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In the lead up to COP26, we are dedicating our global art and culture platform to a month-long public investigation of the urgent question ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’, featuring key responses from artists, writers, thinkers and various cultural leaders. The project harnesses today’s global moment of unpredictable flux to propose routes toward more inclusive, more creative and fairer societies, placing a focus on the shared “now” of this unique post-crisis moment, rather than the divided “here” of our individual circumstances.

Find out about today's artist response to the question ‘WHERE DO WE GO FROM NOW?’ below.

“— At the opposite of solastalgia and dystopian narratives, we embrace radical positivity by acknowledging we are already doomed, channelling resilience and adaptability that had been defining our ways to navigate through history. Vietnam’s latitude puts it at the forefront of global warming consequences and a part of it will begin to be submerged within a few decades. Yet, playfulness and ingenuity of Vietnamese can turn the uncomfortable and unforeseen into a new playground. “SỐNG VỚI LŨ” literally means “living with flood”, it is also an idiom used for accepting the situation, any situation at all.” - Gãy

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SỐNG VỚI LŨ, Single-channel video, 2021

Video by Gãy (Ngo Phuong Linh, Thao Vu, Celina Huynh, Anh Phi Trần)
Editing: Celina Huynh
Poem/Voice: Ngo Phuong Linh
Voice recording/FX: Thao Vu
Music: Rắn Cạp Đuôi
Footages: Anh Phi, Kim Dürbeck (“Vietnamemes”), Internet

Gãy (“broken” in Vietnamese) is a Saigon-based music & arts collective that throws rave nights, releases experimental club music and leads mental health initiatives. Gãy embraces flaws and oddities, fueled by the desire to connect and explore a shared common identity in constant mutation.