Date of Award

Fall 12-13-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Global Arts and Cultures

First Advisor

Avishek Ganguly

Second Advisor

Naimah Petigny

Third Advisor

Zhang Yi


This thesis embodies discontinuities in performance art and its non-equivalent Chinese term “行 为艺术” between language and cultural context into a migrating journey. A comparative analysis on the disciplinary history of performance art studies in the US and China laid a foundation in exploring the dynamics of marginality in two contexts. Extracting from the narrative mechanism and body view of Chinese performance art, I demonstrate how the philosophy of living (生) inspired many artistic creation, which also echoes my research journey. And from our mutual living experience, I pose the concept of constructive untranslatability that applies positionality and situated knowledge to bridge global dialogues.



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