Yu Cheng-Ta at Performa 19 Biennial
Yu Cheng-Ta at Performa 19 Biennial in New York, where he will explore the cultural phenomenon of “influencers” in Western social media alongside celebrity and food trends in a series of live and filmed performances that appropriate the visual and narrative language of reality television. Developed through the character of Fameme, a Taiwanese farmer drawn to New York City to promote durian—a thorny, odorous, tropical fruit indigenous to Southeast Asia—the project depicts an outsider’s quest for fame and acceptance in American culture. Fameme’s ambition draws him to the world of social media influencers and ingluencer events as he attempts to utilize the latest marketing trend and media obsession for his own capitalist needs. (Text from Performa 19 website) Performa 19 Biennial runs from November 1 to 24 with panel discussion “The Afterlife of Live Performance” at 6:00 p.m. on November 12, 2019.
FAMEME is organized by Esa Vincenty Nickle (Producing Director, Performa) and Jo Hsiao (TFAM). Co-commissioned with Taipei Fine Arts Museum, with generous support of the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture, Taipei Culture Center in New York, and co-presented with Wallplay.
FAMEME is part of the Taiwanese Pavilion for the Performa 19 Biennial.