Tara Transitory aka One Man Nation

Tara Transitory aka One Man Nation makes work which some consider art, some consider music and some consider trash. But clearly, it never quite fits into contemporary categories. She is trans, nomadic and is exploring the intersections of gender, noise and ritual through performance and the collective trance. She splits his time between asia<>europe where she directs the International //gender|o|noise\ Underground and organizes the trans*queer themed  Translæctica events.  Currently she is working on a video-art piece based on ephemeral public interventions she does with other trans* women in south-east asia.


1: The celebration of masculinity is getting utterly boring – *yawn*

2: Things already existed before they were discovered.

3: Colonialism has been replaced by a multitude of euphemisms but its definitely alive and kicking, and I absolutely hate it.


1.What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Life experiences.

2. How and when did you get into making music?
I started playing the guitar very badly when I was __.  Then started getting into producing music on a computer around __ and never looked back since :P

3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Too difficult a question to answer!!!

4. What do you associate with Berlin?
I’m definitely going to piss some people off on this one!!!  Overhyped / testosterones / commodification of a vibrant underground culture thus killing it / gentrification / Political-correctness gone wrong / passive aggression / a minefield of easily triggered folks / filled with damn rude people.

5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
I don’t really have a town to call my own, but usually in any town that place would be my room.

6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Sleep more.

7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Catacombs by the Observatory.

8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Berliner artist Sara Mikolai.

9. What was your best gig(as performer or spectator)?
On the streets in Saigon when I did a wild intervention with 2 super powerful transwomen street performers.  I was playing through their DIY getto blaster mounted on the back of one of their motorbikes while they were literally burning up the street with fire while dancing improv to what I was doing.

10.How important is technology to your creative process?
I use a computer as my instrument so unfortunately I’m totally dependent on it.

11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
Yes I do, she thinks its great and is pretty happy for me.

Our favourite:

collection petites planètes

Lies Lie Between The Lines

  One Man Nation & Machinefabriek

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