Blind Signal VTNM — GRMN // GRMN — VTNM aims to investigate the diversities and wide range of sonic practice through creations with multiple geographies.
The project spans over roughly a year with two phases / two stops: Hà Nội & Berlin.
꙱ Hà Nội
Antye Greie-Ripatti aka AGF aka Poemproducer, Gil Delindro, Hương DonNa, Julius Holtz, Lương Huệ Trinh, and I were challenged by a week of collective work and workshops.
After this week of intensive residency (April 2019), a performance was presented at Goethe-Institut Hanoi. (Audio) I also presented a workshop with the focus on interactive collective sound reception as a conversation among us D (u) o i (FB event).
It was not an easy task for all of us taking in consideration the challenges of different cultural backgrounds, diverse ideologies, individual complexities and artistic identity among six artists. But we were somewhat willing to create a common ground in the connection through sonic arts and cultural openness.
Through #sonicwilderness – an initiative by AGF – we had the opportunities to bond with nature and the local community. treeing
We also went to Huong Donna’s hometown to collect sounds and learn about stories. The sounds and footage were edited into a video by AGF, which was shown in Berlin and to which we played live sounds to in Hanoi.
This project is supported by the Goethe Institute of Hanoi and the French Alliance Hanoi & in collaboration with Undecided Productions.
AGF poemproducer aka Antye Greie, Audrey Chen, Hương DonNa, Sabine Ercklentz, Julius Holtz, Lương Huệ Trinh, Erik K Skodvin, Els Vandeweyer and I had in total five days of residency. We had three days to explore, research, understand (or not), suggest, — basically get to know each other artistically and on a human level.
Again – not an easy task as we had more artists and less time. We were all overwhelmed by so many factors! All the ones that came with the first residency and on top of that we spent the week at a uniquely sonic space of the historical Kleiner Wasserspeicher (dated back in the 1800s) in Prenzlauer Berg. The results of the time were manifested in a three-hour sonic performance. (Audio)
The second edition is supported by die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien – Musikfonds, Asia-Europe Foundation and Prince Claus Mobility Fund.
About D (u) o i workshop
“Duo” depicts the roles in a conversation – that there’s always at least two parties involved; two sides to every story.
“Doi” – comes from “Đối” – “duo” in Vietnamese. The fact that this word is not presented in its complete form is to point out that there are more than just words in a conversation – other aspects count as well: body language, signals and more.
A sonic conversation with the audience. With this workshop a specific methodology is developed to invite the audience to participate to an immersive conversation with the performers. Using multiple tools and sound amplification, she will direct the scene / audience relationship to an agile, less conventional approach, hoping that the stage will disappear at the end of the performance.
A snippet of what happened – VIDEO