Voom Portraits by Robert Wilson at the National Museum of Singapore

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 by Shaun in Labels: , , ,

Via www.voom.tv,

"These stunning works of art, so far numbering over thirty, have captured superstars and royalty, ordinary people and extraordinary animals, in a series of high-definition video portraits."

Concept by Robert Wilson, figure from the collection of Shaun Wong. View figure's headsculpt.

Copy via National Museum of Singapore.

Robert Wilson -- One of the world’s foremost masters of drama and light. Drawing inspiration from movies, art and history, along with design, dance and contemporary popular culture, Robert Wilson has collaborated with his varied subjects to produce a groundbreaking series of videos called VOOM Portraits, to be exhibited for the first time in Asia.

What is of interest to the visitor is that the video portraits are looped with no discernable beginning or end, running endlessly as a framed work of art, hence, resulting in the visitor mistaking them for still photographs. It is only through closer inspection that Wilson’s heightened language of minimal movement, choreographed gesture and precise timing are revealed.

VOOM portraits have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles and Moscow and will make its debut in Singapore.

Part of the National Museum’s Season of Photography: Doubleness: Photography of Chang Chien-Chi This exhibition is one of the most extensive shows on the photography works by award-winning photographer, Chang Chien-Chi (张乾琦). It is the first time that all three works, The Chain, Double Happiness and China Town, will be exhibited together, and that Double Happiness and China Town will be edited and presented in the form of videos, along with the photographs.

Over 120 photographs, 2 projections and 4 videos from these three components explore themes of connection and alienation between individuals, familial bonds, as well as the individual’s relationship with society. While surfacing complex issues of love and alienation, freedom and restriction, hope and darkness, and normalcy and madness, the intense and realistic photos also highlight contemporary issues such as arranged marriages and the immigrant culture, both a phenomenon of Asia.

Such a focus on social issues and the human condition characterises the work of Chang who also shared the immigrant experience, being based in both USA and Taiwan. His stint at Seattle Times and The Baltimore Sun as a staff photographer in the early 1990s provided him with further insights into social realities.

Date: 30 Oct 2008 10:00 am - 04 Jan 2009 6:00 pm
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement
Operation Hours: 10am - 6pm daily

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