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AAO in development (2021) / Photography by Pier Carthew
Location
On-site
The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport, Victoria 3015, Australia
Dates
1–2 April 2022
Times
Fri–Sat 8–9pm
Format
Performance/​Music
Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

Admission

$30 General
$20 Concession

Tickets

The Australian Art Orchestra presents 1988 — a new work composed by Dung Nguyen and Peter Knight for the Australian Art Orchestra with visual design by Phuong Ngo.

The fall of Saigon in 1975 triggered a mass exodus of South Vietnamese from their homeland by sea. It is estimated that anywhere between one to two million people would eventually flee the country, of this it is estimated that half perished at sea. One of the lucky ones was Quí Văn Nguyễn.

1988 was a pivotal year for Dung Nguyen as he emigrated from South Vietnam to Australia, to join Quí Văn Nguyễn, his father.

1988 is the point of arrival and the point of departure, the end of one journey and the start of another; yet it is one story, Dung’s story told in fragments. 1988 is misaligned, disjointed and cyclical, it borrows from the memories of the Vietnamese people, but is corrupted by a sense of nostalgia. It intertwines personal narratives, diverse music practices, history, and cultural legacies, in seeking to understand how and why we come to occupy the spaces we find ourselves in.

Consisting of 9 compositions that bleed into one another, the individual musical practices of the players in the ensemble come together to collectively tell this story with Dung. It is a moment of togetherness that is owed to the richness of his experiences and that of the Vietnamese people. Accompanied by a dynamic and experimental visual design using vintage slide projectors to present personal and archival images, 1988's compositions interweave with the whir and click of the technology, creating a unique musical texture that reflects and highlights the stories being told.

1988 is composed by Dung Nguyen and Peter Knight for the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) with visual design by Phuong Ngo. It proposes a rich context for the cultural and musical practices highlighted in the work, their place in contemporary Australian culture, and their relationship to the Vietnamese diaspora experience.

ARTIST TALK
There will be an Auslan interpreted artist talk following the premiere performance on Friday, 1 April 2022.

FREE NFT ARTWORK
As part of 1988, and for the first time, the AAO is collaborating with the University of Melbourne, School of Computing and Information Systems, to offer audiences a collectable NFT (non-fungible token).

To support artists — and also better understand the potential of NFTs and blockchain technology — 50 NFTs have been minted on the Algorand blockchain and will be offered for free to 50 curious audience members as part of a pre-sale ticket offer.

On the day of the performance, those 50 ticket holders will receive an e-mail notification with details of how to view their NFT, which will consist of a one-off audiovisual piece not available on any other platform.

ACCESS
This event is wheelchair accessible and gender neutral accessible toilets are available.
1988 is designed for a seated audience and contains sonic and visual content.
There will be an Auslan interpreted artist talk following the premiere performance on Friday, 1 April 2022.

CREDITS
Lead composers: Dung Nguyen and Peter Knight
Devised by: Dung Nguyen, Phuong Ngo, Tamara Saulwick, Peter Knight, Minh Ha Patmore, Erik Griswold, Vanessa Tomlinson, Helen Svoboda
Performers: Dung Nguyen, Peter Knight, Minh Ha Patmore, Erik Griswold, Vanessa Tomlinson, Helen Svoboda, Phuong Ngo
Visual Design: Phuong Ngo
Dramaturgy: Tamara Saulwick
Lighting Design: Rob Sowinski
Producer and Technical Director: Jem Savage
Artistic Director: Peter Knight
Executive Producer: Rosemary Willink


1988 was commissioned by The Substation and received funding through the Australia Council for the Arts 2020 Resilience Fund.

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