BLOG: Life as Performance Art: Tehching Hsieh at Carriageworks
Tehching Hsieh is 63 years old and quite elf-like, with a small, lean and muscular frame. Even though he has lived in New York for 40 years he speaks English with a thick Taiwanese accent. He arrived in America in 1974 when, as a seaman, he jumped ship at a port on the Delaware River. For 14 years he lived as an illegal immigrant, calling himself Sam Hsieh, before being granted amnesty in 1988. By then he had virtually finished his career as a performance artist but for one piece, Thirteen Year Plan (1986–99), for which he made art that he was determined not to show to others.