Fyerool Darma and Tini Aliman (both Singapore)
da ko da ko
Audio-visual performance of sound and moving images with found and computer-generated images, approx. 20 minutes
Sunday, 30 September 2023
3.30pm – 4.15pm
NTU CCA Singapore Screening Room
38 Malan Road, #01-06
Event is free.
What rhythms do the landscapes play? What beats, if there are any that reverb? What residues overflow from the cusp of time, within spaces that converge beyond markers of the personal, the collective, and the corporate? Are these overflows effects of these convergences, or residues of? Are visuals mere consonances to the dissonance imbued by sounds? What about the metronome that sets the time? On whose time?
da ko da ko is an audio-visual performance, a listening, and a dialogue between Tini Aliman, Fyerool Darma, and their natural and computer-generated collaborators. An accumulation, arrangement, and employment of de-patterning that embeds the learnings from ecologies of time, the performance deploys images from the artists’ personal folders, open-source archives, and embedded experiences to prompts of collective discordances. Stock footages and hand-drawn visuals are arranged, remixed, and disrupted against sampled sounds, interspersed between the image sequences in negotiation with the litany of questions above. Putting into exercise the artists’ strategies of calibrating dissonances amidst the attention economy, the performance emerges from their interests in listening and reading, imaging their rumination of when the natural and artificial worlds becomes opaque and creative labour becomes a prompt.
Tini Aliman is a sound artist and designer, field recordist and audio engineer who works at the intersection of theatre and film sound design, live sound art performance, installation and collaborative projects. Her research interests include but are not limited to, forest networks, spatial acoustics, bio-music, botanical histories and the variables of data translations via biodata sonification. She has been involved in projects, performances and exhibitions presented at the National Gallery Singapore, NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Biennale Urbana at Caserma Pepe, Venice, Singapore Art Museum and SFMOMA. Tini Aliman was an Artist-in-Residence at NTU CCA Singapore as part of Cycle 8.
Fyerool Darma continues to live and work in Singapore. He draws on an extensive visual vocabulary from popular culture, archival material, literary references, the Internet and the artist’s lived experiences. Engaging actively with object and material experimentations, Fyerool often incorporates elements of imaging, sculpture and digital or time based medias in his installations. He attended the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art held at Residency Unlimited in collaboration with Brooklyn Rail, New York in 2023 and was an Artist-in-Residence at NTU – Centre of Contemporary Art Singapore in 2020. Fyerool presented L4ND$C4P€$ 4R3 L4NDF33LZ & 4N ♥C34N FVLL ♥F D4+4 WASTESS$ZZ, at the inaugural Seoul-Frieze with Yeo Workshop (2022). Recent group presentations include the permanent exhibition Radio Malaya: Abridged Conversations About Art, National University of Singapore (NUS) Museum (2022 – 2023), Archipelagic Futurism: an land erode into…, Calle Wright, Manila (2023), SAM Contemporaries: Residues and Remixes, Singapore Art Museum (2023) and Living Pictures: Photography in Southeast Asia, National Gallery Singapore (2022-23). He conducted After Ballads between 2017-2018 as part of the NUS Museum’s prep-room project. Fyerool Darma was an Artist-in-Residence at NTU CCA Singapore as part of Cycle 6.