Life Changes ( Performance )
Artist: Xiao Lu
Creation: From 1 January – 22 April 2011
Place: Beijing, Hangzhou, Florida
Materials: Tang poetry, Chinese medicine, letter paper.
About “Life Changes”
On 1 January 2011, I copied out a Tang poem using Chinese medicine for oral administration that I had to hand. Continuing to copy Tang poetry for several successive days, I experienced a feeling of physical and mental well-being, so I decided to continue for 365 days in order to copy out the entire Three Hundred Tang Poems.
As a matter of personal discipline, I would take with me, wherever I travelled, the Tang poetry, Chinese medicine and letter-writing paper. I maintained this performance until I stopped after close to four months, which just happened without my thinking about it.
Sometimes it is not so easy to maintain an aspiration.
December 2011, Huantie studio, Beijing, China.