02 April – 28 September 2018
Interested in ideas of language, (anti)literature, vulnerability, vampirism, intimacy, double-agency and double-binds, affect and mourning, genre and the event, the singular and the common, Luca Lum (b. 1991, Singapore) works at the intersections of art, performance, poetry, fiction, as well as curatorial projects. She is an alumna of Writing Lab and Curating Lab 2014 (Singapore), Triple Canopy’s 2015 Summer Intensive (New York). She is a co-founder of soft/WALL/studs, an artist-run space that blends studio practice, project space, and a resource library. Alongside Kenneth Tay, she edited the CONCRETE ISLAND Reader appearing as a viral persona named “BadMuser”. Her projects and performances have been presented at Cemeti Institute of Art and Society, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (with soft/WALL/studs, 2018); Yeo Workshop, Ikkan Art Gallery, NUS Museum, Singapore (2016); LUMA Westbau, Zurich, Switzerland (2015).
Launched in 2014 by the Singapore government, the Smart Nation initiative aims to enhance economic productivity and urban efficiency through technological streamlining and boundary marking of territory and bodies. With reference to the context of Singapore’s ongoing and past digital transformations, Luca Lum turns to the city, its atypical bodies, and the “soft sites” of capital. She begins first by focusing on the diffractive relationship between two sites: Geylang, a lesser known testbed to many Smart Nation initiatives, and Marina, Singapore’s anchoring “global” image. Understanding the optical phenomena of diffraction and iridescence as relational geometries that entangle positions of proximity and distance, states of affection, and modes of interference, Lum aims to weave together otherwise diffuse images, subjects, and objects into a new set of relations that will set the parameters of reality anew. Her working methodology will cut across fictional and descriptive writing, grey literature, recordings, collage, and archive.