The Blinking Organisms — You SPLEEN Me' Round X OPERATION 00100 by Joo Choon Lin, Music by Joe Ng
18 Aug to 26 Aug
7.30 PM - 12.00 AM
SMU, School of Accountancy
As an addition to her original three part series work The Blinking Organism X You Spleen Me Round, Choon Lin continues her exploration of the materiality of the human body and the mystery of emotions. She fashions her version of the human spleen out of everyday materials, common plastic and foam. It is machine like, awash in purple light and emanating deep bass. Performers with inflatable wings skate with walkers that are both as an aid for novice skaters, but also foam sculptures that exist as an installation after the party is over.
Just as the mystery of the construct of the human body and its emotions continues to fascinate us, Choon Lin's approach to sculpture also expresses another more contemporary fascination, that of the synthetic reality. The transparency of plastic, and the lightness of foam are very much sculptural expressions of digital environments such as vaporwave or Minecraft, where the magic of its reality lies within the mystery of the ghost within the machine.
Inspired by Chuang Tzu's butterfly dream, this performance presents 10 actors in artist Joo Choon Lin's rendering of the transformation of life.
This installation contains strobe and flashing lights. Please exercise caution.
About the artist
An artist who works across mediums, Choon Lin’s practice explores her philosophical interest in the nature of reality which might be summarised in terms of the philosophers’ longstanding investigation into the relations between appearance and essence.
Joo has exhibited work locally and internationally, notably the 4th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan (2009), 1st Aichi Triennale, Japan (2010), Roving Eye at Sorlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway (2011), Resolution of Reality at Third Floor Hermes gallery, Singapore (2012), Your Eyes Are Stupid at Singapore Biennale (2013), Be Mysterious, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre, Canada (2014) and Paradise Sans Promesse, Frac de Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France (2015).
Image courtesy of Esplanade.
Image courtesy of Chan + Hori Contemporary.