The Lost Tapes: Artistic Approaches to Microhistories

The Lost Tapes: Artistic Approaches to Microhistories – Workshop

Time: Sun, Oct 23 @10AM-2PM
Location: Sàn Art
Millenium Masteri,
Units B.16 & B.17
132 Ben Van Don, Ward 6, District 4,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Called the “science of real life” by historians Carlo Ginzburg and Carlo Poni, “𝗺𝗶𝗰𝗿𝗼𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆” describes an approach to 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 that employs what we could think of as a 𝗺𝗶𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗰 𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘀, focusing on seemingly irrelevant details, habits and routines, and underlying mentalities. Such studies can serve as “histories from below,” 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗯𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀.

This workshop, conducted by artist-scholars 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗾𝘂𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝗮̀𝗻𝗴 𝗡𝗴𝘂𝘆𝗲̂̃𝗻 and 𝗠𝗮𝗴𝗻𝘂𝘀 𝗕𝗮̈𝗿𝘁𝗮̊𝘀, invites participants to understand the methodology surrounding microhistories and develop their own prepared stories into a microhistory practice.

The first part of the workshop will feature filmmaker 𝗘𝘀𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗻, sound artist 𝗡𝗵𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗡𝗴𝘂𝘆𝗲̂̃𝗻, and historian 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘄 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁 who will discuss their sound project Liberation Radio – an investigation into a group of American military deserters who went to the North Vietnamese mission in Stockholm in 1968 – developed into a film and sound installation exhibited at Manzi. After recapping the presentations and reading materials, Nhung, Jacqueline, and Magnus will guide different group discussions.

‘Art as Research: Microhistories’

This workshop is part of an inter-institutional research exchange programme, Art as Research: Microhistories, which explores the interdisciplinary potential of microhistory, bringing together artistic practice, history, art history, and anthropology as research-based forms of critical and creative inquiry. 

The programme is presented by Sàn Art, Fulbright University Vietnam, and Konstfack University of Art, Craft, and Design, funded by a Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) Mobility Grant for Internationalization. It also joins the educational programming for Illuminated Curiosities, an exhibition presented by the Nguyen Art Foundation.