French artist Camille Henrot presents her works at Dissolving Margins exhibition.
In this exhibition, presented by ICA Singapore, striking, large-scale installations, experimental performance and prints by five international and Singaporean artists bridge physical and virtual worlds, immersing the viewer in experiences of dissolving margins.
Office of unreplied emails (2016–17) by French artist Camille Henrot, exhibited first at the Berlin Biennale in 2016 and the following year at the Palais de Tokyo, presents oversized prints of hundreds of spam emails received by Henrot along with her proposed responses. Draped over wooden poles and strewn across the floor of the gallery, the numerous texts create an intriguing spectacle of emphatic requests and replies.
Tara Kelton’s Still life with a curtain (2015) takes as its starting point an image of Paul Cezanne’s masterpiece of the same name. Descriptions of Cezanne’s painting produced by online workers appear alongside visual simulations of the workers’ texts created by 3D visualisation studios in Bengaluru, India’s ‘silicon plateau’.
Award-winning Singaporean graphic designer Darius Ou’s project Autotypography (2013–14) features 365 posters designed daily over the course of a year. Ou’s posters—displayed in their entirety for the first time—transform four gallery walls into an enormous clashing wallpaper of colours, texts, images and digital animations.
In the darkest area of the gallery, visitors encounter filmmaker James T Hong’s video installation, Nietzsche reincarnated as a Chinese woman and their shared lives (2016–18). Envisaged as a four-channel ‘chamber’, Hong’s work encloses viewers in an epic clash between Eastern and Western social morals, where scenes of multiplying cells, writhing insects and butchered animals embody contemporary herd mentalities.
A new work by Singaporean dancer and choreographer Eng Kai Er has been developed for the exhibition. In her performance, Compressible sentiments (2018), Eng takes the inflatable Jurassic World T-Rex costume—a famous Internet meme—and turns its virtual identity into a projection of human anxieties.
Dissolving margins is the third group exhibition curated by Melanie Pocock at the ICA Singapore exploring paradoxical aesthetics and their sociopolitical implications. Pocock’s previous exhibitions include Native revisions (2017) and Countershadows (tactics in evasion) (2014).
Camille Henrot’s work is supported by French Embassy in Singapore.
Exhibition runs Saturday 20 October 2018 – Tuesday 22 January 2019
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
LASALLE College of the Arts
1 McNally Street
Please visit https://www.lasalle.edu.sg/events/dissolving-margins?source=ica-events for more info.