This project is based on a sound experiment conducted by Zai Kuning and Helmut Lemkhe, which they performed in Future of Imagination 6. The performance consisted of large steel cables which where hooked to a contact microphone and plugged into a portable guitar amplifier. The cables were strung to create music.
Reef, Kai Lam and Dennis Tan will do a progression based on Zai and Helmut’s sound experiment, and will be using different materials and cables of various sizes, which will be tied to The Substation Theatre’s ceiling beam, and played as a giant upright guitar.
Kai Lam is a Singapore-based artist. He studied sculpture at at Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore in 1995. In 2003 he co-founded and organised “Future of Imagination” (FOI) an international performance art event, and in 2009 he had co-initiated, “Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak” (R.I.T.E.S), which is a regular platform that focuses on performance and time-based art, with an objective to explore and present performative art projects, exhibitions and events in galleries, museums, site-specific spaces and alternative venues. Kai Lam served as president of the Artists Village from 200 – 2003 and has presented work at the Singapore Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and House of World Culture, Berlin, among others.
Arif Ayab (Reef) is a Singaporean performing artist who has been active in both the local and regional arts scenes for the past decade. A graduate of the University of Bradford (MDIS) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management, he is also the holder of a Diploma in Mass Communication University of Oklahoma (MDIS). His immersion in the arts spans across a range of genres and media. Reef is now the programme manager for The Artists Village’s Pulau Ubin Residency Program .
Dennis Tan is a sound artist and musician, currently based in Berlin. As a musician, he is a founding member of Sonic Kitchen (Germany) and had developed software for live improvisation. In 2011 he co-hosted a series of DIY electronics workshops and performances in eastern Europe. His work have been presented in Germany, Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Austria and Finland.