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The Propeller Group, The Living Need Light, the Dead Need Music, 2014, 5K video, color, sound, 21 minutes 15 seconds.

The Propeller Group

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)

The Propeller Group, The Living Need Light, the Dead Need Music, 2014, 5K video, color, sound, 21 minutes 15 seconds.

FOR THE PROPELLER GROUP, contemporary Vietnam pulses with an exhilarating energy; their videos show graffiti artists and street dancers taking over cities by day, and motorbike gangs ruling the streets under the cover of night. Tuan Andrew Nguyen and Phunam, who hail from the younger generation of Vietnamese artists that has played a crucial role in revitalizing Ho Chi Minh City’s art scene, cofounded the group in 2006 amid the metropolis’s rapid economic transformation. The pair were joined by artist Matt Lucero in 2009, and the trio expanded into a full-service commercial video-production company, executing projects ranging from corporate marketing campaigns to music videos for pop singers. Indeed, by pursuing such projects while also regularly exhibiting in film festivals and art biennials, the group has consistently resisted categorization and, no less, the expectations that

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