INFO is a process-based online digital platform for the curation and collective manipulation of digital blocks-components-artefacts-objects. INFO is a prototype that tests archival possibilities in the context of emerging digital modes of artistic expressions and forms of being. The current paradigm shift exposes the necessity to imagine new emancipatory practices for non-physical forms of creation, mediation, and exposure; for the navigation and manipulation of abstract materials.
Within the platform, Negentropic Fields was developed as the pilot project that focuses on the work of five selected artists with responses and engagements from five international artist and curatorial teams. The project utilises the platform’s collaborative spaces;, at the same time it expands at the National Gallery Singapore, where the five selected art-concepts are reconstructed and presented as explorable virtual environments.
At the physical location at the Gallery*, various media from the selection of artists and international responders are displayed through projections and through a multi-level digital environment that is, explorable for the audience via an avatar controlled via motion-capture. The interactive virtual space is the apex of the experiment that tests modes of “translations”: the moulding of the artists’ ideas and their casting into digital topologies, operations that require permutations between effects and concepts, instantiations that do not celebrate either the phenomenon or the formalism behind it, but attempts to graft in a non-trivial manner the latter and the former into each other.
PARTICIPATING SINGAPORE-BASED ARTISTS:
Ong Kian Peng
PARTICIPATING OVERSEAS RESPONDERS:
altermodernists (HK) [Curator: Elaine Wong + Artist: Jeff Leung]
Interdisciplinary Art Festival Tokyo (JP) [Curator: Sung Nam Han + Artist: Shuhei Nishiyama]
tamtamART (TW) [Curators: Wen-Chi Wang, Wei-Ming Ho & Yun-Ting Hung + Artists: Tsan-Cheng Wu, Chih-Ming Fan, Lien-Cheng Wang, Hsien-Yu Cheng, Ya-Wen Fu, Chao-Hao Liao, Chih-Hung Chen, David Rodríguez Gimeno & Nao Nishihara]
Total Museum of Contemporary Art (KR) [Curator: Seungah Lee + Artist: Anna Kim]
Tropical Futures Institute (PH) [Curator: Chris Fussner + Artists: MORAKANA, Tiri Kananuruk & Sebastián Morales]
Co-curated by INTER–MISSION and formAxioms.
*Operators will be on-site Thursdays to Sundays, 2–7pm, to help visitors test and engage with the platform’s materials, experiments and manifestations.
Visit https://negentropicfields.info/ to find out more about the exhibition.
Proposals for Novel Ways of Being
Negentropic Fields is part of Proposals for Novel Ways of Being, an initiative that sees 12 loca l art institutions, independent art spaces and collectives join forces with over 170 local artists and cultural workers in response to a world irrevocably changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The title references an earlier name of the virus, “2019 Novel Coronavirus” to serve as a sombre yet hopeful reminder that COVID-19 is not the first pandemic or crisis the world has encountered, nor will it be the last—it is a reminder that we need new ways of being.
Through a series of exhibitions and programmes, Proposals for Novel Ways of Being lets art and artists show us possibilities for the future and imagine alternative ways of living.