Everyday's the Seventies (2018)
four-channel sound, 15 min
Everyday’s the Seventies is a filmic collage that pieces together footage from Hong Kong movies of the ’80s and ’90s; wire service footage of the Vietnam War and the Vietnamese refugee crisis in Hong Kong from the late ’70s until 1997; and an interview with the owner of ‘Paul’s Records’ in Hong Kong. Excerpts from the different sources are shown alongside each other with overlaying soundtracks to create a dense but fluid sense of time. In the constant ebb and flow of images, words and sounds, we follow Paul’s voice, heard distinctively in the foreground, as he narrates his personal experience of migration. While seemingly disparate on first view, his story begins to find resonance with other parallel narratives which appear to describe different versions of the same history – one personal, another depicted by cinema, and the third described through the media. Nguyễn’s experimental approach to film as an artist turns the cinematic space into an active archive where gaps, holes and disconnections between personal memories and other kinds of collective histories are momentarily suspended and projected on screen.
Artist will be featured in the talk Order and Disorder: Cinema and the Archive on 1 February. Please click on link for more details.
Nguyễn Trinh Thi is a Hanoi-based independent filmmaker and video/media artist. Click to read more Her diverse practice has consistently investigated the role of memory in the necessary unveiling of hidden, displaced or misinterpreted histories; and examined the position of artists in the Vietnamese society. Nguyen studied journalism, photography, international relations and ethnographic film in the United States. Her films and video art works have been shown at festivals and art exhibitions including Jeu de Paume, Paris; CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux; the Lyon Biennale 2015; Asian Art Biennial 2015, Taiwan; Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial 2014; Singapore Biennale 2013; Jakarta Biennale 2013; Oberhausen International Film Festival; Bangkok Experimental Film Festival; Artist Films International; DEN FRIE Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; and Kuandu Biennale, Taipei. Read Less