TRANSform, TRANSmit, TRANScend // | One Man Nation (SGP/E)
This is a life/art piece where One Man Nation will put into practice again the blurring of lines between what is life and what is art, he will try to deconstruct One Man Nation, an alter ego that he has created in 2003 and has since been using for all his artistic practices. Where does One Man Nation end and Marc Chia begins, or when does One Man Nation start becoming One Man Nation? On stage only? When he arrives at the venue? Which of them goes to sleep at night? Who is writing this application? And in the end, does it really matter?
Transcendence has been one of the main themes in his performances as One Man Nation. He strives towards this point of cathartic release through performance where sometimes he reaches some form of a disappearance, a sort of dissolution of the self. In the performance at the hotel Altes Kloster he asks himself how to deconstruct One Man Nation, this alter ego which has become HE, or HE has become (S)He.
“Do we create a new ego / alter-ego in trying to get rid of the old one?“
One Man Nation
In the past nine years since the conception/invention of the alter ego One Man Nation, he has been on an investigative journey to find his own narratives through this alter ego, this trip has brought him through the whole multidimensional spectrum of the cultural world from touring the worldwide network of the DIY underground with little or no money, to performing/dealing with some of the most renowned festivals/museums such as ISEA and the Guggenheim Museum. In this time, he has also made various recordings as One Man Nation, released 3 solo records, 3 collaborative records, and has had many life changing encounters in a tonne of collaborations with some stellar artists from the experimental music world whom he hold in the highest regard such as Pierre Bastien, Machinefabriek, Bambu Wukir and C-drik Fermont amongst many others as well as having a film made by Vincent Moon (who made videos for artists like Mogwai, Tom Ze, REM) of One Man Nation.