At the centre of Lin Yilin’s new work, Twenty, is a publicly staged, open tug-of-war with a massive rope woven with pages of the Basic Law. 

The work reprises the theme of two landmark performances in Hong Kong in the mid-1990s. At the time of the earlier performances, Lin was based in Guangzhou and was a nearby witness to Hong Kong’s handover. In both works – Drive Shaft (1996), in which Lin moved a cinderblock wall inscribed with names of politicians and various government departments through the streets of Wan Chai, and Sharkproof Web (1997), which involved laying sheets of paper printed with Hong Kong’s Basic Law on the surface of Victoria Park pool to create a white backdrop upon which Lin floated – the Basic Law was used as a powerful metaphor for Hong Kong’s future. In Twenty it has become the key concern of Hong Kong’s present.

Currently based in Beijing, Lin employs a variety of strategies for his public space performances, using his physical presence and movement, and encouraging collective action and interaction with the audience. Like many of his works, Twenty hints at political uncertainties while adopting a playful and light-hearted attitude.

13 December 2015 (Sunday)


Big Circle, Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District

This Moblie M+: Live Art will take place during Freespace Happening on 13 December, a regular outdoor art at the West Kowloon Nursery Park which is held every second and fourth Sunday of the month.

Cantonese and English 

Free admission

(852)2200-0102 (Mr Cheng),

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.


Lin Yilin (Chinese, born 1964)

Lin Yilin began his career in Guangzhou, where he was a founding member of Big Tail Elephant Group, an important Chinese avant-garde artist group of the 1990s. Big Tail Elephant members were especially interested in responding to the modernisation and urban transformation happening around them in Guangzhou. It was during this time that Lin created his seminal work Safely Maneuvering Across Lin He Road, a performance involving moving a temporary wall from one side of a traffic-filled street to the other, one cinderblock at a time. Lin has since become known for his site-specific installations, public artworks, and performances using his body and at times construction materials such as cinderblocks, bricks, and weights to intervene in urban space. He lives and works in New York and Beijing. 

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