[ ] with Dual Possibilities

Year: 2021

By Vertical Submarine

Material : Encased LED neon lights, waterproof plywood and metal frame

Location : Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Duration : Temporary

Collection : Public Art Trust

This installation draws reference to an extract from ‘Fan Fiction’, a poem within Singaporean writer Yong Shu Hoong's publication Anatomy of a Wave (2021), about a generation of music lovers coming of age in the 80s to early 90s -

“…out of quarter- / life crisis, hurtling out of doldrums quickly / To grandly enter the dawn of the 90s…”

The line is imprinted onto a larger-than-life sculpture of an audio cassette, this time with key words redacted, inviting viewers to mentally fill in the blanks based on their imagination. On the B-side, the Chinese phrase “危险机会” utilises the device of code-switching and alludes to how opportunity is often embedded in crisis — akin to the complex times we live in today.

The artwork serves as a layered puzzle open to diverse permutations of decoding and interpretation, speaking volumes about the myriad of possibilities and uncertainties lying ahead.

The work is commissioned by the National Art Council’s Public Art Trust as part of “Rewritten: The World Ahead of Us”.


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