Automata Arts

Fund: $23,000

Automata is an artist-run nonprofit dedicated to the incubation, creation, and presentation of cutting-edge visual and performance art. Based in Los Angeles, Automata stands at the fulcrum points between artifacts and ephemera, objects and performance, magic and mechanics, artifice and interface. While Automata was founded with the goal of radically redefining and re-contextualizing object performance, their mission has evolved and expanded to include a wide range of experimental art practices.

LOST AND FOUND is a 4-Channel Installation currently being developed by multidisciplinary artist Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh, an emerging Taiwanese artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. This award will fund a residency that culminates in a public exhibition of LOST AND FOUND in February 2025.

Hsieh’s work explores the multicultural identity of the Asian diaspora, with a particular interest in reminiscence objects, physical memory, and land as a source of identity. LOST AND FOUND is a response to the experience of returning to her childhood home in Dazhi, Taipei, Taiwan for the first time after 22 years. Instead of the sense of nostalgia that she expected to find, this return evoked a realm beyond comprehension, with memories scattered like fragments of a fading dream.