The Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas will present the U.S. premiere of "The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia" by internationally renowned artist Ho Tzu Nyen, featuring an enthralling, constantly evolving moving-image installation.
"The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia" is part of an ongoing project that grows, generates and provides critical insight into the pluralistic definitions of the territories under the term “Southeast Asia.” Born out of recognition for how sweeping the term “Southeast Asia” is, the project considers what makes up an area not unified by language, religion or political power.
At the heart of the exhibition is an always-changing video and LED light installation in which an algorithm, created by the artist in collaboration with software developer Jan Gerber and media artist Sebastian Lütgert, weaves together a rich tapestry of texts, music and found footage pertaining to an alphabetized list of concepts, generating different permutations with every loop.
The installation will be complemented with additional texts related to the work, including an index of dictionary terms, as well as selections from Ho’s research notes. Seating will be available in the gallery, allowing visitors to fully experience the truly unique presentation.
The exhibition will remain on display through January 30, 2022.