S’pore art museum opens Friday with musical mushrooms, forced flirtation

The Singapore Art Museum opens its unique new location on Friday with an overabundance of things to see and experience – and even more special exhibits.

The museum known as SAM will launch its new, larger space near the shipping ports of Tanjong Pagar Distripark with at least five installations by local and regional artists showcasing everything from mushrooms making music to flirting areas bonds and cyborgs made from auto parts.

“With its unique location in a historic port and close to heritage districts, we hope SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark will be a new artistic destination for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience contemporary art, create new memories. and new connections, and be inspired by different perspectives on our world today as well as our possible futures, ”said Director Eugene Tan.

Located right next to the Tanjong Pagar Terminal, near its old but iconic train station, the museum can now present to the public immersive works on a larger scale, offering to all experimental and multidisciplinary art, family exhibitions, lectures and workshops. .

The future remains uncertain for its old space in Bras Basah, which has been closed for years due to delayed renovations.

But the new space covers more than 3,000 m² over two floors which include two galleries and a multipurpose space on the first floor. The museum offices and a residence space are located on the upper floor. Visitors can also grab a beak of all the art for a sip in the 20-seat Epigram Bookshop and Balestier Market Collective’s 20-seat café-bookshop while admiring the harbor.

“Korakrit Arunanondchai: A machine that stimulates energy in the universe” by Korakrit Arunanondchai. Photo: Singapore Art Museum

Friday’s opening will kick off with a variety of performances from experimental group The Observatory, Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai, Malaysian artist Gan Siong King, and museum residents Chu Hao Pei, Salty Xi Jie Ng and Johann Yamin.

AT Refuse, The Observatory is teaming up with mycological design studio Bewilder to show that fungi, too, can make music with their release of carbon dioxide and other gases which are then converted into sound.

This art-science exhibition coincides with the 20th anniversary of experimental rock art group The Observatory, which seeks to make art with nature. At the new SAM, they explore the decomposition of fungi and the composition of music informed by biology and music. The space is filled with 1,200 crates of recycled wooden pallets filled with old musical instruments such as guitars, and a drums blooming with fantastic mushrooms.

Next door, discover Korakrit’s multimedia creations that plunge into a post-apocalyptic world where electronics, auto parts and clothing bring cyborgs to life. There’s also a video showcasing 21st century Bangkok as a place where humans, machines, and spirits have intertwined in everyday life.

At the end of the first floor, a multi-purpose event hall called The Engine Room will host screenings of Malaysian artist Gan Siong King’s video essays and installations on electric guitar amplifiers, pop culture, internet memes and culture. in Malaysia. Even the observation benches have been specially designed to allow spectators to feel the vibrations of the installations.

Between galleries and spaces, look for Flirt point by the Vertical Submarine art collective. See how flirtatious you feel with the interactive installation meant to prove that players will only make moves at designated locations when they are, rather than spontaneously.

Upstairs, resident artists SAM Chu Hao Pei, Salty Xi Jie Ng, and Johann Yamin held mini-exhibitions on Southeast Asian cultural loss, mourning, rituals, ancestor worship and Chinese religions, and the history of esports.

In other words, it’s a lot to see starting on Friday. Find more program details online.

‘Flirting Point’ by Vertical Submarine. Photo: Singapore Art Museum
“Refuse” by the Observatory. Photo: Singapore Art Museum
“Refuse” by the Observatory. Photo: Carolyn Teo / Coconut
“Refuse” by the Observatory. Photo: Carolyn Teo / Coconut
“Refuse” by the Observatory. Photo: Singapore Art Museum
“Refuse” by the Observatory. Photo: Singapore Art Museum
“Refuse” by the Observatory. Photo: Carolyn Teo / Coconut
Chu Hao Pei’s work under “Present Realms”. Photo: Carolyn Teo / Coconut
“Gan Siong King: My Practice of Making Videos” by Gan Siong King. Photo: Carolyn Teo / Coconut

FIND IT

Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

39 Keppel Road, # 01-02 Tanjong Pagar Distripark

Open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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