Andrew Stiff

Andrew Stiff

Ho Chi Minh City, Quan 7, Vietnam

About Andrew Stiff

I was born and raised in London, UK. I studied painting at Chelsea school of Art, where my passion for cities was cultivated. I moved into digital filmmaking in the late 1990’s where I was able to explore cities through moving image sequences. These were used in live video mixing performances at various moving and urban festivals around Europe and the UK.

In 2016 I moved to Saigon, Vietnam where I teach design. I am due to complete my PhD, which is a creative practice PhD using moving image as a medium to document and visually experiment with the unique urban habitat that Saigon has to offer. Most of my work has avoided the centre of the city, and is focused on a very local area, untouched by tourism and westernisation that impacts many Asian city centres.

The influences on my work come from varied sources. Architects such as Bernard Tschumi, Atelier Bow-Wow, Liebeskind [early proposals and his drawings] Hadid again only her drawings from her early career. Filmmakers range from Wim Wenders and David Lynch on the commercial end to Peter Hutton, James Benning and Leighton Pierce. I am also very fascinated by artists such as Paul Klee, Caravaggio for his lighting, Ed Ruscha, and many others

I work with digital moving image, due to its immediacy. Moving image has introduced Duration as a critically important aspect of my creative practice, as duration extracts details of the urban spaces such as events, movement and the context these happen in the spaces and places of Saigon.

In 2019 I took part in three large exhibitions. The first was a Joint show in the Lygon Gallery in RMIT University Vietnam. In the second show I had numerous films played on a large format projection [16m wide] in the Design Hub Gallery in Melbourne Australia. The third was a joint show held as part of the Vietnam Festival and Media and Design, in Hanoi, Vietnam. Outside of the these I have had works shown internationally in the USA, Europe and across Asia.

A number of digital prints have been purchased by International clients, ranging from large 2 meter high digital prints through to smaller sized prints.

Education

BA Hons. Fine Art Painting - Chelsea School of Art.

MSc. Information Systems and Technology.

Currently undertaking a Ph.D. at RMIT University, School of Architecture and Urban Design.

Exhibitions

2019. ‘Hem City’. Digital Video. Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival. Festival: November 2019.

2019. ‘Tan Pho An [Hidden Cities]’ Hanoi. Exhibition of research and practice on the hems of district 4. AGO Hub, Hanoi, Vietnam. 11th - 22nd November 2019.

2019. ‘SUPERTIGHT’. multiple Digital video screening. Design Hub, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Exhibition: July-September 2019.

2019. ‘Cine-Concert: Hem City’. Live Audio Visual Performance. Saigon Salon, HCMC, Vietnam. April 23rd 2019.

2019. ‘Dau An Thoi Gian [Sign of The Times]’. Exhibition of research and practice on the hems of district 4. Lygon Gallery, RMIT University Vietnam, HCMC, Vietnam. March - May 2019

2018. ‘Hem Walk 004’. Digital Video. Facade Video Festival. Festival, Plodiv, Bulgaria: 28th - 30th September 2018.

2018. ‘Alor Setar Pulse - 2015’. Digital Video. KLEX: Khaosuing

2017. ‘Hem84’. Digital Video. Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival. Festival: November 2017.

2017. ‘Alor Setar Pulse - 2015’. Digital Video. Nimman Festival. Asian Culture Station, Changmai: 17th-19th February 2017.

2016. ‘Collision’. Digital Video. Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival. Festival: November 2016.

2016. ‘Alor Setar Pulse’ Kinoflow Kísérleti Film Fesztivál. Örökmozgó Filmmúzeum, Budapest

2015. 'Tropical Seasonings' Goethe Institute, Hanoi, 'Kampung Hakka' 2014. 17th May 2015.

2015. 'Tropical Sunshower' Werkstatt Der Kulturen, Berlin, 'Kampung Hakka' 2014. 6th May 2015.