Collected explorations
& musings on intimacy

Through the Neighbour’s Walls

Interactive Experiential Installation
Kreta Ayer Square
10 – 13 Nov 2022, 12 – 6PM

Photography by Marcus Chow
A familiar tune plays in the distance,
unable to identify its source – you lean in.
A wave of nostalgia pulls you closer.
You find yourself transported to a past life.

Set in a living room from the past, a Rediffusion set broadcasts familiar programmes throughout the day, reliving its role as a companion to the worker and the homemaker, the young and the old. It alludes to a time when the arts was woven into the fabric of our daily lives and served as a locus around which communities would gather.

When passers-by listen to the Rediffusion broadcasts, they are transported to a different time and space. For the curious guest, entering the living room takes them into the life of an imagined household where they would engage in intimate encounters. As they discover traces left behind by the family members, they will be invited to reflect upon and share about their own fond memories of everyday pastimes.

This experiential installation is an extension of the first episode of The Everyday Museum's self-guided audio trail series, Speaking of which – An Organic Terminus. Commissioned by The Everyday Museum in partnership with National Archives Singapore and support from Rediffusion. Public interactions by Clarice Ng, set design and art direction by Junior Foong.

Find out more about the programme here.

Tender Observations
of the Self

Cassette Tape, Cassette Player with Audio (5:56)
Interactive Sound Piece

Suspended in an aural space, not bound by physical preconceptions of the other – Tender Observations of the Self is an interactive sound piece that invites the listener to engage in a moment of attentiveness to their own bodies. In gazing inward to our instinctive physical sensations, expressions and reactions, we are able to nurture a deeper connection and understanding of our subconscious state of mind. Participants are invited to engage in conversation by listening to the pre-recorded audio on the cassette tape, to which they can record their own voice notes in response.

Listen to the full audio here – best experienced in solitude.

Notes on Quietness
2021 Interactive Installation Lamp, Table, Cushions, Paper, Wood, Headphones Dimensions Variable
Notes on Quietness is a text-based, participatory piece that explores the use of text and language in forming visual cues to activate the participant’s imaginary spaces in engaging them through the use of loosely instructional writing. It offers a perspective through an intimate, inward and tender lens in reconnecting with our internal thoughts, domestic lives and immediate communities.

In the context of heightened restrictions being integrated into our interactions with the physical and social world, this work brings to light the endless possibilities and experiences that can be accessed by simply a change of perception or piqued curiosity. By utilising the resources within our immediate surroundings and tapping into the intangible spaces that exist within us — of memories, perception, thought and ideas — we are able to gain new insights into how we view the everyday.

Digital counterpart of the work can be viewed below.

I’m Listening...
(an echo)

Interactive Sound Piece
27 responses
I’m Listening... (an echo) is an interactive sound piece that emulates the act of confiding and listening through a text and sound based dialogue. Participants are invited to send in their introspections and late night thoughts, to which the artist will respond with a simple, personalised melody. This work facilitates thoughts, feelings and concerns that are collectively being experienced by a range of participants and explores the use of sound as language in communicating acknowledgement, comfort and assurance.

The Artist’s sound response is likened to an ‘echo’ informed by the act of deep listening, matching the energy of the participant’s text as an attempt to acknowledge, comfort and assure the them. Similar to this exchange, an echo only exists if one first chooses to verbalise their thoughts, it bounces back based on the nature of the environment (the listener) it was released in.

This work was live from 1 June to 15 August 2020 via, Encounters virtual group exhibition.

Submitted responses – click on ‘play’ to listen

All the relationships that died without a proper burial.

I want to find true love but don’t think I ever will; unconditional love that I give and receive back with a person I adore, admire and truly worship.

A girl, running on my mind all day and night.

depths of despair and worthlessness

1/2 years ago, I was so stressed that I couldn’t make money off my art. I felt that I wasn’t good enough. So I took a long break from art.

Right now, I think I’m happy with my decision to take a break. I have new perspective in art and life. Do what you love, everyone’s journey is different.

It may be egotistical to say this but I am really proud of myself for letting my mind go wild and free and not care about what others think about my art.

It’s mine and a reflection of me. Everyone’s art is different because we all have different reflections. The beauty of life is in our diversity, no?

how the stars have aligned and reveal the achilles heel of the systems planted by humans

I wish I knew whether all of this is worth anything

I love being up at night because that's when the world's asleep and I can

finally be alone. But underlying that calmness is always another anxiety

that I have to sleep or I'll be sleepy the next day - that constant internal push-and-pull has been how I've been spending my nights, and nothing can quite compare to it.

The days are blending, I hope my mind is mending.

What’s waiting out there for me?

feeling incomplete

what is happening to the world?

Hearing the ambulance siren outside my window at 11:14pm and yet still typing away on the keyboard for a presentation at work tomorrow. relentless and restless

this means what
my heart beats

a dissonance from life and everything that is real

i wish i could see the future in all of its certainty instead of lying here, thinking of what ifs and could haves

Random but overwhelming moments of loneliness

I worry that even if I go to sleep, tomorrow will still be the same.

I just want someone to stroke my hair while I lie on their knee, pull it when necessary.

Wild Child the movie said if you sit on your hand till it turns numb and hold your own hand it’s like holding someone else’s. Of course in betweeners says that tactic is good for self pleasure. But either way I’m tired of feeling like I’m stroking my own hair with a numb hand.

General uncertainty with what I’m doing with my life (career-wise, feelings-wise, life goals)

lack of human touch and worry of reuniting with others

Past memories or possible memories

the cat scratching at the door because it wants to go out to pee

I need help

the small crab's friend - the mochi.


In Your Hands

Interactive Sculpture Series
Scarva Earthstone
In Your Hands is a series of interactive sculptures that parallels the innate fragility of human beings. Viewers are invited to interact with the work and are thus given the power, responsibility and choice as to how they handle the work where the artist surrenders all forms of control, leaving each sculpture vulnerable in the hands of the public.

It was shortlisted for the 2019 Batsford Prize under the Fine Art category and was exhibited in the Camberwell College of Arts Summer Degree Show 2019 and Power Play Festival 2020, Singapore.

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