Ngoc Nau experiments with holograms and augmented reality, combining them with her interest in contemporary Vietnamese culture. ‘Deep in the Forest, a Night Song’ is a long-term research project in which the artist explores the len dong ritual, or spiritual mediumship, in her birthplace of the Thái Nguyên province. Here, augmented reality allows the audience to experience the form of the Mother Goddess via a digital simulation. Ngoc Nau also interacts with the region’s historical narrative by presenting the chapters alongside historical works in the National Gallery Singapore.
Chapter 1 tells the story of spiritual and social life in northern Vietnam during the French colonial period, from the viewpoint of the Vietnamese. In Chapter 2, the artist uses a brainwave scanning machine on a follower of the Mother Goddess, digitally re-creating the world he experiences when he becomes possessed.
Ngoc Nau (Nguyen Hong Ngoc) (b. 1989, Thai Nguyen, Vietnam) is a multi-media artist. Her work spans moving image to video projection, hologram projection, augmented reality and collage photography. Ngoc Nau has participated in exhibitions and art projects in various countries. These include: ‘Asian Diva: The Muse and The Monster’ in Seoul Museum of Art (Korea, 2017), ‘Siggraph Asia’ (Japan, 2015) and ‘Art Together with the Town’ at the Koganecho Bazaar, Japan. She graduated from Vietnam Fine Art University, majoring in Art History and Criticism. She lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.