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Media Art Exhibition “Media/Art Kitchen :Artist Interview-Nguyen Trinh Thi


Identifier

01EXH-01-2013-12-VDO-06

Format

VDO

Title

Media Art Exhibition “Media/Art Kitchen :Artist Interview-Nguyen Trinh Thi

Date (s) of description

24-03-2018

Artist (s)

NGUYEN Trinh Thi
(b.1973, Hanoi) received her MA in Journalism from the University of Iowa in 1999, and her Master of International Pacific Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 2005. Her moving image work—including documentary and experimental films, single-channels and video installations—consistently engage with memory and history, and reflect on the roles and positions of art and artists in society and the environment. Her materials are diverse -- from video and photographs shot by herself to those appropriated from various sources including press photos, corporate videos, and classic films; her practice traverses boundaries between film and video art, installation and performance. She has taken part in international exhibitions such as LIM DIM (Stenersen Museum, Norway 2009), Kuandu Biennale (Taiwan 2010), No Soul For Sale 2 (Tate Modern, England 2010), Women in Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012 (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan 2012), and Move on Asia: Video Art in Asia 2002 to 2012 (ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany 2013). Based in Hanoi, she also founded and directs Hanoi DOCLAB, a center for documentary films and the moving image since 2009.

Curator (s)

HATTORI Hiroyuki, OKAMURA Keiko, AIDA Daiya, Pichaya Suphavanu, Nikan Wasinondh

Extent and medium of the unit of description

1 Video

Archival history

PROJECT CONCEPT (Bangkok Version)
Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice shapes Future
The Philosopher Nicolas Zurbrugg suggests that there are “Three defining characteristics of postmodern culture: its existential shifts, its conceptual shifts, and its technological shifts”. These shifts have already been occurring all across geographies where our post-media condition producing new cultural habits and social conditions constructing an alternative structure that surfaces up diversity of needs. In this puzzling democratic world of technology, the phenomenon lies simply at choosing out of unlimited choices. In this condition, it shows a foundation of vast information that we now more than ever could find multitude of ways to mutual cross-fertilizations. It is a foundation of an exploring ground establishing vocabularies to define new behaviors that are a result from new constructed information, new knowledge, and new creativities. This phenomenon makes apparent that technology has been here, long enough to established its own realm, creating web that seeps into various aspects of life and shapes they way we live and perceive.
With this on-going social and cultural condition, Media/Art Kitchen- Reality Distortion Field in Bangkok proposes media art, not as the hype of the new, but it is the existing norm that indicates how we live with technology to conjuring up the new. ‘Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice Shapes Future’ is a ‘user-generated-content’ attitude to suggest audience a personal viewpoint towards media and technology and the outcomes of what the artists have fused themselves into. It is an idea proposing to steer away from the concept of technology as newness or seeing art using technology as a tool, to art as life living with technology. It aims toward how we live in aesthetic of how it works, in what behavior it creates, and what context it nurtures rather than how it looks. It shows a humanistic side of codes and information without changing its nature. It proposes a bountiful ecology of systems, processes, relationships, participations, and networks rather than fixed objects. It utilizes a space where there could be alternative perception, physicality, or form to grab on reality. And it lends a platform for sharing plurality of competing behavior, and subjective narrative structure as opposed to telling a story from a legitimized content.
‘Media Shapes Mind: Mind Shapes Choice: Choice Shapes Future’ is then an open-ended concept to support the essence and attitude from Media/Art Kitchen- Reality Distortion Field that is not blind attitude towards technology or to pay homage to technology rather it is a suggestion to perceive media, technology, and its culture not as a threat but as an everyday attitude, and as an extended personal potential to find connection with arts and to seek a meaningful experience in everyday living, to take a conscious advantage of life in technological era. As kitchen suggests a place for process and action, the project aims to be a platform of on-going operations of thoughts, ideas, and experiences to instigate a special mindset that challenges the existing boundaries between vocabularies, disciplines, and thinking structures to pave a place for art forms (from either audiences or artists) that could arise from the stimulation of the art in the kitchen itself.

Scope and content

Event Date: 21 December - 16 February 2014
Location: Main Gallery, 7th floor,5th floor and 3rd floor

System of arrangement

Reference ISAD (G) to describe a set of documents

Related units of description

VDO

Archivist's Note

PARTICIPATED COUNTRIES: Japan Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Vietnam Singapore

Keywords

Exhibition, Artists, Arts, Media/Art, Motion pictures, Animation (Cinematography), Photographs, Sounds, performance

Level of description: Fond, Series, File, Item

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