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Aug 15, 2019

We're so excited to unveil the teaser trailer for our newest series, HIDDEN! Our 2-night debut in NYC was a beautiful combination of food, drink, immersive dance, virtual reality and poetry, all themed around the ideas of cognitive dissonance, introspection and self-acceptance. For this special experience we partnered with IAM_Concepts to marry our ideas for the night with choreographed and interactive dance, literally taking the dancers from the VR into the guests' reality. Stay tuned for our full official trailer, and please get in touch if you know contemporary art museums or innovative galleries and venues that may be interested in showing HIDDEN! We're on a mission to bring this series across the 🌎!

Curious to know what a gallery exhibition install looks like? Here’s a BTS of our team carefully i ...

Aug 8, 2019

Curious to know what a gallery exhibition install looks like? Here’s a BTS of our team carefully installing our Asian in America exhibition at the USC Pacific Asia Museum yesterday! (As you can see, it’s all about the laser level and tape measure. And math :wink:.) A big shoutout to our museum docents and volunteers who came for our VR training and will be guiding guests through the experience all week. Our special exhibition opened today and runs through Sunday, August 11th — we would love to see you!

Throwing back to this lovely scene with 🍸🥮 from the special Lunar New Year menu we created for ...

Aug 3, 2019

Throwing back to this lovely scene with 🍸🥮 from the special Lunar New Year menu we created for Charleston Wine + Food Festival CHSWineandFood this February, hosted at the gorgeous Tradds space. In addition to our flagship series, we also create custom events and activations like these. Head over to https://www.studioatao.org/custom-projects to see more of our previous work and download our Client Kit for more ideas on how we can make some magic together! Photo by blakeshorter

Photos from our Asian in America event at the legendary James Beard House last month are officially  ...

Jul 27, 2019

Photos from our Asian in America event at the legendary James Beard House last month are officially in! This was an incredibly special event for our team for so many reasons: it was validating to see an organization like beardfoundation be on-board with our mission and vision, especially after many months of us working our butts off bringing it to life; it the culminating event for Asian in America’s NYC run for the year, as we will be touring the series on the west coast for the rest of 2019; and we were able to partner with carmenand.co harukohayakawa spuhz to bring their gorgeous, personal florals project “Our Roots” into the dining space. We really hope we made James Beard proud, bringing a project about minority voices in food into his literal home. A special shoutout to the JBF Director of House Programming Izabela, who believed in us and invited us to be part of the Beard family, Awards Coordinator Katrina for introducing us to the crowd and wonderful Culinary Director Jameeale ( chicpeasnyc) for being the glue that kept our service running smoothly. Our team that night was simply the best of the best: our mixologist/general do-it-all Matt ( mixologistmattdorsey), chefs Jenni and Kirsten ( asiancomfort, kirstenesther), Head of Ops Julie, and videographer Federica ( federica_nanfeng) — we ❤️ you all! And finally, a humongous thank you to our good friends that came to eat and support us, you are all why we keep doing what we do! Swipe for all the beautiful photos from David Chow ( sphuz).

Asian in America is now a full scale museum exhibition! We are beyond thrilled to announce that the  ...

Jul 19, 2019

Asian in America is now a full scale museum exhibition! We are beyond thrilled to announce that the USC Pacific Asia Museum ( USC_PAM) in Pasadena, CA will be the first museum to host Asian in America as a popup exhibition in their Gallery Room 11 from August 7 - 11th. Every course from the series has been made into custom plastic replicas, which will be on display alongside poetry placards and VR headsets. (Unfortunately there won’t be actual food at the exhibition but we promise it’ll still be fun!) The museum is open 11am-5pm and the exhibition is open and free to the public, so please come by and say hi! This photo is a throwback to our events at Museum of Chinese in America ( MoCANYC) where we first began to integrate museum walkthroughs into our dinner experience, and started thinking about what it could mean to turn our evening experience into a daytime exhibition. 8 months later, here we are! 📸 ssmphotog

WE DID IT! Our newest series, HIDDEN, created in collaboration with @iam_concepts debuted last week  ...

Jun 25, 2019

WE DID IT! Our newest series, HIDDEN, created in collaboration with iam_concepts debuted last week in NYC and it was a wild 2 nights of dance, food, cocktails, virtual reality and beautiful, beautiful darkness. At its core, HIDDEN is about self-discovery and self-acceptance, finding the beauty of our imperfections and freeing ourselves from what we often feel compelled to hide. Over the course of 3 hours, the experience takes guests first into a VR film -- setting up the different 'personalities' of the evening, all dancing different dances with music that's been carefully segmented through spatial audio -- before breaking down the fourth wall by transporting those virtual dancers into a shared physical space, touching and interacting with the guests. Each course and cocktail are thematically paired with each dance, presented with accompanying poetry and woven throughout the night's choreography. We're now working on bringing HIDDEN to new spaces and faces globally, so please stay tuned for more announcements coming soon (as well as an official trailer!)⠀ .⠀ All photos by the incredible brianabalducciphoto.

One of our absolute favorites from the “Our Roots” series by @Carmenand.Co @HarukoHayakawa @Sphu ...

Jun 19, 2019

One of our absolute favorites from the “Our Roots” series by Carmenand.Co HarukoHayakawa Sphuz is this arrangement of 5 poignant flowers, springing from a tin can of salted dace 🐟 with fermented black beans. There’s such deep nostalgia, wonder, beauty tangled up in these florals, and we feel incredibly fortunate to able to bring a segment of this project into the James Beard House next Saturday alongside our Asian in America experience. Please come join us! It’s going to be a very special evening celebrating the whole breadth of Asian American identity.

Big news today!! We are insanely honored to announce that we have been invited to host a special ren ...

Jun 12, 2019

Big news today!! We are insanely honored to announce that we have been invited to host a special rendition of Asian in America at the legendary James Beard House in NYC. The event will be on Saturday, June 29th with short cocktail hour before kicking off our signature 6 courses (with 3 paired with virtual reality & spoken word and 3 paired with poetry). We will be also partnering with the insanely talented Carmenand.Co HarukoHayakawa Spuhz to feature their stunning florals project “Our Roots” — which explores Asian American heritage through floral design and food instruments — at the event. There are just a few tickets left via the BeardFoundation website ➡️ link in bio!⠀ .⠀ Photo by BrianaBalducciPhoto

Photos are finally in!! A huge thank you to @VCMediaOrg for bringing us out to Los Angeles last mont ...

Jun 7, 2019

Photos are finally in!! A huge thank you to VCMediaOrg for bringing us out to Los Angeles last month for 2 special evenings of our VR dining experience Asian in America at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival this year! (Swipe 👉 for all the action from our first night, generously hosted by NBC.) What a wonderful audience and an incredible city — we can’t wait to be back soon LA!⠀⠀

Two more #BTS shots from the filming HIDDEN to get everyone excited for tickets that are now LIVE!!  ...

May 30, 2019

Two more #BTS shots from the filming HIDDEN to get everyone excited for tickets that are now LIVE!! (link in bio) Here’s our own ChefJennyDorsey directing, with dancer and choreographer Kate March of iam_concepts, Director of Photography sperlingsilver and Pixvana videographer Tywen Kelly.⠀ .⠀ We are almost already sold out, so you aren’t already signed up for our mailing head over to: http://bit.ly/StudioATAOMailingList

We are unbelievably excited to unveil our newest series, HIDDEN, coming next month (!!!) to NYC in p ...

May 24, 2019

We are unbelievably excited to unveil our newest series, HIDDEN, coming next month (!!!) to NYC in partnership with iam_concepts. HIDDEN is a multi-sensory dining experience using food & drink, interactive dance and virtual reality to probe deeper into the layers of our own personality and unravel what is true, versus what we tell ourselves as truth. Above, a sneak peek into the embodiment of Darkness, still masked, trying to find its way. . The full landing page and BTS video for HIDDEN is available here (and in bio): https://www.studioatao.org/hidden. Tickets are going on sale next WEDNESDAY, so keep a steady eye on your inbox! We can’t wait to bring you to this crazy new dimension we’ve been building.

LOS ANGELES! Thank you ❤️ so much for such a warm welcome!! We had a blast putting on 2 nights o ...

May 15, 2019

LOS ANGELES! Thank you ❤️ so much for such a warm welcome!! We had a blast putting on 2 nights of Asian in America for the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival at the beautiful Japanese American Culture & Community Center — just in time to kick off May’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! . We are now in NYC to debut #HIDDEN and host another Asian in America at the James Beard House (more on that soon! 😉) but we will be back in LA for an extended stay starting July and yes, there will be plenty of events to look forward to. Make sure you’re signed up for our mailing list so you’ll be in-the-know — link here and in bio: https://bit.ly/LANewsletterList . Photo by BrianaBalducciPhoto