Between the 1970s and 1980s, Taiwanese artist Tehching Hsieh created an intense body of work that considered the commodity of experience, systems of control, existing on the edge of society and the archiving of time. Presented here for the Taiwan collateral pavilion, Doing Time includes a selection of five works, most significantly two installations of Hsieh’s impressive and utterly astounding One Year Performances that have to be seen to be even half believed. Through different forms of documentation including film, photography and paraphernalia, you are transported back to when the artist subjected himself to live outside for a year without shelter and clocked in every hour, every day for a year on a worker’s time clock. Doing Time is unmissable and worth every minute.
Tehching Hsieh: Doing Time is at Palazzo delle Prigioni, Castello 4209, San Marco, Venice. (Vaporetto station S. Zaccaria, next to Palazzo Ducale).