Friday, June 24, 2011

Video, An Art, A History (1965 - 2010) Selection

"Video, an Art, a History 1965-2010. A Selection from the Centre Pompidou and Singapore Art Museum Collections presents Centre Pompidou's well-received new media travelling exhibition with an added Southeast Asian touch. Its Singapore and Southeast Asia debut will feature an expanded exhibition, showcasing SAM's own collection of video works and installations by Southeast Asian artists, such as Lee Wen, Dinh Q LĂȘ, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, alongside Centre Pompidou's collection by internationally renowned artists such as Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Bruce Nauman, Jean-Luc Godard, Pierre Huyghe and Isaac Julien.

Based on the video and multimedia installations of the Centre Pompidou and SAM, the exhibition recounts the history of this very contemporary field punctuating the main phases of contemporary art from 1965 to 2010. The exhibition is a collaboration between Centre Pompidou chief curator of New Media Christine Van Assche and co-curated by SAM assistant curator Patricia Levasseur de la Motte." - Singapore Art Museum

10 June to 18 September 2011
Singapore Art Museum
Bras Basah MRT Station


"This is a glimpse of a video landscape of tomorrow when you will be able to switch on any TV station on the earth and TV guides will be as fat as the Manhattan telephone book." - Nam June Paik


Tony Oursler SWITCH (1996)
2 surveillance cameras, 1 surveillance monitor, 1 microphone, 1 remote control, 5 dummies, 5 video projectors, 1 fibreglass sphere, 2 sound organs, 2 bulbs, 6 loudspeakers, 3 amplifiers, 4 videotapes, NTSC, 2 CDS

"Several readings are open to us - all of them plausible: each character is in face the metaphor of a single person split into several egos, having as many forms of existence, attitudes, emotions and reflections as he does by offering technologies which he manipulates or manipulates him... What "The Philosophers" are actually talking about (starting, among other things, with extracts of writings by Roland Barthes, Michel Foucalt, Gottfriend Willhelm Leibneiz, Immanuel Kant, Philip Kitcher): what is to be done, how are we to act, and should we judge things thus?" - Jacinto Lageira

Joan Logue 30 Second Spots New York; 30 Second Spots Paris (1980-1982, 1983)
Featuring John Cage reading, Laurie Anderson's skull amplified, Nam June Paik playing piano, Yoshi Wada pumping, Lucinda Childs dancing.


Dan Graham Present, Continuous, Past (1974)

Bruce Nauman Going Around the Corner (1970)

Peter Campus Interface (1972)


Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook Two Planets (2008)

"Rasdjarmrearnsook takes use out to the open fields of the Thai countryside where she gives local farmers free play to air their views on four masterpieces of French impressionism: Millet's The Gleaners (1857); Manet's The Luncheon on the Grass (1863); Renoir's Ball at Le Moulin de la Galette (1876); and Van Gogh's The Siesta (1889-1890)... Having lectured on Western Art History at university level in Thailand for many years, she is painfully aware of the abyss between experience and regurgitated knowledge... vis-a-vis Western artworks borne of an entirely different historical and cultural process too often assumed to be universal." -Yin Ker

Sima Salehi's Circle (8 mins 57 secs) 2009

"Filmed in Batam, Indonesia, using untrained, ordinary residents of a local village, this powerful video work by Singapore-based artist Sima Salehi calls upon the ancient symbolism of the circle to explore issues pertaining to the daily, lived experiences of Muslim women. The lyrical quality and allusive images of this work finds resonances in contemporary Iranian cinema, as well as its concern with the subjectivity of women in Islamic communities.

In the artist’s words, “The circle symbolises the structure, boundary, continuity and repetitive nature of tradition, religion, culture and political Islam, and is the basis of society in contemporary Iran, which factors highly importantly in a woman’s everyday life. These collective structures and boundaries are deeply embedded in the psyche and perception of women in this society, placing constraints on those who want to confront it. And yet these social, cultural and religious boundaries are further upheld and reinforced through legal, political and economic institutions.” In this 3-channel video, Sima Salehi thus draws upon her own personal experience as an Iranian woman and the circle’s potent symbolism, and has produced a poignant work that brings myth and fact together, and compels the viewer to examine the repetitive behaviours that keep women within its confines.

Sima Salehi recently graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, with a MA in Fine Arts." - Sing Art (First seen in SAM's Quarterly: October - December 2010)

Yang Fudong Backyard - Hey! Sun is Rising (2001) 13'

"The short black and white film can be regarded as a parody, composed of remnants from the Cultural Revolution and ancient China, with a visual stylisation vaguely recalling Chinese cinema of the 1930s and 1940s, a genre that exerts a strong influence over the artist." -Sylvie Lin

Isaac Julien Baltimore (2003) 11'36"
3 videotapes, PAL, colour, stereo sound
(image from New Media

"With Baltimore, Isaac Julien presents a monumental installation made up of three videos shot on 16 mm film, edited, and projected on three quite different screens. The triptych form extends the length of the projection over three timeframes which, through narrative breaks and repetitions, make it possible to construct a narrative which relates, by way of many different references, to a past, present and future history of black culture in the United States." - Elvan Zabunyan

"In the words of SAM assistant curator Patricia Levasseur de la Motte: ‘Through the 53 works, visitors will be able to understand how video has evolved from a medium of communication to one of the most popular forms of artistic expression.’

Making its South-East Asian debut, the Pompidou collection includes works from Nam June Paik, one of video art’s star pioneers; contemporary video icon Bill Viola; the perpetually quirky New Yorker Tony Oursler; and French new wave directorJean-Luc Godard, whose progressive editing techniques once jolted Hollywood out of its comfort zone." - TIME OUT SINGAPORE (May 30, 2011)

The accompanying publication costs S$85.60

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