Goethe Institute's Sound of X: Uncovering The Hidden Symmetry Of The City

How can we reconnect with the spaces we live in, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced people all over the world into isolation? Using sounds, noises and acoustics as the basis for urban re-imaginations, Sound of X: Fractal Diversity explored sonic environment of Ho Chi Minh City through the medium of video-soundscapes.

Art Direction, Videography & Production
2019 — 2020
Goethe Institute's Sound of X: Uncovering The Hidden Symmetry Of The City

Sound of X: Ho Chi Minh City

‘Fractal Diversity’ is an audio-visual work seeking to create meaning by highlighting the hidden relationships between everyday structures and objects in Ho Chi Minh City. This will occur across various scales of urban geography represented through the medium of video and sound design.

Does a city have its own language?

A fractal is a never-ending pattern that is self-similar across different scales, with each small part having the same character as the evolving whole. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals represent relationships of ongoing Creativity borne out of Chaos.

Ho Chi Minh City is a living and breathing whole that is more than the sum of its parts. Can this organic entity speak its own language? And if so, what would this language of hidden symmetry look and sound like? What feelings and thoughts would it elicit?

Behind the scenes

Sound of X is an audiovisual project aimed at reconnecting us with the cities and spaces we no longer have access to. Before the global pandemic, artists from eight different cities were invited to create videosoundscapes, each inspired by the particular sounds of their cities. Goethe-Institut invites you to listen closely at www.soundofx.goethe.de⇲.


ARTIST: Jade Mai & Nick Chan
SOUND: Nick Chan
EDIT: Jade Mai & Nick Chan
CAMERA & LIGHTING: Tien Anh Dang, Jade Mai
ASSITANT CAMERA: Cuong Pham, Cuong Nguyen, Duc Huy
ASSISTANT PRODUCER: Nhung Luong, Hai Cao, Tran Tung