Topography of Vulnerabilities
Nguyễn + Transitory

22 January 2021—22 January 2022

Sound installation, Topography of Vulnerabilities #1, 2020.

Berlin-based duo Nguyễn + Transitory investigate the potential of touch, sound and movements through new forms of communication and communion, ones which languages might not allow. Bite the tongue presents three iterations of Topography of Vulnerabilities, a series developed during the pandemic and featuring discussions on extinction and survival between plants, neon lights and machines generating sound. The first two iterations are sound installations and the third iteration is a virtual sound installation—the visitor is invited to join, build an avatar and move around the room to listen to an infinite machine generated soundscape; a more-than-human language. Transcending the confines and limits of linguistics; Bite the tongue proposes to follow Nguyễn + Transitory, leave the word and bask in sound.

Sound installation, Topography of Vulnerabilities #1, 2020.

Nguyễn + Transitory

Nguyễn + Transitory is composed of Nguyễn Baly and Tara Transitory. Their work crosses the disciplines of sound, performance, and installation. Working mainly with modular synthesisers and analogue tape, they attempt to approach sound, synthesis, noise, rhythm and performance from a less colonial lens—looking into how frequencies, the physicality of producing sounds and its incidental vibrations relate to cognitive memories, stored emotions and catharsis. Their practice involves as well efforts to empirically learn more about various Southeast Asian + diaspora queer existences and lost histories.

Their recent works include the sound installation Topography Of Vulnerabilities #1 & #2 and Bird Bird, Touch Touch, Sing Sing, an immersive site-specific installative sound performance which has been presented at CTM Festival 2019 (Berlin), Serralves Museum (Porto), Ultima 2019 (Oslo), WORM (Rotterdam), Submerge Festival 2019 (Bristol), HeK (Basel) and PACT Zollverein (Essen) amongst others.

Besides their artistic practice, they run their own mastering studio called Queer Ear Mastering.

Tara Transitory aka One Man Nation, makes work which some consider art, some consider music and some consider trash. Clearly, it never quite fits into neatly demarcated categories. She is trans, nomadic, and practices at the intersections of gender, noise, and ritual though sound, performance, and collective trance.  She is currently a DAAD resident artist in Berlin.

Nguyễn Baly is a Vietnamese-German sound artist. She graduated from the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies (Giessen) with a specialisation in Sound and Composition for Stage and Performance. Since 2010 Nguyễn Baly has been working at the intersection of sound and performing arts as a composer and sound designer. Her artistic practice attempts to navigate the cross-section of performance, experimental music and post-colonialism.