Venice Biennale: Relooking the recorder

The instrument is the star of the Music For Everyone: Variations On A Theme exhibition at the Singapore pavilion at the arts showcase

Many in Singapore are familiar with the recorder, the plastic instrument that was a staple in schools from the 1970s onwards. The thought of it might evoke the screechy memory of hundreds of clumsy fingers stumbling through Mary Had A Little Lamb at the same time.

But a new video installation at the Venice Biennale's Singapore pavilion, conceived by artist Song-Ming Ang, transforms this oftmisunderstood instrument into something rich and strange.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2019, with the headline 'Relooking the recorder'. Print Edition | Subscribe