Monday 22 September 2014

journal | 0018A / 5724C

By Cheng Jia Yun, Euginia Tan, Selene Yap & Wong Yeang Cherng
National Arts Council 

0018A / 5724C from nusmuseum on Vimeo.

How do we map an experience? Across the grids that mark our seas, how do memories, ideas, and existence become decontextualised?  The absurdity of mapping or dividing the fluid composition of the sea into pixels of definable space parallels the tensions of confines imposed on the shifting location of human consciousness. In our work with SEABOOK, mapping is materialised through a formal treatment of trajectories of the sea –narratives are accumulated, compartmentalised and located in neat boxes, dissecting real life experiences into identifiable pixels for easy storage and retrieval.

In 0018A / 5724C, we attempt to grapple with the boundlessness of the sea, reconciling our encounters on Pulau Ubin, an island off the eastern shore of Singapore with the intransigent coordinates binding the island. Conversation snippets with islanders are met with Charles’ banal recitation of coordinates –a confluence that underpin state desires to effectively plot (and exert jurisdiction) over the sea and its activity.

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