Creative Destruction at the Peranakan Museum

(from the press release)

In conjunction with the museum’s first contemporary installation, Luminous Depths, by the international artist Lee Mingwei, the Peranakan Museum presents a multi-faceted campaign titled Creative Destruction, which will feature three prominent Singapore musicians creating brand new works and then performing live, along with public interaction through a music production competition.

Besides exploring the idea of collecting, Luminous Depths also raises questions about connoisseurship, memory, and rebirth. The artist invites visitors to participate in his work in a unique way, inspiring them to think about objects and memories, and how both are preserved. A key element of participation is the act of tossing out and breaking a ceramic work of art created by the artist; this act symbolically (and concretely) contributes to new art.

Creative Destruction mirrors this aspect of the installation, paying tribute to the phoenix rising out of the ashes, the creation of the new out of the broken. Each of the sounds created by the breaking of the five different ceramic designs were recorded, and along with Schubert’s lied “Nacht und Träume”, are presented as samples for the public to use in creating their own original musical piece.

To show how it is done, prominent Singapore musicians – Dharma and Bani Haykal of The Observatory, Kiat from audio-visual collective Syndicate, and AION, a brand new group comprising Nick Chan (MUON), Syairazi (Monster Cat) and Vijay Singh (aka SWTLKR) – have been invited to create the first tracks for Creative Destruction; they are all bound by the rules of the competition. Each track must be at least two minutes long, and must use at least one of the six samples provided. Samples may be sonically altered however contestants wish. Each of the three Singapore artists will perform their original composition, along with a selection of their own works, at a special presentation during Night Festival 2013 at the Peranakan Museum.

Online media will play a particularly important role in Creative Destruction. The campaign “HQ” will be hosted on a micro-site. Information about the commissioned artists, the competition, and the campaign will be stored on the site until October. In addition, the Peranakan Museum has partnered with Deezer – an online streaming service with 10 million users worldwide. For the duration of the campaign, Creative Destruction will have its own online radio station on Deezer, along with a featured artist banner space on its home page as the commissioned tracks are released.

Submissions for the music production competition will be uploaded to the Creative Destruction micro site. The public can log onto the site to vote for a maximum of three entries daily. The 10 submissions with the highest number of votes will be presented in a special listening party on Friday, 13 September, at the Peranakan Museum. The winner, chosen by the artist Lee Mingwei, will be announced that night.

Until then head over to and check out the first commissioned track titled ‘Diminishing Heliographs’ by Dharma and Bani Haykal of The Observatory.

Plug these dates:

Creative Destruction Entry Submissions:
29 July to 8 September
Follow the link for details:

Creative Destruction at Night Festival 2013
Friday 30 August and Saturday 31 August, 8pm onwards at the Peranakan Museum

After Hours at the Peranakan Museum: Creative Destruction
Friday 13 September 2013, 7.30pm at the Peranakan Museum



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