December 2, 2022

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New Singapore exhibitions on art in the age of technology

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SINGAPORE – From reducing it to fit on mobile devices to turning it into an immersive experience, technology is changing the way art looks in a slew of new home-grown exhibitions.

For its latest show – Rooting For Change: Artistic Responses To Climate Change And Sustainability – National Museum Singapore (NMS), together with Maybank Foundation, commissioned immersive video works by three artists – Ong Wei Ting, Robert Zhao and artist collective Dassad, which comprises Singaporeans Woong Soak Teng, Adar Ng and Dave Lim.

NMS curator Priscilla Chua, 40, says: “We are constantly exploring new ways of engaging with and presenting our collections, and a big part of that is through the use of technology and multimedia.”

The theme for the exhibition, which opened on April 20 and runs till July 31, is climate change and sustainability.

Dassad’s experimental video, Indefinite Waters, depicts the rising sea slowly engulfing devices such as television and radio sets and computers, inspired by the museum’s telecommunications collection. The video is screened on a 7m by 4.5m LED wall.

In a statement, the collective says the work “demonstrates the paradoxical relationship that humans have with the urgency of our climate futures”.

Technology has also given other artists such as Lenne Chai, 30, and Shavonne Wong, 31, more autonomy.

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