Works > REFUSE


14 Jan - 17 Apr 2022

Singapore-based experimental band The Observatory presents REFUSE, an inter-media exhibition about music, mushrooms and de-composition. The exhibition combines mycology design (Bewilder), scenography installation (Sai aka Chen Sai Hua Kuan), archive arrangement (Ujikaji), moving image (Yeo Siew Hua) and guest curation (Tang Fu Kuen).

REFUSE draws on the band’s past and present influences, bringing together their interests in fungi and mycelial networks to explore the twin ideas of decomposition and composition from biological and musical perspectives. The presentation comprises a time-based installation space and archive, and speaks to The Observatory’s constantly evolving methodologies, the communities that surround them, as well as their important place in the Singapore music scene.

This exhibition was commissioned by the Singapore Art Museum, 2022.

REFUSE is conceived by The Observatory.

Guest Curator
Tang Fu Kuen

Ganoderma multipileum
Ganoderma lingzhi (3 strains)
Ganoderma neo-japonicum
Pleurotus citrinopileatus
Agaricus blazei
Agaricus bisporus (petri dishes)
Pleurotus djamor (time lapse)
Poromycena manipularis (time lapse)

Mycological Design Studio
Bewilder (Ng Sze Kiat, Michaela Wong and Caroline Woon)

Scenography Installation
Sai (aka Chen Sai Hua Kuan)

Moving Image Director
Yeo Siew Hua

Reimagining Archives

Exhibition Lighting Designer
Andy Lim

Sound Technologists
Lynette Quek and Chok Si Xuan

Production Manager
Kimberly Kwa

Technical Management and Installation

Exhibition Build

Moving Image Producer
Dan Koh (Incantation Films)

Archives Research Assistant
Rafi Abdullah

Time Lapse Video Producer
Juan Qi An

Archives Video Editor
Eric Qooo

Mindmap Designer
Debbie Ding

Laser Burning

Special thanks
Asian Film Archive
Midnight Shift
National Arts Council
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
Shaw Organisation Pte Ltd

TAMAT (moving image) includes found footage of a mouldy and timeworn reel of P. Ramlee’s film Seniman Bujang Lapok (The Nitwit Movie Stars, 1961, Malay Film Productions Ltd.)
Courtesy of: The Shaw Organisation Pte Ltd
Source: Asian Film Archive

To view the exhibition publication, visit Singapore Art Museum’s page here.

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