Dialogue : Seeing and Being project

Dialogue: Seeing and Being is an ongoing and interactive performance base drawing project jiandyin initiated since 2010. It was created with the assumption “Can one portrait bring us to friendship, life, living, community, relationship, society, etc.?” The work process mainly conducts in public space. Passers-by will be invited to participate the free portrait program by sitting in between jiandyin, thus, there will be front and back portraits drown by the artists. The front portrait will be given to participant for free while the back portraits are collected for project’s archive. The project began in New York, followed by San Francisco and continued in other countries: “We are Going to Taipei”, 2012, “We Are Going to berlin”, “We Are Going to Umbria”, 2013, “PPC (People’s Party Center)”, Myanmar, 2014, etc. Since 2012, Dialogue : Seeing and Being has developed to interrelate the process with each particular site’s context and accomplished by visiting participants’ homes, documenting where they placed the given front portraits and more collaborations are developed.

The project has presented its progress at several venues: The Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan, 2012, works included live performance and installation of charcoal drawing of participants’ back portraits, artists portraits in crayon, sculptures, video on monitor, Photographs,  etc.; Civitella Ranieri, Umbria, Italy, 2013, works included live performance and installation of charcoal drawing of participants’ back portraits, artists portraits in crayon and colour pencil, sculptures, video on monitor, Photographs, etc.


Battery Park, NYC, September 2010

Powell Station, San Francisco, CA, November 2010

We are going to Taipei still frames_1

Tamsui, Long Shan Temple, National Taiwan University and Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, 2012

CHANCE, 2012

“Chance”, Dialogue : Seeing and Being, Bangkok, 2012, performed on occasion of the Asiatopia #14 The International Performance Festival with 8 participants, on the sky-walk of Pathumwan sky train station in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, 17-18 November 2012, work result was exhibited in ThaiTai : A Measure of Understanding exhibition, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, November 2012 – February 2013.

We Are Going to Berlin, Soviet War Memorial

Treptower Park, Berlin, 2013

Some videos of the Dialogue : Seeing and Being project

This project is firstly made possible by the Fellowship Award of the Asian Cultural Council, New York in 2010.
Photographed by Jaturakorn Pinpech (at Battery Park, NY), Keiko Kuramata (at Powell Station, CA)