Singapore Art Museum’s annual family-friendly exhibition returns with Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time

Featuring interactive artworks by artists from around the world, exploring the concept of time

The eighth edition of Singapore Art Museum’s annual family-friendly contemporary art exhibition returns with Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time. Held from 6 May to 26 August 2018 at SAM at 8Q, the exhibition explores the tales and theories that shape our memories and futures, and examines the concept of time through immersive and interactive artworks by 10 artists and art collectives from around the world.

Singapore Art Museum’s Annual Family-Friendly Exhibition

Artists whose works feature in the exhibition are: Ronald Apriyan (Indonesia), Maarten Baas (the Netherlands), Mayuko Kanazawa (Japan), Lee Mei Ling (Singapore/Taiwan), Lee Xin Li (Singapore), Stéphane Masson (France), Matthew Sia (Singapore), Boedi Widjaja (Indonesia/ Singapore), and art collectives Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey (Australia), and The GedAze Project (The Philippines).

Visitors can look forward to site-specific installations and specially commissioned artworks that come alive through audience interaction, such as Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey’s interactive megaphone installation, Matthew Sia’s immersive Cosmic Grass and Mayuko Kanazawa’s Utsuroi Iroha.

Delving deeper into the concepts explored in the exhibition, there are artist-led tours, poetry reading sessions, various art workshops for children, and daily screenings of award-winning animations and short films at the museum’s cinema, each exploring the concept of time.

Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time
Date: 6 May to 26 August 2018
Venue: SAM at 8Q

The Artworks

The 2018 edition of Imaginarium features the works of 4 Singaporean and Singapore-based artists:

  • Illustrator Lee Xin Li’s In Our Time is an immersive installation that combines memories and dreams from his childhood with references to Singapore’s changing landscape over time.
  • Cosmic Grass, by artist and designer Matthew Sia, is a grassy plain of motion-activated fibre optic lights. The lights respond to human movement, where a small action can light up the entire field – a breathtaking visual metaphor of our relationship with nature.
  • Inspired by connect-the-dots books from the artist’s childhood, Lee Mei Ling’s Connect-the-Dots charts the ageing of three characters through a series of charcoal portraits, reflecting how every choice and life event leaves a mark in our lives. The artist will complete one of the canvases on-site in May, which visitors are invited to watch.
  • Singapore-based Indonesian artist Boedi Widjaja’s Round and round and back home again explores earlier and newer animation devices, inviting visitors to be transported back to the past or be propelled into the future by peering into peepholes and activating mutoscopes (early motion picture devices).

The artworks presented at Imaginarium examine various concepts related to time – from the passage of time as observed in our personal lives to the changing of seasons

  • Indonesian artist Ronald Apriyan’s The Song of Life consist of three murals in the museum’s stairwell which were inspired by childhood songs sung in Indonesia. The artist considers these songs to be timeless, as they communicate parents’ hopes and prayers to their children in a time of relentless change.- Filipino artist duo The GedAze Project’s Passage, filled with crochet hangings and childhood toys, evokes a metaphorical reflection of our journey through time – where we are often in search of our place in the universe throughout our lives.
  • Audiences become part of the artwork in Japanese artist Mayuko Kanazawa’s Utsuroi Iroha, which comprise animated paintings that represent the four seasons. Highlighting how the Japanese culture is influenced by changes in the seasons, visitors may make flowers bloom in Spring, morph into an animal in Summer, play with forest animals in Autumn, and become a snowman in Winter.

In Our Time 2018

Other Imaginarium artwork highlights by international artists include:

  • Sweepers’ clock by renowned German artist Maarten Baas is a 12-hour-long recorded durational performance. What appears to be a large analog clock (telling the exact time of the day over the course of the exhibition) is revealed, upon closer look, to be two handymen sweeping trash for 12 hours, indicating time as they go by creating and erasing sections of the clock, minute by minute. This artwork is part of the artist’s Real Time series, whcih has garnered him worldwide acclaim.
  • the megaphone project by leading experimental artists from Australia, Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, comprise 14 red megaphones of different shapes and sizes scattered outside the SAM buildings. The instruments manipulate visitors’ voices such that they are mysteriously and ambiguously returned, resulting in a sonic performance that is co-created by the community of passers-by.
  • A monument of captured moments, Momentarium by French artist Stéphane Masson features a wall of 280 glass jars, each containing projected snippets of people moving, dancing and smiling. The artwork invites audiences to ponder if our recorded memories and moments are timeless or fleeting, even as they become a part of the artwork through live-feed cameras.

Imaginarium is an annual exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum that allows the young and young-at-heart to explore big ideas and concepts through contemporary art. This year’s edition, titled Into the Space of Time, invites visitors to reflect on our eternal fascination with time, and celebrates how something so universal can simultaneously, be so personal. Through the presented artworks and accompanying programmes, we hope that our visitors will experience contemporary art’s powerful potential to inspire and engage.” says Ms. Tan Shir Ee, Head of Programmes, Singapore Art Museum.

Song of Life 2018

Public and Educational Programmes

A series of Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time programmes will take place throughout the four-month-long exhibition period, where visitors of all ages can further engage with the ideas and concepts explored in the exhibition. These include a special preview tour led by Imaginarium artists, toddler art workshops, tours and workshops specifically tailored for school children, as well as daily screenings of award-winning short films inspired by the concept of time, dreams and imagination about the world.

Before they journey through the exhibition, young time travellers are encouraged to equip themselves with a special ‘Traveller’s Kit’, which includes an activity booklet that introduces ideas and concepts within the exhibition in fun and engaging ways, colour pencils and a ‘I Am a Time Traveller’ badge.

Imaginarium: Into the Space of Time is on view from 6 May to 26 August 2018 at SAM at 8Q. Find out more about the exhibition and its programmes online at here. For high-resolution images, please download them at here. Image use guidelines apply.

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