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Out of Now, Updated Edition


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Out of Now traces the practice of one of the great artists of our time. With immense courage, Tehching Hsieh revolutionized performance art: while many were sprinting, he did marathons. Hsieh anticipated our times, in that he made time his medium.This impressive and beautifully written book offers the first comprehensive study of an outstanding body of work. An extraordinary performance! -- Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery Tehching Hsieh has created a profound body of 'lifeworks' that integrate the live with the aesthetic, producing hybrid experiences that question the very nature of what we call 'art.' This brilliant book, which includes documentation and smart, poetic, an dhistorically inflected writing by Heathfield is an invaluable record of Hsieh's work. A unique commentary on the writing of the histories of art and performance. -- Amelia Jones, Professor and Pilkington Chair,Art History and Visual Studies, University of Manchester Life is brought to life (again, again, again) in its withdrawal -- as routine ecstasy, in erotic privation, through flesh's serial vacation of now, which makes now urgent. This urgency, given yet again in Tehching Hsieh's and Adrian Heathfield's collaboration, again and again and uncontainably held in your hand right now, is Out of Now. -- Fred Moten, Professor, University of California, Riverside

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Adrian Heathfield is Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at Roehampton University, London. He is the editor of Live- Art and Performance, Small Acts, and Shattered Anatomies. Tehching Hsieh is an artist based in New York City.


An aesthetic object in itself, Out of Now is a unique contribution to the field that blurs distinctionsbetween theory and practice and offers a compelling exploration of the relationshipbetween performance and the act of writing about performance.

-Lara Shalson, The Drama Review

The visual and emotional yield of Hsieh's works is overpowering: the 365-image photo-essay ofthe year that Hsieh and artist Linda Montano spent tethered to one another with an eight-foot-long rope tells a story as rich, engrossing and rewarding as an epic novel. The stark, basic design wisely lets the evidence do the dazzling.


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