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Sonic Encounter (Moscow) (2008) by Zulkifle MAHMOD

Mixed media

Commissioned by The Arts House for Poetics of Space as part of Spotlight Singapore in Moscow (Russia) and exhibited at Osage (Hong Kong)

Sonic Encounter is a sound installation by Zulkifle Mahmod originally created for the non‐local audience in Moscow. Thirty white globes that are suspended from the ceiling in varying heights make the physical body of the installation. These circular‐shaped objects, which resemble the typical Singaporean street lamps, emit a band of different soundscapes sourced from the city of Singapore that the visitors can experience and discover. At the same time, these globes also alludes to the game of connecting the dots, serving as linking “nodes” between the medley of social activities that make up the mesh of a united and harmonious nation.

These auditory “objects” are found from the diverse religious and commercial sites throughout the city; they are mixed with electronic sounds and processed as artistic outputs by the artist. The resulting soundscapes evoke a sense of place and activities that are familiar and yet at the same time, unfamiliar to the local audience.
The sounds that are inherent in the auditory experience can be found from historically significant and important religious sites such as Sultan Mosque the Abdul Gafoor Mosque and the Sri Krishnan Hindu Temple: commercial sites such as Orchard Road, Rochor Centre and Bugis Market; Arab Street, one of Singapore’s most atmospheric ethnically distinctive neighbourhoods; Bishan Park, a former burial site which has been redeveloped into a housing estate and Changi Airport.


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