May 2008

Last Friday night, Momoyo and 3 other artists made a trip into Singapore’s notorious red-light districts.

The Japanese mixed-media artist is doing a piece entitled “Smile, wear it like a costume!” for the ISEA2008 main-juried exhibition in July. This project involves capturing a variety of smiles locally across medical, executive, economic and social professions. Tonight’s highlighted profession took us to the heart of Changi village, Geylang and Orchard Towers.

Our ‘covert’ operations began at Changi Beach

At Changi village, a spontaneous interview was set up with one of the dancers at a pub.

who had more than a smile in common

Supper happened at Geylang,

where Kelly had her first taste of a local delicacy, frog.

no problems for Nigel there!

dessert was at the Soya Bean house along Lorong 27

No pictures were taken along the Geylang roads and no interviews were conducted due to sensitivity issues. Only furtive, tentative glances were made in both directions as we walked through the lanes trying to stay oblivious to the cajoling of the escorts.

Hang on to this space for more developments and photographs as Momoko travels around gathering her smiles!


Today was Luis Thadeus’s big instrument move from the Gamelan room to his working laboratory in the Institute of Infocomm research.

Thadeus is a Filipino video and sound artist whose work “Quartet” will be a feature in the ISEA2008 main juried exhibition line-up this July. His work looks into the desensitizing nature of human computer interfaces through the formation of virtual avatars, and proposes a system which repositions interactivity between a group of users (musicians) as a primary focus within a user-system interactive platform. The installation set up will involve a quartet of musicians providing visual cues to a host of computers that would activate the beatings of corresponding instruments. His instrument of choice is the Javanese Gamelans.

Marge is here to help, as Thad chooses his instruments

Moving the Big Kahuna is not an option today

Movers hard at work

Marge is a toughie

Jodi lends a hand too

Loading up

Thad with the last Saron

Finally reaching our destination

In the Lab were another group of people crowding over the model fibre optics bridge that was being built, which got Jodi noticeably excited

Keep checking these pages for updates on Luis Thadeus’s musical installation developments and more artist interviews.

On Tuesday 20th May 2008, the artists were invited to the National Museum of Singapore to view the installation spaces and galleries allocated to the exhibition segment of ISEA2008. It was also a chance to speak with the exhibition designer Laura Miotto, senior designer at GSM Design Exhibits Pte Ltd, regarding specifics of each artist’s installation space requirements and plans. Also present were the technical helpers of ISEA2008 as well as equipment sponsors to analyze the acoustic conditions of the space. After a quick tea break at the cafe in the concourse, we were led to the gallery spaces.

The “Canyon” visible at the foot of large escalators outside the Basement Gallery

Inside the First Gallery at the Basement

ISEA2008 Executive Producer Teo Swee Leng has a look around

Dr Lonce Wyse has a chat with equipment sponsors Team 108

Andreas and Marie

Gon Zifroni and Momoyo

In the 2nd gallery, one being used for the “Mozart-a Child Prodigy” exhibition in place now.

Reflections of Clea T. Waite

Swee Leng and Dr Lonce

At the very interesting 3rd Floor section of the museum where the Atelier and conference rooms are located

Momoyo and Thad jamming on the gamelan set in the room.

Jodi Rose makes some good-as-gold friends at the Museum

Dr Lonce begins discussions in the Conference Room of the museum

Mei-Kei Lai and Sophia

Keep checking this space for updates on the ISEA2008 AIR main juried exhibition setup in the National Museum of Singapore!

We needed to get more sounds off bridges, and Jodi had heard of Keppel Bay’s newly opened bridge, so we made a trip there on Tuesday, after the museum visit.

It wasn’t the most eventful of trips, since the bridge was well-fortified beyond the point of any audible vibration but we still managed to get a great view of the ocean at Keppel Bay, as well as the beautiful residential blocks that were recently built.

Keep checking this space for more information on Jodi Rose’s Global Bridge Symphony project at ISEA2008, as well as more information about other artists in residence.

Jodi Rose is an Australian sound artist, writer, broadcaster and composer based in Berlin who develops experimental music using the vibrations in cable and suspension bridges as raw material. Her work in the Global Bridge Symphony has brought her around the world, tapping these invisible rhythms from the often mega scaled structures to celebrate their power and beauty.

She has also released Singing Bridges: Vibrations and Variations, a CD of bridge compositions & remixes in 2005. Her works have been exhibited, broadcast and published in Australia, Scandinavia, UK, Asia, Europe and America, and she completed a permanent sound installation on The Eleanor Schonell Bridge, Brisbane in 2006.

As part of the Artist in Residency programme at ISEA2008, Singapore’s very own bridges are thrown into the spotlight for an inaugural presence in the Global Bridge Symphony. This reporter was privileged to have been able to accompany Jodi for an afternoon out sourcing out and sampling the bridges for installation purposes around the island on Tuesday 13th May 2008.

Road Trip…..

After meeting Jodi at the engineering Lab at NUS, we headed towards the newly opened pedestrian bridge at Hort Park (picture above). The beautiful Alexandra Arch was recently opened and had a decent amount of activity both on the bridge and on the roads below.

Next stop were the scenic bridges along the Singapore River

Orb Bridge (1)

Orb Bridge (2)

Orb Bridge (3)

Cavenagh Bridge and the Fullerton Hotel behind it

On Cavenagh Bridge with Anderson Bridge nearby

At The Anderson Bridge

On the way back to Robertson Quay, we decided to save the walking and hop aboard a River Taxi

Jodi and her very colourful Fan

The colourful meets the colourful at the Alkaff Bridge, Singapore’s Art Bridge

Drumming the Alkaff Bridge

At the Jiak Kim Bridge

Contact Mics

Packing up

Our last bridge for the day was Laselle’s 4th story bridge in their city campus and after that we headed back for a well-deserved rest.

It was an eventful day for us, having acquired first hand information about the bridges and their sonorous properties, also discovering a bit more about the landscape in the heart of Singapore. What harm could an additional scenic boat ride and a mug of hops at Brewerks do after that? : )

Did i mention that Jodi has a great sense of humour? When asked which sub-category of sound art she subscribed to the most, she replied. “musique concrete… cos thats most often what bridges are made of”.

AIR meeting

The AIR meeting was held on Monday 12th of May 2008 at 2 pm at the Playroom in the Communications and New Media Faculty at NUS. It was a time where the artists already in Singapore could meet up with ISEA committee members, and also to mingle with each other in a light-hearted setting over wine and cheese. A quick brief by AIR director Dr Lonce Wyse was followed by each artist giving an introduction to their work.

Clea T. Waite gives her project brief while Lonce Wyse (centre of picture) looks on

Nigel Heyler describing his project Run Silent, Run Deep and the AudioNomad journey

Momoyo Torimitsu discusses her project Smile, Wear it like a Costume!

and gives us a first hand look into the smile

Gon Zifroni of Metahaven describes his project Exodus

Horia Cosmin Samoila and Marie Christine Driesen talk about electromagnetism in their project

An introduction to New Media development in Singapore by the director of IDMI (Interactive Digital Media Institute) Prof Ryohei Nakatsu

ISEA2008 exhibition designer Laura Miotto discusses the spatial positioning of the installations with the artists
Pictures of the “After Party”

Cheese and Wine courtesy of the friendly people at CNM

Artists Andreas Schlegel and Vladimir Todorovic with Republic Poly’s Brian O’Reilly

Visiting professor with the Arts and Creativity Lab @ IDMI, Greg Scheimer and Republic Polytechnic’s Damien Lock

The artist who plays bridges, Jodi Rose

Nigel and a cuppa

not forgetting the ladies behind the programme, Margaret, Sophia and Michelle,

and a very shy Ida Lee.

Look forward to more updates with respect to project developments and other group meetings!

For more information about this art project, please visit the main ISEA2008 site at

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