Delve into Singapore’s sound art scene with four of its cutting-edge artists Planeswalker, Zul Mahmod, weish of .gif and Marc Gabriel Loh. This series, which was held in December as part of SIFAv2.020, explores the ever-mutable soundscapes these artists can create, through technical wizardry, unconventional performing techniques or organic instrument building.
Did you want more sleep?
by weish x Marc Gabriel Loh
5- 12 June 2021
Did you want more sleep? marries sound and visuals with text to present a fun, unexpected take on live performance broadcasts. Presenting brand new songs inspired by weish’s complicated relationship with sleep, the set takes the audience through a journey by turns manic and tender, funny and horrific. Directed and designed by Marc Gabriel Loh and produced by Very Crafty Films, the piece interrogates our relationship with our subconscious and with reality.
weish is a versatile artist whose work spans diverse genres, from her signature live looping solo performances to haunting trip-hop with .gif, and the more progressive and experimental sub:shaman. Her work has taken her around the globe –– from Sundance Film Festival in Utah to the Golden Melody Awards in Taipei. She has also been active as a multidisciplinary artist, collaborating with poets, filmmakers, theatre groups and visual artists to make new, boundary-pushing work.
About Marc Gabriel Loh
Singapore based artist and designer Marc Gabriel Loh trained in fine arts and got his start working in the local independent music scene in 2013. He honed his musical sensibilities creating album artwork, packaging and marketing collateral for artists such as .gif, Pleasantry and sub:shaman. In recent years his work has evolved to encompass performance, designing live visuals and lighting for the stage as well as art directing music videos.
5- 12 June 2021
A sonic-visual performance that explores micro and macro realities, Entity presents glimpses that mirror the instabilities of our times. Be immersed in a landscape of virtual symbols as the performance invites audiences into a temporal and hallucinatory environment.
With a curiosity for blending recorded and synthesised sound, Planeswalker is an experienced electronic producer and sound artist. Eclectic and ambitious, his artistic project combines sound, art, design and performance – making up explorative live sets that are highly immersive and emotive for the audience.
Planeswalker is the second project by Mervin Wong. Originally trained in classical music, his current electronic venture mixes these instruments (viola, electric violin, recorded sounds) to form an uncanny, stirring and dramatic style. Prior to the Planeswalker debut, the artist has performed at Esplanade (Singapore), ArtScience Museum (Singapore), KLEX (Kuala Lumpur), Reykjavík (Iceland), Busan (South Korea), Sienna (Italy), Natal (Brazil).
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Of Nature and Technology
5- 12 June 2021
First presented in Thailand, Of Nature and Technology works with discarded old tree branches and electronic circuits to create intriguing sound sculptures. Join Artist Zul Mahmod as he re-creates and performs some of these sound sculptures using driftwoods found in Singapore.
Works from Of Nature and Technology are currently on exhibition at Strange Forms of Life at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. For more information, visit www.stpi.com.sg/exhibitions/strange-forms-of-life/
About Zul Mahmod
Zulkifle Mahmod (ZUL) is one of Singapore’s leading sound artists and has been at the forefront of a generation of sound-media artists in Singapore’s contemporary art development. ZUL has cut a reputation for integrating 3-D forms with ‘sound constructions’ and ‘soundscapes’, often crossing genres and collaborating with other artists.
ZUL represented Singapore with a Sound Art Performance at the Ogaki Biennale in 2006, and was Singapore’s first sound artist with a full-on sound sculpture at the Singapore Pavilion of the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007. ZUL has exhibited in Singapore, Thailand, Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, Moscow, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Norway and Finland. He was part of a creative talents traveling showcase in Beijing, London, New York and Singapore for Singapore Inside Out. His notable initiatives include an industrial-sound inspired soundtrack in conjunction with an Antoni Tapies exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum and winning Singapore Straits Time Life! Theatre Award 2010 for Best Sound Design (RPM by Kafai/Theatreworks).
Click here to find out more about Zul Mahmod.