TALK | EXHIBITION

Ho Tzu Nyen: The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, Vol 1: G for Ghost(writers)

When Fri, 24 Mar 2017, 11am
Where A Space, Asia Art Archive, 10/F, Hollywood Centre, 233 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Language English
中文

The Singapore-based artist Ho Tzu Nyen will present his multimedia project ‘The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, Vol. 1: G for Ghost(writers)’. Developed during his AAA residency, the installation introduces an interactive internet platform created in collaboration with Pad.ma, Yasuhiro Morinaga, and Bani Haykal.
 
Starting with the question of what unites the region called Southeast Asia, Ho creates a ‘dictionary’ comprising narratives of shape-shifting and amorphous characters, ideas, and genres—one of which is Gene Hanrahan, who supposedly wrote and edited books of a wide ideological span, ranging from The Communist Struggle in Malaya to The Wild Years: Ernest Hemingway and 50 Great Oriental Stories.
 
Ho’s installation will include the internet dictionary, 16 books written and edited by Hanrahan, and Ho’s film about the figure of the writer called The Name. The installation invites visitors and readers to think about questions of authorship, authenticity, and authority.
 
In conjunction with the installation, Ho will be in conversation with AAA Researcher Chương-Đài Võ. AAA will host a brunch from 10am to 12pm.

The installation is presented in the AAA Library, 21 March to 19 August.

Ho Tzu Nyen makes films, installations, and theatrical performances out of historical and philosophical texts and artefacts. His work has been presented at the Guggenheim Museum (New York, 2013); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Bilbao, 2015); Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2012); and the 54th Venice Biennale (Venice, 2011). His films have premiered at Cannes Film Festival and the 66th Venice International Film Festival.

Concept, text, and materials: Ho Tzu Nyen 
Editing system and website: Jan Gerber and Sebastian Lütgert (0x2620)
Music: Yasuhiro Morinaga
Vocals: Bani Haykal

Supported by: Art Basel in Hong Kong, Mimi Brown, Randy Chan, and Platform Projects, Singapore. 
Image: Ho Tzu Nyen, 'The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia', 2012–ongoing. Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Ho Tzu Nyen, 'The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia', 2012–ongoing. Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Ho Tzu Nyen, 'The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia', 2012–ongoing. Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Ho Tzu Nyen, 'The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia', 2012–ongoing. Courtesy of the artist.
Image: Ho Tzu Nyen, 'The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia', 2012–ongoing. Courtesy of the artist.

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