* Ritual, Noise, and the Cut-up: The Art of Tara Transitory *


“Chia’s artistic identity is one that defies the artificial borders and boundaries of the modern nation state.  Going beyond the notion of the individual simply as a constituent of a nation and its projected cultural identity, (s)he bypasses the need for mass appeal or approval and instead subscribes to the independent nature that characterises folk – the resistance to a canon.”June Yap, The WIRE

Tara Transitory aka One Man Nation makes work which some consider art, some consider music and some consider trash. Clearly, it never quite fits into demarcated categories. She is trans, nomadic and is exploring the intersections of gender, noise and ritual through sound, performance and the collective trance.

Currently, she has taken a hiatus from running the space e x t a n t a t i o n in Chiang Mai as well as her solo work. Instead she is focusing her energies on her collaboration with Nguyễn Baly as Nguyễn+Transitory, a living work which tries to explore touch, vulnerability, vibrations, frequencies, noise, rhythm and performance from a slightly less colonial, intersectional feminist angle as well as attempting to empirically learn more of the various Southeast Asian+diaspora queer existences and lost narratives.  Concurrently, she is working on the International //gender|o|noise\\ Underground, a collection of video documents made of ephemeral public interventions done in collaboration with other Asian trans* women such as Jenny Quỳnh Phương, Nguyễn Thiện Phúc and Kandy Zyanide (สุกุล ดงน้อย).

Tara performs solo as One Man Nation, with Nguyễn Baly as Nguyễn+Transitory, with Truna as { 23 Shadows of Amnesia } and with Pierre Bastien as Mecanation. An extensive collaborator, her past collaborators include Kakushin Nishihara, Chaiwat Prumprajum, Tzu Ni, Shian Law, Thanisa Fah, Bambu Wukir and Iman Jimbot (The Future Sounds Of Folk). Tara has performed internationally at CTM (Berlin), donaufestival (Krems), Gaite Lyrique (Paris), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting (Yokohama), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei) and Wiener festwochen (Vienna) among many others.