unrealised is a digital extension of the National Gallery Singapore’s exhibition area accessible only via the Gallery Explorer app. Developed in dialogue with artists Heman Chong, Erika Tan and Ho Tzu Nyen, it links and tests the potentials of different forms of representation pervasive in our post-information age within the physical spaces of the two long-term displays, Siapa Nama Kamu? and Between Declarations and Dreams featured in the DBS Singapore Gallery and UOB Southeast Gallery.
The three artists respond to three different aspects of the exhibition. Tzu Nyen responds to artworks with the figure of the tiger in them; Erika to corridors and spaces in the exhibitions and Heman to exhibition titles. Kevin Lim, Deputy Director of Co:Lab X, the Gallery’s dedicated innovation team, observes: “Tzu Nyen and Erika’s works are activated via proximity-based iBeacons. The iBeacons will both notify users when they are in the vicinity of the work and bring the work to a halt if the user moves out of range. This utilises iBeacons not to push information to a user, which is how they are most commonly used, but to deliver a digital artwork that is a response to the physical exhibition they are standing in. With this, unrealised takes a step towards bridging the analogue and digital world with artists.”
unrealised is conceived by curators Shabbir Hussain Mustafa and Charmaine Toh. Its digital surface was developed by Gallery’s Co:Lab X team, which is headed by Kevin Lim, in collaboration with Accenture, Innovation Partner to National Gallery Singapore. The Gallery Explorer mobile application is free to download on the App Store and Google Play.
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