Reconsider the ways we understand and define time

By DASSAD, in collaboration with Victoria Hertel, Neo Jialing, Euginia Tan
6 Jan to 5 Feb 2023
Objectifs, Lower Gallery 
Free admission

Fri 6 Jan, 12pm – 7pm

Pinhole Photography Workshop, $75 (Register here)
Sat 14 Jan, 10am – 1pm | Objectifs Workshop Space

Artist Talk (Register here)
Sat 28 Jan, 3pm | Objectifs Workshop Space 

Exhibition Activation: Contemplations on Being — A Durational Experiment of Noticing by Neo Jialing (Register here)
Sat 7 Jan, 12pm & 3pm
Sat 4 Feb, 12pm & 3pm
Sun 5 Feb, 12pm & 3pm
Courtyard and Lower Gallery

Bad Clocks: Alley Through a Pinhole is a site-specific and immersive installation that introduces a camera obscura into the Lower Gallery of Objectifs. By creating a pinhole in a darkened room, the environment surrounding the gallery projects back into its interiors, blending indoor and outdoor spaces with light.

Bad Clocks is an ongoing concept explored by DASSAD to reconsider the ways we understand and define time. This iteration explores the perception of time within the camera obscura, tracing back to the beginnings of photography. The camera obscura becomes a playground for interdisciplinary collaborations, inspiring visual, sound, performance and installation-based works concerned about the passing of time. This exhibition is led by DASSAD, in collaboration with installation artist, Victoria Hertel, movement artist, Neo Jialing, and writer, Euginia Tan, and with venue support from Objectifs.

About the Artists
DASSAD is a multidisciplinary arts trio comprising of Dave Lim, Adar Ng and Woong Soak Teng. Primarily made up of image-makers, the collective has been focused on human histories, environments and their associated anxieties; and ways of creating conversations around the imagination of new futures. Their works range from moving images to site-specific installations that engage mediums as messages and generate meanings out of time-based processes.

Since its formation in 2021, DASSAD has presented a public installation The Everyday Vinyl at the Light To Night Festival 2022 and was commissioned by National Museum Singapore and Maybank Foundation to create a video artwork titled Indefinite Waters for the museum’s LED Wall. Other exhibitions include About Routes, Not Roots at Art Agenda S.E.A., Singapore and An Uncanny Assortment of Objects at VT Art Salon, Taiwan and starch, Singapore.

Victoria Hertel is a German-Venezuelan artist whose practice explores the entanglement of the self and non-self. Her site-specific works are constructed to distill the energetic information of diverse materialities into sensory encounters that heighten our awareness of the larger material network we inhabit. Through the experiencing of these encounters we are invited to expand our understanding of our relational coexistence with everything.

Hertel received her BFA from the University of Barcelona and her MA in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore in partnership with Goldsmiths University of London. She has been awarded the Chan-Davies Art Prize. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows, group exhibitions as well as residencies in Germany, Spain, Austria, Poland, China, Taiwan and Singapore.

Neo Jialing is an artist, maker, poet and dancer, with a B.A. in Dance from LASALLE College of the Arts. Her works strive to create and share safe spaces, transcending atypical notions of dance with written and spoken word. She has a penchant for movement improvisation and site-specific work. As an independent dance artist, she has an interest in education and pedagogy, often learning from her students as they learn from her. Driven by the belief that dance is a visceral medium of expression, she aims to share her passion for improvisation with bodies beyond the dance landscape.

Euginia Tan is a multi-disciplinary writer based in Singapore. Her third poetry collection, Phedra (Ethos Books) was nominated for the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize. Her play-writing credits include Holidays (under mentorship of Joel Tan), Tuition (Twenty Something Theatre Festival), Modest Travels (produced by Tan Kheng Hua for Uniqlo), Fortunes (The Necessary Stage Playwrights’ Cove) and The Rat Trap (Gateway Theatre Artist-In-Residence). The Rat Trap was nominated at the 2022 Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for Best Actor (Lim Kay Siu). Her work has been featured in several literary journals. She also pens curatorial essays and contributions for visual artists in Singapore.