Influence: Tehching Hsieh

One of the artists I mention explicitly, if not by name, in my fiction is Tehching Hsieh, a performance art hero.  I am deeply moved by the Time Clock piece in particular (see video below), not for its feat of endurance, but for the poetry of the act.  It is a powerful metaphor for the ways we compromise our bodies and our lives to regularize our work, our livelihoods, our accountability, etc.  The time-lapse film of the year of punching the clock is mesmerizing.  And strangely, he appears to mark the hours with a degree of joy.  I love this piece.