In 2020, visual art exhibitions at Esplanade will explore the narratives, affinities and experiences that connect us, investigating how evolving states of proximity and relatedness impact the individual and surrounding communities. In the first quarter, discover works by Sai (a.k.a. Chen Sai Hua Kuan); crotchet artist kllylmrck; The Migrant Ecologies Project, comprising Zachary Chan, Lucy Davis, Kee Ya Ting and Zai Tang; and Amanda Heng, whose exhibition is commissioned by the Singapore Biennale 2019 with the support of Esplanade. By surfacing untold stories and reflecting on shared experiences of negotiating our sense of belonging and human agency, the works invite a deeper and more critical engagement with the world we inhabit.
Friday, 15 November 2019 – Sunday, 5 Apr 2020 | Esplanade Singapore
Every Step Counts
22 Nov 2019 – 22 Mar 2020 | All Day | Esplanade Tunnel Free Admission
Amanda Heng invites participation and intimate conversations in her performative works. She harnesses everyday situations to explore issues like the complexities of labour or the politics of gender. For her project in this Singapore Biennale, Heng revisits her Let’s Walk series, first performed in 1999. Drawing upon the act of walking, the artist moves forward, looks back, turns inward and ventures outward with others. In this piece, she returns to the seminal scene of the walk and facilitates workshops with people who chart their own routes of walking, and with whom she walks. In doing so, Heng generates reflections and perspectives, navigating the limits and stamina of the ageing body.
Sound like 20
15 Nov 2019 – 5 Apr 2020 | All day | Esplanade Concourse | Free Admission
This interactive sound installation* offers an alternative conceptualisation of space and presents the notion of the human voice as an artistic medium. Referencing the architectural disposition of the Esplanade Concourse, this work is both a drawing of the site and a sound diverting device. The lines of the pipes explore the idea of mark-making, where a line functions to add, divide and define a space. The pipes are conduits for the human voice, which literally and metaphorically adds to the form of the installation. As the viewer speaks into the pipes*, his/her voice traces the contours of the space as it travels through the installation. Suspended above the site from which it derives its form, Sound Like 20 becomes an alternate realm for us to engage and invites viewers to reflect on the role of the audience in creating meaning in an artwork.
Railtrack Songmaps Roosting Post 2
Friday - Sunday, 17 Jan – 5 Apr 2020 | Jendela (Visual Arts Space)
Mon – Fri: 11am – 8.30pm | Sat & Sun: 10am – 8.30pm | Free Admission
Railtrack Songmaps Roosting Post 2 is the latest iteration of an ongoing, collaborative media, sound and visual engagement with a contested “nature-culture” zone along the former Malaysian railway tracks at Tanglin Halt. The Migrant Ecologies Project forges a pathway through this troubled nexus of urban life, exploring existing relations between humans and birds along the tracks. Their research, compiled over years of listening to birds and developing conversations with various humans, reveals a rich seam of interspecies communications, projections, memories and song.
Home Kitsch Home
17 Jan – 5 Apr 2020 | Friday – Sunday | All Day | Community Wall, Level 3 | Free Admission
Unfolding across the Esplanade Community Wall, kllylmrck delves into our understanding of how objects are evocative of the notion of home. Adorned in crochet, a hodgepodge of objects—comprising pre-loved furniture and everyday household goods such as fly-swatters—are embellished and assembled with scavenged items. While this act of artistic intervention humorously draws attention to these seemingly mundane items in our homes, the work also delves into knitting and crocheting as private spaces for reflection. Home Kitsch Home endeavours to capture the idiosyncratic nature of the objects we keep as emotional companions.