Tara Transitory aka One Man Nation


Photo by Miriam de Saxe

Tara Transitory aka One Man Nation embraces performance as an “explicit expression against the prefabrication of culture.” Living and working nomadically between her native Asia and Europe, Tara refuses to commit to identification either with particular nation states or with the firm boundaries of the ‘nations’ that are gender, identity, and musical tradition.

Performance in general, and Tara’s generation of noise specifically, are means by which to create a simultaneously body-oriented and, by virtue of an obliteration of gender boundaries, body-transcending aural experience. Her music employs field recordings and sounds from a midi controller and 64-button monomer. In most performances she also places self-built piezo contact microphones on the furniture in the performance space as well as on the instruments themselves, so that the system picks up sounds including fader and knob movements, button-pressing, and physical motion from both Tara and the audience.

Tara’s assertion that “the time has come, and the time is now” manifests itself equally in her roles as a musician and an organiser. She is head of the International //gender/o\noise\\ Underground festival, and creator of the trans*queer-themed event, Translæctica, both located in Thailand. She performs solo as One Man Nation, with artist Truna as { 23 Shadows of Amnesia }, and with Pierre Bastien as Mecanation. Her extensive list of collaborators includes Wukir Suryadi, Hilary Jeffrey, Iman Jimbot, Richard Scott and Vincent Moon. She has performed internationally at donaufestival (Krems), la Gaite Lyrique (Paris), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), ISEA (Ruhr), Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Sonic Protext (Paris), and Steirischer Herbst (Graz).

Zones III

Berghain, Thu 04.02.2016, 22:00

Tara Transitory aka One Man Nation , group A , Aïsha Devi & Tianzhuo Chen feat Beio , Le1f, Lena Willikens