New Artistic Responses

Olive Nieto, Frederika Tsai, Bettina Fung

Friday 25 June 2021  UK TIME: 17:00-18:30  LOCATION: Zoom  LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

Artists from Asia and the Asian diaspora discuss their recent work and how they have employed social media, online collaborative tools and offline performance labs for artistic exchange and to respond to the pandemic.

Artists: Olive Nieto, Frederika Tsai, Bettina Fung

DATE: Friday 25 June 2021

UK TIME: 17:00 – find your local time


LOCATION: Zoom – you will received an email with the zoom link once you have booked in.

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish

Olive Nieto is a performance maker and an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Olive and playwright Layeta P. Bucoy collaborated to create the MonoVlog series that reflected the lives and (preventable) deaths of the Filipino people at the time of the viral videos and the deadly virus. The tandem experimented the form with the Sining Banwa community theatre in the Bicol Region and the Tanghalang Pilipino at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and in Facebook’s live streaming service and Kumu, a Filipino app for live streamers.

The MonoVlog is an online performance and a cross between the monologue and the vlog (or video log). The MonoVlog is as an emergent form of online performance and an emergency response during the Metro Manila lockdown (the longest in the world) due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Frederika Tsai (born in Taipei) is an interdisciplinary theatre maker, curator and dramaturg, based in Berlin/Germany.
Frederika and her colleague Ming Pong, founder and co-curator of Asian Performing Artists Lab, will talk about the Asian Performing Artists Lab (APAL), which offers Berlin-based artists with Asian backgrounds a platform for creative exchanges, collaborations and experiments. Artists apply with a project to work on, which can be in the form of an idea, a draft or a work-in-progress. They work together intensively over a short period of time, and at the end of it, present the result. The two first editions were in cooperation with Berliner Ringtheater.

Bettina Fung | 馮允珊 is a Hong Kong born, British-Chinese artist based in the UK.
Bettina’s practice encompasses live art, 2D and site-specific works that have explored and questioned subjects of legacy, belonging, futility, productivity and progress. She is driven by the expansive and immediate nature of drawing and often focuses on its performative aspect in her work. Since the onset of the pandemic with live performances on hold in the UK, Bettina started exploring ways of gathering and creating live art over the internet and experimented with Google Docs, treating it as a site for live performance. Bettina has exhibited in the UK and internationally and was the recipient of awards such as the a-n Artist Information Company’s New Collaborations Bursary in 2014 and Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts award in 2018. With a keen interest in alternative education, Bettina was a part of Syllabus IV, an alternative peer-led artist development and learning programme delivered by six UK arts institutions, and is an Associate Member of the Asia-Art-Activism Research Network.

Olive Nieto

Facebook: Uleb Nieto
Sample MonoVlog in English: Presented at the ADSA Conference 2020–

Frederika Tsai
Videolink (from 1. edition)

Bettina Fung
Twitter: @BettinaFWS