heXed-us 2017 | COMPLETED: 12/17 | RUNNING TIME: 3’37”

The spirit of X-mas 2017


Process Performance Special Edition (On the Subject of Capture – An act of catching, winning, or gaining control by force, stratagem, or guile). Integrating the theme of capture in content and concept, Stephen Chen uses live facial capture technology to transpose expressions onto avatars of two politicians as they respectively lament and exult their attempts at capturing the populace in song. To invoke the cult of personality and role of media in contemporary politics, the captured performance is streamed wirelessly through an Internet hotspot (which also simultaneously streams the music playback to the space) and the resulting feed with artifacts, jitter, and lags is projected for the audience against the live performance.

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dissonance productions
Started by trans-discplinary art-ivist Stephen Chen to consolidate his recent work; as well as facilitate collaboration with others. Stephen’s oeuvre is often allegorical as well as simultaneously deconstruct and hybridize the very forms he works in. Disdaining academic and esoteric expressions, as well as institutional conventions and practices, Stephen explores complex ideas and issues immanent in his works through experiments in form and technique.