SINGAPORE – Omnipresent but often overlooked, paper acts as a medium through which ideas are conveyed.
A new exhibition, Superfluous Things: Paper, seeks to examine whether the unassuming material is still relevant in an increasingly digital world.
The exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) in the Tanjong Pagar Distripark explores the creative manipulation of paper through five installations by six artists.
Dr. Lim Chye Hong, who leads the exhibition’s curatorial team, says the works invite visitors to look at the paper “with fresh eyes”.
She gives the example of artist Nabilah Said’s work 100ish Meaningless Statements, a collection of a hundred sentences that reinvents the role of paper in people’s lives.
“Excess things spark curiosity and exploration through play,” adds Dr. Lim.
There is also an activity corner, where visitors can assemble their own paper sculpture. The activity follows Cheryl Teo’s installation – Just A Little At A Time – which features intricate paper sculptures about as big as a matchbox.
Superfluous Things: Paper is one of the exhibits that SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark will host. It started on May 28 and will run until August 14.
Another exhibition, from June 3 to September 4, is Lonely Vectors, which focuses on the flow of bodies and labor that characterizes our world.
The facilities are inspired by Tanjong Pagar Distripark’s proximity to the port. One such work is H For Humidity, by Singaporean contemporary artist Ho Tzu Nyen, 46. Drawing inspiration from the intense rainfall and humidity in Southeast Asia, the works are also inspired by water cycles and hydraulic infrastructure.
“When we think of infrastructure, it’s so big we don’t see it. But we live and operate in it, and it shapes the way we live and feel.”
His virtual reality installation allows visitors to transform into states of liquid and gas and ask themselves, “What does it mean to us to be like water?” »
“Through art, I want to create a situation that can give the audience the maximum opportunity to feel, imagine, and experience,” Ho adds.
Another piece is Loading/Unloading, a performance by dance collective P7:1SMA that explores the theme of work. Performers rhythmically interact with pieces of metal, showcasing the invisible work behind the structures around us.