b. 1971, Singapore
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists JACK TAN

Singapore Biennale 2016 Artists JACK TAN


Hearings, 2016

Textile hangings with audio recordings (set of 8) (27 to 29 Oct 2016, 2pm) and ‘live’ performances (29 Oct 2016, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm) at Chamber,
The Arts House; bound manuscripts, music stands and speakers with audio recordings (set of 8) at SAM at 8Q (30 Oct 2016 to 26 Feb 2017)

Hangings 150 × 120 cm each; manuscripts
25 × 17.6/25 cm × various widths (closed/opened dimensions, each);
recordings various durations 1:04–3:59 mins;
‘live’ performances total duration approx. 17:00 mins (each)
Collection of the Artist

Tan brings art and law together to explore ‘legal aesthetics’. This work presents part of his collaborative project with the Community Justice Centre (CJC). The project explores the experience of litigants-in-person at the State and Family Courts of Singapore. As an artist-in-residence at CJC and the Courts, Tan attended court proceedings, listened to the soundscape of the courts, paying attention to the use of voice, and documented what he heard as drawings. The artist turned his drawings into graphic scores, which were then interpreted and sung by the Anglo-Chinese Junior College Alumni Choir.

Production supported by: Ethan Seow