Tara Transitory, aka One Man Nation, makes work which some consider art, some music, and some trash. She’s a trans, nomadic explorer working at the intersection of gender, noise, ritual, sound, performance, and collective trance.
Tara fluctuates between Berlin and Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she directs the performance space e x t a n t a t i o n. Her “artistic identity is one that defies the artificial borders and boundaries of the modern nation state. Going beyond the notion of the individual simply as a constituent of a nation and its projected cultural identity, (s)he bypasses the need for mass appeal or approval and instead subscribes to the independent nature that characterises folk – the resistance to a canon.” (The Wire)
She often works together with Nguyễn Baly (as Nguyễn + Transitory) on queer, postcolonial approaches to synthesis, noise, rhythm, and performance. Together they explore Southeast Asian queer histories and experiences, and for CTM 2019, the duo will present their site-specific collaboration Bird Bird, Touch Touch, Sing Sing.
Transitory also works on International //gender|o|noise\\ Underground, a collection of video documents made of ephemeral public interventions, which is a collaboration with other trans* women, such as Jenny Quỳnh Phương, Nguyễn Thiện Phúc, and Kandy Zyanide (สุกุล ดงน้อย).
An extensive collaborator, she has worked with the likes of Kakushin Nishihara, Chaiwat Prumprajum, Tzu Ni, Shian Law, Thanisa Fah, Bambu Wukir, and Iman Jimbot (The Future Sounds Of Folk). Transitory has performed internationally at CTM (Berlin), donaufestival (Krems), Gaite Lyrique (Paris), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting (Yokohama), Museum of Contemporary Art (Taipei), and Wienerfestwochen (Vienna), among many others.