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.
Tang Fu Kuen
Ganoderma lingzhi (3 strains)
Agaricus bisporus (petri dishes)
Pleurotus djamor (time lapse)
Poromycena manipularis (time lapse)
Mycological Design Studio
Bewilder (Ng Sze Kiat, Michaela Wong and Caroline Woon)
Sai (aka Chen Sai Hua Kuan)
Moving Image Director
Yeo Siew Hua
Exhibition Lighting Designer
Lynette Quek and Chok Si Xuan
Technical Management and Installation
Moving Image Producer
Dan Koh (Incantation Films)
Archives Research Assistant
Time Lapse Video Producer
Juan Qi An
Archives Video Editor
Asian Film Archive
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.