An enlightening interview with a cultural icon:
TAN: The theme of your Frieze talk is the significance of the
performative in art—why is it so important now to promote work that is
time- and event-based?
YO: Because it is a beautiful way of connecting people to people and sharing experiences. And this is the time when we have to keep on exchanging ideas and just exchanging warmth.
TAN: When you’re speaking at Frieze, do you see the talk as a lecture, a performance, or an artwork?
YO: I see it as an experience for communication in the sense that both parties will benefit from it—me and the audience.
TAN: You like to revisit past performances. Have audiences changed over the years?
YO: It’s always the same in terms of our being human. Maybe people were a bit more reserved in the past, although they can still be reserved now.