PACT Presents A Compelling New Performance Installation by James Nguyen from Jan 17th
A bilingual performance installation presented in English and Vietnamese, On The Border of Things blends video shot by James with live performance to explore the movement of people, agriculture and the environment.
On The Border of Things has been developed over three years by James alongside his uncle, Cong Ai, an itinerant fruit picker who immigrated to Australia from Vietnam in 1994.
Over a series of road trips to visit Cong Ai on farms in country Victoria and South Australia, James delved into the mythologies and mysticism of modern food production. As globally connected consumers, James questions the journeys and narratives that we inadvertently swallow with every mouthful.
“I chose to work with my uncle because as a migrant, he has worked on the land all his life, be it in the highlands of Vietnam or in country Victoria,’ said James. ‘Reconnecting has given me the opportunity to dispel some of my own assumptions about him, as well as reflect upon the processes, distances, and personal stories that ultimately connect us as consumers of food.”
This exciting new work has been created during James’ three-year PACT residency, and was co-commissioned by PACT and Melbourne’s Next Wave emerging artists initiative. On The Border of Things is a performance that will be staged in two parts - Part One premiering at PACT and Part Two premiering at the 2018 Next Wave Festival.