Singapore Artists Exhibit in Amsterdam

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The Overview Installation in Amsterdam (Kulter)
CCTV goggles on the left and Lizard goggles on the right
CCTV goggles on the left and Lizard goggles on the right

Just came back from exhibiting in Amsterdam at A-Lab with three other amazing artists, Jacquelyn Soo, Marc Nair and Zul Mahmod. It was a two day exhibition (9th, 10th October) and I had so much fun watching people tackle my maze with my live CCTV goggles on. 

I made a video of my installation. The installation is now known as CCTV goggles; decided to name it what people are already calling it. 

This show was an eye opener for me because it took place in a city where marijuana has been legalized! There is weed everywhere! Viewers of my work were saying it was like being high on cannabis because of the out of body experience it was giving them. They went on to describe their trips and I listened inventively because I never smoked weed before.

Singapore has this law that bans us from trying weed even outside of Singapore (yes, even in Amsterdam). Damn it Singapore….  I guess my CCTV goggles would be the Singaporean way to get high lol

I also brought my lizard goggles there. I reserved it for those who proved themselves worthy in the maze. There were people who adapted really quickly and breezed pass the maze and there were a rare few who got stuck and gave up. 

Huge thanks to Stephane Blokhuis for helping us put the show together in Amsterdam – she got busy early this year sourcing for venues in Amsterdam while the rest of us were looking for funding. Speaking of which – thank you National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and generous Indiegogo backers for supporting us!

Photos taken during the show with my phone (Sony Xperia Z1)

Press Release written by Stéphane Blokhuis:

Private Citizens – A Singapore Showcase
Friday 9 and Saturday 10 October 2015 – 19.30 – 21.30

Ten days ago Private Citizens – Singapore Showcase took place at A-Lab Amsterdam an initiative from Singapore Contemporary Young Artists (SCYA), Blokhuis Productions and generously supported by National Arts Council, Singapore International Foundation, Kulter and Beamsystems.

With a total of 88 visitors, the Showcase programme facilitated a dialogue between visitors, artists and the artworks. Through the disciplines – sound, word, performance and technology – interaction and reflection on one’s private space were at the core of this two-day event.

What privacy means for individuals living in progressively changing urban environments was successfully questioned by technological applications developed by Eugene Soh and Jacquelyn Soo. A spoken word performance and customised poems by Marc Nair gave the audience more insight in Singaporean society. Zul Mahmod’s soundscape ‘Imaginary City’ generated diverging reactions from the audience on their experience of sound and their anonymity in urban areas in reaction of visitor Friso Gouwetor on the work of Eugene Soh and the evening itself: ‘’The adequate use of technology made the visitor aware of their private space, while looking at themselves from a 3rd person perspective. The set up of the evening made us interact very naturally with the artists and the artworks’’. Gouwetor is teacher Performative Design at the faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology.

Monday 19 October 2015

The unique combination of disciplines strengthened the concept of ‘Private Citizens’, which resulted in creating awareness amongst the visitors on how we personally define our private space and identify with it.

More positive reactions on the Facebook Event page and the Instagram feed:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1492278971070398/
https://www.facebook.com/SingaporeContemporaryYoungArtists/app_267091300008193

Funders: National Arts Council (NAC) Singapore and Singapore International Foundation (SIF)
Supporting partners: Kulter/A-Lab, Singapore Contemporary Young Artists (SCYA), Blokhuis Productions and Beamsystems. Info & contact: Stéphane Blokhuis: stephane.blokhuis@gmail.com | NL: +31-614735325