The universal language of time

For Tehching Hsieh, also called “the master in performance art”, time is a tool for making art. Time is universal and everyone has a specific amount of time, but what Tehching does with his time is remarkable.

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One Year Performance 1978–1979

For an entire year, Tehching sits in a cage and he essentially did nothing for a year — no reading, no writing, no television. He simply focused on passing time.

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One Year Performance 1981–1982

Tehching lived entirely outdoors in Lower Manhattan for a year, including through one of the most severe winters in recorded history.

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An artist for forever

Living and breathing the freedom that illuminates those who manage to create their own systems despite the rigidity of our society, Tehching's work will remain timeless.

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