The Lapse Project
By INTER-MISSION (Singapore)
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26 Apr – 12 May,
Daily, 10am – 10pm

Gallery II, Festival House


 
Free

Multimedia exhibition ‘disappears’ Singapore monuments to probe reality

There is the country Singapore, with its physical and metaphysical repository of stories, memories and lives, past and present. Then, there is Virtual Singapore, as seen through the filtered lenses of virtual reality, or VR. With most of Earth already accessible from a browser and the certain rise of VR in media and entertainment, it will soon be possible to explore Singapore’s every nook and cranny while one remains in situ.

But what is the impact of this virtual world on our collective reality? This is the question The Lapse Project poses in response to the pervasive creep of technology into everyday lives. In particular, itshines the light on our relationship to monuments, asking: does technology help us to remember,or forget?

Using advanced digital technology, The Lapse Project carries out a 21st century David Copperfield disappearing act on familiar landmarks around Singapore’s Civic District, erasing The Arts House, Singapore’s oldest building, and neighbouring national monuments — Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, and the National Gallery — from the perceptual field of exhibition visitors. Harnessing a mix of virtual reality, video and sound effects in order to remove the familiar presence of site and self from audiences, the multimedia exhibition turns visitors into subject matter, forcing them to contemplate the monuments’ historical significance through their very absence.

Step into The Arts House to ponder where reality ends and the virtual begins. Exhibit runs for the entire duration of the Singapore International Arts Festival 2018.

“Our national monuments…serve as tangible reminders of our shared heritage. Together with the stories and memories they hold, they provide us with a better understanding of our shared history and heritage, and a greater appreciation of the places around us.” - National Heritage Board Singapore

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