Man sitting on a mountain playing an instrument

Explore your connection with the built environment surrounding you and the impact of urbanisation in Thanh Cảnh (Sound & Landscape), a powerful music-based work created by Lên Ngàn in collaboration with AC Projects and Alternative Currents Ltd. 

By playing with the concept of time and drawing inspiration from the past, this richly layered work unfolds through a range of interdisciplinary activities including an artist's fieldwork, workshop, symposium and openlab. 

Ultimately, it encourages the audience to reconsider the present, and to join the artists in questioning our shared relationship with the landscape as it evolves and changes through memory and experience

About the collaborators

  • Nguyen Quoc Hoang Anh is a multidisciplinary artist and director. His work spans sound, video, installation, and conceptual art, exploring Vietnam's history, ecology, and social issues. He founded Len Ngan, an arts platform benefiting the local community, and The Fly On Dust Production House, creating captivating content for brands. With over a decade of experience, Hoang Anh leads a team focused on community aesthetics and contemporary art.
  • Alasdair Campbell, Artistic Director of AC Projects/Counterflows, previously worked at the Tolbooth arts venue in Stirling. During his tenure, he developed and implemented a substantial music development program and later became the venue's artistic director for six years. Alasdair curated innovative projects, commissioned new music, and organized The Le Weekend Festival. In 2011, he founded AC Projects to support and promote challenging and exploratory artistic practices in the 21st century.
  • Ha Nguyen Long, Associate Producer at Len Ngan, is an artist, founder, and creative director of XPLUSX STUDIO in Paris. He holds degrees from the Vietnam School of Fine Arts and ESAT University of Arts and Sciences, specializing in Spatial Design. Ha has designed sets for various theatrical productions in France, including venues like Théâtre de Bastille and National Dramatic Center Montreuil. He has also been a guest artist at TRC Théâtre de la Reine Clotilde Paris as part of the Vietnam 2020 program.
  • Emmie McLuskey, Associate Producer at AC Projects/Counterflows, is an artist and producer residing in Glasgow. She has contributed to numerous projects and collaborations, both in Scotland and internationally, encompassing performances, publications, CDs, and listening spaces. Notably, she has worked with organisations such as Collective in Edinburgh, Berwick Film Festival, and KW Institute of Art Berlin. In 2022, Emmie serves as an Associate Artist of the Edinburgh Art Festival, Principal Artist of the Pluralistic Future ATLAS School of Art, and Artist-in-Residence at Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh.

How to take part

  • Workshop 1: Beyond Sound & Relationship To Space
    Date: June 18, 2023
    Time: 09:30 - 12:00
    Venue: Building E4, Room 704, Vietnam National University, No. 144 Xuan Thuy, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
    This workshop explores the interconnectedness of sound, body, and space in our perceptual experiences. It delves into the evolving ways we engage with sound and music, considering technological advancements and their impact on our daily lives. Topics covered include perception-action coupling, bodily resonance, musical instrument affordances, neural processing, and cross-modal experiences. Applications range from movement sonification to room acoustics, networked performance, and spatial coordination in various art forms.
  • Workshop 2: Relationship between interdisciplinary arts, environment, and local identities
    Date: June 18, 2023
    Time: 14:00 - 16:30
    Venue: Building E4, Room 704, Vietnam National University, No. 144 Xuan Thuy, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
    This workshop offers insights into the intersection of interdisciplinary arts, the environment, and local identities. Participants will learn about the creative process behind audio works and engage in interactive activities with artists. Exploring soundscapes from acoustic, social, and ecological perspectives, the workshop encourages new perspectives on the environment and the possibilities of sound.
  • Symposium: Heritage and displacement in global culture
    Date: June 19, 2023
    Time: 14:00 - 16:30
    Globalisation has brought forth new perceptions of social and cultural spaces, along with complex migration patterns. This symposium examines the changing expressions of culture, identity, belonging, and the role of heritage in today's world. Culture, as a manifestation of our beliefs and practices, evolves continuously, while heritage encompasses inherited elements from the past. Join the discussion on the dynamic interplay between heritage, displacement, and contemporary global culture.
  • Openlab: An interdisciplinary art space of fantasy and reality
    Date: September 16, 2023
    Time: 20:00 - 22:30
    Venue: Complex 01, 29 Lane 31 Ng. 167 Tay Son Street, Quang Trung Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi
    Openlab invites the public to immerse themselves in an interdisciplinary art space that blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality. Through multi-channel collaborations and dialogues among artists from various genres, this event presents fresh, pure, and profound artistic experiences. Prepare to be captivated by a poetic and engaging atmosphere, embracing the spirit of contemporary art.