Institute of Distance, from “My Land”
Institute of Distance (2020) is the title of a videogame walkthrough that the artist is presenting in S.E.A. Focus Curated: hyper-horizon. Designed in 8-bit computing language, this game allows the players to change their fates. They may do so by collecting different body parts provided in the Institute of Distance each time just before they are ‘thrown back’ into the world. In the way of this quest are critters that may need to be killed to make way but whose death may create obstacles. This game encapsulates the artist’s belief in ‘trial and error’ and making personal choices as a means of existence.
About the Artist
Hà Ninh Pham (b. 1991, Hanoi, Vietnam) is a fine artist and art educator based in Hanoi, Vietnam. His work explores the way in which we construct our understanding of territories from afar. Hà Ninh Pham is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (MFA in Studio Art), and the Vietnam University of Fine Arts (BFA in Painting). Pham has also participated in various artist residency programmes, including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Corporation of Yaddo, Wassaic Project, Marble House Project in the United States, and PLOP in the United Kingdom. His work has been shown in New York, Philadelphia, London, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. He is currently Visiting Professor of Painting at the Vietnam University of Fine Arts, and Associate Lecturer at RMIT University Vietnam.
Hà Ninh Pham will be presenting his works at A+ Works of Art.