The Artist is Absent, or The Birth of Seven Documented Performances by Yan Xing

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Meiling Cheng Professor, The University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts and Roski School of Art and Design, USA

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Andy Campbell Associate Professor, The University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design, USA

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Hendrik Folkerts International Contemporary Art Curator, Moderna Museet, Sweden

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Amelia Jones Professor and Vice Dean of Academics and Research, The University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design, USA

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Xing Yan Artist, China and USA

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This account about The Birth of Seven Documented Performances—a series of planned live artworks by Yan Xing—features an assemblage of texts by five authors: a curator (Andy Campbell), a critic (Meiling Cheng), three performers (Campbell, Cheng, and Hendrik Folkerts), an audience member (Amelia Jones), and the artist (Yan Xing). The first installment of Yan's performance series took place via Zoom in the guise of a quasi-improvised panel discussion, which was billed as part of Live Artists Live III: Despair/Repair (2020), a festival cocurated by Andy Campbell and Patty Chang at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.

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Meiling Cheng is Professor of Theatre in Critical Studies at the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts, with a joint appointment at the Roski School of Art and Design. Her work focuses on contemporary time-based art and multicentric performance studies.

Andy Campbell is Associate Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design. He is an art historian, critic, and curator whose work foregrounds LGBTQ+ communities and their archives.

Hendrik Folkerts is Curator of International Contemporary Art at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. Before this, he was the Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago (2017–2021).

Amelia Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Academics and Research at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design. She is a feminist curator and a theorist and historian of art and performance; her latest project is a book of manifestos addressing the structural racism of the art world and art institutions.

Yan Xing (Yan, family name; Xing given name), born in 1986 in Chongqing, China, is an artist known for performance, installation, video, and photography. He currently lives and works in Beijing and Los Angeles.

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