Office Hours : Puzzle with Ryan Kuo and Tommy Martinez
Poster by Briana Griffin, Community Designer, Rhizome.
Inspired by role-playing video games, Kuo’s Puzzle rebuilds conversations from his personal history as a first-generation Taiwanese American growing up in rural America. In looping, disembodied encounters, themes of Confucian patriarchy and filial piety encounter American idealism and self-preservation. Instead of viewing these as opposing forces, Kuo attempts to piece them together across the barriers of memory and language.
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Ryan Kuo is an artist and writer based in New York City. His work often uses digital systems and sequences to invoke a person or people arguing. Projects have been commissioned and shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), Queens Museum (NYC), bitforms gallery (NYC), TRANSFER (LA), Stroom Den Haag (The Hague), Goethe-Institut China (Beijing), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Goldsmiths (London), Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (Cambridge), and MIT Media Lab (Cambridge), and have been published in Artforum, Art in America, BOMB, and Rhizome. He was born in Elkins, West Virginia, and holds a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from MIT.
Tommy Martinez is a New York City based composer and technologist working primarily through guitar, synthesis, electroacoustics and code. His projects often begin with computational research exploring physical sound models and psychoacoustic phenomena. He is interested in algorithmic approaches to music making, simulation, and manifestations of identity, tradition and history in electronic culture. He creates custom software, music, and schematics for creative systems and has performed at MoMA PS1, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Sawdust, Harvestworks and Pioneer Works.
Puzzle is commissioned by M+
Artist: Ryan Kuo
Web Programming: Tommy Martinez
Curators: Kerry Doran and Kate Gu
Translation: Yuling Zhong