此次策展主軸﹐在於引進近一兩年﹐愈來愈多藝術家走出戶外進行的durational performance﹐一種介入/隱身日常公共空間裡的長時行為。另外﹐未經事先規範排練同時同地發生的集體行為展演也是此次活動的實驗重點。期待藉由新形式行為的演練與國內外藝術家面對面的交流對談﹐讓國外藝術家一窺當前台灣行為藝術家所思所做﹐並激發國內藝術家更多元廣泛的創作能量﹐與提昇作品的境界。（葉 子 啟）
Curator’s Words Yeh Tzu-chi
Geographically, “on the way” refers to a moving/unsettled state before one reaches some destination. One’s life is also often looked as a journey. It’s also “on the way”, isn’t it? As an artist who practices an art form that emphasizes the process and interaction with the audience/public, a performance artist is hard to reach a fixed/final edition of his performance because sometimes even the same piece might develop to something different when practiced under different times and spaces. It is therefore that he might have a very strong sense of “on the way,” too.
In about recent 10 years, many performance artists are always on their ways to perform in different festivals around the world, and to communicate with other international artists and the local audiences. They are often on the ways, though not necessarily on the same way. However, they do come across one another sometimes and somewhere. When they see one another’s performance, they learn that this artist is doing this and that artist, that artist that, and this artist is going to this direction and that artist ,another. That’s how they come to know that every one of them is pursuing his/her dream of art in this or that way. And thus did they move, if slowly, toward some vague common direction.
As an avant-garde and marginal art form, live performance is comparatively hard to attract critics’ or scholars’ attention. Consequently, there are not enough articles, research, or reports on it. Perhaps that accounts why people fail to have a clear map of it in their head. However, being a member of international performance art circle, I’ve found somehow there are still some different “schools” in this circle, and the fact that artists can develop in very various multiple ways.
In this event, we want to try more outdoor durational performance, to experience the durational that involves and hides itself in the daily public space. For the past few years, we have quite a few indoor performances in Taiwan, but we hardly have outdoor durational. Besides, a group performance that many individual performances happen at the same venue in the same time is also what we want to experiment this year. I hope that the practice of these new forms of performance may bring a new perspective to our local artists and audience, in the mean time, the overseas artists may know more about Taiwan, especially Taiwanese performance and artists.
(originally published in the documentary catalog of On The Way: ArTrend International Peformance Art Meeting Tainan, 2010)