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Nguyễn Trinh Thi talks Landscapes, her works, and Media Art in Vietnam

On February 8th, 2014 at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), there was a single channel screening of films from a group of artists including Nguyen Trinh Thi. The video above is an interview conducted by the facility to illuminate the filmmaker's background, her process of working, her thoughts on media art, and her take on landscape.

The questions are translated roughly from the original language. I was particularly interested in the part where Trinh talks about Media Art. She says that in Vietnam, especially in the North (Hanoi), there are very very few media artists. I think she speaks of media arts in the context of arts generated by computer automation software, online arts, and interactive arts such as video.  She also says that even though most artists in Vietnam do performance arts., there is an increasing interest incorporating video/film into live performance.

Trinh is an experimental documentary filmmaker with backgrounds in journalism and is influenced by ethnographic films. She heads the Hanoi Independent Documentary & Experimental Filmmakers Forum (Hi-DEFF) to foster an interest in experimental films/video in Vietnam. They hold screenings weekly showcasing experimental films from Vietnam and abroad.

Recent Work

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