Territory 2: Yishun (2017 – 2018)

In search of paradise

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Jan Bruegel (1620) Das Paradies, oil on oak panel

By mapping this territory, we uncover the space and rediscover the paradisiacal land of plenty.

‘In search of paradise’ is a process-based art investigation that explores the search for this “higher place” or paradisical land of plenty. Our city is sprawling and in a constant flux, ‘In search of a paradise’’ is situated as an interrogative project that explores ‘Sembawang Hot Spring’ as a place considered by many to be one of contentment and peace.

How do sungei.net projects work?

As the title suggests, ‘In search of a paradise’’ is an expression that articulates a person’s search for. Over the course of November to February, the artists adopt a research-based approach in coming up with artistic expressions that delve into notions of paradise as a place of contentment and peace.

Two-fold Discovery Process

  • The artists will dialogue and reflect on the mapped out territory, each proposing a work that engages the community and connects the found objects/concepts to understandings of local and located praxis.
  • Visit the literal spaces of Yishun and find objects, traces of objects or subjects, which generate narratives and articulate ideas around their chosen mediums.
  • Series of field notes (or sketchbooks) to be developed to record observations or interviews and presented during art installation.

Engage the community

The more one investigates and interrogates a mapped territory, the more one learns about the complexity of its dimensions as a physical as well as a virtual space of collecting and exchanging both ideas and objects.

The artists will engage the community in the following ways:

  1. Connect with local inhabitants in understanding the site and make an artistic response to these conversations. (J.Ng)
  2. Investigate the origins of ‘The Artist Village’. (A. Tan)