In 2016, aspiring young talents aged 35 and below with a passion for music, photography, moving images, and art & design were chosen to be part of the Noise Art Mentorship (NAM) and Noise Music Mentorship (NMM) programmes, dedicated to showcasing and grooming creative talent of Singapore’s youth.
6 to 8 months later, the hard work of the mentees has finally come to fruition in the form of three Noise Mentorship Showcases which will take place between the months of January and March 2017.
Kicking off with the first Noise Art Mentorship Showcase is the Proposals for Waterloo, where artists take over pockets of space between the residential and commercial for their creative work. Here’s 7 interesting installations not to miss at this showcase.
Carpets: Study of the Staircase Landing
Artist: Cally Tan
The staircase landing between adjacent flats of Waterloo Centre are publicly spaces, yet they reflect the identities of its residents through shoe racks, potted plants, and decorations. Artist uses the carpets designed and created together of the Waterloo residents for these landings where you can see how passerbys and neigbours have to negotiate the how “intrusion” of the domestic carpet changes the dynamics of this shared space.
Observations: Waterloo Centre
Artist: Cynthia Delaney Suwito
Waterloo Centre is filled with residents, employees who work at its shops and offices, and people who simply come for lunch at the coffee shop. In an attempt to create new ways for us to interact and observe the strangers around us, the artist conducted people-watching exercises in different locations of Waterloo Centre, recording seemingly mundane behaviours such as walking and sitting.
Jalan Nan Jauh (Far Distant)
Artist: Fajrina Razak
This artwork comprises 9 sets of contemporary batik paintings infused with traditional textile motifs. The imagery is inspired by Banyumas, a regency in Central Java, where the artist’s ancestor originate. The artist invite views to pass in between the paintings, creating a short journey through the work, and by extension, through the artist’s identity.
Artist: Lee Wan Xiang
Unwanted items collected from residents form the foundation of a spatial collage of drawings and objects. Woven together with imagery inspired by Waterloo Centre as well as the artist’s personal items, the resulting installation resembles an imagined temporary residence, overlapping the memories and experiences of both the artist and the residents.
To Morrow’s Night
Artist: Nhawfal Juma’at
In this site-specific installation, a trellis is wrapped with multiple layers of black plastic shrink film. Through this veil, the form and function of the trellis becomes unrecognisable and mysterious. With darkness overwhelming the structure during the day, slits are cut across the sides to allow light from the sun or the lampposts to shine in.
Artist: Rifqi Amirul
Void decks are multi-purpose, able to host various events, yet often remaining a dead space that we simply pass through. In this overlooked space, the artist creates an in-between space within an in-between space, using a zone of string curtains that is mobile and porous.
Artist: Winnie Yap
Waterloo Centre is an aging building with aging residents, yet is surrounded by constant redevelopment. In response to these, the artist appropriates the domestic form of the bed, using the coarse material of tulle to represent how wrinkles in bed sheets record the movements of the bed’s user(s). Suspended within a cell, the bed takes on an overwhelming, shrine-like quality.
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