Born in Chongqing, China, in 1990. Lives and works in New York and Shanghai. Education: Tufts University + School of Museum of Fine Arts, 2016. Recipient of The Chan Sculpture Award, 2015.
Chando Ao's practice focuses on making machinery works that distribute sensory experience to its confronters. His installation works are mostly interactive, accompanied by his sketches to vividly illustrate how the work is "viewed" or "used."
Through his work, Ao demonstrates a different method of how one receives information from art. He completely eliminates the physical distance between the audience and the artwork; instead, his work can be touched, embraced, climbed, lain down, sat, and even taken away by the audience to live in their daily lives. Rather than the physical objects that Chando Ao builds, experiences generated via use are what Ao states as art.
The generated experiences confuse, inspire, induce, and disturb the audience. Therefore connecting irrelevant things beyond intellectual experience; stimulating neural networks to grow new synapses; generating new feelings about "I"; making the obvious strange and perhaps the strange obvious. By exploring Ao's interactive "tool-like" works, audiences are able to arrive at a heightened awareness of one's body, actions, perception, and emotions.
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