The Gathering: 千岁宫 (Qiānsuì gōng) recreates opportunities for an elegant gathering (雅集: Yǎ jí) inspired by the winding stream party experience (流觞曲水: Liúshāng qū shuǐ), and set within a Chinese garden. The new site-specific art commission continues local artist Wong Lip Chin’s ongoing interest in developing multi-modal art experiences delving into the intricacies of Chinese culture and history and is produced and curated by Singaporean curator and exhibition-maker John Z.W. Tung.
Beyond its existence as a site-specific installation paying close attention to the history and architecture of the space, the holistic experience extends beyond visuals to engage the olfactory and auditory senses through the artist-led tea and incense experience, taking place on weekends, that forms an integral part of the artwork concept. This participatory artwork is a novel installation concept steeped in culture. Emerging as an oasis within the iconic heritage site, the artwork extends beyond visuality to serve as a platform for experiences.
In developing the project, Wong’s extensive historical research and employment of antiques and precious materials towards creation of the installation celebrates both intangible and tangible Chinese heritage. By cherishing what has been valued for centuries and adapting it for the contemporary audience, the installation exists as the manifestation of the ideorealm (意境: Yìjìng) — the soul of the Chinese aesthetic experience, ever-present but nigh-untranslatable. The Gathering: 千岁宫 accords the rare opportunity of encountering a time beyond our own.
Venue: Kreta Ayer Square, 21 Banda Street, Singapore 050005
When: 25 Feb - 25 Mar 2022, 9am - 7pm