Sung Tieu, Moving Target Shadow Detection 2022
Sung Tieu, Moving Target Shadow Detection 2022
Sung Tieu, Moving Target Shadow Detection (2022)

In partnership with Monash University Museum of Art I MUMA & ACMI presents

ART+FILM: Sung Tieu

Screening & conversation with the artist

Unclassified (All Ages)

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Tue 6 Feb 2024

Vietnamese-German artist Sung Tieu will screen her recent work Moving Target Shadow Detection (2022, 18:56 mins) followed by a conversation between Tieu and writer André Dao.

Moving Target Shadow Detection continues Sung Tieu’s ongoing exploration of the psychological dimension of military PSYOPS, acoustic weaponry and their relationship to Cold War ideologies. The film reconstructs the interior of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba in Havana, the site of the first-known instance of a supposed sonic attack, reported by CIA staff in the Cuban capital in 2016, which became known as ‘Havana Syndrome’.

Following a screening of the film, Tieu and Dao will discuss their shared research into legacies of imperialism and state structures of control in relation to the film and Tieu’s wider practice.

This program takes place in conjunction with the exhibition Steven Rhall and Sung Tieu: Statecraft, curated by Andy Butler and Pip Wallis, MUMA, 3 February – 23 March 2024.

Sung Tieu’s participation is supported by the Goethe-Institut.

Event duration

90 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)


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Sung Tieu - photo by Nadine Fraczkowski
Sung Tieu, photo by Nadine Fraczkowski

About Sung Tieu

Sung Tieu is an artist based in Berlin. She was born in 1987 in Hai Duong, Vietnam, and emigrated to Germany in 1992. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg and at Goldsmiths College, London before completing her postgraduate work at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Her most recent solo exhibitions have been held at Kunst Museum Winterthur, 2023; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, 2023; Amant, New York, 2023; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 2023; Mudam Luxembourg, 2022–23; Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2020; and Nottingham Contemporary, 2020. Tieu has recently participated in group presentations with the 14th Shanghai Biennale, 2023; Portikus, Frankfurt, 2023; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2022; Hamburger Banhof, Berlin, 2021; 34th Bienal de São Paulo 2021. She was a recipient of Germany’s Ars Viva prize in 2020, and the 2021 Frieze Artist Award.

Andre Dao - Photo by Leah Jing McIntosh
Andre Dao, photo by Leah Jing McIntosh

About André Dao

André Dao is a writer, researcher and artist. His debut novel, Anam, was published in 2023. He is the co-founder of Behind the Wire, an oral history organisation, and a postdoctoral research fellow with the Laureate Program in Global Corporations and International Law at Melbourne Law School.

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ACMI's ART+FILM program showcases short and feature-length films by leading Australian and international artists. With a focus on single-channel works that harness the unique conventions of cinema, the program comprises internationally significant works from the ever-expanding field of artist films.

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