Screens And Surfaces
ART REPUBLIK|Dec - Feb 2018

A reflection on ‘Cinerama: Art and The Moving Image in Southeast Asia’.

Ian Tee

‘Cinerama: Art and The Moving Image in Southeast Asia’ is the Singapore Art Museum’s latest exhibition, on view from 17 November 2017 to 18 March 2018 at SAM at 8Q. Presenting works from 10 contemporary artists and collectives around the region, this exhibition explores how the medium of the moving image is engaged and transformed to ask questions about memory, identity and politics. The works surveyed include a range of artistic strategies from laborious hand-drawn animation to music videos and immersive installations.

In fact, visiting this exhibition isn’t too different from watching a movie at the theatre. The works are time-based and experiential, and ask for an investment in your attention. Just as one rarely (probably never) views a movie through the viewfinder of a phone camera, I think it is fair to make a similar point for this exhibition. Aptly too, as a key theme is the function of the moving image or cinema as a record of the time, with all its implications for history and memory.

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