Birds of A Feather

2021

Collaborated with Kinbakushi Miki, Musician Dolor, and Photographer Van

Supported by Station North, Baltimore, MD, U.S.

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“Birds of A Feather” is a collaborative project by the performance artist Hsiao-Chu (Julia) Hsia, the Kinbakushi Miki, the model/ musician Dolor, and the photographer Van. It is a series of photos and a video piece that were infused with immersive vibes in order to visualize the contrast of intimating and distantness in relationships between people.

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Miki, the Baltimore-based visual and performance artist, sometimes produces events, education and manages artists from Japan. Miki’s prime practise is Kinbaku and has trained privately with Tenma Haru, Kasumi Hourai and Setsuhi Shiraishi.

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"For me it was interesting to work in improvisation with film, photo, and live interaction. Usually, I am in a role interacting only with live performances or working behind the scenes. The project to me is the discussion of how things affect us every day and over time how it influences our future."

Dolor, the anonymous rope model based in Baltimore, is a classically trained competitive violinist with over 10 years of experience and also a technology professional.

"After meeting in person for the first time as a whole group, I feel a much stronger connection with each other. I'm very proud of how the project turned out and excited for future concepts. Thank you for taking a peek into our minds."

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Julia, the performance artist with a psychology background, came from Taiwan and now spinning around New York. MICA alum, a part of the BIPOC and the “pre-” immigrant group.

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"Everything just came together naturally. This idea, team, and the growing project. It offered people an opportunity to think about the intimate relationship behind rope art and see it in a different aspect."

Van, the amateur hour shutterbug who holds Helmut Newton’s voyeurism quote to heart. Aspires to become that annoying “Uncle” with photo slides to share, he takes snapshots of anything and everything.

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"Oftentimes while capturing what's in front of me, I’m thinking of how to avoid distractions and framing a shot. With a performance being recorded, I did find myself having to be mindful of the surroundings all while being audience number one."

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