Angela Chong, Untitled (Hollow), video
Singesese, b. 1977, playing from Singapore, Malaysia
Installation artist Angela Chong has a keen interest in creating narratives in her works, blurring between fiction and ‘reality.' With light and darkness, she entices her audience to question the emotional attachment between the object and its owner, in the context of history and site-specificity.
She had started to create interactive works for Quite, an exhibition that she had initiated that travelled to Malaysia. She had several commissioned public works for Art Around SAM at Singapore Art Museum, Zoukout 10th Anniversary Party 2010, iLight Marina Bay Singapore in 2010 and 2012.
She had been actively showing internationally, going for several art residencies in Iceland, Japan, and Czech Republic between 2006-10. She had also participated in Amsterdam Light Festival 2012, Vivid Festival 2011 and 2012 in Sydney, 100 Points of Light Festival 2006 in Melbourne, Australia, and CP International Biennale 2003 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her recent local exhibition included Future Proof at 8Q, Singapore Art Museum, and she was featured in an arts TV series, Artist-in-Residence.
Thoughts about the Telephone process
I did not expect this to be an almost impossible task, as I felt that the work passed on to me was too complete and beautiful to work with. I could only use ways I was familiar to start with. It eventually made me try a medium I had never wanted to use before: using video. I am not even sure it should be called a video since it is less than a minute, and I had to pick up editing and sound design to make this happen. I had to say that Telephone gave me an opportunity to try an entire new medium, which I was unwilling to for a long time, and I was glad I did.