Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library, Concourse Basement, T-Junction, #B1-46
25 July to 3 August, 11am to 8pm daily
The two Malaysian artists who are the focus of Relocations, have been creating electronic art since the 1990s, endeavouring to locate emerging new media technologies within national art practice, before moving onto global platforms. The exhibition includes single channel video, web based works and installations; artworks which unpick and reconstruct the relationship between art, culture and technology. In Video Reflux (2007), Niranjan Rajah addresses the decline of the power of video in the face of the sharing, recycling, appropriating and annotating of content over the Internet. While in Siri Hijab Nurbaya (2003), Hasnul Jamal Saidon’s video installation addresses questions of gender and identity within the global mainstream media. Relocations critically places these artists within the context of contemporary new media where the redefining and repositioning of ideas and concepts is an ongoing and constant process.
Curated by Roopesh Sitharan, a Malaysian artist, curator and researcher who has curated and co-curated several national and international exhibitions and workshops. He was involved with the Siggraph 2005 art exhibition and served as programme coordinator for a collaboration with Sun Microsystems as part of the San Jose ZeroOne/ISEA2006 Electronic Arts Symposium held in San Jose, California.
Niranjan Rajah (Malaysia) is an artist, theorist, curator and academic. He is Assistant Professor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Malaysia, and has practiced and exhibited as a painter, installation artist and as a new media artist in Europe, South East Asia and North America.
Hasnul Jamal Saidon (Malaysia) is the director of Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, Universiti Sains Malaysia. He works in cross-media, which includes drawing, painting, digital print, animation, video, song composition and theatre production. His artworks have been shown and screened internationally.