Tehching Hsieh: Time Clock Piece and Outdoor Piece
One Year Performance 1980–1981 (Time Clock Piece)
One Year Performance 1981–1982 (Outdoor Piece)
Video courtesy of the artist
For the Time Clock Piece, from 11 April 1980 through 11 April 1981, Tehching Hsieh punched a time clock every hour on the hour. At the beginning of the performance, Hsieh shaved his head and over the course of the piece, he took a photograph of himself each time the time clock is punched, marking the passage of time. These photographs were strung together into a 6 minute film.
For the Outdoor Piece, from 26 September 1981 through 26 September 1982, Hsieh spent one year outside, never entering any buildings, trains, cars, ships, caves, or tents. He carried a sleeping bag. This 30 minute video captures Hsieh as he navigated through New York City.