(from the press release)
Gallery.sg is a virtual gallery built on a multi-player gaming platform, where visitors are able to interact with each other on the site in real time, regardless of their locations in the world. The project is not meant to replace the physical experience of visiting a gallery but instead to become a strong supplemental part of gallery outreach efforts.
With support from the National Arts Council, the gallery’s “doors” will officially open on 19 April, 7pm (GMT +8) on www.gallery.sg. It will feature 15 artists from the Web Art Movement Singapore in its inaugural show, The Web Art Show.
“This is essentially an experiment but one with endless possibilities for the future. There are many ways in which state museums, commercial galleries, not-for-profits, artists, and industry professionals could possibly use this platform. Not in the least to reduce the cost of logistics and travel but also to extend their reach to audiences who may not be able to physically attend exhibitions for economic reasons, health concerns, or even weather conditions.” – Eugene Soh, Web Art Movement founder.
About the Web Art Movement
The Web Art Movement is a project started in January last year by Eugene where 56 one-worded .sg domains were acquired and made available free of charge on webart.sg. Artists world-wide are able to adopt them and exercise their creativity with them for a year. The domains available comprise short words such as Good.sg and wet.sg, and the occasional colloquial Singaporean English or Singlish words such as Lah.sg. One would expect these domains to have been snapped up long ago but to Eugene’s surprise, they were still available for purchase, showing how young the Internet really is.
About Eugene Soh
Eugene, also known as dude.sg, graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2013. Upon his graduation, he held his first solo art exhibition, “Dude’s Show: Musings and Meditations on his Reality” in Singapore, where his photography and interactive installation work were showcased. The show was sponsored by OCBC Bank, one of the major banks in Singapore. Eugene uses his technological expertise to manipulate various forms of digital art and is constantly aspiring towards new ways to push technology for art. His distinct conversationalist style allows him to engage his audience with humor and grace. Eugene Soh is represented by Chan Hampe Galleries and acknowledges their valuable advice in preparation for this project.
To visit the gallery, go to www.gallery.sg to download the entire gallery or visit it on your web browser. Once connected, use the mouse and keyboard to navigate, explore and chat.