Installation view of the exhibition In Cold Print by Sung Tieu
​Installation view, Sung Tieu, In Cold Print; © Sung Tieu, Courtesy of the artist and Emalin, London, photo: Plastiques
04. August 2020 - 31. August 2020 Add to Calendar

Sung Tieu: In Cold Print

Exhibition Nottingham Contemporary Nottingham
Installation view of the exhibition In Cold Print by Sung Tieu
​Installation view, Sung Tieu, In Cold Print; © Sung Tieu, Courtesy of the artist and Emalin, London, photo: Plastiques

Funded artist: Sung Tieu

'In Cold Print' comprises of a newly conceived installation, including sound, texts, sculptures and architectural interventions. Tieu's new body of work continues her ongoing investigation into the psychological dimension of warfare, acoustic weaponry and its relationship to Cold War ideologies.

At the heart of the exhibition, Tieu’s new soundscape manipulates material related to the so-called 'Havana Syndrome'. First reported in late 2016 by US embassy staff posted in Cuba, it manifested in unexplained disorders and brain injuries resembling concussions, and was believed to be caused by a sound weapon. Spurring a multitude of theories, the US considered this to be a politically targeted attack. The Cuban government denies such accusations.

For 'In Cold Print', the artist exposed herself to a reconstruction of the acoustic attack to record her cerebral activity and translate it both visually and acoustically. Enquired from the perspective of Tieu's subjectivity and political agency, this new work questions the legibility of scientific narratives and the reliability of proof-making.

This exhibition was supported by the ifa exhibition funding.

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