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Officially launched: Sun 07 Oct 2018, 3.30 pm
Manzi Art Space
14 Phan Huy Ich, Hanoi

From Manzi:

Into Thin Air – A never ending art in public exhibition

A public space is a space that does not belong to anyone, but at the same time, to all. It is a site that doesn’t just hold its inhabitants’ history and memory, but also reflects their personal and collective identity. It is a place that is often neglected or forgotten, but has the potential to become a zone for creativity and freedom.

“Into Thin Air” is a long-term art in public project, initiated and curated by Manzi Art Space with a view to building awareness and appreciation for art, particularly contemporary art, among the public to help artists develop their independent practices whilst encouraging their involvement in social development within the current context of Vietnam.

Into Thin Air takes art and creativity outside of its conventional comfort zones (i.e. the museum, gallery, art space etc.) and into public spaces.
For the project, all participating artists were asked to consider their everyday urban spaces, or places in Hanoi that are significant to them and their community, and create artistic interventions for the spaces. And the artists were also asked to take into consideration the city’s historical, political and social characteristics, to be more open and socially engaging, and to make works which encourage the public to participate or interact with.

The first edition of Into Thin Air took place successfully from 09 to 19 April 2016 in Hanoi. 10 artworks and projects in the form of site-specific/context-responsive installations, interactive video works and sound installations were placed around Hanoi. A smartphone app was created, functioning as a “treasure map” to aid the audience in “hunting” for and getting information about the works.

Following the success of the first edition of Into Thin Air, the second installment continues to explore the core format of the project, while furthering and broadening the scope by tackling a different type of public space: the Internet. Into Thin Air’s 2nd edition includes a series of virtual artworks (virtual installations, performances, sound walks and video arts) which are to exist permanently in 10 public spaces in Hanoi.

Audience can view/ interact with a given artwork through a free online application using augmented reality (AR) technology, which can be downloaded to their phone or tablet. All artworks exist virtually, yet are only accessible at a particular site.

From 07 Oct 2018, Into Thin Air 2 is available in Hanoi with 10 works by 13 Vietnamese and international artists: Jamie Maxtone Graham, Nhung Nguyen, Chris Grothe, Vu Ngoc Khải, Huy Tran, Tri Minh, Oanh Phi Phi, Tạ Minh Đức, Cao Lan, Gregor Sield, Maritta Nurmi, Ngo Hồng Quang, Nguyễn Huy An.

This 2nd edition encourages the freedom of cultural expressions and enables an environment that encourages individuals and socials to get access to and enjoy a wide range of cultural activities.

Into Thin Air 2 is made possible with valuable support from UNESCO, Goethe Institut and the Netherlands Embassy.

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Tutorials for Into Thin Air 2:
– download the free app Into Thin Air 2 from Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
This is your guide and tool to find and see works which are placed across Hanoi but exist only virtually.
– Browse over all the infor, and plan a trip for yourself and your friends to come experience any artwork that you want.

– Allow the app to access your location and your camera.
– Come to the sites to see the works as they all exist virtually at these spaces.
– Use #intothinair2 to keep us updated on how you are getting on.
– Artworks are at their best with Iphone 6 or Android 2015 (5.0 edition) upwards.
– Bring your headphones and your choice of transportation. Some artworks are best experienced when you walk.

Some images that Phương Giò illustrates artworks:


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