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It seems to be

Dao Tung
August 2018
Hoàng Thị- phân đà Mùa Hè Tan Nát Coffee Shop
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 




about the artwork

It seems to be
2015
one-channel video installation
Dao Tung


up the banyan, the ant climbs
alas, dead-end, futile crawl
up the peach tree, the ant creeps
broken branches, to-and-fro
- Vietnamese folk poem

Tung’s work plays with the viewers’ empathies: leaving them to decide whether they associate more with the human or the ant, the stick or the hand, and feel out the edges of their own circle of darkness. the Vietnamese folk poem he cites as his artist statement mocks the ‘to-and-fro’ of this indecision.

It seems to be is on loan from the Nguyen Art Foundation

about the location 

It seems to be by Dao Tung was installed at Hoàng Thị- phân đà Mùa Hè Tan Nát Coffee Shop in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Tuesday August 21, 2018. the artwork will remain at the coffee shop for the foreseeable future as part of MoT+++’s +1 museum by any other name. projected from the window of the coffee shop, the image’s diffusion through space renders the ant invisible as it climbs across the wall of the State Bank of Vietnam opposite.

location: Hoàng Thị- phân đà Mùa Hè Tan Nát, 1st floor, 14 Ton That Dam, ward Nguyen Thai Binh, D1, HCMC, Vietnam


about the artist 

Đào Tùng (b.1983, Vietnam) is a multidisciplinary artist whose experiments with sound, installation and video draw heavily from his practice as a musical composer and sound artist. a graduate of the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City, Tung has gone on to collaborate on performances in Vietnam, as well as in Korea and the USA. His artist book History of Now (2016) has travelled widely with the Vietnam Artists’ Book Project.


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