Mar 14, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015


Singapore Art Museum

A Voyage of Big Ideas

Takashi Kuribayashi has created an installation comprising glass boxes filled with parts of a tree that had been chopped down to make way for redevelopment. His work reminds us how nature often exist in very controlled environments in cities such as Singapore. Over time, the sections of the tree trunk will decay, and in the process give life to new organisms and ecosystems, so that each glass box will hold a tiny new world of its own.

For a child, the world is a giant playground. This work invites children to be architects, builders and master-planners of their own housing estate and city skyline, two ubiquitous features in urban Singapore. With housing blocks designed like giant tetris pieces, visitors are free to create whatever they can imagine, and build a world of tomorrow.

With illustrations sprawling across the walls and winding up the four levels of the building, this work brings to life a fantastical storytelling of Singapore's folklore and an inventive version of the future. As we journey through vividly animated scenes, a sense of the limitless possibilities of stories yet to be written, and told, abounds.

Activated only through interaction between the artwork and the visitors, this work prompts us to think of how our future cities might be powered, and how this might change our lives. As the title Greenroom II: Interstellar Overdrive suggests, we are reminded that within this universe, there are still infinite potential resources and more thoughtful ways of living, still waiting to be discovered.

Sewing and embroidery are meaningful and symbolic ways of enfolding time as well as the creativity and actions of the maker. Her installation invites visitors to create small objects using textiles, which capture their thoughts about the future of the country. Over time,the artwork becomes a collective tapestry of dreams, weaving together our shared future.

Filling a house with candy that visitors are invited to take and 'plant' in a garden, Lee Jeeyoung presents these sweet treats as symbols of a child's wishes and desires. Over time, the work is gradually transformed into a garden in full bloom. Dream House is a delightful space where our inner wishes for the future can be projected, and be encouraged to flourish.

Kumkum Fernando invites us to broaden our minds bu entering three magical worlds hidden within three secret boxes and beyond. Follow our protagonist Kiko on a journey of discovery, in this work inspired by the wonder that children experience as they explore the world around them. For the artist, Kiko's Secrets seeks to recreate these sensations for both young and old alike.

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