The internet has been buzzing over Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk this past February about the art of asking in which she highlights her early days as a street performer. But the talk I am most anticipating is by Liu Bolin in which, over the course of his presentation, he is painted into the background of the stage. The time-lapse is fascinating:
I can’t even see him in the final image!
“There’s a difference between Chinese artwork and foreign artwork. As a Chinese artist, I ask a lot of questions about society in my work. When I am abroad, though — for example when I went to the Louvre — because I’m usually overwhelmed by my artwork, I have to make art as a souvenir. The TED piece is more of the latter, a form of memory or a souvenir. This year I have a new plan. I think the TED stage will be the highlight of my new series, Happy New City. In the future I will create new kinds of art. My talk was as a summary to conclude what I’ve done before.”
I am interested to see the presentation and what Liu Bolin does next.