Elaine Tin Nyo is a conceptual artist born in Rangoon, Burma. She received a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University. Her work has been presented at BlindSpot, Deitch Projects, Thread Waxing Space, The New Museum, Creative Time, Bronx Museum, Fargfabriken, Neueberger Museum, Leslie Tonkonow Projects, Art in General, Chez Bushwick, and The French Culinary Institute. Her areas of interest are social structures such as dinners, classrooms, and ballroom dance. Projects manifest as videos, photographs, writing, and interactive events or performances (e.g. cooking lessons, dance parties). In 2000, she traded in her studio in pursuit of a conceptual project involving partner dancing which lead to a five year study of ballroom dance.
"Sauna (Working Title)"
Sauna (Working Title) begins as an invitation. If you choose to accept, we will meet in a sauna. For the first five minutes we will not talk; we will just sweat. Then for the rest of the agreed upon time we may have conversation or not. After the appointment is over I will give you access to a website where you may post an entry about your experience. The website will thus be an accumulation of entries by my sauna mates. I will not edit or comment on these entries. The meetings will take place during the cold months and invitations will be offered in various locations as I travel. The project is an act of trust, intimacy, and the conflation of the roles of the artist, viewer, and model.