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Kam Louie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028412

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.001.0001

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

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

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Hong Kong Culture
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Kam Louie
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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.003.0003

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

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