For Open Call 2010, The Substation has selected \\: The Singapore River as a Psychogeographical Faultline by Debbie Ding to be presented at The Substation Gallery from 2 to 26 September.
About her art proposal, Debbie Ding explains that she has “always been interested in maps and urban spaces.” “Through this exhibition, I hope to explore the Singapore River as a ‘psychogeographical faultline’ where reality, memories and imagined spaces interact, merge, or drift apart.” Psychogeography is the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment on the emotions and behaviour of individuals.
The exhibition includes a map installation, generated by algorithms, that will help the audience to understand and make sense of the significance of the river, increase awareness of local geography, as well as highlight the importance of maps as a tool for the production of meaning. In addition there will be 20 to 40 small hand drawn maps depicting various people’s perspectives of Singapore.
The audience will also be invited to take part in an interactive exercise during the exhibition, where they can mark a map of the Singapore River with both real and fictional landmarks, stories, and memories, creating, in turn, their own mythology for the river.
After graduating with a B.A (Hons) in English Literature in 2007, Debbie Ding worked as a copywriter and researcher while involving herself with a wide range of artistic projects in the areas of illustration, graphic design and theatre. Her current interests include creative design, writing and the technicalities behind interactive design.
\\: The Singapore River as a Psychogeographical Faultline is Debbie Ding’s first solo exhibition.