'Space,Flat' explored the theme of violence found in the inevitable
displacement/collision/confrontation of media/discipline/craft in
any cross-disciplinary processes.
True to its theme, it was a joint exhibition involving 8 participants
from different fields: contemporary art, sound, graphic, interactive media
and architecture. Each participant was to react to different 'violent'
words (resistance, overload, scrape, pressure) and to exhibit works
based on their assigned word.
We designed the exhibition's publicity posters and our design director Budi Wijaya contributed with the artwork titled Ian, Rem, Kal.
In the cliched story of Singapore capitalism, where the 'new' is often
built by conveniently tearing down the 'old', we imagined the
exhibition venue's (an old Art Deco shophouse) violent future
in the literal interpretation of 'Space,Flat'.
The poster was conceived as a project that made use of the spatiality
of a flat substrate. By selecting a substrate that was translucent,
we prepared a condition for a visible graphic overlap between the 2 printed sides.
A photograph of a building demolition and the typography of the exhibition
title were then laid out to 'wrap' around the poster. The effect was akin
to an overprint (a printing term to describe intentional overlap of different
coloured inks) of both image and text. The visual collision was most apparent
in the exhibition title, 2 words that read in opposite
directions, both typographically and in meaning.
Ian, Rem, Kal (2008)
A global culture that is fragmented by divisive ideologies is the
condition that is situated in this artwork. Our millennium that
bears the horrific marks of these divisions sets the stage for 3
involuntary separatists: Ian Curtis' tortured life that led to
his suicide, Rem Koolhaas' abandonment of poetic space: his departure
from building interiors into the bigness of city planning and Kal El's
struggle for acceptance on earth due to his
alien origin and his impossibility of being human.
Yet these separatists miraculously share a commonality: fulfillment
through architecture. Ian: The Hacienda, Rem: CCTV tower,
Kal: The Fortress of Solitude. If the exhibition title is about
an architect's growing suspicion about his profession, then in this
case architecture plays the urgent role of being a medium that
connects people, regardless of their separatist tendencies.
Perhaps this would be a reason for finding space in flatness.
Designer: Budi Wijaya
Artist: Budi Wijaya
Assistants: Audrey Koh, Shirlie Tan