May 6, 2018 - Aug 26, 2018

Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time

Singapore Art Museum

Dauntless time travellers! Join us as we examine the concept of time through the tales and theories that have shaped our memories and futures, and discover what time means to different people in different cultures! Here we go!

Maarten Baas | Sweepers’ clock (2009)
Two handymen sweep trash for 12 hours, indicating the time as they go. Creating and erasing sections of the clock, minute by minute, they tell the time through a highly physical and labour-intensive process. Their seemingly meaningless effort is actually carefully calculated and precise. This artwork is part of the artist’s ‘Real Time’ series of four 12-hour films, in which people’s actions, rather than traditional clocks, present the passage of time. How would you measure the passing of time?

What appears at first glance to be a large flat analogue clock is in fact a recorded performance featuring two handymen sweeping trash for 12 hours. Creating and erasing sections of the clock, minute by minute, they cleverly combine the marking of time with a durational performance.

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey | the megaphone project (2007 – 2018)
Is it better to listen or to be heard? Where does your voice go when you lose it? Listen carefully as familiar and mysterious voices from the local community share personal stories and secrets. Feel free to respond to them or record your own tales too. 'the megaphone project' is an interactive sound installation that brings together the worlds of private and public broadcast through a game of sound and physical play. Through contributing your gestures and voices, you can help to bring the artwork to life! 
Lee Xin Li | In Our Time (2018)
Inspired by the imaginative play of childhood where you can be anyone, anywhere, the artist has included references from pop culture and his childhood memories in this detailed and colourful illustration of Singapore’s landscape. Can you recognise some of them? Take your time to explore this maze of collective memories. You may be surprised just how many you share with others.

The SAM building is in the centre of this picture. Can you find it? (Hint: look out for a rabbit - he'd appeared in one of our past exhibitions!)

Ronald Apriyan | The Song of Life (2018)
What is the soundtrack of your childhood? The murals that span three floors in this stairwell are based on childhood songs from the artist’s early years. He views such timeless songs as a form of communication of hopes and prayers from parents to their children, especially in a changing world. The cheerful songs and murals celebrate the joy of childhood innocence, and reflect the different stages of a child’s development as you move from the ground to the top floor.
Boedi Widjaja | Round and round and back home again (2018)
In a room designed to reference the chamber of a camera obscura, you are invited to peer through peepholes on the walls and crank the mutoscopes to be transported back to the past or be propelled into the future. For the artist, time is a space for memory and illusion, and he has created an immersive installation through the exploration of old and new animation devices. Because of how our brains retain an image within a split second, animation devices make meaning through movement and visual memory.
Stéphane Masson | Momentarium (2018)
Is a video a glimpse into the past or a moment captured for the future? This artwork explores the human desire to capture, store and share memories and occurrences. In an age of social and mass media, we question if transient moments and feelings can truly be recorded and immortalised. Check out the videos of volunteers filmed for this artwork. Do you recognise any of them? If you wish to be part of this wall, do stand in front of the cameras on the side to have your movements captured. Now look for your video among the 280 jars before it disappears!
Matthew Sia | Cosmic Grass (2018)
This artwork combines technology with imagination to envision our relationship with nature. Concerned with global warming and how humankind’s activities have changed our planet, the artist wishes for people to realise how small actions may affect future generations. Through a field of motion-activated fiber optic lights, the artwork invites visitors to visualise their impact on the environment, and the role they play in determining our future. The meditative soundscape invites contemplation in the interconnected web of life.
Mayuko Kanazawa | Utsuroi Iroha (2014)
Be pleasantly surprised with the reactions you get from this immersive and interactive installation. Raise your hands to bring flowers to bloom in Spring, morph into a mythical creature in Summer, jump to play with forest animals in Autumn, and become a snowman in Winter! The artist shares how Japanese culture and emotions are strongly affected by changes in the seasons, yet how Japanese people co-exist with nature. She encourages visitors to consider how human presence can impact nature and the environment. Does the weather affect your feelings? Do your actions affect the weather?
The GedAze Project | Passage (2018)
Put on a crochet helmet and embark on a journey in time or lie down and peer up into the universe created by the artists. In this interactive and immersive installation, the space is filled with memories hidden in comets surrounding the gallery. Give a comet a gentle squeeze to reveal familiar sounds from a distant or recent past. Imagine yourself as the sun, the moon, a shooting star or a comet. You have a symbolic place in this universe. 
Did you know...
'Passage' is constructed entirely out of fabrics and nearly 200 rolls of yarn? That's more than 200,000 feet long—enough to reach space! 

Pop your head into the crochet helmet and imagine yourself as an astronaut travelling across the universe of time...

Lee Mei Ling | Connect-the-Dots (2018)
Inspired by connect-the-dots books of her childhood, the artist suggests how decisions made at each stage of life can make a difference to the final person. Eventually, the lines on our faces reveal how much wisdom we have gained through experience, time and grace. How do you envision your future self?
Credits: Story


'Round and round and back home again'
Installation with 14 mutoscopes, 3 LED displays and TV monitors
Dimensions variable
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Art Museum commission

Pencil, ballpoint pen, marker, acrylic and
charcoal drawing on canvas
200 x 200 cm
Video projection with sound
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Art Museum commission

'In Our Time'
Site-specific installation
Vinyl print, fabric, bean bags
(in collaboration with doob Bean Bags)
Dimensions variable
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Art Museum commission

'Sweepers’ clock'
Single-channel video
Video duration: 720 min
Collection of the Artist

'Cosmic Grass'
Installation with optic fibers, board, LED lights and sound
Dimensions variable
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Art Museum commission
Soundscape developed by
Samuel Caleb Wee

'Utsuroi Iroha'
Interactive installation with painting
and animation on canvas, kinect,
handy camera, iPhone, PCs, projectors
and speakers
Artwork and sounds by Mayuko Kanazawa
Engineering by Ichi Kanaya, Masataka
Imura, Shinji Tanaka and Yu Shimura
Dimensions variable

'the megaphone project'
2007 – 2018
Site-specific installation with sound,
steel, wood and electronics,
interactive and pre-recorded sounds
Dimensions variable
Collection of the Artists
Singapore Art Museum commission

'Song of Life'
Series of 3 acrylic paintings on wall and video
371.5 x 458.4 cm
Video duration: 7:51 min
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Art Museum commission

Site-specific installation,projection with sound,
Wood, glass jars
Dimensions variable
Collection of the Artist
Singapore Art Museum commission
Collection of the Artist

Yarn, repurposed fabric, found, personal and fabricated objects
Dimensions variable
Collection of the Artists
Singapore Art Museum commission

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