About

Vi Trinh makes conceptual work using the format of humorous video games and installation to deconstruct specifics and understand the format of structural inequality.  The artist explores systemic inequalities as built systems and video games as built systems creating choice architectures.  She uses genres of narrative Sci-fi and futurism in order to exaggerate and clarify present patterns in ecology and social inequality.  She attempts to deconstruct new modes of power (technology, internet, data) that uphold old hierarchies while trying to adhere to internet ideals of free and open access to information.  Trying to empowering the user with control over their experience.  The narrative in the pieces uses humor to welcome the viewer and to make the material more accessible, while also being a response to absurdism and a source of perpetual energy.  The pieces often are shown on a computer screen in gallery but are also accessible on the internet for either download or playable on the viewers phone.

Vi Trinh’s current project “Hot Potato Hot Takes” is an ongoing series of mini-games each made in under 48 hours.  Each game is a reaction to current events and issues using design and humorous metaphor to communicate opinions on the subject.  A response to the artists previous way of working, these pieces are structurally impulsive and fast pieces to quickly communicate smaller ideas. The games are made to be played online on the viewer’s phone, or on the viewers own time in private as an individual.

Instagram: @v_trinh

Email: vi.trinh2255@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Vi Trinh

Exhibition History

2022   Shall Make Shall Be: The Bill of Rights at Play, Frank-Ratchye Studio of Creative Inquiry, New York City, New York

           00:59:59, 120 Fen Court, London UK

           Futures_after, Futures_after collective and Hypha Studios, London UK

           HūXī Respiration, Goldsmiths Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance, London UK

2021   ONHOLD 2, Goldsmiths University, London UK

           ONHOLD, Goldsmiths University, London UK

2020   2020 Post-Grad Residents, Torpedo Factory Target Gallery, Alexandria VA

           FILE Sao Paulo 2020, FILE Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Cancelled)

           Juried Art/Technology works at Boston Cyber Arts, Boston Cyber Arts, Boston MD (Cancelled)

2019   Digital U: Extreme Views pt. 2, Art Gene, Cumbria England

           Intimist 4, La Fenice art gallery Hong Kong, Hong Kong China

           △: Senior Thesis Exhibition, Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond VA

           Senior Thesis Exhibition: James River, James River, Richmond VA

Publications

2020   HALT, FLAT journal, Los Angeles, CA

           Art in Progress, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria VA

           The Station | A Response by Gaby Williams, Digital America Issue 15, Richmond VA

           Vi Trinh | Q+A, Digital America Issue 15, Richmond VA

           The Station, Digital America Issue 15, Richmond VA

           City Creatives: Vi Trinh, Alexandria Times, Alexandria VA

2019   Escape, Digital America Issue 13, digitalamerica.org

           Tuong-Vi Trinh, ’19: Senior infuses her art with social justice themes, University of Richmond Newsroom, Richmond, VA

2018   Thank You, Digital America Issue 11, digitalamerica.org

           Rise, Silver Stork: Dawn, silverstorkmagazine.weebly.com

Residencies

2022   Catford Peacocks Residency, Hypha Studios and London Creative Council, London UK

2021   Shall Make, Shall Be: The Bill of Rights at Play, Carnegie Mellon University’s Frank-Ratchye STUDIO For Creative Inquiry, Remote

2020   Trestle Art Space Spring 2020 Residency, Trestle Art Space, Brooklyn NY (Declined)

           Post-Graduate Residency, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria VA

Programming

2020   Shall Make, Shall Be: Two Evenings of Online Artist Talk by Game Creators, Frank Ratchye Studio, Pittsburgh PA

           3D Blender Workshop, Futures_after, London UK

           Improv writing workshop, Futures_after, London Uk

2020   Post-Graduate Artist Talk, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria VA

2019   Artist Talk, Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond VA

Related Work Experience      

2022   Futures_after administration: grant application, events, installation, publicity, invigilation, Futures_after and Hypha Studios, London UK

           Goldsmiths Mentorship Program Founder and Administrator, Goldsmiths, London UK

2021   NFT Asset Design, Washington DC

2019   Gallery Exhibition & Public Programs Intern, IA&A Hillyer Gallery, Washington DC

           Head Curator, Digital America Issue 12 & Issue 13, digitalamerica.org

           Media Editor, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

           Content and Web Designer, Scholars Latino Initiative, Richmond, VA

2018   Assistant Curator, Digital America Issue 11, digitalamerica.org

           Program Leader, Art 180, Richmond, VA

Grants and Awards     

2022   Hypha Studio and London Creative Council, London UK

2021   Goldsmiths Fine Art Bursary, London, UK

           Shall Make Shall Be, Frank Ratchye Studio, Pittsburgh PA

2019   Bobby Chandler Award for Music & Art, Richmond, VA

           Spring University of Richmond A&S Fellowship, Richmond, VA

           Fall University of Richmond A&S Fellowship, Richmond, VA

           University of Richmond Chevy Chase Book Award, Richmond, VA

           Summer University of Richmond A&S Fellowship, Richmond, VA

2018   Spring University of Richmond A&S Fellowship, Richmond, VA

           University of Richmond Chevy Chase Book Award, Richmond, VA

2017   University of Richmond Faculty Student Choice Award, Richmond, VA

2016   University of Richmond Faculty Student Choice Award, Richmond, VA

Public Collections

2019   Harnett Museum of Art Permanent Collection, Richmond, VA

Education

2023   Goldsmiths University of London, MFA Fine Art, London, UK

2019   University of Richmond, B.A. Visual and Media Arts Practice & Leadership Studies, Richmond, VA

 

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