The aim of these three publications is to trace the artistic development in Asia from 1998 to 2018 through the eyes of practitioners both inside and outside the continent. Presenting primary sources and archival documents, along with analytical discussions and debates, the three books lay down the foundations for an unconventional, non-academic approach to historicization which reflects their own subject: hybrid, alchemical artistic projects emerging from a context driven by rapidly changing local and global needs, impossible to categorize in a systematic manner.
The volumes feature visual and textual research documents along with contributions by Defne Ayas, Chu Chu Yuan, Anna Coliva, Joumana El Zein Khoury, Charles Esche, Francesca Girelli, Lu Mingjun, Philippe Pirotte, Davide Quadrio, farid rakun, Aaron Seeto, Melati Suryodarmo, Xu Zhen, Yang Zhenzhong, and Zhao Yao.

RoseLee Goldberg amazed with PERFORMA 05, billed as the city’s first biennial of ‘visual art performance.’ Working with a tiny staff, a shoestring budget and no institutional affiliation, Ms. Goldberg put together a program that covered a lot of aesthetic bases–old school, just out of school, high-tech, no-tech–and encompassed more than 60 scheduled events all of which makes the prospect of PERFORMA 07 shine with promise. –Roberta Smith, the New York Times This volume is the first in a series of important publications drawing content and inspiration from the PERFORMA biennial. Featuring inventive documentation by the 100 artists who made the first PERFORMA so extraordinary, it offers an exhilarating view into contemporary visual art performance and “performs” as a collective artists’ journal might. Vibrant photographs of each artist’s performance are accompanied by their scripts, sketches and storyboards, providing unique insight into process and upending conventions around archiving performance. Lively interviews with some of the most significant artists of our time–including Francis Alys, Tamy Ben-Tor, Jesper Just, Marina Abramovic, Gelitin, Laurie Simmons and Mike Smith–appear alongside context-setting essays by some of our most inspired young curators. PERFORMA founder RoseLee Goldberg, who pioneered the study of performance art with her seminal book Performance Art from Futurism to the Present (1979), presents an authoritative introduction addressing the genre’s many forms–radio broadcast, dance, live installation, new technologies, film and video, music, historic reconstructions and lecture-as-performance among them. PERFORMA is not only an invaluable reference, it is a new kind of guide to cultural life, a time capsule of this very moment in New York’s eminent performance history, complete with profiles of the city’s nonprofit biennial venues that, like this book, give ephemeral art a physical place in which to persist.

Since its inception in 1990, Witte de With has exhibited some 300 artists and, through its publications, lecture programs and participation in events such as the Venice Biennale and the Shanghai World Expo, the center continues to shape international discourse on art and its institutions. On the occasion of its twentieth anniversary, Witte de With Publishers presents a survey celebrating these achievements. “What is Witte de With? This internationally-oriented contemporary art institution, based in Rotterdam, has assumed several identities over the years. It is often seen as an authored space, wrought by the personalities and passions of its directors – to date Chris Dercon, Bartomeu Marí, Catherine David, interim director Hans Maarten van den Brink and, most recently, Nicolaus Schafhausen. With the newly appointed director – Defne Ayas – there is renewed speculation about the possibilities of this mercurial space for art. Encapsulating the multiple potentials of an art institution, 20+ YEARS WITTE DE WITH, is a richly illustrated survey publication that appears in English and Dutch versions. The book includes essays by the Dutch journalist Koen Kleijn, the British scholar and curator Andrew Renton and the Canadian artist Ken Lum – offering distinct hypotheses onto the institution’s past, present and future from three art world agents who have engaged with Witte de With on different levels. These external perspectives are followed by our year-by-year account – in images and texts – of every exhibition, book, education project and public event produced by Witte de With to date. Additionally, there are extensive listings of all staff and board members as well as an index of the over 2000 artists, curators, writers, designers, musicians, activists and more, who have contributed to the institution’s program over the years – names that reveal the sheer extent of talented people who have shaped and have in turn been”