Event Highlight! On Sonic Art

Intergenerational bonding is a rising social issue in Singapore today because of the lack of communication and age segregation between the different generations. Hence, people see the importance to further boost the amicable relationships between the different generations. There are efforts in the society to forge intergenerational bonding, but there is one event that hopes to address it by using sound – an unconventional medium – to improve interpersonal relationships and to connect memories of different generations as one.

(from the press release)

On Sonic Art is a live sound art performance that takes a less familiar art form and introduces it to a wider audience. Through this performance, Singaporean sound artists Hector Lee (26), Charlene Looi (30) and Jon He (27) aim to challenge the audience to look at everyday sounds and art in a different way by presenting them with new ideas.

The performance will be conceptualized through online audio submissions that are contributed by the public through an open call, utilizing new media technology and social networking platforms to engage the public. The sounds that they submit can be an intimate sound such as the voice of a parent singing a lullaby or popularized sounds such as the polyphonic ringtone of an old Nokia mobile phone.

Through this showcase, On Sonic Art seeks to create a collection of sounds that define each individual in Singapore and what sounds mean to them. The live performance will present a hybrid installation that features a multi-channel surround sound system that organizes and spatialize the contributed recordings.

The performance will be followed by a post show talk with the artists, where they will shed light on their thought processes when they were creating the works. The session is also aimed at educating the public about sound art and letting them have an intimate experience with a unique art form.

On Sonic Art is part of the i-AM 2013 Festival and will take place on March 2 at the Play Den (The Arts House) from 8pm to 9.30pm. Click here to book your ticket.

British Council launches Singapore Musicity

Launching today in conjunction with Archifest is Singapore Musicity, a programme of curated music that sits at the intersection of sound, architecture and experience. Musicity is an ongoing, city-by-city project by The British Council which brings a new dimension to architecture though the experience of music.

After six months of production, two UK recording artists and seven of Singapore’s homegrown recording artists have completed original tracks inspired by some of the city’s most iconic locations. Each track is inspired by its corresponding location’s famed history and artistic value.

The recording artists and their corresponding locations are: sonicbrat – Gardens by the Bay; Jason Tan (Octover) – The ArtScience Museum; KOFLOW – School Of The Arts; I Am David Sparkle – Asian Civilisations Museum; Muon – The Esplanade; The Analog Girl – Hong San See; Cosa Nostra – Singapore Art Museum.

As part of this international music exchange, two acclaimed UK recording artists worked with two Singaporean artists to produce special collaborative tracks – English songstress Mara Carlyle, known for her melodic tunes with critically acclaimed albums, “The Lovely” and “Floreat” worked with sonicbrat to produce a track for Gardens by the Bay; while UK music producer and musician Jon Hopkins, nominated for the Ivor Novello Awards and the Mercury Prize, and Jason Tan (Octover) composed a piece for the ArtScience Museum.

All tracks will be available through the Musicity mobile site. For more information about the project, please visit the site or the Facebook page



Spotted! Aisya Rila

Aisya Rila is a year four Visual Communication student at Nanyang Technological University, Art, Design & Media. With a diploma in Film, Sound and video, her interests include a mixture of media and design. “I love video editing to the core, and I wish to explore into multi-disciplinary art using interactivity as a tool of communication.”

HI:SS (Hearing Images, Seeing Sounds is a real-time audio-visual installation exploring the expression of musical structures and translates them into compelling visuals. “This is my graduation project, and it aims to encourage the viewers to consider the possibility of composing with visual aesthetic rather than the customary aural one. By combining visual and musical thinking through aesthetics and tools of generative art, new improbable relationships are explored and possibilities are opened for variable audiovisual collective experiences.”


Exhib: The Hall of Mirrors by Bruce Quek

Opening today at The Substation Gallery is the Visual Art Open Call 2011 exhibition, an annual showcase initiated by The Substation in 2008 to support strongly artistic, critical and rigorous visual arts proposals. This year’s winning proposal is ‘The Hall of  Mirrors’, submitted by local artist Bruce Quek.

Bruce is a young artist who works with whatever seems appropriate at the time, often producing things which don’t seem to mean anything. This tendency might be traced to his training in sculpture at LASALLE, which often saw him scrounging for serendipitous pieces of scrap metal like some sort of deranged beachcomber.

The Hall of Mirrors is an installation that resembles an echo-chamber. Exploring the relationship between infrastructure and information flow, the project explores how conveyed information is often devoid of meaning and personal relevance. Situated in the gap between information and meaning, The Hall of Mirrors constantly changes and highlights the inexorable nature of time and the unpredictability of the environment. The installation uses publicly available and socially relevant statistics. The occurrence and reoccurrence of these statistics, measured in seconds and in minutes, are synchronised to clocks that constantly alert the viewers of their frequency and reality. The installation aggregates this information and ‘humanises’ these statistics by letting viewers experience them on a personal and individual level. Offering ample opportunity for reflection and self-examination, the work also asks the audience to consider the implications of the ways in which information is packaged and presented.

The Hall of Mirrors runs through 30 September at The Substation Gallery. Admission is Free.

Spotted! Dhiya Muhammad

Dhiya Muhammad is a BA (Hons) Design Communication student from LASALLE,  specializing in Graphic communication.

Pictured is a detail from Dhiya’s GNRTV project which was showcased at the LASALLE grad show, and is well worth a look. “It is an extension of my BA thesis project titled AVI -Audio’s Visual Identity”, Dhiya explains. “AVI explores the visual identity of sound and adapting it to push the methodologies in design. The project is research driven, the process is experimental influenced and the outcomes are process oriented. The approach of the project adapts chance explorations and the process happens in a trial-and-error and a back-and-forth way. It’s an adventure between the hands and the brain that is both systematic and intuitive, and cannot be generalized. GNRTV translates as “GENERATIVE”. In this extension of AVI, generative, automated and computational methodologies such as data-bending, programming and electronics are adapted to produce works driven by sound that analyzes a certain sounds’ data and representing it in its naturally reasonable and logical forms.”

Hit the link for more information about Dhiya’s project.

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