Translating Happenings: Frog King Kwok’s Abject Play

Yu-Chieh LI*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Focusing on Frog King Kwok’s performative work Hark Bun Lum in the 1970s and 1980s, this paper looks at the idea of the abject as an art form and an identarian performance. The abject in Kwok’s practice refers to both transformative material and process, as well as how it mirrors his peripheral status as an outcast in the New York art scene. The abject elements, such as burnt material, carcasses, and cheap plastic bags, form the basis of audience participation, and how identity is performed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-440
JournalArt in Translation
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

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