In her career-defining performances—staged in modest theatres in New York in the late 1990s and which live on as single-channel video artworks—Patty Chang laid bare her body, her gender, and her race in ways that challenged social mores and the prescribed behaviours of an Asian American woman. Outfitted in a demure, working-girl suit, Chang undertook small feats of physical endurance by executing combined actions involving foodstuffs (cantaloupes, onions), live animals (eels), and liquids (water), all the while tapping the boundaries of loss and desire. These works reveal how everyday behaviours can be performative; we are always performing our identities, social rituals, and agreed upon roles in contemporary society.

Where Chang’s practice diverges from other endurance-oriented performance artists is her unique attention to the technologies that preserve the work. Her live performances make explicit use of the recorded image and consider the perspective and presence of a viewer. For her performance Fountain (1999), she kneeled over a mirror on the floor covered with a thin layer of water and used her mouth to suck and slurp the liquid off its surface. For the video, Chang cropped away the surroundings and turned the image ninety degrees to give the appearance that she is engaged in a slow, deep kiss with her own image. Another iconic video, In Love, shows a teary-eyed Chang kissing her parents on the mouth in slow motion but it is in fact reversed footage of a performance wherein they chew and pass a raw onion back and forth with their mouths. The videos exhibited in Mobile M+: Live Art will be accompanied by a new lecture performance by the artist in Connecting Space.

10 December 2015 (Thursday)


Connecting Space Hong Kong (G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point)

English (with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation)

This performance contains content that may not be suitable for some audiences.

Free admission with limited capacity. First-come, first-served basis


Application will be closed by  4 December

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Adverse Weather Arrangement:
Programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force 2 hours before the event starts.

*The organiser reserves the right to change the programme and artists. All changes will be announced on the website.


Patty Chang (American, born 1972)

Patty Chang trained as a painter, receiving her BFA from the University of California, San Diego, in 1994. Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York and began experimenting with short films, video, and performance art. She soon made a name for herself with her endurance-based, daring performances that challenged social propriety and often explored taboo subjects. A key aspect of her practice involves notions of translation—mistranslation, cultural translation, and interpretation—as rendered through performance. Chang’s interest in psychoanalytic themes and issues of body and the gaze are prominent in her work as is an awareness of her subjectivity as an Asian woman. In 2008, Chang was nominated for the Hugo Boss Prize and in 2009 she was named the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow of Visual Arts at the American Academy in Berlin. Her film works were featured in the MoMA New Directors series and have been exhibited in international solo and group exhibitions. In 2014, Chang was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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