Mattin and Hong-Kai Wang. Photo: Vivy Hsieh
Born in Huwei, Taiwan, Hong-Kai Wang is an artist based in Taipei. She is currently a Ph.D. in Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
The process of Wang's research-based practice is profoundly informed by the unceasing tension between languages, ideologies, identities, and knowledge regimes she experienced growing up on an island long plagued by histories of colonialism. It is situated at the intersection of aesthetic, discursive, and knowledge production, often concerned with the politics of missing knowledge resulted from encounters between histories, lived experience, and power. Through experimenting with modes of listening, organizing pedagogy as temporary gatherings, mobilizing collaborative sociality as performance, and encouraging alterior bodily interpretations, Wang's practice often seeks to forge unlikely affiliation beyond received chronologies and geographies in the milieu of art and discourse making as well as studying and teaching in art. Her works span performance, installation, workshop, publication, sound work, etc.
Wang has presented her practice internationally at Documenta 14, Taipei Biennial, Liquid Architecture, Museum of Modern Art New York, among others.
Mattin is an artist from Bilbao living in Berlin, working with language, noise, and improvisation. His practice seeks to address the social and economic structures of experimental sonic and artistic production through live performance, recordings, and writing. Using a conceptual approach, he aims to question the nature and parameters of improvisation, specifically the relationship between the idea of "freedom" and constant innovation that it traditionally implies and the established conventions of improvisation as a genre. Mattin has recently completed a Ph.D. at the University of the Basque Country under Ray Brassier and Josu Rekalde. Along with Anthony Iles, they edited the book Noise & Capitalism in 2009 published by Arteleku/Audiolab. In 2012 CAC Brétigny and Tuamaturgia published Unconstituted Praxis, a book collecting his writing plus interviews and reviews from performances that he has been part of. Both books are available online. Urbanomic will publish his book Social Dissonance, which contains the instructional score presented as part of documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel.
Eric Laska is an artist/musician currently based in Philadelphia. Recent projects of his have mostly taken shape as sound installation or performance. His work has been featured at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, New York; Machine Project, Los Angeles; Ausland, Berlin; MACO, Oaxaca; San Serriffe, Amsterdam; and online at Gauss PDF and Ear | Wave | Event. He is the founding editor of the online audio journal Lateral Addition, which seeks to enrich the discourses surrounding contemporary sound practices.