True/False Film Festival 2019 (Columbia, MO)

Still from ‘every dog has its day’  (2019) by Alison Nguyen

Still from ‘every dog has its day’ (2019) by Alison Nguyen

My short video ‘every dog has its day’ will premiere at True/False Film Festival on March 1st at 7:45pm.

‘every dog has its day’ explores the notions of iconicity, immortality, and terror in consumer-produced media. Drawing from home movies, social media, surveillance, and videos created by religious cults/extremists, the appropriative work explores the porous visual relationships between domestic intimacy, terror and technology.

"...agitation, irritation, self-reflexivity, random acts of violence, narcissism, feedback loops of constructed selves, instant history and cultural amnesia all collide in mirror-play, pseudo-remembrance and denial." 
-Bradley Eros

Tai Kwun Contemporary (Hong Kong)

Still from “Signal” (2017) by Alison Nguyen and Hemant Sreekumar

Still from “Signal” (2017) by Alison Nguyen and Hemant Sreekumar

October 23, 2018

Tai Kwun Contemporary
10 Hollywood Road
Central, Hong Kong

I’m excited to be showing “Signal”, my collaboration with Hemant Sreekumar, as a part of “Start From Scratch, Not Two Steps Back” curated by Simon Liu. In great company with works by Sky Hopinka, Ross Meckfessel, Erica Sheu, and Simon Liu, among others.

Ann Arbor Film Festival


March  24th, 2018

Michigan Theater
603 E Liberty St,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

My video work 'Dessert-Disaster' will be a part of the Ann Arbor Film Festival this year as part of the Films in Competition:

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works.


'The Uncertain Archive' at Zumzeig Cine (Barcelona), co-presented by Laboratorio Reversible

Still from 'Jennifer, Where are you?" (1981) by Leslie Thornton

Still from 'Jennifer, Where are you?" (1981) by Leslie Thornton

January 30th, 2018

Zumzeig Cine
Calle Béjar, 53, Barcelona

Curated by Alison Nguyen
Co-presented by Lab Reversible

A screening series of film and video artists whose work subverts the codes of mass media, often appropriating found images. These pieces question the technology that forms our perception of gender, authority, space and history. 

Works include:  Jennifer, Where Are You? by Leslie Thornton, The Truth by LJ Frezza, Domestic Landscape: Eclipse by Sabrina Ratté, Funhouse by Scott Kiernan, The Time That Remains by Soda_Jerk, Danse by Brian Murphy, Beirut Outtakes by Peggy Ahwesh,  Dessert-Disaster by Alison Nguyen,  Eden 2.0 (Episode 1) by Ololade Adeniyi, No Sell Out ... or i wnt 2b th ultimate commodity / machine (Malcolm X Pt. 2) by X-PRZ,  bilateral by Lily Jue Sheng and Trans Trans (Transformers Transformed) by Bradley Eros and Tim Geraghty.

'Burn' at Zumzeig Cine (Barcelona), co-presented by Crater Lab


"Burn" is a screening series of filmmakers and video artists who use forms of appropriation, dematerialization and manipulation of electronic signals in their works. These pieces subvert the visual codes of mass media , repositioning materials such as commercials, pornography and Hollywood movies. By burning contemporary archives, these artists create new texts that challenge our way of seeing the dominant social constructions.

We can see burn (or the second law of Thermodynamics) by Bradley Eros,  Escales by Sabrina Ratté,  The Neutral Zone by LJ Frezza,  Eden 2.0 (Intro, Ep. 1) by Ololade Adeniyi, you can't plan a perfect day sometimes it just happens by Alison Nguyen,  Point, Line, Plane by Lily Jue Sheng & Antonia Kuo,  Beirut Outtakesby Peggy Ahwesh,  Enduring Ornament by Josh Lewis and MM Serra,  Palaces by Sarah Halpern,  Syntax Workers (Cues) by Scott Kiernan and Astro Black: Armageddon in Effect by Soda_Jerk.

'Distributed Presence' at Outpost Artists (NYC)


December 20th, 2017

Outpost Artists Resources
1665 Norman St

Distributed Presence is a screening, performance, and panel event inviting artists, curators, and critics to explore the politics of media art within the context of representation of artists of color, and in consideration of all their intersecting identities. 

Screenings and performances are curated by video and performing artist Samantha CC, organizer of ongoing series The Great BE, and will feature Jerome AB, Alima Lee, Miko Revereza, Ololade Adeniyi, and Alison Nguyen. In addition to a discussion of the work presented during the event, panelists will address a range of topics, including the clash between an "obligation" to political content versus abstraction or other various subject matter, and how to ensure long term inclusivity rather than a temporary wave of tokenism.

Alison Nguyen / Monica Savirón at Microscope Gallery (NYC)

Still from 'Dessert-Disaster' (2017) by Alison Nguyen

Still from 'Dessert-Disaster' (2017) by Alison Nguyen

Monday November 13, 7:30pm
YES: Alison Nguyen / Monica Savirón
Artists in person

Microscope presents the first 2017-18 edition of our emerging artist series YES with a screening of film and video works by Alison Nguyen and Monica Savirón. Both Brooklyn-based artists’ bodies of works include 16mm films and videos that are situated within the tradition of “found footage” or “appropriation”, terms that fall short of conveying the painstaking processes of “seeking” each of them undertakes in selecting their imagery from sources including vast archives of daily newspapers, 16mm film vaults, and the web.

Nguyen, in her most recent video “Dessert-Disaster”, draws attention to visual trends and similarities between imagery used in the advertising of dessert products and that used in the documentation of natural and artificial disasters. Through the juxtaposition of the two in split screen, she reveals the TV and cinematic inspirations for dizzying movements of chocolate and other visually striking manipulations of otherwise inert candy bars. Similarly, in “you can’t plan a perfect day sometimes it just happens”, Nguyen culls brief sequences of camera lens flare from American commercials to reflect upon their function of “visual shorthands for authenticity and spirituality used in white-dominated mass media”. Earlier works by the artist in the program – shot on Super 8mm and 16mm film – are abstractions and more formal investigations of light and color.

Savirón’s works in the program – with the exception of her first piece “To Begin With” (2012) – mostly draw from existing still photograph that is repurposed and given new life within the filmstrip. For instance, in “Broken Tongue”, which “pays homage to the diaspora of the different waves of migration” to the US, the artist rephotographed images printed in the New Year’s Days issues of The New York Times, from its first publication in 1851 until 2013. Her latest work “Answer Print” – a term used to describe a print struck to preview the image and sound of a movie before final printing – is a perpetually decaying 16mm film consisting of deteriorated copies of 9 separate movies as well as anonymous film rushes and camera tests. With its fading red hues and accumulation of other imperfections, the work despite its title is unable to “answer” the question of how it will look or sound at any of its future projections.

Nguyen and Savirón will be in attendance and available for Q&A following the screening.

More info here.


Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image (NY)

Still from 'Dessert-Disaster' (2017) by Alison Nguyen

Still from 'Dessert-Disaster' (2017) by Alison Nguyen

I'm thrilled to be screening two new video works 'you can't plan a perfect day sometimes it just happens' and 'Dessert-Disaster' at Transient Visions Festival of the Moving Image at Spool Contemporary in Johnson City, NY.

Saturday 10/21/2017
Spool Contemporary Art Space, Johnson City, NY
Program: The Olympics Are Coming to Johnson City
Curated by Carl Schrecongost
7FF On¢idia (Ж, 8.5 min, 2016, Brazil/Bolivia/Cape Verde/México/Germany)
MIRROR - MRR (Micah H. Weber, 17 min, 2017, USA)
you can't plan a perfect day sometimes it just happens (Alison Nguyen, 8.5 min, 2017, USA)
Your Cage Is Ready (Kit Young, 4.5 min, 2017, USA)
Gibraltar Point (transformed) (Penny McCann, 6.5 min, 2017, Canada)
Nu Dem (Jennifer Saparzadeh, 9.5 min, 2017, Austria/Greece/USA)
The Truth (LJ Frezza, 5 min, 2017, USA)
TRT: 59.5 min
Program: Signals in Passing
Curated by Brian Murphy
Undiscovered Country (Neil Zusman, 11 min, 2017, USA)
Interior Repetitions: I (Jamie Hahn, 7.5 min, 2016, USA)
Pulse Generator Pastry (Charles Woodman, 4.5 min, 2016, USA)
Mammaries (Monica Panzarino, 4 min, 2016, USA)
from this side of space to the other side of the signal (Benjamin Rosenthal, 10 min, 2017, USA)
As if the color was looking at you (Sara Bonaventura, 10 min, 2017, Italy/USA)
Music of Desire (Kristin Reeves, 8 min, 2016, USA)
Ritual of the Rhizome (Eric Souther, 12.5 min, 2016, USA)
Emergence (Jason Bernagozzi, 3 min, 2017, USA)
Dessert-Disaster (Alison Nguyen, 1 min, 2017, USA)
TRT: 71.5 min
Audio & visual performance by Jonas Bers & Nathan Cearley