The Language of… is a video installation that takes the perspective of three “abandoned” TVs in an artificial, overgrown garden, set within a dystopian future.
Each abandoned TV shifts through various "memories", often commercials and films, in order to communicate its thoughts and emotions to the viewer. As one expresses a desire for human intimacy, another blames humans for the condition and destruction of its world.
And what isn't expressed explicitly is conveyed through the language of nature, particularly flowers and the deeper meanings behind them.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Michelle Nguyen is an experimental multimedia artist based in NYC. In her work, she explores the darker themes of what we see in films, commercials, and childhood movies. She montages audio and imagery to manipulate their pre-existing narratives to tell a humorous but dark subplot. Through her video based installations, Michelle combines fantasy and play to create an environment that is enticing yet eerie and ominous.
Apart from her personal and collaborative art, she co-curates annual pop up art events under the name Slow Burn NYC, working to bring together a network and art community for emerging young artists throughout NYC.