AD 211 | Ayoto Ataraxia
“The Illusion of Control”

Ayoto Ataraxia 鄭博榕; pingyin: Zheng Borong; born 23 August 1985) is an artist, director, writer, performing artist, producer, poet and musician. He graduated from Istituto Europeo di Design with cum laude in 2009, and from the School of Visual Arts with honors in New York City, 2013.

His work has been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and is part of the Beyond Fashion exhibition of the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography.

He is currently hosting Asian Provocation, exploring queer asian diasporic identities through conversations and stories

Show Notes:
  • 00:04:55 - Ayoto’s reflections time in New York
  • 00:09:06 - The dangers of romanticizing working artists
  • 00:12:18 - Artistic expression
  • 00:16:42 - Modern American culture / getting lost in the American dream
  • 00:19:52 - Considering what we truly value in life
  • 00:22:14 - Observing people in different dimensions
  • 00:27:24 - The illusion of control
  • 00:29:08 - Identity
  • 00:35:37 - The background to Ayoto’s original name/freedom from dogma
  • 01:00:23 - Wrap up

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Ayoto Ataraxia’s - “No Country For Diasporic Men”

Posted 8.14.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino