Some 25 local and Danish artists are working in Hanoi on “Emergency Room,” a month-long pressure-cauldron exhibition, which demands artists produce a new piece on the world around them everyday.
“Emergency Room” or “E.Room,” opened Wednesday and running until November 20, will mark a visit by a Danish royal delegation to Vietnam from November 2 to 6.
Danish-French conceptual artist Thierry Geoffroy, came up with the idea to create a physical space for artists to comment and reflect on the big news stories of the day.
The Hanoian version of E.Room requires the participating artists to experience the same pressure that reporters working to meet deadlines face.
They are required to create original work, inspired from the events of the previous 24 hours; and have ready their submissions by 12:15p.m. daily
“Artists are sensitive like thermometers with their analytic and brain-storming abilities,” Geoffroy said. “Our goals are to provide them with space and pressure to allow them to reflect contemporary issues.”
“They can scan the emergencies of today and respond to their discoveries of conflicts and discrepancies.”
E.Room presents a variety of art forms ranging from photography and sculpture to computer generated imagery by internationally-acclaimed and local up and coming artists.
The highly-interactive format has won acclaim in its other stops of Germany, Greece, the U.S, the U.K., Spain and Sweden.
“Some Vietnamese artists are still reserved and some have different artistic standpoints from us,” Geoffroy said. “A local artist told me he couldn’t submit his work before 12:15p.m. because art needs time. But I’m hoping (they) can learn how to work like a professional ping pong player, who has good reflexes.”
The exhibition is open from 9a.m. to 5p.m. every day at the National University of Fine Arts, at 42 Yet Kieu Street.