Sarah Choo Jing | Lumen 3D Interactive Award Winner

2021 LUMEN Prize, October 21, 2021

We are thrilled to share that Sarah Choo Jing (b.1990, Singapore) was awarded the 2021 LUMEN PRIZE for art & technology - 3D/INTERACTIVE AWARD for Zoom, Click, Waltz (2021).


Zoom, Click, Waltz is a multimedia installation comprising 13 LED screens depicting individuals in various states of “performance”, while isolated within separate window frames. What began as an attempt to communicate with neighbours during Circuit Break, developed into an imagined possibility of individuals connecting through dance.


Over a period of 2 months, residents received mailed instruction requests to perform at an interval spanning 30 minutes. These recordings were at times effective, others, futile. Various subjects’ responses range from active to passive; with individuals participating in modes of conscious performance, and others nonchalant, in contemplation.


Juxtaposed and interspersed alongside staged, found and borrowed media, separate footages are stitched together to form an uncanny, seamless reality situated in the inter-spaces between interpretation and negotiation, truth and fiction, performativity and chance.


Jury Panel Member Nathan Ladd comments: “The artist has created a beautiful and compelling installation to create a patchwork of vignettes of personal, intimate moments during lockdown.”


Jury panellists include:

(1) Christiane Paul - Adjunct Digital Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art
(2) Ben Vickers - CTO, The Serpentine Gallery, UK
(3) Melanie Lenz - Digital Curator, The V&A
(4) Nathan Ladd - Assistant Curator, Tate Britain
(5) Boris Magrini - Curator, Hek Basel, Switzerland