It is great news to know that Ho Tzu Nyen, one of the top artists of Singapore, will be bringing his Venice Biennale (2011) piece to the Singapore Night Festival 2014. Anyone who has seen the film component of the work alone would be intrigued, perplexed, bewildered or all of the above at the end of the 20 plus minutes of its duration. To top it up, you are also getting the real-time experience of immersing in the smoke and lighting which seems to spill out from the video.
However, the coming event at SAM is no mere replication of what the international audiences had gone through in Venice in 2011. In fact, the Venetian staging of the work might be a tad less interactive and less sensorily-engaging then this coming Friday and Saturday. For the Night Festival, the Chapel in Singapore Art Museum not only will host the screening of the video with the accompanying smoke and lighting, two esteemed and acclaimed musicians/artists will be performing live to the work real-time. They are Bani Haykal and Randolf Arriola. Haykal was one of the main members of renowned local post/avant rock group, B Quartet and just recently he was a member of another critically acclaimed Singapore avant rock group, The Observatory. Arriola on the other hand can be considered as Singapore's very own Frippertronics expert and loop-based composer in the veins of a varied but aesthetically convergent international artists and musicians like Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, Terry Riley and etc. Given Ho's penchant for close collaboration with musicians in many of his works, this should be another slice of mind-boggling trip.
Venue: Chapel, Singapore Art Museum
Date: 29 and 30 August, 2014
Time: 9:30pm and 10:45pm
More details on the event and the other Night Festival items, see Singapore Night Festival 2014.