Within the context of the exhibition Incomplete Urbanism: Attempts of Critical Spatial Practice, Artist-in-Residence UuDam Tran Nguyen will present Waltz of the Machine Equestrians (2012) and Serpents’ Tails (2015), two films that address issues of economic growth, air pollution, and urban development. Both works are inspired by the movement of traffic in Ho Chi Minh City and reference ancient Asian mythologies. The urban landscape is transformed into a surreal stage through a lyrically choreographed sequence of actions that reinterpret the relation between the body and the city. The artist will also discuss Time Boomerang, a long-term ongoing project he will develop during the residency.
UuDam Tran Nguyen (Vietnam) transforms the boundaries between urban myth and popular legend to explore the role and impact of human progress on rural and urban spaces. He works with video, performance, photography, sculpture, and new media to reflect on contemporary life at a time of globalisation. Nguyen has exhibited in numerous international exhibitions such as the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand (2015); the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia (2015); Bildmuseet Museum, Umeå, Sweden (2015); RISD Museum, Providence, United States, (2014); 4th Singapore Biennale: If the World Changed (2013). Most recently he participated to the Aichi Triennale, Aichi, Japan, and was included in the exhibition BODY/PLAY/POLITICS at the Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan. Nguyen was the recipient of the Jury Selection Prize of the prestigious 18th Japan Media Arts Festival for his robotic app artworks License 2 Draw and co-founder of the experimental art magazine XEM.
Image credit: UuDam Tran Nguyen, Waltz of the Machine Equestrians, 2012, single channel colour video, sound, HD. Courtesy the artist.