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Daniel Shieh is an artist from Taiwan. He received his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and recently completed an MDes degree in Art, Design, and the Public Domain at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He creates interactive artworks that encourage participants to view each other in a different perspective. He’s currently an artist in residence at Wave Pool. 

Artist Statement: 
I create interactive performances and installations that encourage participants to understand each other beyond rigid identifications (masculine vs. feminine, native vs. foreign, authority vs. subordinate). My works usually involve two or more participants to activate. Once activated, they isolate parts of the participants’ bodies, such as the gaze or breath. Participants then present themselves to each other in a mediated manner, such as reflecting one’s gaze through mirrors or delivering one’s breath via an inflatable device.

The intimacy of mutual display, in which participants become hyper-aware of their existence in each other’s minds, is enveloped with a strangeness created by the mediation. This strangeness destabilizes the meaning of social categories and the participants’ usual identifications of each other. By fostering intimacy in strangeness, I challenge ways of understanding each other that rely on compulsory identifications.

Recent lecture for U Cincinnati DAAP Visiting Artist & Scholar Series here
Interview on Indiana Public Radio here
Past interview by Art St. Louis in 2016 here

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