The artist waited in a line in the post office and super market. She was standing backwards and gazing at the person next to her. This creates a face-to-face situation that she encounters the stranger in a quite offensive and rude manner.
photos by Wang Mingchuan
Action 3: Personal Island
Wearing a handmade, island-like costume, the artist went inside of the river and walked as if she is a floating island. In a quieter part of the river, the riverbanks are totally closed off by local housing. The river here becomes private property as if it is the fancy backyard of a villa. The artist wants to visibly remark the sphere of individual field in the public space, comparing the expanding private realm into a questionable public space.
Action 1: short cut
For this action, the artist dressed up as a traveler and walk through the river as if it were a normal street. The riverbank in the city center is separated into isolated spaces by massive use of private spaces and tourist business. The accesses to the river are limited for both visitors and locals. The artist was posing the question: Is it still a public space if they there is no free access? In this action the artist points out the problem by totally involving herself with the water equating it with total public space – with her own body.
Action 2: Robinson Island
The artist became the character of Robinson for one day; and lived on one of the small islands in the middle of the river. The island in the river is inaccessible; it can be appreciated only from a distance. It is the question of how could people use such space in public if it remains unreachable? Where is the boundary between private and public? Dose it become a private space if some individual occupies it with their life?
Myths of the river
Series of Performances in public space
Erfurt, Germany 2010
Xinglang Guo did a series of performances around the Gera River, which runs throughout the city center of Erfurt. The work is all about the relationship between the running water and the artists body.
moving / mediations public intervention on subway collaborated with Margarita Garcia New York City, USA 2011
Moving / mediations is a subterranean performative gesture that disrupts the daily commute. Through a meditative performance, combined with a pirate broadcast and visual media, the artists seek to create a temporary contemplative space that opens the possibilities of re-engagement with ritual in public spaces. Inspired by the solitary, habitual nature of the subway- hurtling through dark tunnels, rhythmically beeping turnstiles; this work suggests the possibilities within social spaces interconnection in a network that is fluid, indefinite and open, echoing the artists embrace of new technologies as instruments for making art as well as the ritual potential within everyday gestures.