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Pretty Exciting Stuff: Performance Art

Multi-disciplinary artist ila reflects on memories with Miranda.


Published: 4 Aug 2021

Time taken : ~10mins

Episode 3: The One about the Mango Tree

Memories are powerful sources of inspiration for art. Grab a cushion, settle down comfortably and join multi-disciplinary performance artist ila and film student Miranda as they explore the cathartic process of harnessing memories to perform works that speak truth to our deepest thoughts.

Video reproduced with permission from the National Arts Council.

About performance art

Unlike most traditional art where artists are “invisible” in the final work, artists are part of the canvas in the physical, time-based form of performance art. Performance art seeks to convey a message about political and cultural themes specific to the time period in which they are performed, not to entertain. Some pieces seek to break down the wall between the audience and the artist where the creation becomes a two-way exchange. Through a combination of touch, sound, smell and even taste, the audience is invited to interpret and participate in the live performance.

About ila

Ila is a visual and performance artist who works with found objects, moving images and live performance. She seeks to create alternative nodes of experience and entry points into the peripheries of the unspoken, the tacit and the silenced.

Further exploration

Find out more about performance art in Asia.

Read more about ila's practice.

A tribute to Lee Wen, a pioneering performance artist in Singapore

Watch this interview with renowned performance artist Marina Abramović

An introduction to Tehching Hsieh's One Year Performance (1980-1981).

Pretty Exciting Stuff

Commissioned by National Arts Council (Singapore), Pretty Exciting Stuff is an ongoing video series featuring conversations between everyday Singaporeans and our talented visual artists. Get to know our local artists and their mediums and see what goes on behind the scenes of this exciting stuff called visual arts!

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