FAMLAB Artist Residency 2018 ©

British Council. Photo:  Le Xuan Phong

We are delighted to announce the following grantees from four rounds of FAMLAB Fund (Film, Archive and Music Lab), a diverse and exciting group of initiatives across platforms, cultures and geographies. A component of the arts programme Heritage of Future Past, the fund provides grant packages (£100,000 over the next two years) to projects that work with and explore Vietnam’s music and film heritage through contemporary mediums. 

The grantees so far are:

Round 1

Future of traditions – a series of workshops in Hanoi with both master musicians of traditional music genres and contemporary artists working with traditional cultural elements.

Hanoi New Music Festival 2018: Make a Silence – discourse and performance programmes on traditional music of Vietnam and South East Asia. 

Nguyen Ngoc Vu – a multi-media exhibition (painting, video, installation and sound) inspired by the traditional theatric art of tuong.

Viet Cine Corner – a library for Vietnamese cinema located at and managed by TPD, plus events and activities (screenings, talks, etc.) on various facets of Vietnamese cinema.

Round 2

Action for H’Mong Development – a mapping and presentation of the songbook of H’Mong people 

Art Labor – public presentation of sound installations/sculptures inspired by the music of Central Highlands communities and made with local master musicians and artisans based in the region

Cultural Community Discourse – an online library of Southern Vietnamese traditional music forms.

Dong Thanh Danh – a mapping and presentation of the Kadhar ritual music of Cham people. 

Galerie Quynh (in collaboration with artist Nguyen Huy An) – a solo exhibition of Nguyen Huy An presenting works exploring aspects of traditional Vietnamese music.

Moi Tran – a project around the connections between Bolero music and diasporic Vietnamese communities. 

Saigon Supersound/Saigon Soul Revival – the recording and live presentation of the 1960s/1970s Vietnamese songbook

Vy Nguyen Anh Phong + Ha Le Diem – the making of a documentary film on the music of the Pacoh people in Quang Tri. 

Round 3

See the Sound – multi-media project by Fly on Dust Media House – taking in a documentary film, a publication and various community events – exploring memory and identity through parallel creative journeys in traditional Vietnamese music and underground hip-hop, featuring musician Ngo Hong Quang and beatboxer Trung Bao.

Saigon Cinema 1954–1975 – research project by film writer/journalist Le Hong Lam on the films and film-makers of pre-1975 South Vietnam. The project will culminate with a book release and a screening programme of restored cinematic work.

Doan truong vinh hoa – feature-length documentary directed by Le My Cuong and produced by Thanh Nguyen (in co-operation with Vietnam Television) following a tuong troupe as they travel and perform through the Mekong River Delta countryside.

Round 4

After the Silent Tiger: Shooting the Indigenous Sound in Central Highlands – a project by Vietnamese moving-image artist Nguyen Trinh Thi, reworking a 1930s American production shot in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Featuring newly-filmed footage and new music written and performed by Jrai master musicians.

Dust and Metal – a live-cinema project directed by UK video artist Esther Johnson and produced by Live Cinema UK. Integrating both existing archived film and new, crowd-sourced footage – both centred on the history of motorbikes in Vietnam and through decades – the project seeks to unearth (un)familiar cultural and social phenomena, and to bridge future present with the past.

A Flatpack Festival project – a newly-commissioned audio-visual piece – with vintage Vietnamese rock ‘n’ roll as its starting point – bringing together contemporary music and visual artists from Vietnam and the UK.

Legends as Souls – a multi-component project by poet/artist Inra Jaka in collaboration with Cham and Vietnamese artists and researchers, around the Cham music heritage, encompassing a publication, audio archived materials, the creation of new musical pieces, and filmic documentation.

Liberation Radio – an immersive and interactive gallery installation that explores the dynamics between the history of cinema and that of a country. Through a multi-disciplinary approach that blends fiction and real-life, the work will feature contribution from Vietnamese sound artist Nhung Nguyen (Sound Awakener); UK writer, journalist and broadcaster Matthew Sweet, and video artist Esther Johnson.

Vườn Lài Wonderland – a participatory project that surveys and engages with the heritage of queer moving image in Vietnam. Undertaken by Queer Forever collective in conjunction with various communities, the project will be realised across multiple activity strands – including archiving, screenings, discussions and workshops.

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