As a response to Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present, which was taking place at MoMA at the time, An Xiao developed a performance piece held at the New York Zen Meditation Center called The Artist Is Kinda Present.
Visitors received the following instructions upon arrival: “Sit down with the artist. Find a comfortable position. Be present with the artist in any of the following ways:
A text message to: [PHONE NUMBER]
A tweet to @anxiaostudio.
The artist will respond in kind.
When you have reached a satisfactory connection, or you simply grow bored, you may leave.”