“Sound of Ikebana” – the theme of four seasons inspired by different cultures showcases Japan’s four seasons alongside strong artistic influences of the Rimpa School. Colours representative of China, Malaysia and India have been included to acknowledge the exhibition’s staging in Asia. Shot at 2,000 frames per second using high-speed photography, “Sound of Ikebana” is a series of videos that showcases vibrant images using various liquids (such as paints and oils) created from sound vibrations.
Naoko Tosa is an internationally renowned Japanese media artist who believes in the artistic concept that “various cultures in the world are connected just as one culture from the ancient time of human history at unconsciousness level overcoming nationalism”. Connecting this concept to a computer, she has created a new concept called “Cultural Computing”, creating a new frontier of art products to lead society to a richer future. Covering a wide range of areas, Naoko’s art includes sculpture, visual art, video art, digital art, just to name a few. She has exhibited her artworks at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New York Metropolitan Art Museum and Japan Creative Center at Singapore among many locations worldwide. Naoko is currently a professor at Kyoto University and a visiting professor of the National University of Singapore.
Now into it’s 4th edition, Art Stage Singapore presents works from 158 galleries as well as eight new country and regional platforms curated by experts of the respective arts scenes including Mami Kataoka, chief curator of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, and Huang Du, the Beijing-based art critic. This year’s fair seemed to be a bit more chill, with less large-scale installations on show compared to the previous years. The fair has shifted its focus to education with more talks and curated platforms. There were some pretty interesting and thought-provoking artworks which I really liked.