Specifically, Zihan will examine the potential that ‘live’ bodies possess and the tension between the performer and the spectator in relation to our hyper-mediatized society of the spectacle.
Date: 17 October 2014
Loo Zihan is a performance and moving-image artist and educator based in Singapore interested in investigating the tension between the flesh of the body with the bone of the archive.
Zihan graduated with his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. His moving-image works have been selected and screened at various international film festivals such as the Pusan International Film Festival (South Korea). His co-directorial debut feature ‘Solos’ was awarded the ‘Nuovo Sguardi’ award at the 23rd Turin GLBT Film Festival (Italy).
Beyond his moving-image works, Zihan’s solo performances have also been presented at various performance events such as the Macau International Performance Art Festival and Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival (Chicago). He participated in the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival in 2012, where he presented ‘Cane’, a performance that re-enacts and investigates Josef Ng’s ‘Brother Cane’.
Image: Bernice Lee in ‘Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy’ by Xavier Le Roy, Theatreworks Singapore. Photo credit: Loo Zihan.