Photo: Irma Fadhila

Nguyễn + Transitory is composed of Nguyễn Baly and Tara Transitory. Their work crosses the disciplines of sound, performance, and installation. Working mainly with performance, modular synthesisers and analog tape, they attempt to approach sound, synthesis, noise, rhythm and performance through 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 the effort to empirically learn more about various Southeast Asian and diasporic queer existences and lost histories.

Their recent works include the performance »Symphony Of Intimacies« (2022), the sound installation series »Topography Of Vulnerabilities #1-5« (2020-2022) and »Bird Bird, Touch Touch, Sing Sing«, an immersive site-specific installative sound performance which has been presented at CTM Festival, Berlin; Serralves Museum, Porto; Ultima Music Festival, Oslo; WORM, Rotterdam; Submerge Festival, Bristol; House of electronic Arts, Basel; and PACT Zollverein, Essen (all 2019) among others.

They are the current fellows in the Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme 2022-23. Besides their artistic practice, they run their own mastering studio called Queer Ear Mastering.