Chapter 1: The Legend of Lieu Hanh

Artist: Ngoc Nau
miscellaneous, installation, video | Print on canvas and augmented reality (AR) app | 07:00 | 2019

Ngoc Nau experiments with holograms and augmented reality, combining them with her interest in contemporary Vietnamese culture. ‘Deep in the Forest, a Night Song’ is a long-term research project in which the artist explores the len dong ritual, or spiritual mediumship, in her birthplace of the Thái Nguyên province. Here, augmented reality allows the audience to experience the form of the Mother Goddess via a digital simulation. Ngoc Nau also interacts with the region’s historical narrative by presenting the chapters alongside historical works in the National Gallery Singapore. Chapter 1 tells the story of spiritual and social life in northern Vietnam during the French colonial period, from the viewpoint of the Vietnamese. In Chapter 2, the artist uses a brainwave scanning machine on a follower of the Mother Goddess, digitally re-creating the world he experiences when he becomes possessed.


Singapore Biennale 2019 - Every Step In The Right Direction | 2019.11.22 - 2020.03.22 | Asian Civilisations Museum(Singapore, Singapore) | Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay(Singapore) | Far East Plaza(Singapore, Singapore) | Gillman Barracks(Singapore, Singapore) | LASALLE College of the Arts(Singapore, Singapore) | National Gallery Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Library of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | National Museum of Singapore(Singapore, Singapore) | Singapore Art Museum (SAM)(Singapore, Singapore) | SMU de Suantio Gallery(Singapore) | W!LD RICE @ Funan