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Artists: Nguyễn Xuân Khánh (Vietnam); Nhiệm Hoàng (Vietnam); Quang Lâm (France); Quoc-Van Ninh (Germany); Phương Nguyễn (Vietnam); Alex Phan (Vietnam); Nelly Nguyễn (Vietnam); Cietisoo Nguyễn (Vietnam), Voshida Trường (Vietnam) and Nguyễn Huỳnh Phương An (Vietnam). Supported by: Munem Wasif (Bangladesh); Sutthirat Supaparinya (Thailand); Qiu Anxiong (China), Unknown Fields Division (UK) and Nguyễn Phương Linh (Vietnam)
Curated by: Quang Lâm (Inlen) and The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre
Exhibition date: 
22 February to 28 April 2019 (opening at 6pm on 22 February 2019)

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This exhibition seeks to engage the behavior and consequence of thinking that machines have become the ‘Nature’ we study and prioritize.

Once, the study of the sun and moon and its impact on our ocean tides and harvests dictated our sense of time and survival. With man’s desire to improve life came man’s scientific study of the universe – the study of the natural world’s cause and effects – which ultimately informed the dawn of the industrial age with its machines modeled on natural processes.

However today, machines (rather than the natural world) increasingly commands our sense of time and survival. We live in a century where virtuality dominates, where the invisible realm of financial exchange cares little for the visible repercussion of its flow; where the smartphone has taken control of our social world; where the Internet has become something unimaginable to live without – and thus humanity invests more care in the process of the machine – does that mean today the ‘Machine is Nature’?

Focusing on video and photography, this exhibition ponders how the imagery of our world gives wonder to the systems, patterns and forms of humanity’s habitat, exploring the impact of thinking and approaching ideas of what is natural, as if it is a machine.

*Banner image by oldmachinepress.com

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