James Nguyen & Victoria Pham: Re:Sounding
Next Occurrence : 11 May 2021
Encompassing performance, installation and the possibilities of the digital realm, Re:Sounding explores one cultural object’s changing meanings over time and across cultures.
The sound of the Đông Sơn drum is pivotal to the Vietnamese sense of identity, resonating across two millennia of religion, war, exile and return. Vietnamese-Australian artists James Nguyen and Victoria Pham have created a multi-faceted project exploring the Đông Sơn drum from all angles: as a spiritual object, cultural icon, token of trade and instrument of warfare. In two exclusive streamed performances, master percussionists will tease out the nuances of this fascinating instrument and invite audiences to discover the diasporic stories of displacement and create their own songs from a library of digitised interactive sounds.
Re:Sounding activates the sonic cultural past of one community and reimagines it into the contemporary now, inviting visitors to participate in digital experiments and music creation.
Nguyen is an artist working in in Naarm/Melbourne, who has exhibited across Europe, the US and the Asia Pacific. Pham is a sound composer, archaeologist and artist who specialises in archaeoacoustics, working between London, Sydney and Paris.