In his video piece, Promise Burden Prompt Origin Defense Palette Call (2022), Damon Pham invites the viewer into the inner workings of his mind. Using the simple concept of screen recording to the extreme, Pham incorporates conflicting media, rambling audio, and fragmented sentences to represent the scattered and overlapping trains of thought that often come with introspection. As the viewer pushes past the disorientation of being immersed in someone else’s head, they are rewarded with the intimacy that comes with such personal work.
Damon Phạm works with sound, computation, digital media, language, and science. He has lived in California, Indiana, and now Sài Gòn. He’s informed by experience working as a statistician; he’s guided by a respect for interiority, aesthetic pleasure, and just trying to do good in the world.