Initially I had aimed to seek visually impactful artworks, after all, visual art is supposed to be quite visual right? I thought it should be visually artistic too, then again, contemporary art seems to heavily shoulder the mission of reflecting social, political, economical, psychological matters of sort, and to convey certain solemn messages. This has somewhat broaden the meaning of being visually artistic.
Well, when it comes to Singapore Biennale 2016, I was more than fascinated by how my other senses, apart from my sense of sight (ophthalmoception), were aroused and agitated by certain works. These 15 sensorily impactful artworks are selected for their powerful impact on my sensorium in one way and/or another, without any influence from their artist, title, wall text or any review and comments by anyone. I pretend that I am illiterate, and I avoid letting people talk to me about the Biennale. It’s “impact at first sight, love/hate at first sight”.
Works at National Museum of Singapore & Stamford Green, Asian Civilisations Museum, The Arts House, and Singapore Management University are not taken into consideration, because I have not seen them personally. Therefore, the 15 works in this three-part post are shown at Singapore Art Museum, and 1 at Peranakan Museum.
These artworks are attention-grabbing and curiosity-piquing, below are five of them.
(Download the Exhibition Guide or visit the Digital Exhibition here.)
(Read a good piece, Zoned Out at the Singapore Biennale 2016, for insightful insights here.)
Watch this YouTube video, fast forward to start from approximately 2:05, and you will get a feel of the artwork in a more integral manner. The on-site sound (think waves rocking, thunder roaring, metal clanging) and lights (or the lack of lights) play an important part in one’s experience of the artwork, which can only be felt there and then.
Read part 2 here.