Come celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday with us at SAM as we launch Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas, an exhibition for everyone and anyone with a head for ideas and a heart for adventure! Imaginarium is the new edition of SAM’s much-loved annual contemporary art exhibition for children, begun in 2010 and now in its fifth year. In the spirit of SG50, this year’s exhibition is inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag, a symbol of a young nation on the rise with the capacity to dream big and think large. As Singapore looks back on how far we have come in the last fifty years, Imaginarium propels our gaze ahead, where we can set sail on our imaginations to explore other realms full of new possibilities.
What might we be able to envision and aspire to? What worlds could we dream up for ourselves and create for others? With interactive and immersive artworks and hands-on activities at every turn, Imaginarium offers creative space where inspiration can bloom freely, and joyfully!
Featuring both emerging and established artists from Singapore and the region, the exhibition
presents fresh new commissions that will captivate both the young and the young-at-heart. With SAM at 8Q transformed into a vessel for the imagination, Imaginarium beckons the adventurers, the dreamers, and the explorers of today to embark on a journey of discovery, and together, sail towards exciting new horizons…
Artist Takashi Kuribayashi found a tree that had been chopped down to make way for redevelopment. To create this installation, he put the cut-up sections of the tree trunk into glass boxes. The remaining glass boxes are filled with leaves and small plants that the artist found in Singapore, so that when viewed from a certain angle, the glass boxes collectively form the image of a whole tree. The image of a tree contained within glass boxes is also a reference to how nature often exists in very controlled environments in cities such as Singapore. Over time, the sections of the tree trunk will decay, in the process giving life to new organisms and ecosystems, and each glass box will hold a tiny new world of its own. Takashi Kuribayashi is an established Japanese artist whose work focuses on the boundaries that separate human civilization from the natural world. He often creates large-scale installations or environments using natural materials like plants, earth, and water to deliver an experience of both sides of the human/natural boundary.
For artist Izziyana Suhaimi, the age-old techniques of sewing and embroidery are meaningful and symbolic ways of enfolding time, movement (of the maker’s hand), and the creative essence of the maker. Her installation invites visitors to create small objects using textiles, which capture their thoughts about the future of the country. Over time, the artwork becomes a collective tapestry of dreams about and of our shared future. Izziyana Suhaimi is an emerging artist from Singapore. Her work collapses boundaries between traditional and popular cultures, often combining craft-based techniques with contemporary forms. She is drawn to the time-intensive nature of the handmade, in contrast
to the prevalent culture of instant gratification and mass production.
All living creatures and machines alike need energy to survive. The world has developed so quickly in the last two centuries that today there is a big question about energy resources for the future. Competition over these supplies has created many conflicts but it has also led to numerous advances in the quality of life here on earth. This work addresses both the search for new energy sources and the need for collaboration towards a sustainable future. It comes alive only through interaction between the artwork and the visitors, where physical energy is transformed into electricity to generate light, sound and movement. We are prompted to think of how our future cities might be powered, and how this might change our lives. As the title Greenroom II: Interstellar Overdrive suggests, we are reminded that within this universe, there are still infinite potential resources and ways of living, waiting to be discovered. Vincent Twardzik Ching is an artist and arts educator based in Singapore. His practice is
driven by the belief that art can connect individuals to society and their inhabited environment. Color, form and performative actions inform many of his artworks, inviting the viewer’s spontaneous participation.
14 March – 19 July 2015
SAM at 8Q
Exhibition opens to public at 3pm on Saturday, 14 March 2015