Reading room, books, paper, monitors, canvas and chalk wall
Harbinger is a filmic project that seeks to retrace, uncover and respond to the historical narratives of Sino-anarchistic pursuits in early 20th century Singapore and Malaya using appropriated footage from filmic and documentary archives as well as passages from Malayan-Chinese literature (马华文学). For Rushes of Time, the work-in-progress is presented as a ‘reading room’ or 书报社 (translated as ‘a library of books and newspapers’) at the historic National Archives of Singapore building. The artist’s personal archive of films and literature attempts to gather and make available lesser-known or forgotten documents, both real and fictive, of 20th century colonial Malaya. The network of ideas and stories drawn from these materials will play out as a live map, sketched progressively onto a canvas by the artist in the installation space over the period of the exhibition, during which visitors are also invited to contribute. In so doing, the work tries to make sense of the emotions and sentiments of those seeking personal revolution and collective resistance as colonial subjects in a time of social unjust and turbulence.
Artist will be featured in the talk Order and Disorder: Cinema and the Archive on 1 February. Please click on link for more details.