Artists from around the world will join Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists to create exciting site-specific and cutting-edge works as they explore the sites and culture of Singapore. With an expected turnout of more than 500,000 people, SB2011 is slated to be a significant milestone event in the history of Singapore’s contemporary arts development.
SB2011’s Open House theme will attempt to explore the artistic process of creating art, and how these processes relate to the daily transactions that take place between people. Thus there will be a focus on every day activities, such as working, commuting, shopping, and eating and the urban spaces in which they take place in Singapore. With this focus on real spaces and people, visitors can enjoy artworks based on the following:
Housing Development Board flats at the Singapore Art Museum and SAM at 8Q –
home to the great majority of Singaporeans, each gallery space will invite Biennale visitors to enter another person’s world, opening the door onto private obsessions, secret knowledge, personal histories and intimate experiences.
Shopping centres and night markets at the National Museum of Singapore – these works will consider the transactions and transformations that take place within the city, from urban development and its ecological impacts, to the pleasure and pain of window-shopping.
Other major art works around Marina Bay will portray individual experiences in the city. These will include The Merlion Hotel by Tatzu Nishi and a large scale installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Using smart phone technology, visitors to this installation will be able to modulate a series of robotic searchlights that form a canopy of lightbeams over the bay by using only the power of their own voice.
Opening hours – 10am – 7pm daily (last admission at 6:15pm)
Admission – Adult $10, Student/Senior citizen $ 5
Visit the Singapore Biennale website for more information.