HCMC – ‘Prod / Ponder’ Presents Art Labor

HCMC – ‘Prod / Ponder’ Presents Art Labor

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Prod Ponder Presents Art Labor

An Artist’s Talk: Art Labor’s ‘Unconditional Belief’: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 6 pm
Sàn Art

From the organizer:

The value of artistic labor as a laboratory of ideas.

Art Labor will share how ‘Unconditional Belief’ started as a kind of laboratory of ideas that began with particular hypotheses about simultaneous belief in modern medicine and spiritual healing. This artist collective of 3 will share how their original hypotheses changed as a result of undertaking research into such things as ophthalmology*, to the story of illiteracy in Vietnam and the creation of a Vietnamese modern alphabetic script, to the occurrence of the ‘Magic Garden’ in Long An Province where people gather to heal their illness: all of which seeks to perhaps better understand the anthropological concept of ‘suffering’ in relationship to ‘animism’.

Art Labor will also talk about their own collective’s methodology — how their ‘idea- laboratory’ works as a think-tank, in which critical theorists and scientists are invited to consult, challenge and question their research. Such collaborations reflect how an artist’s practice is akin to other interdisciplinary forms of enquiry such as anthropology, history, architecture and medicine, which critically contribute to progressive ideas of social value in everyday life. The crossover dialog between art and science within the methods of Art Labor seeks to reaffirm that artistic production and practice is not limited by the white-cube gallery context. Indeed their practice demonstrates that such a nexus of minds is actually functional, educational, and a catalyst that can connect various publics to enact social change.

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye.

Event is free and will be conducted in English and Vietnamese. Seats inside are limited. Please arrange to come early for the best available position.

Art Labor is an artist and scientist collective based in Ho Chi Minh City, who work in between visual arts, social and life sciences in order to produce alternative non-formal knowledge via artistic and cultural activities within Vietnamese context. It includes 3 core members as cultural workers: artists Phan Thao Nguyen and Truong Cong Tung and curator/writer Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran.

Art Labor’s ‘Unconditional Belief’ is a part of ‘Prod/Ponder’, the artist-in-residence program as part of ‘Conscious Realities’ (2013-2016), which seeks to stimulate creative activity in Vietnam, engaging different ideas of contemporary artistic process, consisting of lectures, closed-workshops and an artist-in-residency program. Focusing on the shared cultural histories of South East Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Africa, invited artists and intellectual expertise on and from this region, will engage the divergent reactions to these histories and the lessons to be learned in thinking laterally across these creative communities.

Sàn Art
3 Mê Linh
District Bình Thạnh, HCMC


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