PINKY HTUT AUNG
In Ex(ile) Lab
A laboratory for artists in exile based in Cyprus, France, Italy and Portugal, supported by Creative EU
182 applications received from 4 countries, 12 artistic projects selected with partnerships between Cyprus, France, Italy and Portugal, one-year laboratory co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. I was selected for one-year laboratory within In Ex(ile) Lab to start international activities, researches and residencies.
Where the River Ends (Short film)
Writer/Director : Htet Aung Lywn
Producer : Hlaing Moe Oo
Stylist : Swannie Dean
Composer/Narration : Pinky Htut Aung
Actors/Choreographers: Peerapong Rumjumrus, Kevin
A soldier carries his lover’s body through a journey of self-reflection as he experiences the consequences of loss on one’s sense of self. With dream-like sequences and musings, this visual poem explores grief and loss through two thematically intertwined journeys, expressing the unspoken heaviness that never seems to lessen and the grief that never seems to subside.
A meditative exploration of a boy embarking on a journey to give his lover, who was killed on the battlefield, a proper river burial.
Available on NOWNESS youtube channel
Everything is Temporary
Writer/Director : Juliette Klint
Editor : Nalia Giovanoli
Composer : Pinky Htut Aung
In August 2020, Juliette travells to Myanmar to join her partner. There she meets Zu Zu, a 17-year-old girl who runs a roadside food stall. Zu Zu is waiting for the universities closed because of Covid to reopen so that she can fulfil her dream of becoming a policewoman. Gradually, a strong relationship develops between the two young women. On 1 February 2021, the country suffers a military coup, which puts an end to Zu Zu's ambitions and traps Juliette in Myanmar. Their deep attachment to each other becomes their refuge.
THE THREE SOUND OF REVOLUTION | #2 MIDDLE SOUND (EQUALITY)
Alms bowl upside down (3mins)
Music and festivities go hand in hand, where the festival area also has different contexts during different eras. Festivities are important, even in the protest sites. Creating a space for expression of the rights, liberties, equalities and mutual respects of all social classes is indispensable in each demonstration site. In each era, songs written
from tears, courage and sacrifice have been used for consolation, and at the same time creating fun to nourish the morale of the demonstrators. The songs full of equality, free from social classism, are always sung in the gathering place by people of all classes, genders and age differences.
We are the Seeds (Group Exhibition & Performance)
Exhibition Date : 10 July 2023 - 21 July 2023
Performance Date : 18 July 2023
Clouds are thoughts
Clouds are like energies. They are always on the move, they transform but they never disappear or die, looping in this never-ending cycle. My obsession with clouds grew even more as I found myself becoming one with my moods wings. Based on that idea, I started the cloud series.
Painting I, Breakthrough I
Painting II, Alms bowls upside down, if you translate these words directly into Burmese language, it simply means protest; when a monk turns his alms bowl upside down, it is an act of political and religious protest. The monk is rejecting the offering as impure and ill-intentioned. My whole life is a series of protests, growing up in a very spiritual but unjust system.
Painting III, Breakthrough II
(Common Tonalities Compilation)
Acoustic sounds and noise recorded live, layer by layer, to portray an early morning prayer. Traditional instruments which are also used in praying rituals such as bells and oddly tuned gongs, a few percussions from the traditional orchestra, all in Western tempered tuning, were played here in repetition which can imly patience during the process.
Common Tonalities Compilation
Release date: 29 April 2022
Following the Common Tonalities workshop series, focused on the subject of tuning and how it relates to modern-day sonic technologies and music-making, each participating artist created a new work, all of which are presented in this compilation.
Rite of the Ocean
(Shi Exhibition: Yangon-wide art events)
Music & Concept : Pinky,
Concept & 3D visuals : Zune Ei (Thoughtform)
Venue : Goethe Institut
Exhibition date : 15 - 25 November 2022
‘Rite of the Ocean’ is an immersive audiovisu- al experience, part of ‘Oceans of Sacrifice’ saga which will be in the form of a 3D game environment. The saga chronicles the story of a heroine as she explores un- known territories of her environment and her psyche to uncover the hidden depth of her being as she embraces her truth and courage.
There’s No Prayer Like Desire
(Sonica Festival 2022)
Pinky Htut Aung & Heather Lander
Wordless sighs swoon over pizzicato strings; distorted strings buzz through chipped, skittery beats – evoking the sounds of mystical spaces and bustling streets, this is the world of multi-instrumentalist Pinky Htut Aung (Myanmar). A kind of lively moving meditation, this improvised new work (a UK and European premiere) is inspired by pioneering sonic experiments, the movement of clouds and the notion that thought itself can have tangible presence. ‘It’s party time!’ she announces, introducing a celebration like no other. Visuals by Heather Lander.
Sonica is an 11-day biennial festival dedicated to world class visual sonic arts, presenting exceptional international artists alongside UK talent in diverse venues throughout Glasgow.