About




I am a documentary maker, artist and writer with a background in creating intimate dialogues and storytelling across sound, film and texts. My work explores the interplay between personal and collective narratives and the responsibility of listening. I am interested in language making and its relationship with the body and lineages. I am based in Melbourne on unceded Wurundjeri Country.

I have worked as a freelancer in editorial, producer, and educator roles for podcasts, films, arts and community projects such as the Emerging Writers Festival, The Moth Live (NYC), Dramageddon x Melbourne Writers Festival, 3CR Community Radio, Empathy Museum x Arts Centre Melbourne, Writers Victoria, SIGNAL and the Women’s Center for Creative Work (LA).

In 2019-2020 I was a Collaborative Studio Fellow at UnionDocs (NYC) and was the Editor for the short documentary, flutters through skin. In 2021, I was the Editor or disorganising, a project between Bus Projects, West Space and Liquid Architecture, where I edited the award-winning disorganising Workbook.

Currently I am working as a Producer for Fly in Power – a film documentary following the Asian immigrant massage parlour worker community who are criminalized in NYC.

︎ xennhai [at] gmail [dot] com



Sound


  • composition of soil – a meditation – K(NOT) – Arts Gen – 2022
  • visiting rites, I take off my shoes before I enter – Mclelland Gallery x Liquid Architecture sound commission – 2021
  • Dramageddon x Melbourne Writers Festival Special – Podcast Producer – 2020
  • Thalweg – Sound Designer – Trail of Lights Festival – 2019
  • When Love Wins podcast – Podcast Producer – Switchboard – 2019
  • 2222 – Audio Producer – Emerging Writers Festival x State Library Victoria – 2019
  • A Mile in My Shoes –  Amy’s Story – Empathy Museum x Arts Centre Melbourne pop-up installation – 2019
  • Border Stories – Podcast Producer – Writers Victoria and VALiD –2018
  • The Digital Writers Festival Podcast – 2017
  • 27 – KCRW's Radio Race – Producer – 2018
  • Remotely Intimate – CBAA Documentary Series – 2016
  • ReachOut Australia's Real Stories: Abusive Relationships – Script Writer and Researcher – 2015
  • We Weren't Born Yesterday – Producer + Project Coordinator – 2015
  • Women on the Line – Producer + Host – 3CR Community Radio – 2018-2019
  • Queering the Air – Producer + Host –  3CR Community Radio – 2013-2018

Films


  • Malamadre – Sound Recordist – Dir. Liang Luscombe – in production
  • In Living Memory – Supervising Sound Editor – Dir. Quyên Nguyen-Le – 2022
  • Fly in Power – Producer – Red Canary Song – in production – 2022
  • flutters through skin – Editor + Sound Designer – Dir. Nundrisha Wahkloo – 2020

Writing


  • thương – Sanctuary – Liminal Magazine – 2022
  • A Dedication to Lisa Bellear – Part Two – Liminal Magazine – 2020
  • How does a journey start? – collaborative text with H.Mur – FCAC Writes – 2020
  • Correspondence: Thanh Hằng Phạm + Jeannine Ventura – New Life Quarterly, Issue 4 – 2018
  • Holding the Lens onto Myself – Peril Magazine – 2016

Zines


  • mình vol.i (2014) + vol.ii (2016)
  • speaking bitterness – self published – 2017
  • chị và em – self published - 2014
  • Spectra – 2015
  • Queer Lunar New Year Zines – Editor – Red Pocket Press – 2019 - present 

Editorial


  • disorganising Workbook and website – Editor – Liquid Architecture, Bus Projects and West Space – 2020
  • Red Pocket Press – Editor and Founder – 2018 - present

Workshops


  • Signal Summer presents Sound + Spoken Word workshop with  Xen Nhà and Thabani Tshuma – 2022
  • Regenerate: Paper collaging + Gratitude Altar for Year of the Ox – Red Pocket Press x AAA – Makers Window – 2021
  • Art Agititators Podcast Workshop – Bunjil Place – 2019
  • The Things We Did Next Podcast Creative Development Workshop – Audiocraft – 2019
  • Yummy ngon quá 好吃 – a Red Pocket Press zine workshop – RMIT Pride Week – 2019
  • 'Shh, we're podcasting' – SIGNAL Arts –2018
  • Sound Bodies: A workshop on the power and practice of radio – Women's Center for Creative Work – 2018
  • Writing and Creating Sound Collages – Women's Center for Creative Work – 2017

Appearances


  • Independent Publisher Panel with Beatrix Pang + Xen Nhà – Asia Art Archive – 2020
  • Liminal Magazine – 2016

Study


  • Film Futura Student – No Evil Eye Cinema – 2021
  • Collaborative Studio Fellow – UnionDocs – 2019/2020
  • Air Media Full Spectrum Fellow – 2018