HCMC – Sound Installation “Soundtracks” by Phùng Tiến Sơn

HCMC – Sound Installation “Soundtracks” by Phùng Tiến Sơn

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Opening: Sat 23 Feb 2019, 6pm
On view: 23 Feb – 23 Apr 2019
(2 – 6 pm, Tuesday to Saturday and by appointment)
Saigon Domaine Residences, 1057 Binh Quoi, Ward 28, Dist Binh Thanh, HCMC

From the organizer:

You are invited to a solo exhibition from the artist Phùng Tiến Sơn featuring his sound installation “Soundtracks”. The work builds on the artist’s history as a musical composer, as well as his interest in technology thanks to its use of commonly found and customised software. Through the digital manipulation of sound, the artist forms a space for quiet reflection from his audience, leaving them to contemplate, among other things, the overarching sense of futility with which the work engages.

The exhibition will take place alongside multiple MoT sound events in the months of March and April 2019 that focus on the element of sound across as range of artistic practices. MoT sound is an experimental project that gives artists the freedom to explore the textural and performative aspects of their work, unfettered by genre-based preconditions. It is an investigation into and out from our daily auditory experiences, that challenges our relation to the audible world and how that relationship might change when experienced collectively.

“We set foot in Vi Xuyen martyrs’ cemetery, which had 1768 (until July 2013) graves of the deceased from 1979 to the beginning of 1990, especially in 1984 and 1988. I recorded all the information about these 1768 people, which were etched on their tombstones. From the information i collected, i used Google Maps to draw connecting paths from their hometowns to Vi Xuyen (where they sacrificed their lives and their remaining corpses were concentrated). I separated these paths from the maps, for all that’s left are the cold and meaningless lines. In other words, we can only see 1768 winding strokes. Is there anything left but 1768 routes which all lead to death at the same place?”

– Phùng Tiến Sơn

About the artist:

Phùng Tiến Sơn is a multimedia visual artist and university dropout from Hanoi, Vietnam. music is a continuing feature of Sơn’s practice, and he cites sound and technology as important influences in his work. past exhibitions include participating in group shows as an ongoing member of the Nhà Sàn Collective, the Hanoi Collective Orchestra in 2015 and 2016, and Utopia Land at Hanoi’s Heritage Space in 2017. in 2018, Sơn performed in Big Day of Performances – Happy Birthday Bill as part of MoT+++’s six-month performance plus programme. Soundtracks was first exhibited in the Nhà Sàn Collective show Mise en Scene in 2016.

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