02 April – 28 September 2018
Zai Tang (b. 1984, United Kingdom) is an artist, composer, and sound designer based in Singapore. Employing a wide range of analogue and digital technologies, his practice experiments with different ways to visualise and animate the audible. Field recordings, abstracted and combined with performance and drawing, materialise into immersive installations that explore the state of flux of nature in the context of the Anthropocene and capitalist modernity. Tang has exhibited in numerous exhibitions, including Resident Frequencies, National Gallery Singapore (2017); Railtrack Songmaps, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (2016); SOUND: Latitudes & Attitudes, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2014).
Object-orientated ontology (OOO) is a 21st-century school of thought that rejects the privileging of human existence over the existence of nonhuman objects and has generated different perspectives on ecological thinking. In line with his ongoing interests in the changing natural environments and the Anthropocene, during the residency, Tang aims to further his understanding of OOO to challenge and destabilize existing frameworks of human-centred hierarchies and dichotomies to rethink our relationship with nature. The space of the studio will also provide him the opportunity to experiment with projectors, materials, and sound.