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Sarah Choo Jing | The Unsettled Dust Asian Short Film Festival

The permutable phenomenon of the everyday life is usually inherited from the natives of the contemporary past as they attempted to change their “current” situation for a better future. While encompassing many contradictions and conflicts through its evolution, there is also the flexibility and space for one to seek out a lifestyle that conforms to his/her needs, be it as an individual or as a community. The emergence of the everyday life can therefore be viewed as a kind of landscape – a spectacle that evokes contemplation. Shifting the focus to the contemporary life in Asia, it is apparent that the landscape of the everyday life has been shaped by modernisation, capitalism and postmodernism as a response to globalisation, and at the same time, it also reflects the regional living gestures brought about by anti-globalisation.

The festival will feature short films that narrate first-person accounts of various personal, regional and cultural phenomena occurring within Asian life, while presenting the social mentality that has been engendered by globalisation and rapid economic development. By portraying different fragments of the social landscape brought about by the inevitable aforementioned issues, a variety of observations such as cultural shifts, localisation and segregation of social classes, can be made. Consequently, the festival attempts to seek out the possibilities of a varied regional dialogue exchange, which might offer a more intimate and comprehensive experience of the Asian perspective. Paramount to the festival’s content lies the numerous simplified interpretations and representations that bring to the fore the daily lives of commoners under the influence of globalisation and westernisation, offering a unique spectacle that is distinct from Orientalism.

Read more about the festival here

The Asian Short Film Festival held at the VT Artsalon, Taipei; curated by Nien-Ting Chen & Jaxton Su.

Sarah Choo Jing | China Daily

China Daily | Culture HK

All the Lonely People

 

"I sense the social alienation and isolation in individuals across cities such as Paris, London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. I suppose this theme of solitude is a running thread through my practice" -Sarah Choo Jing

 

The solo exhibition titled "Flights of Mind” took place with a small gallery in the PMQ area, Hong Kong. It consisted of new works involving the subject matter of people in transit on Hong Kong's MTR system. China Daily reports that the portraits are "a homage to some of the finest in painting, theatre and photography” and the artist references director Wong Kar Wai as an influence on her practice.

New works include a triptych series titled "At the Beginning of the End" depicting standing passengers during the urban rush hour, seen through the train's windows, either staring poignantly down into their hand-held devices or out into the abyss. Each waiting in transit, with the sense of passing time through MTR stops until their respective stations for exit. A new panoramic work titled "In Matter & Memory" (220cm x 110cm) captures, in black and white, the arrivals of these MTR's passengers onto the platform and their momentous mass exit in a slow fade-like motion. Meanwhilst, Choo's "Glass Walls" portrait series depicts an individual passenger in a fluid, slow fade aesthetic again. The printing technique used here is a bleed of the photograph and resulting painterly effect.

 

Full article here

 

 

 

Sarah Choo Jing.  At the Beginning of the End , 2016. 50cm x 75cm.

Sarah Choo Jing. At the Beginning of the End, 2016. 50cm x 75cm.

Sarah Choo Jing.  In Matter & Memory , 2016. 220cm x 110cm

Sarah Choo Jing. In Matter & Memory, 2016. 220cm x 110cm

Sarah Choo Jing.  Glass Walls II , 2016. 70cm x 70cm.

Sarah Choo Jing. Glass Walls II, 2016. 70cm x 70cm.

Sarah Choo Jing | 19th Japan Media Arts Festival

Dates: 3 - 14 February 2016

 

The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (=*Media Geijyutsu*) that honours outstanding works from a diverse range of media- from animation and comics to media art and games. 

Sarah Choo Jing's 'Waiting for the Elevator' (2014, multi-channel video installation) is featured under the Jury Selection in the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival - Art Division.

The work depicts a documentation of several events at the street level of different housing estates across Singapore combined into one uninterrupted panorama. These openings, ironically known as “void decks”, were intentionally designed as community spaces. Viewers witness isolated individuals immersed in seemingly repetitive routines such as smoking, resting or talking on the mobile. Unlike Choo’s earlier staged works, the characters are unaware of the artist’s camera. A sense of anticipation is prolonged by the continuous length of street, the accompanying suspenseful music, as well as the individuals’ repetitive actions. The transition between ordinary scenes transports viewers in time and space so that they become the ones waiting for the elevator, waiting for something to happen.

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Sarah Choo Jing | Martell Augmented Reality Exhibition

Martell Stages First Ever Augmented Reality Exhibition in Singapore

The Martell AiR Gallery, Singapore’s first augmented reality exhibition of contemporary art made its debut over the weekend, presented against the city-state’s iconic skyline.

Created by cognac house Martell to celebrate its 300th anniversary in Singapore, as well as the city-state’s Golden Jubilee, the exhibition showcases 15 new works by 15 local artists, and is entitled “Zoe — The Art of the Alchemist.”

With the Martell AiR Gallery app downloaded onto their devices, members of the public can then access and view the artworks at their own time, exhibited against prominent landmarks in the Marina Bay area — such as the Marina Bay Sands Sky Park, and the waters of Marina Bay.

The gallery is curated by Singaporean designer Kelley Cheng, who was invited by Martell to Cognac and Versailles to experience the history and heritage of the esteemed ocognac house. One of the main thematic inspirations drawn from her trip was the affinity of the cognac-making process with the Chinese notion of the five elements (“wu xing”) — a concept that formed the basic structure of the exhibition.

The element of wood is used to symbolize the early, spirited growth of Singapore from the period 1965 to 1974, explored by artist Michael Lee, writer Amanda Lee Koe, and filmmaker Kirsten Tan. Artists Sarah Choo, Yeo Shih Yun, and Mindflyer turn their energies to tackle the “fire” phase of Singapore during one of its most vital periods from 1975 to 1984. These two phases are followed by periods of “earth” and “metal,” before the fifth and final phase of “water” — associated with the stillness and latency of winter — as depicted in works by Anngee Neo, Angie Seah, and Rowell Tan.

“Audiences can expect a variety of artworks ranging from still images to animated pieces that will be coded into the Augmented Reality platform. The Martell AiR Gallery will give a whole new perspective on viewing art, as they can walk around Marina Bay and be able to equally appreciate art that might be flashed onto the sky, on a building, or on the water’s surface,” says Cheng, curator and Martell ambassador in Singapore.

“This will be historic in Singapore as it will be the first ever augmented reality contemporary art exhibition, the first ever fully fledged show done using this technology. It is an appropriate gift from Martell to Singapore, being nothing short of exceptional.”

 

Sarah Choo Jing.  Incandesence,  2015 (video still projected against backdrop of Singapore Flyer)  Single Channel Video comprising of Augmented Reality Technology (3mins) Link here: https://vimeo.com/album/3620619 

Sarah Choo Jing. Incandesence, 2015 (video still projected against backdrop of Singapore Flyer)

Single Channel Video comprising of Augmented Reality Technology (3mins)
Link here: https://vimeo.com/album/3620619