[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Sunday, November 23, 2008

[It's time to say goodbye]
For the last eight months it has been a long journey. But somehow, good things have to come to an end. For example September Sweetness.



I digress. The last time I revisited South Beach Development was a week before the Biennale officially closed. The Punggol CC YEC had brought a huge group to tour the Biennale and were guided in Hokkien. Wierd but it was hilarious hearing how the guide explain the artworks in a different language.



While trying to explain the political undertones to a resident, I asked her what she thought the work was and she replied that it looked like those crystal stones. Interesting. I looked at it and thought so too. It must have been the erosion of the sugar due to rain.

Mariele Neudecker's artwork in two gigantic tanks has taught a good lesson on Chemistry. Titled Think of One Thing, fog emerges among the mountains in her works based on a reaction between epoxy and some chemical.



Chaw Ei Thein, Rich Streitmatter-Tran and Aung Ko painstakingly, together with the Singapore Biennale volunteers, assembled September Sweetness, made up entirely of sugar which eroded through time. Moulds of the temple were created and liquid sugar was poured in and left to solidify.



Joshua Yang, a Singapore artist that I had met personally, with his Impossibility of the Superstring Theory. One could see how much space a single line could fill.



A cool artist from Italy who dropped by during my art class - Paolo W. Tamburella with his work 肥皂 made of many many soap bars. There was a point when he even ran out of soap for the installation.



An eerie video by Apichatpong Weerasethakul from Thailand which was shot in a famed Thai hotel. It was about memories of the past, quite ghostly but had specks of stuff floating in the air. It was shot in 2007 and is titled Morokot (Emerald).



Nadia Bamadhaj's series of drawings may look simple from afar but once you go closer, one could see the charcoal marks and the layers and layers of paper that make up the images. Not an easy feat.



One hot favourite at City Hall - Zadok Ben-David's Blackfield that has thousands of laser cut plants that are black on one side and in colour on the other. Made visitors go "Wow!"



One of the few artists from Kyrgyzstan is Aktan Abdykalykov. His series of films are like those you see on TV in the early days of Singapore's independence.



Alfredo Juan and Maria Isabel Aquilizan with their work Address is a piece that is assembled from personal objects given by Filipinos. The entire structure that resembles a room with a door was made of 140 different cubes of personal belongings.



And last but not the least, Issac Montoya's image that has two different views when seen with red and blue film.



It'll be two more years until the next edition of Singapore Biennale. I'm excited (but also excited about the Youth Olympic Games).

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