The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
Sep 28 - Nov 18, 2018
From 28th September to 18th November 2018, a duo exhibition 'SITE/SHINE/SIGHT' by a visual artist Tróng Quế Chi and an architectural studio, vn-a was held at The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City. The event of objects placed with this architectural element became the first of its scale in Vietnam.
'SITE/SHINE/SIGHT' is an attempt to explore how elements of light are transmitted, interpreted, and manipulated under the conditions of modern art space.
The aim of this exhibition was to create an atmosphere of a strange, distant place by these objects arranged and a vague maze that emerges from reflections of light emitted from the projected images.
This exhibition was initially inspired by specific buildings which have historical backgrounds, such as private houses and sacred buildings in the central highlands of Vietnam. Thereafter, the concept of the project was expanded by the introspective interpretation of the artist and further analysis of the original materials.
Various objects were installed in the venue, and unknown places were spread out. They were fictional or everyday things. By mixing objects, which means different eras, the audience could experience stepping into a super-realistic landscape.
'Altitude of the afternoon', 3-channel moving image video installation - we will search for this unknown place, relying on the light from this video. Directly placed LED lights and digital photo projections, and the fan heater's orange lights also have the effect of lighting.
Historical indoor photos were used as wallpaper, and a mirror was installed on the wall. You may have felt as if you were looking into a specific part of history.
The sawdust in the showcase - it was installed like a specimen, and it gave various impressions depending on what we see, such as the natural environment, or something related to architecture.
An old suspended shirt – it is a familiar piece of clothing, but it gave you the passage of time and a nostalgic feeling.
Isn't the encounter with a new place with a strange impression like a tour that uses an anthropological approach? It allows artists, architects, researchers, or missionaries to discover and research about communities, subjects, or regions, and map them.
In this project, both artists and audience may have been lost in new locations. Like an investigator, the artist's interest lies in the process of discovery and interpretation.
By detecting the shape, nature, and function of what the object is, and connecting these 'dots' with the current environment from the original background, they seek an endless viewpoint for the audience.
'SITE/SHINE/SIGHT' has become an event where, although it is a new location, the strange feeling of seeing the future or witnessing its past history, and the perception of light have given rise to various perspectives and interpretations.
Trương Quế Chi (Visual artist)
Master of University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle Film Studies.
Film festivals, events and symposiums:
'Asian Film Focus 2017: Time Machine', Objectifs–Centre for Photography and Film, Singapore; 'Skylines with Flying People 3', Nhà Sàn Collective, Vietnam (2015-2017); 'South by Southeast. A Further Surface', Times Museum, China (2016); 'Oberhausen International Film Festival', Germany (2015); 'Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid', Gaité Lyrique, Paris, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2015); and 'Torino Film Festival', Italy (2014). Trương Quế Chi is currently a member of Nhà Sàn Collective's curator board and has been since 2015 and a film lecturer at the Hanoi University of Theatre and Cinema.
vn-a (Architectural projects in Huong Vu and Tuan Dung Nguyen)
Technical University of Berlin
(Laboratory for Integrative Architecture LIA) diploma.
VI Edition of the International Prize for Sacred Architecture in 2016, 2nd position.
Hanns Schaefer Preis Berlin,1st position.
Bund Deutscher Architekten official members.
The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre