Category Archives: Exhibitions

‘Hearings’ – Singapore Biennale 2016



Hearings, 2016, 27 Oct 2016 – 26 Feb 2017, Singapore Art Museum (8Q)

Bound manuscripts, music stands and speakers with audio recordings (set of 8) at SAM at 8Q (30 Oct 2016 to 26 Feb 2017). Manuscripts 25 × 17.6/25 cm × various widths (closed/opened dimensions, each); recordings various durations 1:04–3:59 mins

Textile hangings with audio recordings (set of 8) (27 to 29 Oct 2016, 2pm) and ‘live’ performances (29 Oct 2016, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm) at Chamber, The Arts House. Hangings 150 × 120 cm each; ‘live’ performances total duration approx. 17:00 mins (each)

Tan brings art and law together to explore ‘legal aesthetics’. This work presents part of his collaborative project with the Community Justice Centre (CJC). The project explores the experience of litigants-in-person at the State and Family Courts of Singapore. As an artist-in-residence at CJC and the Courts, Tan attended court proceedings, listened to the soundscape of the courts, paying attention to the use of voice, and documented what he heard as drawings. The artist turned his drawings into graphic scores, which were then interpreted and sung by the Anglo-Chinese Junior College Alumni Choir.

Sound production by: Ethan Seow, Salon du Sens
Photos: Olivia Kwok
Design: Darius Ou