Vietnam Vo Dich - Champions
Les Brasseurs, Liege, Belgium, 2020
Site specific installation
Stereo sound collage, Yamaha guitar amps, red tail light
06/12/18 - The full time whistle blows and the city erupts into celebration. People in their thousands take to the streets to ‘đi bão’ (directly translated - ‘go storm’). Vietnam have just defeated the Philippines in the AFF Suzuki Cup semi final with two goals in the final ten minutes of the game, the score 2 - 1. Riding through the city on motorbikes blowing horns, clashing metalware and waving flags, they celebrate in wild ecstacy the ‘Golden Dragon’ players as soldiers returning victorious from the field of battle.
(Re)Producing the aural locale of that night in Saigon. Embedded within the accumulating humidity of the gallery basement the composition plays through large guitar amps, connecting temporal geographies through frequencies that vibrate across the uneven floor surface. The close, dusty environment of the basement echoes the sensorial experience of moving along in the storm.
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