The humble recorder takes pride of place in artist Song-Ming Ang's whimsical Venice Biennale exhibition. The show was first presented at the prestigious international art festival last year and can now be viewed at the National Museum of Singapore.
Curated by Michelle Ho, it explores notions of amateurism and agency and alludes to a series of concerts by Singapore's then-Ministry of Culture which ran in the 1970s and 1980s.
The anchor piece, Recorder Rewrite, is a three-channel film featuring primary school children playing music of their own device on recorders in different parts of the Singapore Conference Hall.
The show in Singapore, which also features fabric banners, music manuscripts and recorder sculptures, has three additional physical works which are being shown together for the first time.
One of them is You and I (2012-2018), featuring a playlist and handwritten letters Ang had received from friends, colleagues and strangers between 2009 and 2018. During this period, he invited people to send him a letter and in return, he mailed them a personalised mixtape CD.
Other events include exhibition tours as well as a performative lecture by Ang.
He says: "This is an exhibition that is truly collaborative in spirit and extensive in scope, and we have expanded the presentation to include even more elements of national history as well as my own artistic output throughout the years."
WHERE: National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery, basement level
WHEN: Till Nov 8, 10am to 7pm daily (last admission at 6.30pm)
In this experimental online series by SAtheCollective, a dozen performers - from singer-songwriter Inch Chua to multi-disciplinary artist Rizman Putra - worked in groups of three remotely, filming themselves in isolation before having thefootage woven together.
Frame Dragging consists of four episodes - each with a trio of performers - that will be launched on YouTube over four days. The title is a nod to Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity and refers to how they are "bending space and time to come together", says producer Andy Chia, who is also the group's artistic director.
WHERE: SAtheCollective's YouTube channel
WHEN: Oct 28 to 31, 8pm (one episode a day). Each episode runs for 20 to 30 minutes.