Alison Nguyen: history as hypnosis

Alison Nguyen: history as hypnosis

Alison Nguyen: history as hypnosis
Artist talk and screening

Admission starts at $5

May 23, 2023, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Tuesday, May 23 at 7pm for history as hypnosis, an artist talk by Alison Nguyen. The talk will include a screening of a rough cut of Nguyen’s recent film of the same name, and will be followed by a discussion with the artist moderated by Selby Nimrod and Lukas Brasiskis.

history as hypnosis (2023)
The film follows three women, programmed by artificial intelligence, whose memories from their previous existence have been erased. In search of a man named “X,” the trio venture from the California desert to gas stations, gritty strip malls, starchitect-designed buildings, and underground enclaves. Interweaving subtle references to past violence associated with the US war in Vietnam, the film offers a complex take on how memory, consciousness, and historical narratives merge into a shared cultural imaginary produced, and reinforced, through cinematic images.

The program is organized in conjunction with the MIT List Visual Arts Center, where the exhibition List Projects 26: Alison Nguyen is on view  from February 23 to June 25, 2023.

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Film, War & Conflict, Urbanism
Video Art, Artificial intelligence, USA, Memory, History

Alison Nguyen is a New York–based artist whose work spans video, installation, performance, and new media. Her work has been presented at the MIT List Center for Visual Arts, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, the Everson Museum × Lightwork, the Dowse Art Museum, the International Studio & Curatorial Program, AC Gallery Beijing, Half Gallery, Signs and Symbols, La Kaje, Hartnett Gallery, and the University of Oklahoma, among others. Her screenings include: e-flux, Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Film Festival Oberhausen, CPH:DOX, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Channels Festival International Biennial of Video Art, True/False Film Festival, Open City Documentary Festival, the Jewish Museum, and Microscope Gallery. In 2018 she was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” She received her MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University and her BA in Literary Arts from Brown University. She will be a 2023–24 artist in the Whitney Independent Studies Program.

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