2013. Live art; boards, acrylic, racquets, balls and bibs
During my childhood as a foreign student in Singapore, there were always 2 airports at Changi that were in binary opposition to each other. As described by travel - departure vs. arrival; place - home vs. city; space - far vs. near; and time - instant vs. prolonged. The binary vision of Changi could also be seen this way: approaching it in the darkness just before dawn meant homeward bound journey to Indonesia but viewing it at midday meant I was back in the city, far from family and home. Reinforcing the double vision, my passport is filled exclusively with stamps made at 2 locations – Changi and Cengkareng (International Airport in Jakarta).
Over the decades, the ping pong movement between the 2 airports became analogous to the uneasy, asynchronous duality of my cultural identity. Hence the work – in its installation and mode of relational interaction with the community - is an exercise to bring the 2 points closer, towards harmony.
The installation is made up of 2 vinyl-topped boards placed on stands. 4.8m in total length, the boards function as a surface where a game similar to table tennis may be played. The net line, a transparent acrylic panel, runs significantly nearer one end though, turning it into a volley game of unequal distances. Player positions are changed after each successive 5 volleys. Red sports bibs with drawings on them are provided for the players. At the end of the game, the players, wearing the bibs, are invited to be photographed standing side by side.
2013 Passports, Lorong 24A Geylang, Singapore (group exhibition)