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Without You I’m Nothing (1’23” excerpt) from WEI Hsinyen on Vimeo.

Tracing.
Biting.
Reading pulses.
Hugging.
Stepping.
Repeat

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Biting You (1’30” excerpt) from WEI Hsinyen on Vimeo.

It can only be 2 girls biting.
The goal is to leave bite marks. Not too strong, not too gentle.
Only the marks matter.
And the sensation.
I enjoy the sensation.

Locations:
A merry-go-round where kids play
A youth park where older people exercise
A business district for business
A shopping center for shopping

I then realized the performers had to be 2 girls,
It had to be you, it had to be me.

It is about love and hate, or it can be.
It is about being gentle and being violent, or it can be.
It is about intimacy and creating distance, or it can be.

“Biting You” is a live performance art piece in the end becomes a video that happened in 5 different locations in Taipei Taiwan with 2 women dressed in bright yellow tank tops and pants slowly and gently(?) biting and leaving bite marks on each other for approximately 7 minutes. The 5 locations sometimes observe them, ignore them or interact with them. “Biting You” is a live performance, a video work, a practice, an action, a workshop and an exercise.

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Flower Basket Show (1’27” excerpt) from WEI Hsinyen on Vimeo.

Flower Basket Show is portraying how excessive kindness can turn into brutal force.
The flower in the video can be viewed as a commodity, which represents the wealth and status the person who send the gift has. The act of granting becomes a display and giving out his/her own statement. The artist’s first solo exhibition is now altered to their private show.
The work consists of two video projections. By arranging the flower baskets in a certain order to fill the empty parking slot in the first video, the artist appears to have control over the presents. (It is said to be impolite to place each of the baskets right next to one another) In the second video, the artist manifests to have the full power over the gifts by cutting off all the valuable flowers. It is a slight gesture to state her complaint towards the over-consumption and imposed goodness on her. In the end, the artist fully embraces the value that was given.

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The Arc of the Lavender Circle Is Strong from Olive Stefanski on Vimeo.

Video documentation of performance
Olive Stefanski
Links Hall, Chicago, IL
New Blood VII Festival
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Enter the sublime world of Mistress Salome, a mythological siren with a complicated fetish of eating those who attempt to exert power over her ethereal feminine being. As the embodiment of ideas that are dangerous to those in power, she has arrived to seduce her audience into an exercise in reverse cartography through an exploration of uncharted worlds free of institutions of violence and oppression.

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