Dialogue: Seeing and Being is an ongoing and interactive performance based drawing project jiandyin initiated since 2010. It was created under the hypothesis “Can one portrait bring us to…?” The work process mainly conducts in public space. Passers-by will be participated the free portrait activity by sitting in between jiandyin. The result is a set of front and back portraits 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, subprojects include: “Dialogue : Seeing and Being – We Are Going to Taipei”, 2012, “Dialogue : Seeing and Being – We Are Going to Berlin”, “Dialogue : Seeing and Being – We Are Going to Umbria”, 2013, “Dialogue : Seeing and Being – PPC (People’s Party Center)”, Myanmar, 2014, Changwon Asian art, Ohm’s law Resistance, South Korea, 2017 etc. Since 2012, Dialogue : Seeing and Being has developed to interrelate with each site’s context and randomly request a visit to participants’ homes/residences, document where they placed the given front portraits in their shelters and develop into multi-dimensional artworks.
This project was firstly made possible by the Fellowship Grant Award of the Asian Cultural Council, New York in 2010.
Dialogue: Seeing and Being – We are going to America, 2010 (Battery Park, NY)
Photo by: Jaturakorn Pinpech
The project has presented its progress at several venues: The Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan, 2012, Civitella Ranieri’s Castle Gallery, italy, 2013, Cartel Artspace, Thailand, etc. Past works included live performance and installation of charcoal drawing of participants’ back portraits, artists portraits in crayon, sculptures, video on monitor, Photographs, etc.
Battery Park, NYC, September 2010
Dialogue: Seeing and Being – We are going to America, 2010 (Powell Station, San Francisco, CA, November)
Photo by Keiko Kuramata
Dialogue : Seeing and Being – We Are Going to Taipei, 2012 (Tamsui, Long Shan Temple, National Taiwan University and Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall) Taipei, Taiwan
Dialogue : Seeing and Being – Chance, 2012, Bangkok, 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, the work result was exhibited in ThaiTai : A Measure of Understanding exhibition, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, November 2012 – February 2013.
Dialogue : Seeing and Being – We Are Going to Berlin, 2013 (Treptower Park, Berlin, Germany)