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October 8, 2013

Assembly: On Madness and Feminine Identity with Amy Chiao

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Photography by Kiernan Pazdar

12 – 1 pm, Contemporary Art Gallery

Part of Locally Made’s One Room.

In Assembly, gather for casual meetings of the minds and unexpected happenings curated by local artists and designers. Congregate for poetry readings, sonic performances, movement, projection, and more.

Kristen Minsky curates On Madness and Feminine Identity, from 10/8-10/13.
There are so many complex layers, ideas, and intentions present when it comes to femininity. These layers become our makeup as we perform through our day-to-day moments, behind closed doors or cameras, or in nightlife arenas. As an artist and curator with a vaudevillian spirit, I am ever intrigued by imagining and examining, through satirical performance, that which makes me female. On Madness and Feminine Identity is about this inquisitive process as we negotiate our feminine selves on a daily basis. Each participant will exhibit publicly, a transformation in a way that echos their greater work as creators, whether through visual arts performance, dance, or music.Kristen Minsky

10/8: Amy Chiao
My performance piece, Body Wrap, will last for 30 to 40 minutes. With the help of my assistant, I will be wrapped in Saran Wrap and wires. I will be hooked up to 4 muscle stimulators. Jars of sodium alginate will be poured over my body. There will be a video component projected during the piece.Amy Chiao

Kristen Rhea van Liew is an interdisciplinary performance artist who describes ideas about femininity through multiple mediums, most recently stop motion animations, installations and dance. For the past several years she has also enmeshed herself into the vintage culture movement and considers herself a neo vaudevillian, performing within a tradition of female variety entertainers. Within this arena, she both performs and curates shows as Kristen Minsky.

As a textile major at RISD, Amy Chiao is interested in weaving together synthetic and organic materials. Much of her work explores different rituals and object fixations in religious and virtual communities. Through performance, she hopes to stimulate discourse on the contemporary human body.