n. pl. cor·po·ra (-pr-)
1. A large collection of writings of a specific kind or on a specific subject.
2. A collection of writings or recorded remarks used for linguistic analysis.
3. The main part of a bodily structure or organ.
//Reviews of art. Art and language. Art and the body.
Monday, 17 August 2015
Interview with Charles Lim at the Pavilion of Singapore, 56th Venice Biennale
Interview: Charles Lim
Charles Lim: Sea State Pavilion of Singapore Arsenale – Sale d’Armi, Venice
9 May – 22 November 2015
With his sailing background, Charles Lim explains, he
sees the sea as ‘just an office’. His 10-year-old, 10-part project, Sea State,
explores the biophysical, political and psychic contours of Singapore, which this
year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence
Sea State takes as its starting
point the question of how to represent the sea. Singapore is an island state
and port that grew out of a long process of land reclamation, so the sea is key
to its identity, just as it is to artist and former Olympic sailor Charles Lim
(b1973). His 10-year-long project grew out of a residency in Thailand, where he
was introduced to the Mekong Project,
looking at the river, and the 10 parts of Sea State reflect the meteorological
measurements for sea conditions, ranging from calm to stormy.
The premise of Lim’s project is to
invert people’s perceptions of sea and land, and it includes a barnacle-covered
buoy, made as an exact replica of one that went “missing” as part of a
political cleansing act; archival material and maps; photographs; a large-scale
installation piece mapping Singapore’s sea floor; and film work, looking at
such processes and issues as land reclamation and sand piracy.