Tehching's life's work consists of five "One Year Performances", done
between the years of 1978 and 1986, and "Earth", a thirteen-year
performance that stretched from the end of 1986 to the end of 1999. Each of
the performances involved a particular vow, constraint, and a mode of
being, and each was meticulously documented. Perhaps his most famous
performance is his second "One Year Performance", known informally as the
Time Piece. In this work Hsieh punched a time clock, every hour on the
hour, twenty-four hours a day, for an entire year. To help illustrate the
time process, Hsieh shaved his head before the piece began, and then let
his hair grow freely for the duration. Every time he punched the clock, a
movie camera shot a single frame. The resulting film compresses each day
into a second, and the whole year into about six minutes.
The talk is to take place this coming Tuesday, 18th of September
at 7.30, at The Substation Guinness theatre.
Tehching lives in New York City.
45 Armenian Street
tel 337 7535
fax 337 2729