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The Gulf (multimedia) demo

A video demonstration of the multimedia graphic novel, The Gulf. This work combines writing, drawing, music, and animation. It is released digitally on iBooks as well as in print form. The Gulf elliptically chronicles the past and present of a fictional Vietnamese-American family inspired by my own. The title of The Gulf refers to the physical location of the gulf coast of Florida, where I grew up, as well as the idea of division: between adulthood & childhood, parent & child, Vietnamese & American identity. 2015–present.

F&G variations (video installation)

In this multimedia project, dance sequences from the classic films of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers are re-edited and re-contextualized. I create mash-ups that juxtapose the classic dances with other music. I also isolate short clips into loops that expand or compress time. These videos are projected into site-specific locations where I invite audiences to watch and even dance along. The dancing of Astaire & Rogers mesmerizes me and this project is my attempt to take the audiences hand so they can join in on the dance. 2015–present.

Bittersweet excerpt

excerpt–Bittersweet: A Pandemic Sketchbook (Graphic Novel)

Through a combination of writing and drawing, this graphic novel captures how the uncertainty and tragedy of the pandemic of 2020 somehow make the moments of human connection that much sweeter.  I use a diary structure to tell the story of  my wife and I hitting the road to rescue Mom in Florida (after months of sheltering in place), and harvesting the family mangos before returning to Baltimore. Story and art by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen. 2020.

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Demo–Mom's Viet Kitchen (website)

A brief tour of Mom's Viet Kitchen, a multimedia website that tells my family's story––our Vietnamese American immigrant experience––through recipes, writing, art, photography, music, and video. 2018–present. Experience the full website: https://momsvietkitchen.com

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About Nguyen

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Nguyen Khoi Nguyen is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. He is the author of Bittersweet: A Pandemic Sketchbook and the multimedia graphic novel, The Gulf.  Nguyen is the vocalist, pianist, composer, and bandleader of the jazz trio, Superior Cling. As a filmmaker, he creates animations, documentaries, and narrative films. Nguyen thrives on making art at the intersections. He is after a sense of gesture, whether it is in the marks of a drawing, an overlapping piece of sound... more

Young & In Love: Karaoke Suite (multimedia installation)

Young and in Love is a multimedia installation that includes a karaoke room where groups can enter and sing along with six original karaoke videos. In the summer of 2003, I worked on an arts outreach project called "Our Voices," which introduced me to the the Vietnamese American youth of Fields Corner in Boston, MA. Their stories as well as my own experiences are the inspiration for this project. Installation, videos, and music by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen.

The Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester, MA is home to the largest Vietnamese immigrant and refugee community in the Northeastern United States with over 9,000 Vietnamese Americans all living within a 1 mile radius. 

Exhibited at Bard College, New York. 2004.

Bittersweet: A Pandemic Sketchbook (Graphic Novel)

Through a combination of writing and drawing, this graphic novel captures how the uncertainty and tragedy of the pandemic of 2020 somehow make the moments of human connection that much sweeter.  I use a diary structure to tell the story of  my wife and I hitting the road to rescue Mom in Florida (after months of sheltering in place), and harvesting the family mangos before returning to Baltimore.
Bittersweet was made possible through the support of Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Center for the Humanities at Loyola University Maryland. Read the full graphic novel here: http://smithsonianapa.org/lit/bittersweet

Story and art by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen. 2020.

Mom's Viet Kitchen (multimedia website)

Mom's Viet Kitchen is a multimedia website that tells my family's story––our Vietnamese American immigrant experience––through recipes, writing, art, photography, music, and video. 2018–present.  Experience the full website: https://momsvietkitchen.com

  • Demo–Mom's Viet Kitchen (website)

    A brief tour of Mom's Viet Kitchen, a multimedia website that tells my family's story––our Vietnamese American immigrant experience––through recipes, writing, art, photography, music, and video. 2018–present. Experience the full website: https://momsvietkitchen.com
  • Bà Ba

    Digital drawing. Ba ba is a traditional Vietnamese dessert that also has other meanings.
  • Nhau (Beer & Snacks)

    Digital painting. Vietnamese snack foods typically eaten while enjoying beer.
  • Pho: Crazy rich soup

    A documentary on cooking pho and Mom's childhood memories of the dish.
  • Che Chart: Viet Desserts

    Digital painting. An infographic of my personal favorite che, Vietnamese desserts.
  • Rau Ma

    A documentary on making the juice, rau ma.
  • Mostly Mung.jpg

    Digital painting. The many uses of mung bean.
  • Mango-Thon 2019

    A documentary about my family and firends remebering Dad with a three day gathering of harvesting, eating, and celebration.
  • Mango on the Altar.jpeg

    Watercolor. A Vietnamese altar and the cutting of mango.
  • How To Make Iced Coffee (In Saigon)

    Digital painting. The morning ritual of making iced coffee in Saigon, Vietnam.

The Gulf (multimedia graphic novel)

The Gulf is a multimedia graphic novel that combines writing, drawing, music, and animation. It is released digitally on iBooks as well as in print form. The Gulf elliptically chronicles the past and present of a fictional Vietnamese-American family inspired by my own. The title of The Gulf refers to the physical location of the gulf coast of Florida, where I grew up, as well as the idea of division: between adulthood & childhood, parent & child, Vietnamese & American identity. 2015–present.

Draw You In (multimedia)

A multimedia performance/concert that traces the roots of my artisitc instincts: drawing and singing. The project combines music, animation, video, and dance, and a printed program book. Recorded live at the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts. College Park, MD. 2012.

  • Higlights: Draw You In

    Highlights from the multimedia performance. Recorded live at the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts. College Park, MD.
  • Program book

    A full color program book including text and drawings. Each audience member received a program book, along with a red Col-Erase pencil to draw with during the performance.

Album: Almost Missed (music & video)

Almost Missed is the third album by my jazz trio, Superior Cling.  I am the vocalist, pianist, and composer of the band. On several of these songs, I set to music the poetry of my sister, Thu Nguyen. We performed an album release concert at Charm City Meadworks, Baltimore and I edited the footage. 2018.

  • "Honey From Certain Blossoms"

    Recorded live at Charm City Meadworks, August 6, 2018. Nguyen Khoi Nguyen: keyboards/synthesizer/vocal. Mike Okusami: bass/synthesizer. Paul Keesling: drums/percussion. Arrangement by Superior Cling. Music by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen. Lyrics Thu Nguyen. Recorded and mixed by Mike Okusami. Video by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen.
  • "Red Tide"

    Recorded live at Charm City Meadworks, August 6, 2018. Nguyen Khoi Nguyen: keyboards/synthesizer/vocal. Mike Okusami: bass/synthesizer. Paul Keesling: drums/percussion. Arrangement by Superior Cling. Music by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen. Lyrics Thu Nguyen. Recorded and mixed by Mike Okusami. Video by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen.
  • "F&G"

    Recorded live at Charm City Meadworks, August 6, 2018. Nguyen Khoi Nguyen: keyboards/synthesizer/vocal. Mike Okusami: bass/synthesizer. Paul Keesling: drums/percussion. Arrangement by Superior Cling. Music and lyrics by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen. Recorded and mixed by Mike Okusami. Video by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen.

"Angela" (music video)

A collaboration with the choreographer/dancer, Stephanie Miracle. Music, videography, editing by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen. 2016.

Toronto Dispatches (multimedia)

Music and postcards created during a week in Toronto. 2012.

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