Ho Tzu Nyen - The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia

8. August to 7. October 2018
Ho Tzu Nyen, The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, Courtesy of the artist and MMCA, SeoulHo Tzu Nyen, The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, Courtesy of the artist and MMCA, Seoul

The artist Ho Tzu Nyen (*1976 in Singapore, works and lives in Singapore) uses historical texts and artifacts to create technically
and visually impressive lms, video pieces, installations and theater works that have been shown worldwide at festivals and in museums like New York’s Guggenheim and at the Venice Biennale. In his long-term project, The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, he intensely focuses on Southeast Asia, whose national boundaries came about as a result of colonial rule. In order to overcome the limits of national borders and to articulate the possibility of another collective identity for the region, he collects metaphors, practices, sounds, biographies and narrations left out of the o cial history books. As a result, an archive of thousands of hours of audiovisual material has emerged which Ho presents online as a virtual, algo- rithmically edited critical dictionary. He also uses it as a source for his artistic work.

For the Kunstverein in Hamburg, he is also developing a large installation with further works from the encyclopedic series, positioning The Nameless – which deals with the triple-agent Lai Teck – against his work The Name about the mysterious writer Gene Z. Hanrahan, and framing both with a new work based on his virtual dictionary.

In cooperation with the Internationales Sommerfestival at Kampnagel.