Courtesy: Stephen Kwok

Stephen Kwok (USA) creates situations in which contradictions between a site and the activity within it may emerge. Within them, things malfunction. Humans become objects performing mechanically – converting text to speech, staying still, or operating vehicles. Public spaces become sites of secretive, individual activity. Technologies connect audiences to people and spaces with which they cannot communicate. An advocate of misuse, Kwok seeks to reveal automatic behaviours in order to remember relations, practices, and movement through institutions as creative acts that hold latent possibilities.

Kwok holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2014) and is currently based in New York City. His work has been exhibited at American Medium (Brooklyn), Julius Caesar (Chicago), The Chicago Cultural Center, The Gene Siskel Film Center, The Nightingale Cinema (Chicago), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), The Ogden Museum (New Orleans), and the Lawndale Art Center (Houston).

During his residency, he intends to develop a performative, participatory installation that experiments with the influence of cinematic language in the use of everyday technologies.

With support from

Walton Family Foundation
and Delfina Foundation’s family of individual supporters.


Performance as Process:
Season 2


Spring 2016

Artist’s website



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