Exhibition no2: The Age of New Babylon @ Lethaby – Open Call

October 24, 2018 Curatoral projects

We are pleased to announce a new open call, as part of the first student-led exhibition to be held in the Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins. The Age of New Babylon is offering opportunities for artists and speakers to present their work between 22 November and 12 December 2018 The show’s title refers to the anti-capitalist city perceived and designed in 1959-74 as a future potentiality by the architect and visual artist Constant Nieuwenhuys. Constant’s goal was to create anRead More

WORK N° 25: I hosted a 7 hour crit with 25+ students across CSM, RCA and RA

June 11, 2018 Uncategorized

 

Exhibition no 1: The Age of New Babylon @ Chelsea

June 11, 2018 Uncategorized

  The Age of New Babylon: Chelsea SU Residency   Curatorial statement: we are an interdisciplinairy group of BA/MA students from UAL, RCA and The Cass and have been using the SU space at Chelsea as a live-archive, research base and a point of convivial departure to think and feel our way around collaboration, education and imagination. Over eleven days we have hosted a series of self-initiated workshops and actions – ranging from a discussion on Childish Gambino and simulacra,Read More

WORK N°12: We played ‘Guess Who’ with only BME celebrities in a suit during open studios (2018)

March 29, 2018 Uncategorized

Work n° 9: I did nails at the Tate (2018)

January 23, 2018 Actions

I realised it takes a lot of courage to sit down with me, in that setting. On the 21st of January 2018 I spent 6 hours giving visitors of the Tate free manicures and massages. Myself and Junda Dietze (my friend and set designer) built a set modeled after South East Asian nailsalons. Visitors would invite themselves to sit down with me and pick a treatment. Often, it felt like it wouldn’t matter what they would go, it felt likeRead More

Work n° 8: I led a music mob through my school

January 12, 2018 Actions, music

At 2PM on 11th of January 2018 my friends and I marched around the school, singing and dancing to popular mostly UK rap tunes. We felt alive, engaged, with eachother, we were a force so to speak. Sofiane, one of my friends, came up to me after the action and said he felt like he was truly himself. To me, I was commenting on claiming space for ourselves to be ourselves. It was about making your own rules, despite howRead More

Work n° 4: I organised the candy dance AKA the madison AKA the vulindlela AKA the electric slide at school (2017)

December 29, 2017 Actions, gatherings, music

I grew up dancing this step at weddings and parties with my Cambodian community across the world – Holland, Australia, Cambodia, Germany – with grandmas, aunties, uncles and kids. We referred to it as ‘the Madison’. When I stepped foot in a club in Brixton a month ago, I saw a bunch of black girls do this slide on Cameo’s Candy. After speaking to several friends of different black heritage I realised this step had travelled through different black communitiesRead More

Work n° 2: I played ‘nostalgic’ ‘ethnic’ music on the tram and public transport in antwerp from a bluetooth speaker (2016)

August 19, 2017 Actions, music

During autumn/winter 2016 I played non-Western music from my portable speakers in the tram 24 in Antwerp. Carefully curated, I found music through calling out my non-Western friends’ to share me songs their parents used to listen to at the house and other ‘nostalgic’ songs that are usually confined to the private space. The public action generated a lot of smiles, giggles, laughter, compliments, curiousity and confusion. It happened 7 times over the span of november ’16 until january ’18 andRead More

Work n° 3: I organised the first 2nd gen khmer community event with local artists and musicians and did a live talkshow (2015)

August 19, 2017 Actions, food, gatherings, music

Ik dans de Roamvong was a community based music and arts presentation and event. I conceived the idea while supporting local community and arts projects in Cambodia and I proposed it during a meeting in Paris with other Cambodian youth organisers. Working closely with the second generation artisans and musicians from the Netherlands and Belgium, (mainly) new work for this event was produced in a span of two months and both finished and unfinished works were presented at the event. IRead More