Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi, Syncrisis, movement II, 2019
Syncrisis is a multi-layered cinematic libretto in six movements.
In the second movement, a father and daughter explore their relationship by contemplating the aerodynamics of flying objects and recounting fragmented microhistories of the Cold War era in Germany – birthplace of the daughter – and Vietnam – birthplace of the father.
Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi, Linger On Your Pale Blue Eyes, 2016
Linger On Your Pale Blue Eyes is an attempt to imagine a scientist’s stream of consciousness in the course of her escape from East Germany. In order to reach West Germany via Bulgaria and Turkey, she swims through the Black Sea in darkness and navigates with the aid of the Polar Star and the continuously changing starry sky.
The inner monologue is based on a document on astronavigation written by a scientist, a friend of the artist, who fled the German Democratic Republic in 1969.