Concert with interactive video performance Paradigm

Paradigma © Goethe-Institut Hanoi

Mon., 14.12.2020, 8 pm.

Goethe-Institut Hanoi

With the visual artists Triệu Minh Hải and Ngô Thu Hương, the violinist Nguyễn Ngọc Đức, the pianist Trần Thu Thảo and the cellist Bùi Hà Miên.

 Talking about Paradigm in this multimedia performance aims to look closer at a thought pattern which is of great importance for Vietnamese culture. On this occasion it is about the worship of the Mẫu (mother) and its origins from archaic times and the tradition of feudalism.

The theme is expressed through the trio (violin, cello and piano) interacting with sound recordings and a 3-channel video installation. The latter revolves around aspects of East Asian philosophy of the universe, of Confucian ideology and its afterlife today, of Vietnamese folklore and spiritual effects of the Đạo Mẫu (adoration of the mother goddesses) for Vietnam. The performance seeks to transcend the boundaries between East and West, tradition and modernity.

The performance re-questions whether there is a dividing line between the above extremes, where the intersections are, and the goal of the "discussion" is to find personal identity among the social identity. How does an individual identity really exist in a multitude of different cultural overlays and how will variations of each affect the culture?


Triệu Minh Hải (*1982)

Trieu Minh Hai © Trieu Minh Hai gained a Bachelor degree in Painting from the Vietnam University of Fine Art in 2013. He ist very interested in the relationship between art and science. He uses various media such as pencil drawing, painting, ceramic and video to visualise his observation and understanding of natural phenomena. Triệu Minh Hải has exhibited in group exhibitions both in Vietnam and abroad, including The Foliage 2 (2018, VCCA, Hanoi), From silence to shouting (2018, Peace Foundation, Jeju), Miền Méo Miệng (2015, Bildmuseet, Umea) and Latcarf-Fractal (2014, Nhà Sàn Collective).

Ngô Thu Hương (*1993)

Ngo Thu Huong © Ngo Thu Huong is living and working in Hanoi. She graduated with Bachelor from Fine Arts LASALLE College of the Arts in 2016. She experiments with various materials ranging from oil paintings, ceramics to video. Her works capture the process of identity transformation within different contexts.

Her works have been exhibited at exhibitions: Event Horizon, Hanoi, Vietnam (2019); Don't Stand | The Future of Tradition’s open studio, Hanoi. Vietnam (2019); Art Moves, TCC Cafes x LASALLE, Singapore (2017); The LASALLE Show, Praxis Space, Singapore (2016). She is also recognized as one of the significant artists of 2019 with the Audience's Choice Award organized by Hanoi Grapevine.

Nguyễn Ngọc Đức (*1961)

Nguyen Ngoc Duc © Nguyen Ngoc Duc graduated from the Academy of Music Vietnam in 1984. He is one of the leading violinists in the Vietnam Symphony Orchestra.

Trần Thu Thảo (*1973)

Tran Thu Thao © Tran Thu Thao is pianist and has been acknowledged for her outstanding achievements while studying at the Hanoi Conservatory of Music. In 1987 she studied at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Moscow.

Bùi Hà Miên (*1983)

Bui Ha Mien © Bui Ha Mien In 1992, she was accepted to study at the Hanoi National Conservatory (now the National Academy of Music of Vietnam). In 2017, she was awarded a scholarship to study abroad at the International Summer Music Academy in Austria. Other music festivals and tours she has participated in include Concert Tour in France (2007), Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Germany (2009), Concert Tour in America (2010), Asia Orchestra Week in Japan (2012) and China-ASEAN Music Week in China (2015, 2016). Bui Ha Mien is currently a cello instructor at the Vietnam National Academy of Music and is a member of several chamber music groups including Trio Hanoi and Apaixonado String Quartet.