On show

Artists Ezzam Rahman (above), Bani Haykal and robotics engineer/ programmer Leonardus Adi Prasetya, and artist Loo Zihan with their artworks.
Artists Ezzam Rahman (above), Bani Haykal and robotics engineer/ programmer Leonardus Adi Prasetya, and artist Loo Zihan with their artworks. ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN
Artists Ezzam Rahman (above), Bani Haykal (far left) and robotics engineer/ programmer Leonardus Adi Prasetya (left), and artist Loo Zihan (below left) with their artworks.
Artists Ezzam Rahman, Bani Haykal (left) and robotics engineer/ programmer Leonardus Adi Prasetya (right), and artist Loo Zihan with their artworks.ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN
Artists Ezzam Rahman (above), Bani Haykal (far left) and robotics engineer/ programmer Leonardus Adi Prasetya (left), and artist Loo Zihan (below left) with their artworks.
Artists Ezzam Rahman, Bani Haykal and robotics engineer/ programmer Leonardus Adi Prasetya, and artist Loo Zihan (above) with their artworks.ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN
Artists Ezzam Rahman (above), Bani Haykal (far left) and robotics engineer/ programmer Leonardus Adi Prasetya (left), and artist Loo Zihan (below left) with their artworks.
Days, 2015.ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN
Artists Ezzam Rahman (above), Bani Haykal (far left) and robotics engineer/ programmer Leonardus Adi Prasetya (left), and artist Loo Zihan (below left) with their artworks.
Too Far, Too Near, 2015.ST PHOTOS: ONG WEE JIN

DAYS, 2015

By Ang Song Ming

Multi-part installation: Video, photographs, drawings, text

Dimensions variable

This is a study of the ordinary and the mundane, and the tensions even the seemingly ordinary can produce. Through repetition and methodological production, the artist explores notions of time, labour and process that inform the acts of making art and music.

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  • EZZAM RAHMAN - ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF

    Watch artist Ezzam Rahman perform his work during the opening weekend of the President's Young Talents exhibition, which coincides with the first weekend of Singapore Night Festival 2015. Additional performances run from next month to December.

    Where: SAM at 8Q

    When: Friday, 7.30 to 9.30pm, Saturday, 8.30 to 10.30pm, Sept 11, Nov 13 and Dec 11, 6.30 to 8.30pm

    Admission: Free


    BANI HAYKAL - THE PUBLIC ASSEMBLY

    This performance features two chess players and an ensemble of musicians. It revolves around the chess game being played. Music informs the pace of the game and turn-taking. This was first performed in Paris as part of Singapour Mon Amour with a choir.

    Where: SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street

    When: Oct 16, 45- to 60-minute performance starting at 7.30pm

    Admission: Free


    ARTIST TALK: ANG SONG MING

    Ang Song Ming talks about the ideas and inspiration behind his artwork commissioned for this exhibition.

    Where: SAM at 8Q

    When: Saturday, 1 to 2pm

    Admission: Free but register at www.bit.ly/1K1JSBT


    CURATOR'S TOUR

    Singapore Art Museum curator Louis Ho leads this tour. Learn more about the artworks and the curatorial considerations that went into the selection and presentation.

    Where: SAM at 8Q

    When: Sept 2, 7.30 to 8.30pm

    Admission: $15 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg) or the museum


    ARTISTS AND CURATOR DIALOGUE TOUR

    This evening tour with the artists and curator Louis Ho promises rare insights into the artworks and the exhibition.

    Where: SAM at 8Q

    When: Oct 20, 7 to 8.30pm

    Admission: $20 from Sistic or the museum

Ang has established a reputation for bridging visual art, experimental music and popular culture in the same work. His work is rooted in the everyday and often made from the overlapping perspectives of an artist, fan and amateur.

NECROPOLIS FOR THOSE WITHOUT SLEEP, 2015

By Bani Haykal

Installation with custom-designed mechanical turks, computer- programmed chess game, 3-D printed chess pieces and jumpsuits; rubber ducks

Dimensions variable

Game Designer/Programmer: Tan Jianyang

Robotics Engineer/Programmer: Leonardus Adi Prasetya

In an almost empty space, a game of chess is played by two mechanical arms which have been programmed by a computer. Instead of the usual black and white pieces, there are orange and white teams.

This is an intense exploration of the asymmetry of power and the political, social and economic hierarchies it creates. At a deeper level, this probes failures of globalisation and democracy in the 21st century. As for the audience, some get to take only 50 steps in the gallery space, while others get free rein. Haykal's cross-disciplinary work includes installation, poetry and theatre. As a musician, he works primarily with acoustic instruments.

HERE'S WHO I AM, I AM WHAT YOU SEE, 2015

By Ezzam Rahman

Artist's skin, nails and adhesive, second-hand furniture and glass bell jars

Dimensions variable

ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF, 2015

By Ezzam Rahman

Performative installation with talcum powder, second-hand furniture and glass bell jars

Dimensions variable

This is not for the faint-hearted. The works are not fragile, miniature flowers. They are made from flakes of dead skin from the artist, collected over a year from the soles of his feet. The idea is to explore materiality and question whether the human body is only what Ezzam calls "an exquisite aesthetic". These works, he says, "are representations of self, about that impermanent moment" of human life, as well as the unpalatable realities of the flesh.

The multi-disciplinary artist is known for his use of unconventional materials.

OF PUBLIC INTEREST: THE SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM RESOURCE ROOM, 2015

By Loo Zihan

Installation of books from the Singapore Art Museum

Loo's practice is deeply engaged with archival search, history and the narratives and absences of collective memory.

Of Public Interest: The Singapore Art Museum Resource Room is a project that moves nearly 5,000 books from the museum's resource room into gallery space. The interactive installation functions as a reference library open to the public.

TOO FAR, TOO NEAR, 2015

By Ong Kian Peng

DC Motor, metal balls, steel structure; two-channel video with three-channel sound

Dimensions variable

Duration: 15 minutes

Climate change has been a persistent global concern, yet it is often far removed from urban reality. The threat of a potential rise in sea levels remains an alien concept to many who are enclosed within concrete and steel structures, despite compelling evidence of the phenomenon.

Too Far, Too Near is a two-part installation with a video filmed on location in Greenland that takes viewers on an immersive journey to experience this haunting landscape, and to remind viewers how interconnected their lives on the planet are. Inspired by natural phenomena, Ong has been creating works that blend elements of art, science and technology.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2015, with the headline 'On show'. Print Edition | Subscribe