Irene Hsiao

Yellow Alice

Yellow Alice plays on the collage, colors, forms, and Bauhaus influence in Wieser’s two-dimensional and sculptural works—and Wassily Kandinsky’s description of the yellow triangle: “energetic, luminous, psychotic.”

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Translated Vase

Two performances inspired by Yeesookyung’s Translated Vase in Porcelain: Material and Storytelling at the Smart Museum of Art. Premiered March 2, 2022.

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Passage

Passage
October 23–24, 2021

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Deep Far Home

Performance in/response to Deep Far Home, Chicago Textile Week, Epiphany Center for the Arts, September 24, 2021

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Vessel

A ship, a channel, a chamber, a chalice, a creature, a carafe, a woman, a cloud, a sound: Vessel.

April, September 2020

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When we call the Earth…

Durational performance with Christine Tarkowski’s When we call the Earth by way of distinction a planet and the Moon a satellite, we should consider whether we do not, in a certain sense, mistake the matter. Perhaps- and not unlikely – the Moon is the planet and the Earth the satellite! Are we not a larger moon to the Moon, than she is to us?

June 14, 2021

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Body Letters | Cartas Corporais

We didn’t speak the same language, so we exchanged body letters.

October 2020

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Transformation

Three performances inspired by Yin Xiuzhen’s Transformation in The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, Wrightwood 659 and Smart Museum of Art, 2020. Premiered October 20, 2020 on https://theallureofmatter.org/transformation/

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Merely a Mistake: A Score for your Door

Community art project inspired by Liu Wei’s Merely a Mistake II, no. 7 in The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China at Wrightwood 659. Premiered September 7, 2020 at https://theallureofmatter.org/merely-a-mistake-a-score-for-your-door

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The Allure of Matter

Ongoing series with The Allure of Matter exhibition, Smart Museum of Art and Wrightwood 659

2020–

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Black Flame

Live, audience-participatory Zoom performance with a cappella singing and at-home art-making, inspired by Liu Jianhua’s Black Flame in The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, Wrightwood 659. Premiered June 12, 2020 at the Smart Museum of Art.

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Red Alice

Created in quarantine with Vin Reed

May 2020

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Score for an Unfinished Dance

Score for evening-length audience participatory performance in The Allure of Matter exhibition at Wrightwood 659, scheduled for April 2020, cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic on March 12, 2020.

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Remembrance at Nuclear Energy

Annual ritual with Henry Moore’s Nuclear Energy

2019, 2020, 2021

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49 encounters with chiçiçiçichiciçi

Experiments, June 5-23, 2019 with Cevdet Erek’s chiçiçiçichiciçi at the Art Institute of Chicago

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Untitled: After Tang Chang

Inspired by the exhibition, Tang Chang: The Painting That Is Painted With Poetry Is Profoundly Beautiful, premiered at the 2018 A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival at Links Hall November 8 and … Continue reading

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Inside My Room Is Another Fish Bowl

Studies in Philippe Parreno’s My Room Is Another Fish Bowl (2016) at the Art Institute of Chicago, February 7-April 15, 2018. How wonderful to be a fish, always forgetting, always … Continue reading

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The Radiant and the Dead

Created with Connor Plunkett and India Weston for the Smart Museum of Art’s Radioactive Party, 18 January 2018, with Emmanuel Pratt’s Radical (Re)Constructions. About pollen, smoke, repetition, impact, a house … Continue reading

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Monster Studies

I study monsters. Ongoing studies inspired by Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago at the Smart  Museum of Art.

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Mad Rush

Mad Rush, film created with Le Wang, developed from a dance of the same title choreographed in January 2013. Below is a 90-second trailer. Mad Rush — Trailer from Mad … Continue reading

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Letter from Taipei

Letter from Taipei is a picture book I made while teaching English at National Taipei University of Technology. It traces color and its absence and attempts to document the extraordinary … Continue reading

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