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Utama — Every name in History is I

PROJECTION –  RENCONTRE

Utama — Every name in History is I

Discussion entre Ho Tzu Nyen et Virginie Bobin

 

HO TZU NYEN est né à Singapour en 1976. A partir d’événements historiques, d’extraits documentaires, de clips musicaux, de références à l’histoire de l’art, et de mythes, Ho Tzu Nyen conçoit des films qui analysent la manière dont la fiction nourrit l’histoire et participe à la construction des identités. Ho Tzu Nyen pratique aussi la peinture, la performance, l’écriture, et explore les nombreuses relations possibles entre images fixes, peintes ou en mouvement.
Son film The Cloud of Unknowing présenté à la biennale de Venise en 2011 fait partie de la collection Kadist.

Projection: Utama — Every name in History is I, 2003
22 minutes, sous-titré en anglais.
Un prince de Sumatra nommé Sang Nila Utama accoste sur le rivage d’une île et découvre une bête étrange. Demang Lebar Daun, qui accompagne le prince, l’informe que ce doit être un lion. Utama decide alors d’appeler l’île Singapura, car “singa” signifie lion et “pura” ville.
En entremêlant mythe et histoire, le film souligne l’impossibilité ontologique à trouver une seule source aux commencements.

Conversation avec Virginie Bobin (en anglais).
Virginie Bobin, commissaire d’exposition, critique, et responsable des programmes de la Villa Vassiliev (Paris) interrogera Ho Tzu Nyen sur son projet récent  A Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia qui propose de constituer un nouveau savoir sur cette région, au-delà des frontières des Etats-nations.

Ce programme est conçu dans le cadre de l’exposition proposée par Biljana Ciric, Habits and customs of _______ are so different from ours that we visit them with the same sentiment that we visit exhibitions, à Kadist Paris jusqu’au 30 avril 2016.

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SCREENING – TALK

Utama — Every name in History is I
And discussion between Ho Tzu Nyen and Virginie Bobin
 

HO TZU NYEN was born in Singapore in 1976. Drawing from historical events, documentary footage, art history, music videos, and mythical stories, Ho Tzu Nyen’s films investigate how the fiction making is inherent to all historicization, and participate in the construction of identities. He also practices painting, performance, and writing, exploring the many possible relationships between stills, painted images, and moving images.
His film The Cloud of Unknowing commissioned for Singapore’s participation in the 2011 Venice Art Biennale, is part of the Kadist collection.

Screening Utama — Every name in History is I, 2003 (22 minutes) subtitled in English
A Sumatran prince named Sang Nila Utama arrived on the shores of an island, where he spotted a strange beast. Utama’s aide, Demang Lebar Daun, informed him that the beast must be a lion. Utama thus decided to name the island Singapura—singa meaning lion and pura meaning city.
Intertwining myth and history, the film questions the impossibility of ontology, the instability of all beginnings.

Conversation with Virginie Bobin held in English
Virginie Bobin, curator, writer and head of programs at the Villa Vassiliev (Paris) will discuss with Ho Tzu Nyen about his current work A Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia which proposes to constitute a new knowledge on that region beyond nation-state boundaries.

This program is conceived in the framework of the exhibition curated by Biljana Ciric, Habits and customs of _______ are so different from ours that we visit them with the same sentiment that we visit exhibitions, presented at Kadist Paris until April 30, 2016.

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