open archive & reading room
Nguyen Nhu Huy
Sten Are Sandbeck
Bank & Rau
Asia Art Archive (AAA)
Arts Network Asia (ANA)
Art Autonomy Newtwork (AAN)
Cemeti Art House
the house of natural fiber
|a little blah blah (albb) is an artists' initiative that since 2005 has operated as a platform for contemporary art through a wide range of channels including projects, exhibitions & events, screenings, talks, a residency program, internships and an open-access archive of art books & catalogues. Our program has evolved in a pioneering spirit, in response to the gaps and needs of the Saigon art scene. Since 2008 we have re-focussed our program to presenting one major project each year, capacity building and the ongoing running of albb Reading Room.
OPEN ARCHIVE AND READING ROOM
a little blah blah's collection of over 1000 catalogues, books and art ephemera is the largest independent archive of contemporary art materials in Ho Chi Minh City. This collection is an open resource for artists, art students, curators and researchers to see and read about what is going on in contemporary art in the region and globally.
The collection is accessible on a drop-in basis for browsing in a relaxing lounge atmosphere.
The albb Reading Room was established in 2006 as a one-year program with a reading room open day on the first Saturday of each month in order to introduce our steadily-growing collection to the Ho Chi Minh City art community. The program was initiated in response to the difficulties that many artists in Vietnam face with lack of access to resources about contemporary art.
Each month we made a special presentation of new materials with a particular focus — such as a country, region, medium or practice. Bilingual staff were on hand to assist visitors with questions about English texts.
The reading room currently runs on a drop-in basis. Please see 2009 page for opening hours and further details.
||Art from Faraway Places
||Nippon Super Spesh
||Creatures from OZ
||READ ALL ABOUT IT! art theory—art magazines
||Beautiful paper, beautiful design
||Lumiere: Contemporary Photography
Many thanks to Fukuoka Asian Art Museum / Asia Art Archive / Tokyo Wondersite / Bank Art / p3 / Thea Baumann / am post / Queensland Art Gallery / Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre / broadsheet / ART iT / womanifesto / trans urban / X-CHANGE culture-science / Contemporary Art Centre South Australia (CACSA) / Galerie Quynh / Markuz Wernli Saito / Maritta Nurmi / Katrin Paul / focas / SentAp! / Pasi Eerik Karjula and others who donated materials in 2007.
||HK&K: Hong Kong and Korea
Many thanks to Asia Art Archive / Pontus Kyander / Bank & Rau / Nur Hanim Khairudd / Goethe Institut Hanoi / Juliana Yasin / The Artists' Village / Artspace Sydney / ART iT / Reyum / Aart / Earl Lu Gallery / Ryutaro Inamoto / Alan Cruickshank / Asialink / Queensland Art Gallery / Contemporary Art Centre South Australia (CACSA) / A+A Public Art Unit / Galerie Quynh and others who donated materials in 2006.
Many thanks to Asialink / Gertrude Street / Cemeti Art House / Plastic
Kinetic Worms / Earl Lu Gallery / Olu Oguibe / focas and Yuk King Tan,
who donated materials in 2004 and 2005.