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THE WORLD
PRECEDES THE EYE

an affiliate project of singapore biennale 2016

Singapore Biennale 2016 Affiliate Project LASALLE The World Precedes the Eye
SHIMURA NOBUHIRO, JAPANESE CATTLE (DETAIL OF VIDEO STILL), 2015, SUPER-8 TRANSFERRED TO DIGITAL VIDEO, 4:3 ASPECT RATIO, BLACK AND WHITE, SOUND, 20 MINUTES. © COURTESY THE ARTIST AND YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY, TOKYO

Artists
Ang Song Ming, Cheng Ran, Matt Hinkley, Firenze Lai, Nabilah Nordin, Zeyno Pekünlü, Pratchaya Phinthong, Shimura Nobuhiro and Zou Zhao

The World Precedes the Eye presents the work of nine artists who are pursuing new thinking about matter in time, space and history. Spanning sculpture, installation, painting, moving image and sound, the exhibition recognises that while matter, as a resource, is finite, there are material worlds beyond the boundaries of our current understanding.

Artworks in the exhibition are the product of specific encounters and new learning about material. Firenze Lai, Zeyno Pekünlü and Shimura Nobuhiro present primary documents – paintings, found texts and a film respectively – that measure natural phenomena and social precepts. Installations by Pratchaya Phinthong and Ang Song Ming calibrate matter that is a limited physical resource, and difficult to extract. Spoken word by Zou Zhao exploring the human voice as sonic and cultural material occupies three sites in the gallery.

The World Precedes the Eye utilises an opened-out exhibition architecture that draws attention to the medium of curating and its mechanisms.

Supported by Lee Foundation and the Cultural Matching Fund.

Ang Song Ming’s installation is presented in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.

Zeyno Pekünlü’s participation is supported by the Turkish Cultural Foundation and Embassy of Turkey in Singapore.