Sights and Sounds: Singapore

When 29 Sep 2014 - 30 Oct 2014
Where The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128
United States
Enquiry (212) 423-3299

New work by Ho Tzu Nyen, Chulyarnnon Siriphol, Mahardika Yudha, and Charles Lim, selected by Patrick D. Flores.

Although I was invited to curate a selection of films and videos from Singapore, I found the constraint of national boundaries too restrictive. In Southeast Asia the connections and relationships among countries and cultural traditions are complex. To reflect this, I have selected works from Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.

These relationships are not always direct, but delicate, tangential: moments of near contact or close encounter. Films and videos from these three countries yield coordinates that structure the themes of origin and repetition, layer and flow, hierarchy and horizon. They take us to moments of epiphany and memory, charged with frenetic energy and yet contemplative, too.

A turning point in film and video in Southeast Asia occurred at the end of the Cold War:  the moving image emerged as a medium for the rechanneling of a range of expressive forms (oral, visual, literary) in authoritarian political environments. Its animating impulse is less conceptual reflexivity than social urgency.

These artists offer means of reflecting on Southeast Asia, alluding to psychogeography, genealogies of conflict, and the basis of the creative drive in situations of discipline, defiance, confrontation, and self-consciousness. They reveal a keen interest in the poetics and politics of place and initiate us into the dense historical lifeworld of the region.

Patrick D. Flores

Patrick D. Flores (b. Iloilo City, 1969) is curator of the Vargas Museum in Manila and professor of art studies at the University of the Philippines, where he was department chair from 1997 to 2003. He is adjunct curator at the National Art Gallery, Singapore.

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