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"Queequeg was a native of Rokovoko, an island far away to the West and South. It is not down in any map; true places never are." - Herman Melville, Moby Dick.
Mogas Station is itself a representative point of contact of various migrations. The multicultural, multidisciplined characteristic of Mogas Station also illustrates the dynamism and the cosmopolitism of a rapidly developing city that is Ho Chi Minh city today.
"Rokovoko" is a video work, realized for "Migration Addict Project", a collateral event of the 52nd Venice Biennale. Members of the group are also be the actors of the film.
The actors are filmed drifting at sea, each upon a floating white surface, the ruins of a deconstructed of "white cube", minimally designed and perfectly finished. We could imagine these surfaces as pieces of banquise, or sea ice, carried south by arctic currents to warmer waters. Curiously they arrive off the Vietnamese coast and a tropical climate.
The film narrative is non-linear, fractured and speaks to isolation, searching and the power of company. The gestures of the actors imitate the activities of everyday life as if performed in a real-time social context. However once removed from the quotidian into an almost empty environment - a non-space, they create an atmosphere where the absurdity reigns and banality is pushed until the limits of madness.
"'LZ, Hanoi, 2006' at Goethe Institut by Mogas Station
"'LZ, Singapore, 2006' at 1st Singapore Biennale by Mogas Station
"Ạart Magazine" by Mogas Station
Ạart is a publication which aims to be socially useful. The main goals of Ạart are to succeed in improving the quality of cultural discourse and exchange of information within Vietnam while sharing Vietnam’s own contemporary arts practice with a larger international audience. To meet these goals, the publication is bilingual in English and Vietnamese.
On the surface, Ạart is arranged like a popular culture magazine. Yet its accessible and contemporary appearance camouflages a serious choice of texts and images dealing with many fields of contemporary creation in the visual and graphic arts, literature, music, cinema, fashion design and architecture. Ạart aims to be a starting point for a more critical dialogue about arts and culture, providing ideas both within Vietnam and beyond.
Each volume of Ạart will respond to a central idea with specially commissioned art works and articles. The topic for the premiere issue is “Camouflage”. This issue has been published in collaboration with Singapore Biennale 2006 and Goethe Institut, Hanoi. It has been presented for the Singapore Biennale 2006 and then launched at the Goethe Institut, Hanoi, in November 2006.
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