Guangzhou Live is back again with its 4th edition. From the program you can see that we this year have outdone ourselves one more time. Bringing some of the most important renowned and emergent performance artist from China and the world. The strength of performance art in China is undoubtable, but it is in its international context that it takes on its significance. We are as such pleased to be able to present an international program which we know will be invigorating and passionate with a number of historic and legendary artists in the field.

If the curatorial theme of last years Guangzhou Live was Body and Mind in Time, this year we will explore the notion of the Action of Meaning, following Zhuang Tzu’s phrase ”Words exist because of meaning. Once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?”.

In addition to this we will this year also organise an iLAS (international Live Action Study) program with the professor of the maters class at the Royal College of Art, Nigel Rolfe, who will direct a two day workshop on November 9-10. Like previous years we will also present lectures in collaboration with our partners at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art and the Fine Art College of South China Normal University.

Moreover, this years’ edition sees the beginning of a new collaboration and exchange with the Macau International Performance Art Festival, MIPAF, which 7th edition takes place at the Oxwarehouse in Macau on November18-19.

Guangzhou Live’s actions is realized with a long term perspective of continuity. Connecting chinese and international performance art and organisers, presenting outstanding artists, raising the critical discourse, and maybe most important, creating a bridge between the public and the experimental and international avant-garde of performance art. We are pleased to see it happen again, we know it makes a difference. Our efforts are our hearts. Welcome to Guangzhou Live 4.

Duan Yingmei. Patience. Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany, 2004. Photo: Chengwu Luo