An Hour @ The Museum: "There are too many episodes of people coming here..."

"There are too many episodes of people coming here..." [projects 2008-2014] is an exhibition on exhibitions - uniting artworks, artefacts and documentation from projects organised by the NUS Museum from 2008 to 2014. The result is a thought-provoking walk down memory lane, offering a glimpse of curatorial methods and processes, and exploring the meaning and purpose of artefacts.

OBJECTUM (reproduced in 2015)

By Ken Cheong

Photographs printed on paper, 42x30cm and 30x42cm

The artist, previously a curator at the former Singapore History Museum, recreates through photographs many of the heritage objects he collected and acquired for it. The series explores the ambiguity and exhibition value of objects within the settings of a museum.

SINGA KUDA (1997)

By Mohammad Din Mohammad

Mixed media

90x147x23cm

Constructed from a mix of materials, including animal bones, metal and an old computer stand, Singa Kuda - or lion horse in Malay - represents the artist's commitment to giving objects a new lease of life beyond their everyday function.

BANDUNG RUDET (2011)

By Harax Collective

Canvas banner

216x502cm

The Bandung- based collective used T-shirts to capture the use of text in community participation to prompt social action and responses from officials. Part of the process is reproduced in this canvas banner.

BOTANICAL GARDEN (1968)

By Lim Mu Hue

Woodblock, 61x45cm

  • WHERE: NX1, NUS Museum, University Cultural Centre, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent

    MRT: Clementi/Kent Ridge

    WHEN: Till May 15. 10am to 7.30pm (Tuesday to Friday), 10am to 6pm (weekend). Closed on Monday and public holiday.

    ADMISSION: Free

    INFO: www.facebook.com/nusmuseum

This woodblock was donated by the estate of Lim Mu Hue, along with his other woodblock prints, to the NUS Museum. Lim's woodblocks are not just significant for studies of Singapore's art history, but also serve as material documents that chronicle Singapore's changing urban environment.

TOGETHER AGAIN (WOOD CUT), PART V: EVIDENCE (2014)

By Lucy Davis

Newspaper articles reproduced on translucent paper with handwritten notes, dimensions variable

This collection of articles provides context for the artist's research into timber industries around South-east Asia and highlights the changing geographies of timber mills and transportation systems in the region.

INTERVIEW WITH ERIC ALFRED (2013)

By Charles Lim

Single channel video on bezel-less monitor, dimension variable

This interview with Eric Alfred, a trained zoologist and the former curator of the Maritime Museum, looks at the role he played in the Maritime Museum's founding, as well as its entanglements with Singapore's urban history and development.

THE SHADOWLESS OBJECT (2013)

By Erika Tan

A5 painted postcards in Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research specimen drawers, 44x54x9cm

This series of painted postcards is based on objects from the British Museum that have been digitally accessed and repatriated to this part of the world. It is inspired by the artist's interest in museums and their collecting practices.

SAILS OFF SINGAPORE (1958)

By Ivan Polunin with Tony Beamish

Digitised film footage with missing audio track, dimension variable

This documentary is one of several hundred hours worth of footage captured by Dr Ivan Polunin to document everyday life in Singapore and Malaya from the 1950s to 1970s.

Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 08, 2016, with the headline 'Hour at the museum'. Print Edition | Subscribe