Sunday, November 09, 2008

Singapore Biennale 2008: South Beach Development

Biennale 2008 at South Beach Development.

Fei zao; installation by Tamburella, Paolo W. "Paolo Tamburella has shaped and moulded 12,000 bars of soap into a landscape as backdrop for a solitary figure, washing himself..."

Address; by Aquilizan, Alfredo Juan and Gaudinez-Aquilizan, Maria Isabel. "...Address comprises personal objects amounting to what can be contained in 140 boxes installed as walls that make up a small room."

Drill Hall; installation by Varini Felice. "...He creates lines and shapes that are coherently visible from only a single point of view. What is extraordinary about each of these works is that from the designated point of view, the lines and shapes appear as flat, two-dimensional drawing or paintings that apparently 'hover' in front of the space. As one travels into or about the space, one begins to be 'engulfed' by the fragmentary nature of the line or shape..."

Private Moon; photographs by Tishkov, Leonid. "...The images vary from having the moon on the roof of a building in Moscow, to another being carried on the man's back, even sleeping beside him covered with a blanket..."

"Private Moon is a visual poem about a moon that has descended from the sky and lives a peaceful existence with a man, perhaps Tishkov himself..."

The Dancer; installation by Tan, Truong. "...The body is broken down and the work, to an absurd degree, reflects the effects of physical destruction and deterioration of the body; and with it the human psyche."

Untitled (D Series); photography by Al-Ghoussein, Tarek Talat. " The question of one's identity is a theme that has been the subject of the artist's works for the past few years. He has been concerned with barriers, land, longing and belonging..."

The Farmers and the Helicopters; three channel video installation by Le Dinh Q, Tran Quoc Hai and Le Van Danh, made in collaboration with Ha Thuc Phu Nam and Tuan Andrew Nguyen. "...the Vietnamese memories of war, and clips taken from blockbuster films that mythologise the event..."

Home-made full-sized helicopter, by Le Dinh Q, Tran Quoc Hai and Le Van Danh. "...Build from scratch by Le Van Danh and Tran Quoc Hai, this working helicopter is accompanied by a video by Dinh Q Le that documents its creators efforts..."

The Tuning Fork of the Mind; by Rao, Shubigi. The artist says: "I want to emphasise that the work is not an institutional critique per se, but more a homage of sorts to my innate enjoyment of the archive, museum, the futile endeavour and the gentle shifting of what appears to be solid ground."

Terrible Landscapes, photography by Cobangbang, Lena. " Cobangbang recreates newspaper photographs of disasters into detailed maquettes using leftover food..."

Distorted Reality (Earth to Earth); video installation by Samra, Faisal. "The work is a video of a hold projected onto sand. The sky appears at the bottom of the hole, and at the end of the video, one finds a person looking up from the bottom of this projected pit..."

Swing; sculpture by Tse, Su-Mei. "Swing is an empty seat drawn out in neon lines, an object that is barely there, as it sways silently...It reminds the viewer of the flow of time and memories of the past."

I looked as if I got a dark spell over me. Hahaha...

By the way, this is Impossibility of the Superstring Theory; drawing installation by Yang, Joshua. "...How much space can a single line occupy? The act of placing a flat drawing pratice within three-dimensional space releases it from being a durational piece to the process' actualisation and simulaltaneous futility..."

It's me following the drawing lines to the dark world.

'Til the next time.


jerine said...

the swing is so eerie...

but the dancer gave me some inspiration. i'll work on my moleskine and show you soon

Anonymous said...

Hey just happened to stumble upon your blog, saw the photo on Fei Zao by Paolo. I didn't even know what was the title of the work. Actually Paolo wanted to build a small cement wall around the soap but unfortunately it rained. Sure brings back a lot of old memories of installing that artwork. Cheers !