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Huong Ngo

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In my worlds, displaced characters occupy threatening landscapes both urban and natural. Their efforts towards self-preservation, nourishment, and communication take the forms of creative acts and new systems of exchange. They are utopian environments where social norms are relaxed and temporary communities burgeon. My performances, costumes, and constructed spaces incorporate materials that betray my own ambivalence between the organic and artificial, the instinctual and the cultural, the traditional and the technological. Heavily based in craft and the improvisation of non-professional performers, they critically engage new technologies in order to resist and reverse the dehumanizing effects of modernization.
The Nest of All Possible Worlds
Bert Stabler
NY Arts, Jan/Feb 2008

The appeal of “virtual reality” was supposedly the “virtual” part—after all, the unfathomable obstacles of everyday reality aren’t too hard to come by. But we are born into the idea of an immersive, alternate universe, fecund with bliss-yielding possibilities, free of commonplace consequence. Paradoxically, this border between imaginary and
symbolic space, the foundation of childhood group play and communal religious faith, is exactly what is continually offered and denied to us in our over-mediated environment. Disbelief cannot be suspended for long in a democracy of competing illusions.

Huong Ngo’s work offers a glimpse into shared fantasy, operating in numerous registers. Forsaking the alienating commercial and academic solipsism that turns so many art galleries into tombs of stale deja-vu, Ngo and her collaborators create temporary nests where viewers can wear fabric landscapes or vestigial water-wings, climb into unique Tyvek Hazmat pods, watch lighthearted corporate safety training videos, listen to recorded dreams in defunct phone booths, or peer into a fully-furnished inflatable studio sitting on the sidewalk.

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