1 February – 31 March 2017
The practice of Song-Ming Ang revolves around music, a subject matter he approaches from the overlapping perspectives of an artist, fan, and amateur musician. Spanning from classical and experimental to indie and mainstream music, he engages with a variety of material and immaterial elements such as music posters and instruments, school songs and mixed-tapes which are reconfigured through simple gestures to push an idea to its logical conclusion. Working across a wide variety of formats, he often develops participatory processes whose outcome is unpredictable and generate knowledge in unexpected ways.
Song-Ming Ang (b. 1980, Singapore) lives and works between Berlin and Singapore. He has had solo exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom (2015) and Spring Workshop, Hong Kong (2012) and has participated in numerous group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore (2016); NUS Museum, Singapore (2015); Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2014) and Haus der Kulturen de Welt, Berlin, Germany (2011), amongst many others. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2011-2012).
Currently based in Berlin Song-Ming Ang has spent almost ten years away from Singapore. The residency will allow him to research and reflect on the changes in Singapore society, in its ideals and ideology, through music. Ang will use resources available at the National Library and at the National Archives of Singapore to excavate posters, recordings of interviews and official speeches, and other audio-visual materials related to key and fringe figures of Singapore’s music scene, such as Zubir Saiz, composer of the national anthem. Chris Ho, a former radio DJ/journalist known for his anti-establishment stance; and the Chinese xinyao college folk movement that sprung in the 1980s. He also plans to address the performative aspects of patriotism and leadership by revisiting the state-commissioned National Day songs as well as the television broadcast of National Day Rallies.