Joo Choon Lin was unable to attend the artists’ talk on Saturday August 20th, but that morning she sent instead by text a description of her aims and the background to the work:
“I was trying to respond to the first version of the work..instead of printing representations of sea/water..this time I wanted to print water in a more symbolic way… almost like how ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphs or pictograms … abstract languages that are to be decoded … people have been searching for a higher resolution of images or hd or the clearer the better … to represent the ‘lifelike’ nature of reality..but i think the screaming coming from the mouth of the printer and the strikepin that creates an impact on the paper and those shaking..its unpredictable twist or sabotage of the image-making when hung upside down … is more ‘lifelike’ than a high resolution or hd … the cross symbols that appear everywhere in the works … showing how the characteristics of water will blink and shine when surrounded by any light source … the cross can also be seems as the cross used in exorcism as the printer is hung upside down … Objectifs used to be a church before it was converted into an art gallery.
The initial idea of wanting images of water/ resemblance of a waterfall as images are ubiquitous, are everywhere … a response to our mass culture … how easy it is to access images; and people can use them for own use and images are manipulated and compressed to a lower quality, e.g. into gif files..i like the idea of destroying copyright or ownership … people can use images freely like water.”
Shubigi Rao’s large-scale ink on paper works , combining text and image, deal with the codes of internet wired communication, and the way in which these codes flatten our differences, affiliating us to another.
Shubigi is both visual artist and writer. Her interests range across archaeology, neuroscience, 13th-15th century science, 17th-19th century scholarship and exploration, language, libraries, historical acts of cultural genocide, contemporary art theory and natural history.
She is currently Artist in Residence at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien,Berlin. She is returning to Singapore for Ghost on the Wire#2, and will be one of the artists talking about their work in the gallery on Saturday august 20, 2-3 PM.
We’re really happy to be presenting (at ‘Ghost on the Wire#2 at Objectifs, Singapore, August 18- Sep 4 2016) a major work by Emma Talbot, who is showing with us for the first time. Emma’s piece, a large painting on fringed silk, explores Entrances and Exits, and the thresholds of coming and going, waking and sleeping. As with much of her work, the content is presented as a series of scenes, rather like a kitchen-sink drama, and has an interplay between image and text.
Emma has shown internationally, and is represented by Domobaal, London and Petra Rinck Galerie, Dusseldorf. Her work is included in ‘Drawing People’ and ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’ (both pub. Thames and Hudson). Earlier this year she exhibited ‘Unravel these Knots’ at the Freud Museum, London, and was shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize.
The exhibition in Singapore is a development of the earlier show ‘Ghost on the Wire’, which was held at Bermondsey Project Space in London in 2014. Some of the works that will be seen at Objectifs were first shown in London, while others are either new meditations on previously explored themes, or are entirely new, in some cases having been made specifically for this show. We are also pleased to be able to include artists not exhibited at Bermondsey: Shubigi Rao (Singapore) and Emma Talbot (London). Below: some images from the Bermondsey show.
Eighteen artists from Singapore and the United Kingdom will be shown at Ghost on the Wire #2, curated by UK-based curatorial partnership, DEM Projects (Gavin Maughfling and Suzanne De Emmony). The show runs from 18 August to 4 September 2016 at the Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film in Singapore. It builds on DEM Projects’ earlier successful exhibition at the Bermondsey Project Space in London in 2014, and introduces many of the works first seen in London to Singapore, alongside new works created especially for the Singapore show, as well as pieces by artists not previously shown in Bermondsey.
The exhibition’s theme is mediated communication. The title borrows from philosopher Gilbert Ryle description of the mind as ‘the Ghost in the Machine.’ The ‘wire’ can be seen as channels of communication such as the human voice, a telephone cable, Skype, text, or email. The ‘ghost’ might take many forms: the misunderstanding of a word or a look, an error in translation, a technical glitch, interference in transmission, or the barriers created by time and loss. The exhibition look at ways in which communication through different channels aid and fail us, in addition to asking wider questions about the ways in which we communicate. It takes in a rich range of art forms, from sound to painting, from film to 3-D printing and from digital photography to kinetic sculpture and interactive installation.
The opening event will feature two performance works. The first, Still Lives by Daniel Kok, is a durational performance which looks at the precariousness of bodies when bound by rope, while the second, a dramatised reading by Tania de Rozario and Lynn Lu titled Fuse II, examines ideas of technology in relation to personal histories.
Participating artists: Emma Charles, Sarah Choo, Debbie Ding, Suzanne de Emmony, Camilla Greenwell, Daniel Kok, Joo Choon Lin, Lynn Lu, Gavin Maughfling, Luksch-Patel, Shubigi Rao, Anne Robinson, Tania De Rozario, Emma Talbot,Min-Wei Ting, Zai Tang
Opening event: Thursday 18 August 2016
7pm and through:Still Lives by Daniel Kok; 8pm: Fuse II by Tania de Rozario and Lynn Lu
Artist talk: Saturday 20 August 2016, 2pm to 3pm, moderated by Gavin Maughfling and Suzanne De Emmony
Exhibition Dates: 19 August – 4 September 2016
Venue: Objectifs, Centre for Photography and Film, 155 Middle Road Singapore 188977
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 7pm
Sunday, 12pm to 4pm, closed on Mondays and public holidays