Elysium

n. the place at the ends of the Earth to which certain favoured heroes were conveyed by the Gods after death/ a place or state of perfect happiness |

Singapore Art Museum (S.A.M)
Our visit to the museum was guided by Moni who so patiently brought us around most of the exhibits. One of my favourite was Terms & Conditions, an effort by artists of Arabic/Middle Eastern roots who put together an array of contemporary art.

Here’s some clay work representing the diverse background of the people in Egypt. From the priest donning the vestment with the iconic gothic cross (first from the left) to civilians in their daily wear, the amount of detail and effort put into this piece of art is impressive. 

At first glance, it appears that you’re watching a broadcast of a man reading out his suicide note. (Similar to Seung-Hui Cho’s video recordings that he sent to NBC News prior to the Virginia Tech massacre) But upon closer inspection of the subtitles, the man is in fact reading out the love story between a Persian king and his newly wedded bride Scheherazade  from One Thousand and One Nights. In this narrative, Scheherazade escapes execution by telling the king a story a night and ending each day’s session with a new one, so that the king would spare her life to hear the conclusion to each story. When we parallel the events of One Thousand and One Nights to the man narrating the novel in the video, we then gain insight on what it means to record oneself reading aloud his/her own suicide note. Perhaps instead of the conventional intention of leaving people feeling guilty over his reasons of suicide, this exhibit implores us to consider instead the attempts of the individual to prolong his death sentence that society has inflicted upon him.

Refuge by Grace Tan
I found this aesthetically pleasing and it was one of my favourites for the day :) Made from Polypropylene loop pins (those that you find on new clothing tags), the millions of sub-units together make up a stunning cloud structure.



Unveil the curtain to the window with no ledge by Ryf Zaini
Accompanied with the quote “The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness” (Nikos Kazantzakis), Ryf Zaini’s installation serves as an invitation to those who seek enlightenment. You enter into a dimly lit room with the installation’s lamps at the only light source, and notice a chair in the middle. The blinking lights are at first like stars that enthral you to come take a seat. After which, you notice the frequency of flashing increasing, and you paradoxically become blinded with the presence of too much white lights. The finale comes when the power is cut off and the room becomes pitch dark, and you find yourself surrounded by a glow-in-the-dark tape that reads “Certified: Product of Enlightenment”. Light is usually a symbol of illumination, that spark of genius “Eureka!”. But Ryf Zaini’s take on the idea of technology and its “capacity to aid as well as to incapacitate” goes hand in hand with the quote by the Greek philosopher he provided at the start of the exhibition. Cleverly thought out, he says:


IN CASE OF

EMERGENCY

BREAK GLASS
IN CASE OF 
GOOD IDEAS 
BREAK GLASS
IN NEED OF
enLIGHTment
BREAK GLASS free
After a session of digesting such heavy art, I was really looking forward to having dinner at Kilo@Pact with a very dear friend of mine. 

Ebiko - Capellini in light cream, Smelt Roe, and Sauteed Prawn



Seared Tuna Salad - Rocket, Capsicums, Onions, Wasabi Sprouts
Tuesdays~Sundays
1100~2200 (closed between 1500 to 1730)
#02-16/17/18/19 of Orchard Central
Call +65 68447560 for reservations
The ambience is great if you’re looking for an evening to just chill and have a quick catch-up session. We had trouble taking photos as the lighting there is dimmed to provide a warm dinner setting but we managed to anyway (bringing our plates to the best light source and standing there taking multiple shots while others watched). 
It’s my last week of my 2013 Summer Vacation and I’m glad it’s starting out pretty well :)



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