Past Event Tate Modern Performance

BMW Tate Live: Performance Room – Liu Ding Almost Avantgarde

16 May 2013 at 20.00–21.00

Join us for a live performance featuring a spinning mirror ball, DJ and artwork replicas

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BMW Tate Live: Performance Room – Liu Ding

A second chance to watch Liu Ding’s performance of Almost Avantgarde captured live Thursday, 16 May, 2013 at Tate Modern

Join Beijing-based artist and curator Liu Ding for his exclusive performance, Almost Avant-Garde, created especially for BMW Tate Live Performance Room. The piece centres around a DJ mixing Baroque music and Chinese voices in a room full of  2-D reproductions of artworks from the Tate collection. 

The recorded Chinese voices are from interviews Liu Ding conducted with Chinese artists and art critics active in the 1990s in which they describe their work, experiences, expectations and understanding of art. Liu Ding uses the work to reflect on the Chinese art community’s aspirations to be modern and contemporary. Translations will be projected onto the walls of the Performance Room.

In 2012 Liu Ding had his first solo exhibition in the United States at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle. In 2009 he was chosen to represent China at the 53rd Venice Biennale and has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally.

BMW Tate Live: Liu Ding Almost Avante-garde Almost Avantgarde 2013


Enter the online BMW Tate Live Performance Room via at 20:00 in the UK and exactly the same moment across time zones on the specified dates:15.00 on the East Coast of America21.00 in mainland Europe23.00 in Russia.

Live Q&A

During the performance you are encouraged to chat with other viewers from around the world via Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and to ask the artist or curator questions which will be answered at the end of the performance during the live Q&A. You can access the latest updates @TateLive using #BMWTateLive, Tate Facebook or Tate Google+.


Almost Avantegarde performed by

Jof ArnoldAdam AsnanLeah BroadfieldJustina BuddMarko DanielBen GatehouseJai NuiQinlan YeUsha RajagopalValentina RavagliaAndrew RoyScott WalkerCatherine WoodCarol Yinghua Lu


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16 May 2013 at 20.00–21.00