The Viscous Sea, 2022
Singapore Biennale 2022 Commission
The Viscous Sea is an immersive audio-visual installation that explores the effects of climate change and our relationship with nature. Reflecting on wider environmental impacts arising from the continual destruction of the Dead Sea, Ong Kian Peng developed this installation based on his research on and around the ancient salt lake while he was an Artist-in-Residence in Jordan between May to July 2022. The installation features materials gathered from his trekking trips to various rivers and valleys that are connected to the salt lake as well as audio recordings.
Ong’s residency in Jordan was organised in partnership with Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation. Singapore Biennale 2022 presents projects in a diverse range of formats. Among them, the Biennale’s residency programmes spotlight and facilitate process-based practices; they form a core component of the Biennale’s framework, which is built on the belief that the journey of artmaking is as important as—if not more important than—the final outcome.
Ong Kian Peng (b. 1981) is a media artist who works at the intersection of art, technology and the environment, Ong creates immersive and reflective environments that offer alternate visions and imaginations of our relationship with nature. Since 2017, he has been running Supernormal, an independent art space focusing on emerging and experimental art practice. Ong currently lives and works in Singapore.
- The Viscous Sea. 2022, Video. 6 channels, Dimensions variable.