The Straits Times
Published on Nov 15, 2012

Controversial performance art piece to go on exhibition


Earlier this year, artist Loo Zihan re-enacted a performance art piece by Josef Ng that resulted in a 10-year no-funding rule for performance art.

Now there will be a chance to experience Loo's performance in a different way. The 29-year-old will be putting on an R21 exhibition called Archiving Cane, at The Substation Gallery next month (Dec). It is aimed at telling people about the piece, which he staged in February at The Substation.

The exhibition has two components. The first is an installation of 12 artefacts to do with the production and Loo's artistic practice. They include objects directly used in the performance, such as the rotan cane and the traditional metal basin to hold the tofu that Loo smashed, as well as other objects indirectly linked to Cane, such as a vessel of Loo's pubic hair that he snipped off in a related performance in Chicago.

The second part of the exhibition is a durational performance by the artist and an assistant. They will talk to visitors about the production, tell stories about the objects and answer questions.