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The Insanity Artist

  • Опубліковано 21 бер 2022
  • The story of Tehching Hsieh, a performance artist who went to extreme places mentally for the sake of his art.
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  • @MVPerry
    @MVPerry Рік тому +1808

    I really wanna see his hidden art

    • @orenges
      @orenges Рік тому +13

      Hi Perry-Poo!!

    • @galleryofrogues
      @galleryofrogues 11 місяців тому +36

      Actually you probably don’t…

    • @Forcoy
      @Forcoy 10 місяців тому +8

      @@galleryofrogues why so

    • @Spectrythium
      @Spectrythium 10 місяців тому +1


    • @ashleyshanks6821
      @ashleyshanks6821 10 місяців тому +87

      I wonder if he decided to keep his art private in order to preserve his ability to create? When you start doing art for other people's reactions, sometimes that can ruin it. Then the emphasis moves from self-expression to trying to please someone else.

  • @anonymousanonymous-tw3wm
    @anonymousanonymous-tw3wm Рік тому +408

    He's not only into art , he is also into pain.

    • @CM0SRS
      @CM0SRS 8 місяців тому +5

      man of many tastes eh hahaha

    • @HateDebater
      @HateDebater 8 місяців тому

      He’s a clown

    • @straytonox1492
      @straytonox1492 8 місяців тому

      thats because taiwan doesn't exist

    • @user-jh5dq9vc1v
      @user-jh5dq9vc1v 7 місяців тому +7

      More like into misery. Pain is a flat sensation. Misery is a whole foken 5D art piece unique for every person that experience it.

  • @theeguy9022
    @theeguy9022 9 місяців тому +106

    "The day will end, with or without me." This is a phrase I've always used to comfort myself and frankly this man had made me realize why.

    • @PurpleFilthx
      @PurpleFilthx 4 місяці тому +1

      It comforts you knowing that one day you’ll pass away but the world will still continue as if you never existed?

  • @hanslim4031
    @hanslim4031 10 місяців тому +551

    This guy really thought, "How can I make my life infinitely harder and more stressful than it already is?"

    • @Kristopher-hh4vw
      @Kristopher-hh4vw 9 місяців тому +17

      No hit naked Dark Souls any% runs sound easier than what this man did. As an artist simply producing art consistently for 13 years and then following through on never showing it to anybody for the rest of your life would be the hardest conceivable achievement...the willpower and constitution this man must have had put him up there as one of the most interesting artists I've ever heard of

    • @brianthomason5022
      @brianthomason5022 9 місяців тому +3

      Seek out suffering

    • @sadhu7191
      @sadhu7191 9 місяців тому +6

      Ian sure a girl just rejected him and he lost it

    • @sadhu7191
      @sadhu7191 9 місяців тому +3

      She said his art don't speak to her. He jumps of building. Art

    • @jacksonrelaxin3425
      @jacksonrelaxin3425 9 місяців тому

      @@brianthomason5022 easier said than done

  • @bluevanga30
    @bluevanga30 Рік тому +757

    Bruh after working in retail for so long the time clock piece really hit me hard. The monotony, the repetition, the rat race to always be on time and present or loose ur job. Then again getting fired from a retail job is probably a good thing

    • @CuddlyPsycho1134
      @CuddlyPsycho1134 Рік тому +40

      I love getting fired, it's even better than rage-quitting because when you get fired you can milk the unemployment money for a few weeks before you have to even start looking for another job.

    • @johnglockton12
      @johnglockton12 Рік тому +17

      @@CuddlyPsycho1134 lmao pleb

    • @johnglockton12
      @johnglockton12 Рік тому

      @@CuddlyPsycho1134 bottom feeder I use people like you on the daily

    • @life4trinity
      @life4trinity Рік тому +3

      Eh, could be worse. Depending on where you work the money is not bad and having supportive co-workers get you through the day a little easier.

    • @Joe-nu4rm
      @Joe-nu4rm Рік тому +2

      in jail they have a guard walk through every hour to wake you up. (they're not supposed to wake you it's just part of the torture)

  • @BetoMelancia
    @BetoMelancia Рік тому +769

    it's a shame this man isn't visible to the world. never heard about him.

    • @bladeandcloak666
      @bladeandcloak666 9 місяців тому +21

      You'd be surprised how many things of value are hidden.

    • @blist8329
      @blist8329 9 місяців тому

      Let's be real we have dumbass kids swallowing Tide Pods if he was famous half of America wouldn't be here right now because I would have tried one of his actions in order to post it

    • @marshallbowdrie8562
      @marshallbowdrie8562 8 місяців тому +6

      Do you know any modern day artists?

    • @eelamite
      @eelamite 8 місяців тому +1

      kinda makes sense

    • @aidarosullivan5269
      @aidarosullivan5269 8 місяців тому

      As with many revolutionary artists he'll become much more famous for next generation as long as the knowledge isn't lost

  • @theuniverse7227
    @theuniverse7227 Рік тому +3939

    Photographers paint with light, musicians paint with sounds, and he painted with time

  • @monky2059
    @monky2059 Рік тому +714

    It’s remarkable how this guys art projects are some of the most viral UA-cam ideas nowadays. Ahead of his time

    • @Thugshaker_thequaker
      @Thugshaker_thequaker 9 місяців тому +13

      Especially “the jump”

    • @junglekutz5625
      @junglekutz5625 9 місяців тому +5

      Most folk just copy and paste based on the attention that they see others getting for what they're doing and have done. This man may have done all that he did for reasons that align with his expression (even if he was seeking fame). Some of the best artist that I have seen, (whether or not they have mimicked/copied another) bring a level of genuine expression and quality taste to whatever they produce. You are actually drawn into their work, (depending on the person, even them) as their expression isn't inspired by what they saw or heard elsewhere.

    • @lampoilropebombs0640
      @lampoilropebombs0640 9 місяців тому +8

      But no one is willing to not have enough sleep for a year to punch cards into a clock just for attention.

    • @jacksonrelaxin3425
      @jacksonrelaxin3425 9 місяців тому

      Maybe they just didn’t have UA-cam back then or before when people were doing it too. Also consider that we’re living in a new world where standing at a punch clock for an entire year is even possible.

    • @komiks42
      @komiks42 8 місяців тому

      ​@@junglekutz5625But doing something for fame alone isn't nessesery bad.

  • @Guggism
    @Guggism Рік тому +161

    I see a very disciplined man. I'm envious of his ablity in self control. imaginen with will that strong and all you want to do is to learn or train or studying. what a beast of a human.

    • @wrendoesnothing
      @wrendoesnothing 9 місяців тому

      now i gotta go hear little joels reaction to charlies reaction to ians apology

  • @sylvesterhurt447
    @sylvesterhurt447 Рік тому +159

    Why isn’t he talked about in public school art classes. This would have inspired me as a kid. Somthing I can do without actual talent, just sheer will and discipline. Bravo good Sir

    • @username.not.known2473
      @username.not.known2473 9 місяців тому +6

      This comment right here sir.

    • @monkeyearcheese420
      @monkeyearcheese420 9 місяців тому +11

      They don't want you to know your trapped in a rat race. He did
      Edit. Discipline is one of the higher talents. It's hard to hold

    • @LouSassoleSledgecock
      @LouSassoleSledgecock 9 місяців тому

      Yeah inspire you to hurt yourself lol

    • @neyaneya5554
      @neyaneya5554 8 місяців тому +5

      Because it's not art? It's just living your life in a different way.

    • @Madddorash
      @Madddorash 8 місяців тому +4

      Doing something without talent, only sheer will and discipline? You are describing majority of artists' journeys, including mine.

  • @lb1220
    @lb1220 Рік тому +28

    He’s definitely not crazy. Just reflecting on things in our society. Honestly beautiful.

  • @Mattened
    @Mattened Рік тому +619

    He's insane, but I respect his devotion. If he can do these things, he can do just about any conceivable thing he put his mind to.

    • @littlemonztergaming8665
      @littlemonztergaming8665 9 місяців тому +11

      @@SinCity96 I think you're missing the point of why people call others "insane". No "normal" person can reasonably imagine going through the process and being willing to sacrifice their time and opportunities for the rest of their life just in the name of art. Of course, people squander as much or more time on similarly monotonous or useless things... But they can only see that retrospectively, when it's too late.
      The point is, he's very respectively abnormal. Something about his mental fortitude and devotion vastly differs between the OP and the artist.

    • @littlemonztergaming8665
      @littlemonztergaming8665 9 місяців тому +1

      @@SinCity96 While true, I'm talking about realizing the utility of a word and the textbook definition of a word is not always the same.
      For example, you see someone that is really good at piano and you call them talented because they said they've only been doing it for a year. You can't imagine yourself getting that good in a year, they are talented and you are not. You are writing away their skills as talent without even trying.
      Under the same logic, if you cannot ever imagine doing what they did (no real sleep for a full year, living on the streets for a year, etc.) they're built different, maybe even crazy to put themselves at that much risk physically, mentally and emotionally. For most people, what he did is traumatizing, it could be seen as hell on earth.

    • @DevinMcSalty
      @DevinMcSalty 9 місяців тому +2

      @Big Paid lmaooooooo

    • @joeyblogsy
      @joeyblogsy 9 місяців тому +1

      @@SinCity96trippy? Lol

    • @randyorton1769
      @randyorton1769 8 місяців тому

      @Big Paid what exactly has he achieved doing those things? Others get really good at sports or art or playing music but this guy just wasted his time for nothing

  • @le9038
    @le9038 Рік тому +6213

    I feel a bit sad for him. He wanted to show us the effects of time, mindless/endless routine, challenge, and strength. and for that, he sacrificed himself

    • @crextor
      @crextor Рік тому +338

      I agree but I don't feel sad, I have huge respect and some empathy for him. I think he also shows us resolve and also how humans often create our own boundaries that create suffering but we still remain within those boundaries

    • @Y-two-K
      @Y-two-K Рік тому +131

      He seems to have a very strong mental fortitude. Massive respect to him.

    • @Mutantcy1992
      @Mutantcy1992 Рік тому +48

      And the response was "tHiS sAyS a LoT aBoUt CaPiTaLiSm"

    • @zvz5823
      @zvz5823 Рік тому +7

      @@Mutantcy1992 No shit, regard.

    • @Mutantcy1992
      @Mutantcy1992 Рік тому +61

      @@zvz5823 well regards to you too sir

  • @VedunianCraft
    @VedunianCraft Рік тому +13

    He hasn't wasted a single second, yet used every moment as a step towards his goal.
    Tehching Hsieh was growing in his own and unique way.
    In all he did, many think was imprisonment, but he truly was free.

  • @shable1436
    @shable1436 9 місяців тому +25

    His friends that helped him also deserve equal credit, taking his toilet and cleaning it, and bringing him food everyday is something unreal dedication to the project, or they are paid weekly from a preset account that pays them weekly in order for them not to get all thw money at once and run off

  • @rorysimpson8716
    @rorysimpson8716 Рік тому +235

    The deep compassion of this man humbles me. I was homeless on the streets of NYC for a few years. Very few of the people who see this video or read those words will know what I mean by this. The things they take for granted are endless is scope and implication. We're better than this. Insanity artist is brute inaccuracy.

    • @KingM119
      @KingM119 Рік тому +12

      wasn't sure at first but thank you for pretty much verifying exactly what i was thinking and glad to hear your doing well now.

    • @TavaiNT
      @TavaiNT Рік тому


    • @alternateunreleasedshellac505
      @alternateunreleasedshellac505 8 місяців тому

      On this platform you need to be misleading your viewer to gain traction and viewership. It's the only way this works sadly.

  • @bellakeksi8313
    @bellakeksi8313 7 місяців тому +8

    To me a huge part of his performances is hope. The hope that with enough time, even the most gruesome situations can be overcome, as long as you are persistent. It's an homage to the strength we possess and to the eerie quality of time, that is stronger than any hardship.

  • @Shenanigans1000
    @Shenanigans1000 Рік тому +3957

    This is the toughest mindset of someone I’ve seen. Most of us wouldn’t last a day doing this shit

    • @surejsingh8099
      @surejsingh8099 Рік тому +117

      The fact that he keeps the same exact expression too for each picture is very impressive

    • @khoango2337
      @khoango2337 Рік тому +158

      I certainly wouldn't, because I see it as stupid and unnecessary extreme discomfort , but he sees it as for the sake of art and he wanted to leave his mark ....I still see it as just unnecessary but I suppose this could be a testimony to the strength and endurance of the human mind and will power . Yes I think thats the best way to describe this , the power of Will power and human mind.

    • @lockandloadlikehell
      @lockandloadlikehell Рік тому +46

      I've worked countless brutal farm jobs and also as a mechanic on 0-3 hours sleep or no sleep at all
      I've been awake for 8 days straight
      Difference was I didn't do it on purpose
      This is stupidity

    • @THESK8_prodigy
      @THESK8_prodigy Рік тому +27

      @@khoango2337 who asked bro😂

    • @slarbiter
      @slarbiter Рік тому +3

      Could be ptsd from the military

  • @adamdavis3125
    @adamdavis3125 Рік тому +12

    Not sure how this showed up on my feed, but I'm glad it did. What an interesting person. His work begs a lot of questions and is truly fascinating.

  • @dopeymark
    @dopeymark Рік тому +19

    That time clock piece... Talk about commitment. I assumed he would be a raving lunatic, but he seems pretty articulate and coherent. I don't know how anyone could do that.

  • @anaditullio
    @anaditullio Рік тому +12

    My first real job was as an art monitor in a huge exhibition called 29st Bienal of São Paulo, in Brazil. There were almost a thousand art pieces being exhibit, and one of the rooms was of Sam's clock piece, with all the pictures he took and some records of the work. I remember seeing it and being astonished by the concept and the strenght he had to put into it!

  • @EvilSSP
    @EvilSSP Рік тому +143

    The discipline it must have taken to do that time clock piece is incredible. I hope he got time and a half for all that overtime.

    • @lestercook1767
      @lestercook1767 Рік тому +5

      Boi was running on triple time

    • @pathora
      @pathora Рік тому +2

      Simply amazing. The will power alone is super impressive & the task he chose is insane.

  • @staciemae
    @staciemae Рік тому +8

    Thank you for this. I’ve never heard of this artist. It takes a special kind of human being to go through what this guy went through. His art has taught us many lessons.

  • @footman1260
    @footman1260 Рік тому +4584

    The time card one is actually an amazing metaphor of the effect of tiring routines like work or school on the human psyche

    • @mastercharlesdiltardino8058
      @mastercharlesdiltardino8058 Рік тому

      Humans are slaves to routine

    • @NbleSavage
      @NbleSavage Рік тому +164

      Immediately thought the same. Substitute an MS Teams notification or an email for the time clock and you've got the corporate experience.

    • @najjimohammad9124
      @najjimohammad9124 Рік тому +26

      Exactly, my favorite one he did

    • @AROAH
      @AROAH Рік тому +32

      I really expected the narrator to point out this seemingly obvious allegory.

    • @sekutard5157
      @sekutard5157 Рік тому +1

      you antiwork motherfuckers I like my routines

  • @tonyfauci9963
    @tonyfauci9963 Рік тому +12

    Usually hate performance art but this was beautiful and inspiring

  • @Y-two-K
    @Y-two-K Рік тому +96

    How have I not heard about this guy? His art projects are like nightmare situations I would conceptualize while tripping on LSD.

    • @Re-bl5sr
      @Re-bl5sr Рік тому +3

      Exactly - I'm very surprised to have only heard about him today but extremely glad I did. I would like to write an article on him - in fact I am about to begin it shortly, as I feel more people should know about him and his 'Actions'. A truly fascinating man, Tehching Hsieh.

    • @JK8
      @JK8 Рік тому

      Oooo you do lsd. Soooooo cooool /s

    • @Y-two-K
      @Y-two-K Рік тому +2

      @@JK8 LSD is fucking awesome, nerd.

    • @barryallen8753
      @barryallen8753 Рік тому

      @@JK8 😂 drug addict

  • @MindfulAttraction2.0
    @MindfulAttraction2.0 Рік тому +34

    this guy was a modern art version of an endurance artist. But a good one considering he's what some consider a modern art type of guy

  • @frantisekvtelensky820
    @frantisekvtelensky820 Рік тому +6

    I see true art as determination, discipline, and commitment. And boy, oh boy, this man has done it like no one else I know! Bravo!

  • @MrSwaggerwagon1995
    @MrSwaggerwagon1995 8 місяців тому +11

    I've been working a piece for around 28 years now, breathing 22000 times a day. It's my crowning achievement as an artist.

    • @theoverthinkingalien224
      @theoverthinkingalien224 Місяць тому

      I'm also working on a very similar piece but I have been doing it for 29 years, you filthy casual.

  • @flejejzjzjnddkd
    @flejejzjzjnddkd Рік тому +5

    this is probably one of my new favorite artists. I can’t that in three years of arts school they had not told us about this amazing person and his work, which happens to be his life

  • @ComposerKuandohan
    @ComposerKuandohan Рік тому +6799

    His 13 year long art project where he doesn’t ever show anyone his art, that’s almost like most people who create art, music, movies, etc and never show it to anyone. Either they make it for themselves or their very close friends. The art they make then dies off with them. It’s kind of amazing how much art gets created and truly never gets experienced. I have some music up in random places, but I literally have days of music that only I have listened to and probably will never post anywhere. It’s the nature of art I guess? Anyway, that’s what his piece makes me think of.

    • @user-hj8yf3hr4i
      @user-hj8yf3hr4i Рік тому +171

      I started enjoying music so much more once i quit performing/touring/recording. Making it for myself makes it feel more like genuine self expression rather than work. Maybe when im dead some relative will post it somewhere. Who knows though.

    • @MattHanr
      @MattHanr Рік тому +71

      I don’t think your music is a good example of your point

    • @MattHanr
      @MattHanr Рік тому +18

      @@AtticusJohn that could be correct, but in this case no one’s going to hear it whether it’s posted or not

    • @MattHanr
      @MattHanr Рік тому +5

      @@AtticusJohn you mean like exercising your free will to do what you want with the art, rather than following convention and sharing it?

    • @ArizonaAkinTv
      @ArizonaAkinTv Рік тому +91

      @@MattHanr dog.. a swing and a miss. not even almost funny. blessings on your journey homie.

  • @Chris-lz1fs
    @Chris-lz1fs Рік тому +20

    I can thoroughly relate to his sleep deprivation and where the narrator describes him as 'looking defeated'. I've experienced various episodes of sleep deprivation where I've had little or no sleep and it really takes a toll on you. My last episode was several years ago where I experienced 7 months with little or no sleep and at the end of it, I was just done. A person I was interacting with on the last day said I just went blank for several minutes and I didn't even realise that. It's like getting the life slowly sucked out of you and it makes you feel older than you actually are. It's not recommended either as it left me paranoid, delusional, agoraphobic, claustrophobic and in a state of anxiety.

    • @ZoomStranger
      @ZoomStranger 8 місяців тому +1

      I believe you. Can't number how many 36 hour days I worked in commercial construction - I could micro- sleep standing up, in traffic, in conversation but as you say it takes a real toll. Took me four months to repay my sleep debt after one highly stressful job. Any day now, those company owners are going to thank me and then it''ll all have been worthwhile. Toward the end most of my day was spent being active on my feet - so you can't nod off, or Looking awake. Sleep deprivation is no joke.

    • @abcdefghijk8925
      @abcdefghijk8925 7 місяців тому

      ​@@ZoomStrangeris a 36 hour shift legal?

    • @ZoomStranger
      @ZoomStranger 7 місяців тому +1

      @@abcdefghijk8925 It's not talked about or requested out loud. You find you just have to produce results and keep the ball rolling and it comes down to you throwing the only thing you have at it - your time. On a fixed salary...

    • @abcdefghijk8925
      @abcdefghijk8925 7 місяців тому

      @@ZoomStranger damn that's hard. Did you hallucinate?

    • @ZoomStranger
      @ZoomStranger 7 місяців тому

      @@abcdefghijk8925 no, but 80% of your time is spent Looking awake - and staying busy on your feet - sitting in front of a computer makes it too easy to nod off, so a key indicator of a truly exhausted person is that they keep moving.

  • @fugginchit1
    @fugginchit1 Рік тому +6

    The way he got to America is one of the most badass things I've ever heard.

  • @coleford6197
    @coleford6197 10 місяців тому +6

    The punch card piece hit home differently for me. Back in my early 20s, I took a job at a bread factory. It churned out thousands of buns and loaves every day, around the clock. It was a great-paying job for someone my age, and it employed numerous other college students. The catch was that it involved some hefty overtime and a graveyard schedule. It was also mind-numbingly monotonous. No windows, and boiling hot in the summer. Anyway, we also punched in with time cards. The combination of meticulous clocking in and out and being extremely sleep-deprived all the time was absolute hell.

  • @bickure8850
    @bickure8850 Рік тому +23

    The time punching one
    It wasn’t until I actually realised that he couldn’t sleep for more than an hour so he could clock on each time, just how much pure and utter fucking insanity it really is

  • @Skittleztheif
    @Skittleztheif Рік тому +11

    I have so much respect for the amount of dedication of this artist to his art is truly remarkable and beautiful.

  • @ryan_alexander
    @ryan_alexander Рік тому +3585

    Studied this dude in art school, massive respect for him, but the dude's crazy lmao

    • @Azubjourni
      @Azubjourni Рік тому +164

      Every great person has crazy in them, even i get sometimes the zoomies.

    • @ThePeacePlant
      @ThePeacePlant Рік тому +114

      Truly is. I stayed up for 3 days because of ecstacy and on the 3rd day when I had no more ecstacy I felt like I was going to pass out and literally die, like no joke, I mean I really felt like I was going to die

    • @TrueMartin
      @TrueMartin Рік тому

      @@ThePeacePlant Meth heads can go over 20 days without sleep. They usually go into total psychosis, but they can do it.

    • @godd3387
      @godd3387 Рік тому +15

      He’s the boss of bosses in my eyes

    • @robothug6688
      @robothug6688 Рік тому +14

      You gotta be really wierd to make the best art.
      Wierd means different or it would mean whatever you define it as or if you go off the majority's' definition of wierd which is also first dictated by one person as it goes for anyone's personal (internal) definition of the word.
      So the first definition of wierd was probably when a group of people seen 1 person simply doing something different than the rest. If that wierd thing they did was good by their (internal) definition of the word good, the pack would follow.
      So you can see that there is a paradox and my brain hurts thats my wierd perfomance art for you lol

  • @TheEternalElir
    @TheEternalElir Рік тому +30

    This made me see performance art in an entirely different light. Thanks for sharing his story.

  • @jordanduplechin7676
    @jordanduplechin7676 Рік тому +9

    This artist and video actually makes me appreciate performance art a million times more than I did before

  • @snowy2619
    @snowy2619 Рік тому +3

    the punch in clock one is absolutely amazing, i always thought if there was someone who would dedicate a year of their life to Art or a performance as such. Glad I finally watched this vid, ty for sharing.

  • @Missunderstood010
    @Missunderstood010 Рік тому +317


    • @CM0SRS
      @CM0SRS 8 місяців тому

      Metal, even.

    • @ZoomStranger
      @ZoomStranger 8 місяців тому +1

      Please define "NEXT LEVEL" in this context.

  • @ezzamrahman8711
    @ezzamrahman8711 Рік тому +3

    Teh Ching Hsieh came to Singapore a few years ago and I got him to sign my book! He is a MASTER in performance arts, Time and Body is his material! One of the most amazing artist of our generation!

  • @Tara_P_Rose
    @Tara_P_Rose Рік тому +4013

    Can’t believe I’ve never heard of him, someone like him that is willing to go those extremes for the purpose of art deserves a lot more recognition in my opinion.

    • @StuffedBearSus
      @StuffedBearSus Рік тому +61

      Art? There’s no art involved lol

    • @Tara_P_Rose
      @Tara_P_Rose Рік тому +161

      @@StuffedBearSus It’s art in it’s own sense. Cooking is an art, dancing, music & many other things can be art. Art is a form of expression. What some ppl perceive as art may not be to another person. To this man, this was his way of expressing his own art & I think that’s pretty awesome. 👏🏼 👏🏼

    • @snehathapa584
      @snehathapa584 Рік тому +48

      @@Tara_P_Rose this is BS

    • @digitalcthulhu143
      @digitalcthulhu143 Рік тому +110

      @@Tara_P_Rose When my dog takes a shit he is expressing himself. What a true artist 🎨

    • @Tara_P_Rose
      @Tara_P_Rose Рік тому +14

      @@digitalcthulhu143 😂😂😂

  • @thebigcheese5114
    @thebigcheese5114 Рік тому +15

    It’s interesting that his work contains normal human conditions of mostly everybody but pushed to the extreme. The time card, the actually being tethered to a single person, these are boiling what it means to work your whole life, and to be married to to literal expressions.

  • @spunky741
    @spunky741 Рік тому +25

    This man's self discipline is unreal 👏

    • @simonshura9144
      @simonshura9144 Рік тому

      Sooo by wasting time by myself on my devices equals to me being disciplined? LMFAO !
      Thank god no one else has to recreate his dumb 1 year timewasting projects, totally outdated and stupid 💤

  • @col98
    @col98 Рік тому +6

    I’m not into art, only know big names, but after all this guy has done for art. How is he not more heard of/spoken about. This is insane and I couldn’t imagine doing what he did

  • @martin1234512345
    @martin1234512345 Рік тому +13

    Love this guy. My life completely fell apart a few years ago. Have turned into a shell of the man I used to be, and my ability to care is gone. Last year I challenged myself to walk for 24 hours straight. The hardest part lies in its simplicity. Just keep moving. After hour 12 I was crying, but after hour 20, I felt no pain.

    • @AbrahamLure
      @AbrahamLure Рік тому +1

      How did you find life after your challenge?

  • @kami-3353
    @kami-3353 10 місяців тому +2

    im glad im subscribed to u. this video genuinely touched me, especially after reading the comment "painters paint with light, musicians paint with sound, he paints with time"

  • @sinacide11
    @sinacide11 Рік тому +254

    How ironic someone who was so fascinated with time was born on New Year’s Eve.

    • @ThePeacePlant
      @ThePeacePlant Рік тому +1

      How? I don't get your logic. Explain please

    • @sinacide11
      @sinacide11 Рік тому +28

      @@ThePeacePlant it seemed that time and doing things for a full year, was a big part in a lot of art this man did. Him being born the end of a year and begging of a new one seems to be a bit of a funny coincidence. It’d be like if Wes craven or john carpenter were born on Halloween.

    • @WythenshawePhil
      @WythenshawePhil 9 місяців тому

      I'm not sure that, that is irony.

    • @jer8279
      @jer8279 9 місяців тому

      He hated himself

  • @AnklepantsSkateZine
    @AnklepantsSkateZine Рік тому +8

    This is very interesting. I've never heard of the guy but can relate. In 2015 I decided to do ten kickflips on my skateboard each day for the entire year while taking video of each one. Despite various weather conditions, lots of soreness, broken skateboards, and even some other personal dilemmas, I managed to complete the challenge. There was absolutely no reason to do it other than simply wanting to. The best part was all the skating I did after the daily kickflips. Looking at what this guy in the video did I feel like I got off easy.

  • @-mv
    @-mv Рік тому +59

    I love this quite a lot. His art to me sums up to existentialism. Being able to, capable of existing. Existentialism is in direct correlation with time. If you have time, you exist. If you have no time, you do not exist. You are able. He was able.

  • @SavingPrivateBob
    @SavingPrivateBob Рік тому +466

    Honestly, probably the greatest artist of all time. Because it's simply not possible to be more dedicated or stronger-minded than him. He was a warrior and fought with everything he had for his pieces. I've only heard 13 minutes of infortmation of him and have studied many great artists, but already know this will be the most impressive artist I'll ever know of.

    • @simonshura9144
      @simonshura9144 Рік тому +3

      Noice, now u trow ur life away without having any fun like I dare you... LMAO 🤡😂

    • @aldiascholarofthefirstsin1051
      @aldiascholarofthefirstsin1051 Рік тому

      I dare YOU, coward!

    • @fritzfxx
      @fritzfxx Рік тому +14

      The goal of art is not to be strong minded. If anything, it is to be sensitive. It's not a contest.
      Not to mention, there is an endless list of people who have self-immolated for art or politics. That's way more hardcore than this.

    • @kadrix732
      @kadrix732 10 місяців тому

      @@simonshura9144 Shut up.

    • @F76CC
      @F76CC 10 місяців тому +10

      That’s not was art is about. It isn’t a competition between who’s “stronger minded”. You should probably rethink how you judge artists.

  • @mariusloveless7880
    @mariusloveless7880 Рік тому +59

    I often scoff at "High" art and performance pieces, because most are pretentious and trying too hard to say something. However, on the contrary, Mr. Tehching Hsieh, he's brilliant, he is not trying to say something, he literally BECOMES that something at will. To me that is the point of art, it's not just expression or sending a message, but creating that thing you feel, envision or know and making it a real thing at will. He's a genius in my opinion.

  • @LeChristEstRoi
    @LeChristEstRoi 9 місяців тому +8

    You know what is the most insane thing about this guy? It's that he's still alive!

  • @Kai-The-Divine
    @Kai-The-Divine Рік тому +1840

    That time clock piece still makes me cry my eyes out. When I think about the years I put into meaningless commitments. Whether it be jobs, college, and friends/relationships. I missed out on a lot of precious valuable time I could’ve used to create something. Or go somewhere different.

    • @jesniaprudencio4041
      @jesniaprudencio4041 Рік тому +37

      Fuck….I felt this

      @POSHRANDYLOVETAROT Рік тому +86

      this is exactly the message Hsieh wanted to send with this piece. OP talks mad shit about Hsieh but I dont think he fully understands the underside of the iceberg here

      @POSHRANDYLOVETAROT Рік тому +131

      "I punch the clock and then just wait around to punch again on the hour. Life is the same every day. I dont do anything but wait for my next time to punch the clock"

    • @gloriouspurpose_
      @gloriouspurpose_ Рік тому +1


    • @lotanowo
      @lotanowo Рік тому +39

      Ugh yea god forbid you study, develop professionally and spend time with friends and family...

  • @jhh-jiynks6568
    @jhh-jiynks6568 Рік тому +2

    Great video.
    Very cool you shared this man's art.
    I respect the heck outta him hearing about what's done

  • @saigoneze4465
    @saigoneze4465 Рік тому +3

    Amazing .The mental Strength and fortitude of his soul these acts must have required of him .Truly a powerful example of what can be done when you set your mind to it .I was actually expecting a morbid ending for him but it was good to see he survived it

  • @sneakyfarts
    @sneakyfarts Рік тому +1

    I appreciate the tempo and tone of your narration - easy to pay attention to and follow. Awesome video!

  • @ABH313
    @ABH313 Рік тому +2

    What an incredible concept. Very interesting and thought provoking. Thanks for sharing 👍

  • @thatsnotmyname1
    @thatsnotmyname1 Рік тому +2

    What an interesting individual.. Thank you for uploading this. What a breath of fresh air...

  • @VxssxlSlxyer
    @VxssxlSlxyer Рік тому +1174

    Finally someone big made a video about this guy holy shit
    I remember going to a multi-artist exhibit back in 2013-2014 and watching the punch-clock performance by Hsieh not knowing what was going on and reading about it afterwards. My mind was blown away after reading about what was going on in that performance and several others he performed, and it was pretty much what brought my interest in performance art
    And if I can remember correctly, they were also exhibiting the very own punch-clock he used in the piece

    • @TheWhyer
      @TheWhyer Рік тому +10

      Funny I have a very similar experience. I remember seeing an exhibit on him at least a decade ago and since then these pieces have lived in my mind and come up repeatedly. He's one of those people who it's impossible to shake the idea of.

    • @AndrewKidd14145
      @AndrewKidd14145 Рік тому +1

      Interesting, I will watch some stuff

  • @4PawSquad
    @4PawSquad Рік тому +2

    Thank you for this video. Really happy to hear more obscure topics.

  • @honkytrousers
    @honkytrousers Рік тому +4

    The commitment to the piece is absolutely mind blowing to me

  • @__unwavering
    @__unwavering Рік тому +12

    This guy is so outrageously interesting. And dedicated. Holy fuck.

  • @mrrec0very956
    @mrrec0very956 Рік тому +3

    I would watch a movie about this guy’s pieces. The raw experiences he accumulated through these must’ve been astounding

  • @jama1155
    @jama1155 Рік тому +1

    This one's my favorite, and I've watched a few.

  • @pplelo9364
    @pplelo9364 Рік тому +424

    I'm starting to learn that art isn't something real that exists out there, it's in the eyes of the people that look at/for it. Hard thing to accept.

    • @alxeg4993
      @alxeg4993 Рік тому +19

      Yea art is a lot like spirituality, it's good to hear, see, be apart of but the ones that take it too seriously are kooks lol

    • @leuxdaprophet6204
      @leuxdaprophet6204 Рік тому +18

      @@alxeg4993 people having an above average interest in things ? ew cringe am i right ahAhaA

    • @leuxdaprophet6204
      @leuxdaprophet6204 Рік тому +30

      @@alxeg4993 i get what ya saying but taking anything seriously these days is seen as a negative, which is legit mind boggling to me

    • @alxeg4993
      @alxeg4993 Рік тому +14

      @@leuxdaprophet6204 you're right, lots of people view people taking anything they enjoy seriously as cringe. What I meant is take it seriously but with humility. Know you sound crazy to the average person but, of course there's nothing wrong with perceptions. The only things wrong are actions, so if you're calling people dumb/ignorant instead of attempting to teach them what you're seeing then you are to them, what they are to you. After that then they're stupid.

    • @leuxdaprophet6204
      @leuxdaprophet6204 Рік тому +3

      @@alxeg4993 respect your point of view bro real valid points

  • @Sisyphos420
    @Sisyphos420 10 місяців тому +1

    The Time Clock Piece is exhibited in Berlin since Saturday.
    Can't wait to see those cards and frames!

  • @sklyingjoker
    @sklyingjoker Рік тому +2

    Really nice to see Tehching Hsieh on UA-cam of all places?!?!? I saw his retrospective at MoMA in New York, with some of the remnants of his performance. He is seen by some as The Godfather of all performance art, and I'm so proud he's a Taiwanese, he might be the only Taiwanese artist of note in New York, like ever.

  • @randaleh1
    @randaleh1 8 місяців тому

    Insane and absolutely awesome/gruesome. I do not know what to feel about the time clock piece. The commitment is beyond everything I can imagine. Thanks for this video, otherwise I would have never heard of Tehching Hsieh.

  • @aoedwards9692
    @aoedwards9692 Рік тому +1

    I worked on a series of found objects transformed into taonga (maori for anything prized , of great value and cultural significance) mixed media works about my whakapapa (genealogy) for an exhibition for Matariki (maori new year). I didn't leave my house for 4 months, no visitors, and limited external influences until all pieces were complete. I didn't consume food or drink while I worked, didn't do anything else really til the evening when I'd stop, eat, drink, paint more, sleep, repeat. I was most appreciative for having an incredibly supportive husband throughout this creative process. The sacrifice of just 4 month was quite challenging, at times painful impacting my health but it was absolutely worth it for the results. Reflecting on my own experience after watching Tehching. His commitment to his art process is something else, the suffering he endured; the artworks he made in doing so are just incredible. Tehching Hsieh is the man.

  • @maxhuk
    @maxhuk Рік тому +2

    Fascinating, thank you for making this 🙏

  • @ambertuck89
    @ambertuck89 Рік тому +387

    Sam has to be the most interesting man I never heard of. Thanks for sharing his story!

  • @tog2842
    @tog2842 Рік тому +3

    Thought provoking and incredible dedication, I love his work.

  • @20thcenturyfoxyoutube
    @20thcenturyfoxyoutube Рік тому +8

    I'd like to say living through this pandemic feels like some kind of performance art

    • @xXxIMMORTALxXx
      @xXxIMMORTALxXx Рік тому

      Haha 🤣 yea never thought of it that way but now that I saw your comment -- yes for some it probably felt like that.

  • @Silas-lc9op
    @Silas-lc9op Рік тому +7

    I wonder how he was able to do the time piece? Like who supplied the clock and let him chill there for a year? What a masterpiece and a genius. Amazing

  • @chuysontest4425
    @chuysontest4425 Рік тому +6

    Wow this guys is bad ass, I used to be a correctional officer in a Texas prison, and I saw inmates that spent 6 months, 2 years , and 5 years in the SHU and they had a strong mentality like this guy, always wondered if there’s something in their brain , will power and dedication and the discipline to do that always intrigued me, some people complain about being home all weekend, or not having nothing to do, I actually like being alone with my thoughts and having time to reflect, that time clock would of got to my head though,

    • @abcdefghijk8925
      @abcdefghijk8925 7 місяців тому

      There should be studies done for measuring mental fortitude.

  • @arthas236
    @arthas236 10 місяців тому +25

    God chose the nightmare difficulty for that guy and he did challenge runs on it, what a legend.

  • @Spoeism
    @Spoeism Рік тому +857

    I see his art as the discipline to conform to systems that consume time.

    • @cityhawk
      @cityhawk Рік тому +34

      I see the pieces as more of testing the patience and limitations of both the human mind and body. I have to admit, I’m floored by his discipline and commitment to his craft. That’s passion.

    • @Lifesizemortal
      @Lifesizemortal Рік тому +14

      I agree. The use of a time clock depicts, specifically, a time consuming work schedule.

    • @Spoeism
      @Spoeism Рік тому +9

      @@Lifesizemortal Yep.
      And states with his own words that the passage of time is one of the major narratives to his pieces.
      That’s how he sees most 9-5 people based on the current paradigm running the system.

    • @Habeas_Corpus_indefinite
      @Habeas_Corpus_indefinite Рік тому +1

      I see it as introspective artsy bullshit

    • @meeksthessj4
      @meeksthessj4 Рік тому +2

      It’s funny that the people upset this is art is probably who this art is for most

  • @harrisv.stheworld4949
    @harrisv.stheworld4949 Рік тому +7

    I’m glad this guy is getting recognition now. Super interesting.

  • @PabloPerroPerro
    @PabloPerroPerro Рік тому +2

    I love your videos on contemporary art!

  • @RiverFaught
    @RiverFaught 10 місяців тому

    A very inspiring man! Everything is Art! It just depends who is viewing it. The world we live in is so beautiful...we just need to slow down, take part in it and appreciate it!

  • @AuthenticArtworks
    @AuthenticArtworks Рік тому +2

    This man is a god! Not just an artist. Crazy story, thanks for bringing it out.

  • @isweartofuckinggod
    @isweartofuckinggod 8 місяців тому +2

    It's worth mentioning that he did all of these things without force. Like, he didn't set up any systems to make sure he didn't have a choice but to do these things, he just simply did them. He could easily have slept through the clock, entered a building, looked at art, etc. but he didn't. It's unimaginable to think that he went through all of these experiences, but it says a lot more that the only thing keeping him there was his own will.

  • @jbvap
    @jbvap Рік тому +694

    The time clock thing is absolutely absurd. Being in the jail cell for one year without any entertainment or media is one thing. But practically doing the same thing without being able to sleep for more than 1 hour is crazy, that had to have been hard to not zonk out for 24 hours. Interesting guy.

    • @ThePeacePlant
      @ThePeacePlant Рік тому +56

      It's truly mind blowing when you think about it. I almost lost my mind when I went to jail for 3 days and had no entertainment. I was walking around in circles like an animal at the zoo and literally started to go crazy, thank God I was let out on the 3rd day

    • @MattMcConaha
      @MattMcConaha Рік тому +22

      While I don't know what he did during the time clock experiment, it seems that entertainment, socialization, etc. were permitted. He just couldn't really go anywhere more than a few minutes away from the clock. Read books, play an instrument, invite friends over, whatever, just do it near the clock.
      The sleep interruption seems like the worst part, and the very strict scheduling could be stressful, but overall to me it seems like the cage might be worse.

    • @hohrhamikaiolaf464
      @hohrhamikaiolaf464 Рік тому +28

      Duno what the rest of the world sees in that piece of art, but for me it is a reflection of our daily lifes. No matter how funny or unpleasant our daily dutys are. We do them or by avoiding them do something else. Even sleeping is a task in itself that we devote years of our lifes too. Thats how we live task for task for task.
      This guy showd the naked structure of how we live trough time, because no matter what color our live is or how colorfull it went for us.
      From a gray perspective out it just goes by. Hour by Hour.
      Anyways i am no performance champ or so i just look at this and it gets me thinkin like that.

    • @04dram04
      @04dram04 Рік тому +12

      If you are ever in that situation again, I recommend meditation and escaping into your imagination. You can experience a reality as real as this one, in your own mind. You just have to exercise your imaginations muscle overtime, to get to that ability.

    • @mauauricio6449
      @mauauricio6449 Рік тому +1

      yeah I don't buy that, don't believe it

  • @kimsatiable229
    @kimsatiable229 Рік тому +3

    This was the realest, saddest, most inspiring thing I have ever seen! Sam ❤️

  • @bigwendigo2253
    @bigwendigo2253 Рік тому +2

    Relating to the cage piece:
    Due to a DUI 2 years prior, and after getting treatment for my drug addiction, I ended up in county jail during COVID. I spent only 10 days in quarantine, didn’t have a pencil, book, or cell mate for those 10 days. I was also withdrawing from methadone. The only way to get what time it was was to ask the CO. It was pure hell, the withdrawals made me delirious, I may have had seizures. I got out of my cage for 20 minutes at a time for every 3-4 days. While I can barely compare my experience to a year, I do have a taste of what he went through. It was pure hell.

    • @VinylUnboxings
      @VinylUnboxings Рік тому

      That's brutal bro

    • @Re-bl5sr
      @Re-bl5sr Рік тому

      Likewise. Two weeks locked inside a room withdrawing from Heroin (cold-turkey, which I also did with Methadone in the passed also so I know how you felt) leaving only to use the toilet and to shower as I had stocked up on food which I would bring to my room. So too did I experience delerium from not being able to sleep. That was two years ago and I'm about to undergo the very same experience in two weeks, however this time I aim to document it over the course of those 14 days. Again, nothing compared to a year however its a different experience in itself.

    • @bigwendigo2253
      @bigwendigo2253 Рік тому

      @@VinylUnboxings it was absolutely awful. I’m pretty sure I had a seizure while I was in there, but my brain was so fried that I couldn’t really tell what was happening. Never again!

  • @frusciantesplectrum7980
    @frusciantesplectrum7980 Рік тому +3

    This isn’t art, more mental endurance

  • @acidicalportal4418
    @acidicalportal4418 Рік тому +4

    I'm glad he's still around, proof you can have a stressful life and still live to be old.

    • @simonshura9144
      @simonshura9144 Рік тому

      But thats a very depressing outlook on a onetime limited life just saying.

    • @acidicalportal4418
      @acidicalportal4418 Рік тому

      @@simonshura9144 Yes, I agree. It would be futile to live a life of pure stress. I may have stated myself not well enough. Sadness and happiness coalesce together to form the human experience. To live a life only of stress and negative emotion would not grow you. But to do something with patience and unpleasant current experience to later have a good thorough outcome will result in progress and satisfaction at the end. It is a balance of these emotions, if you can live old enough to produce a lot of work through thinking and labor that you have passion in. You have created a life of much experience and personal growth.
      It's ok if you disagree though, having our own opinions is what makes us all unique as humans.

  • @blacklisted4885
    @blacklisted4885 Рік тому +5

    This is,actually wholesome modern art. I can support this

  • @wukong1475
    @wukong1475 Рік тому +326

    I think my interpretation of his art would have to be exposing the apathetic nature of Time itself. Showing regardless of whats happening wether it be suffering or pleasure to oneself or the world Time will forever be moving regardless.

    • @flash_flood_area
      @flash_flood_area Рік тому +12

      I knew an artist who said that when someone tells him their own interpretation of his artwork, he says, "Oh yes, that too."

    • @kribbod
      @kribbod Рік тому

      @@r3dhand_ It is very much real, send his cage near the speed of light across the universe and he would experience a year of boredom but to us observers we would see him experience boredom for billions of years.

    • @04dram04
      @04dram04 Рік тому +1

      @@r3dhand_ Todays poop, proves yesterdays meal

    • @JustThisGuy42
      @JustThisGuy42 Рік тому

      Naught may endure but mutability

    • @Humanaut.
      @Humanaut. Рік тому

      @@r3dhand_ define time.
      Define real.

  • @crudesketch8051
    @crudesketch8051 Рік тому +15

    This is the shit I want to do. Really dive into deep metaphors and ideas through art, my choice of medium. It's people like Tehching Hsieh that make me so fucking inspired and awed.

  • @xFlowerChild420x
    @xFlowerChild420x Рік тому +4

    I am so glad I watched this. I thought I was in for something entirely different but this was wonderful.

  • @goat5480
    @goat5480 8 місяців тому +3

    His powerful will to fully abide to his own projects is beautiful

  • @Rookie_Rockounding
    @Rookie_Rockounding Рік тому +11

    He’s continuing an art project by not sharing or creating art. This man is a genius.

  • @iscariot90
    @iscariot90 Рік тому

    Holy shit, dude... Leaving a legacy behind that is for no one, filled with beauty we'll never see. Ultimately, an artist only shares their art because they want to. This includes choosing to set up business practices revolving around their art. While I maintain the idea that artists have every right in the world to choose to make art their living, and that should be supported, I also feel like this is a really fascinating look at the flipside of the coin of "artists' desires," so to speak. Don't underestimate the power of making something for yourself. If I had to guess, that's the one thing that got him through all of this. The expression was just all he needed. Recognition didn't matter, what mattered was what that experience could do not just for others, but for him. It doesn't matter if anyone ever sees it, even. It only matters that it exists, and I have no doubt that it's beautiful.

  • @pepperachu
    @pepperachu Рік тому +258

    I'm certain most your viewers (including me) would have never heard of him if it wasn't for your video. Nice coverage

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      @oprahsgran5989 Рік тому +2


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      @austinjrb Рік тому +3


    • @ThePeacePlant
      @ThePeacePlant Рік тому +2

      Totally. I never heard of this dude in my life or heard anyone mention him in my life time

    • @iancherry5047
      @iancherry5047 Рік тому +2

      So glad I ran into this video.

    • @-mv
      @-mv Рік тому +2

      true. I appreciate Deburke for bringing him to a new audience. His story changed my view on time and life. It makes me want to explore my mental capabilities and break my own boundaries.

  • @pablovirus
    @pablovirus 9 місяців тому +2

    when "THE ROPE PIECE" appeared on the screen I was like "oh shit he actually did it"

  • @h00dbuddha
    @h00dbuddha 9 місяців тому +1

    that man must be spiritually very advanced to manage to do this. Life is suffering and often we are trapped in mindless routines. But once you conquer the mind and overcome suffering there is only consciousness left, not giving labels to things like suffering. I might say I hate every single thing that he did from a humane point of view. But as a fellow artist and spiritually educated being, I say that what he did was outstanding and it would have deserved much more recognition.

  • @vibefrog2177
    @vibefrog2177 Рік тому +65

    damn, he literally lived his art.