08 pm, Tues 17 Oct 2023
Ngụy Như Kon Tum Auditorium
19 Lê Thánh Tông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
07:30 pm, Fri 20 Oct 2023
The Shade | Nam Thi House
152 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, D.1, HCMC
From the organizer:
Live Cinema UK, Monsoon Music Festival and TPD Center are pleased to present the Cine-Concert of Dust & Metal with the live performance of artist Xinh Xô
DUST & METAL (2022) is a creative documentary feature film by British director Esther Johnson, produced by Johnson and Live Cinema UK and funded by the British Council. The project was created through a unique partnership with Hanoi-based Vietnam Film Institute and the Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents TPD
DUST & METAL presents stories of ‘freedom’ in Vietnam past and present told through the lens of the country’s ubiquitous mode of transport: the motorbike. Through a unique partnership with the Vietnam Film Institute (as part of the British Council Vietnam’s FAMLAB programme) to digitise and use video and audio footage from a number of existing works spanning multiple genres (fiction, documentary, newsreels) and time periods.
DUST & METAL repositions archive film, contemporary footage with a live score composed and performed by San Francisco-based Vietnamese artist Xo Xinh and sound design by Hanoi-based artist Nhung Nguyễn. The script integrates extracts from oral history interviews Johnson made with eminent Vietnamese filmmaker Trần Văn Thủy, and with painter Đặng Ái Việt.
Esther Johnson (MA, Royal College of Art) works at the intersection of artist moving image and documentary. She is a former recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Performing & Visual Arts, and is Professor of Film and Media Arts at Sheffield Hallam University, in Yorkshire in the UK. Projects include feature film ASUNDER, and shorts Liberation Radio, a ROLE to PLAY, Alone Together: the Social Life of Benches, and Chalk Trace. Work has exhibited internationally in 40+ countries, and broadcast on BBC and Channel 4 television, with audio works on ABC Australia, BBC Radio 4, Resonance FM and RTÉ radio. Screenings include at Barbican, London; BFI London Film Festival; CPH:Dox, Copenhagen; ICA, London; NASA, California; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen; International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; Istanbul Biennial; and Tate galleries, London.
Vietnamese-born, American-based electronic music composer and performer Xo Xinh embarked on his journey into the realm of music at the age of four and spent two decades after that immersed in the world of the classical violin. With an open mind, fierce curiosity, and a passion for sound, he has spent another decade delving into the captivating allure of experimental and electroacoustic music, exploring sonic spectrums ranging from ethereal silence to the cacophony of brutal noises. His current music encapsulates his undying love for classical music and his unbridled passion for experimental sound. Amidst this sonic journey, one can feel the subtle pulse of Vietnam’s traditional musical essence. Xo Xinh’s music takes listeners on a mesmerising aural landscape with haunting melodies and hypnotic polyrhythmic arpeggios, guiding them to a place where imagination and hallucination conflate.
Xo Xinh’s compositions have been selected to be performed throughout the U.S., and in Europe, Australia, and South America including Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, Australasian Computer Music Conference, Electronic Music Midwest Festival, PNEM Sound Art Festival, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, International Electroacoustic Music Festival of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia, Monsoon Music Festival, Sheffield DocFest.
The DUST&METAL: Connections in Sound and Vision project is implemented by TPD Centre and Live Cinema UK, supported by the British Council as part of the UK/Viet Nam Season 2023.
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