Covets of an Outsider: Showcase of Works by Toh Hun Ping (2004-2009)

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Toh Hun Ping

From employing stop-motion techniques to bleaching film strips, recycling old 35mm photography reels and scratching digital printouts of old photographs, film researcher Toh Hun Ping has been experimenting with various methods of image manipulation through his video works and short films. One of the most innovative and inventive contemporary video artists in Singapore, Toh’s works have been screened at international experimental film festivals in Bangkok and Paris, as well as presented in many art venues, both as video installations and live-performance projections. He currently runs the Singapore Film Locations Archive (sgfilmlocations.com), a private video collection of films made in various locations in Singapore. In this special screening, Toh will also be showing physical artifacts from his films - a documentation of the journey through his emotionally charged works, alongside a reworking of an earlier collaboration with conceptual artist Jeremy Sharma, this time with musician and former guitarist of The Observatory, Dharma. FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE The screening will be followed by a talk and live performance.

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Tangibility

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Synopsis

A progressive degradation of a moving image of a crushing fist - broken and pixelated - brought on by the primal urge to go on a killing spree. Both images and sounds are by Toh Hun Ping.

Where Do You Think You Will Fit In This Equation of Mine?

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Synopsis

A reconstruction and re-evaluation of Toh Hun Ping’s early moving image works - an opportunity to reflect on his changing attitudes, values and mental conditions, created almost entirely via stop-motion.

Cartographer Mapping Scarscapes #1 and #2

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Synopsis

Figurative to abstract representations, created through stop-motion animations using digital scans of hand-processed, unexposed and developed 35mm color print film, are dazzlingly documented and imagined during Toh’s road trips and various travels in this work, captured in Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore between 2003 to 2005.

Blueprints for Volition City

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Synopsis

A visceral assault of distorted guitars, juxtaposed with blistering found footages, this piece was created entirely via stop-motion with hand-manipulated digital photographic prints. Featuring sounds by Toh Hun Ping, as well as guitar works from Kelvin Tan of The Oddfellows.

EX.TOIL

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Synopsis

An animated figure morphs, but does so with much difficulty and digressions. Completed in 2007, EX.TOIL was created entirely with digital scans of scratch drawings on recycled 35mm colour print filmstrips, and later animated frame-by-frame. Soundtrack by Kelvin Tan, Jeremy Sharma and percussionist Justin Lim.

Unconcealment of the Aftermaths

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Synopsis

An expression that stemmed from coming to terms with the intensity of self-doubt and uncertainty. Unconcealment of the Aftermaths combines bleached, crumpled and painted paper printouts of digital photos and video frames, juxtaposed against scratch drawings on colour print film containing old family photos; all digitally photographed or scanned, and animated frame-by-frame.

Athlete

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Synopsis

A collaborative effort by artists Toh Hun Ping and Jeremy Sharma, this work centers around the modulation and exploration of the human body told through the medium of moving images and sound. Using stop-motion, the human figure is manipulated into an unnerving landscape, set against Jeremy Sharma's sculptural sound work. This piece was first presented in early 2007 at Sculpture Square.


Collaborator

Best known as the former guitarist of Singapore out-rock group The Observatory, Dharma was with the band for the first 7 albums. Dharma’s solo practice, which came to fore with his debut in 2013, Intergranular Space, has opened up new vistas for his guitar work. Using prepared and extended techniques, his guitar no longer just plays notes and chords, but conjures forth colours, textures and even beats. Jeremy Sharma works across all media around ideas of aesthetics and production. Over the past decade, he has had a number of solo presentations including at the Singapore Biennale, Grey Projects, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore. He has also done various projects internationally, including in Malaysia, Italy, and Mexico to name a few. His work has been the subject of critical discussion in various print and online publications. He is currently teaching with the Faculty of Fine Arts at the LASALLE College of the Arts.

Dharma

Dharma

Jeremy Sharma

Jeremy Sharma

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