Exhibition Tour: http://som17tours.peatix.com
Curated by Kent Chan | Thanks to Toh Hun Ping, Thong Kay Wee, Cassandra Sim, Asian Film Archive
Performer in the Public Announcement Video: Lyon Sim
Music by Digestion Machine & Underbelly
✫ Glue Your Eyelids Together | State of Motion 2017 | Public Sculpture | Speaker Corner, Hong Lim Park
“Taking your head between my hands with a gentle, caressing air, I might dig my greedy fingers into the lobes of your innocent brain- to extract, with a smile on my lips, a substance which is good ointment to bathe my eyes, sore from the eternal insomnia of life. I might, by stitching your eyelids together, deprive you of the spectacle of the universe, and make it impossible for you to see your way; and then I should certainly not act as your guide.”
– Les Chants de Maldoror by Lautréamont
The works are in their moribund nature designed to deform and destroy over time. A large block of rock is structured around hidden balloons. When the balloons are allowed to deflate over time, the rock will succumb and crumble. Its remains tethered to knitted chains are akin to intact nerves. The destructive elements create a kind of divine or ghostly presence residing within objects.
There is something liberating in witnessing these inanimate death-objects transforming amidst such a mordantly physical activity. It is a visceral spectacle that viewers can themselves empathise and become entwined in. These violent manipulations are conceived for the transformations to occur to derive aesthetic pleasure. A veil of familiarity masks the potentiality for violence that the object’s disposability instils upon them.The scene prompts the question; are they decorated, worn out, fragmented and burnt or do they resist destruction and decay? Perhaps these objects emerge as metaphors to us, siphoned from the value that we place upon materials.
Glue Your Eyelids Together in response to a film “The Wild Eye” (1967, Paolo Cavara)
“I can’t’ stand to see that poor animal die!”
“Then shut your eyes!” – The Wild Eye