|Within 140 Characters
By Bin (Kian-Peng Ong)
Sound Art Open Call 2011
|Part 1 (Performance)
Friday 2 – Saturday 3 September 2011, 8pm
The Substation Gallery
|Part 2 (Installation)
Friday 2 – Monday 19 September 2011, 1-8pm
The Substation Random Room
Within 140 Characters is an interactive sonic composition which aims to explore the social media phenomenon of Twitter, and its ability to not just entertain, but also give voice and power to those who participate in it. Constrictive, or perhaps liberating, with a unique space of 140 characters, Twitter becomes a personal broadcast station for a sundry of proclamations, from succinct to banal. This sound installation aims to investigate this by grabbing live data from Twitter to create an immediate soundscape.
The audience enters arbitrary keywords to be searched on Twitter by a preset programme. The real-time frequency of the input of these keywords would then trigger sounds to create an unpredicted environment. The artist would also perform with these tweet-generated sounds by altering their sound patterns.
As all searches are restricted within Singapore, Within 140 Characters is a sonic suggestion of the city’s virtual landscape. It behaves as a framework for people to experience the most prevalent and urgent of concerns through forms of flashing keywords and ever-changing sounds.
Bin (Kian-Peng Ong) is a new-media artist who works at the intersection of art, design and technology. His works as an artist revolves around interpreting the environment and translating it in a way that highlights issues to the audience. Bin is especially interested in our inability to perceive environmental problems and often, his works serves to alter our perception towards it.
Bin graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA in interactive Arts and currently he is a first year graduate student in UCLAʼs Design | Media Arts programme. Binʼs most recent achievements includes a commissioned audiovisual performance in the recent Singapore M1 Fringe Festival under the collective PMP, in which he was the artistic director and co-founder. He was also the first Singaporean to receive a juryʼs recommendation award in the Japan Media Arts Festival 2009.
Technical support by Medialab LASALLE
Equipment support from BlackHole212
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