Curatorial Practice

June 16th, 2020 to June 21st, 2020

Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi, SETS AND SCENARIOS ACT II, Image List: Actions to Relate to Oneself and The World, 2020.
︎ Online Public Programme
︎ Transformation
︎ Digital Play

In recent years, the development of media has dramatically transformed our experience with moving images. We find ourselves entangled in a perpetual cycle of image production and consumption, with images that haunt, invade, and shape us. Within this post-cinematic regime, our cultural identities, established subjectivities, and embodied sensibilities are continuously reshaped.

Sets and Scenarios delves into this heightened proximity to images and explores the implications of living under their influence. Originally designed to blur institutional boundaries within Nottingham Contemporary's private and public spaces, the program featured sculptural installations, sound works, videos, and live performances by artists such as Adam Christensen, Eva Gold, Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi, and Aaron Ratajczyk. The project was built around a mobile viewer, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in various atmospheric environments. At its core, Sets and Scenarios sought to experiment with the ephemeral encounter between viewers and artworks, emphasizing the dynamism of the experience in relation to its contingent nature and the collective engagement with physical space.

In response to the pandemic lockdown, Sets and Scenarios was reimagined as a digital experience as part of Nottingham Contemporary's online public programme. Each night featured different films and video works, reflecting the curatorial intent to capture the impact of moving images and to contemplate the endless feedback loops that surround us.