Bill Aitchison | Interview for Something Other

A performingborders video interview with artist Bill Aitchison for Something Other’s Chapter Second: On Migration. Presented as part of Reading the Internet: On Migration on 27 April 2017.

Alessandra Cianetti: Bill, in our email exchange you mentioned that for you Brexit started five years ago because the income-based law for British citizens married to non-UK ones does not allow you to move back to the UK with your Chinese partner. This has suddenly built walls that you were probably not expecting. How has this been impacting on you both as an individual and practitioner?

Alessandra Cianetti: Your practice addresses, among other themes, issues such as global movement, alternative narratives of topographies, relations between local people and visitors with projects such as The Tour of All Tours for example. Also, in these days, you are working on a project that inscribes what you define the ‘neoliberal bible’, Adam Smith’s classic economic treatise of 1776, onto a contemporary Chinese shopping mall. As a migrant, what is your experience of this encounter between neoliberal thoughts and contemporary China? What is your understanding of Chinese class divisions, society and the role of the artist within it?

Alessandra Cianetti: Borders seem to be increasingly present in politics, geographies and our daily experience with critical and often tragic consequences on the lives of many. Can and should performative interventions contribute to dismantling them?

Bill Aitchison is an inter-disciplinary artist who divides his time between China and the UK. He has presented his performances, soundworks and videos in galleries, theatres and festivals in Europe, Asia, America, Australia and The Middle East. He holds a practice-based PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is a graduate of Ecole de Mime Corporel, he has published critical, creative and journalistic texts in several countries, made a number of works for radio, regularly mentors creative projects and teaches performance studies at Nanjing University.

Featured image credits: Bill Aitchison

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