Some time back, Evil Empire’s Alan Oei mentioned this crazy idea about transforming the gallery into a kind of home-base for a reality TV-type of show where artists would be cooped up with no contact with the outside world to create work.
I remember being stoked about the idea, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who encouraged him to pursue it – and even suggested he propose it for a TV show — as from what I remember from our conversation, the idea had been bandied around for quite some time already.
I was reminded of this after catching a couple of episodes of the mini-series Watch This Space, which is currently on the 0kto channel.
Say what you will about local shows, but I really do think the revived “arts belt” on okto is a positive thing. It was, after all, previously called Arts Central.
They’re airing Work Of Art: The Next Great Artist, the US reality show that counts among its judges art critic Jerry Saltz, and art auction personality Simon de Pury as “mentor”.
There’s also a series on the Singapore Biennale. I’ve only caught the episode on the Singapore Art Museum works. And while it seemed rather bland (I say this because I remember watching something similar on NHK about the Yokohama Triennale in 2008 and I remember being very impressed at how deep they went into explaining the work while still retaining a sense of excitability and wonder), how often would you get to see Koh Nguang How on TV? Woot.
But the main show for me is Watch This Space, a five-episode “reality” show with the tagline “2 artists, 1 mystery location, 10 days” – which pretty much explains everything.
I missed Wednesday night’s episode, which featured Michael Tan and Soh Eeshaun doing something at Marina Barrage. But I was very much impressed by the first one featuring Ezzam Rahman and Yang Jie’s installation of umbrellas at Tiong Bahru Plaza.
Great decision to kick off with an animated duo. The nice chemistry between the two and a commendable end product made for fun TV viewing.
Not sure thought if they’re all going to be the same (la-di-dah lite, weather issues, and brightly coloured cutesy installations) because that’s what I also saw from the sneak peak of next week’s episode 3, which has Dyn and Angie Seah setting up tents at East Coast Park.
After that, you’ve got Tang Ling Nah and Justin Lee’s project at ION Orchard, then Ketna Patel and Foo Aiwei at the Singapore General Hospital.
The great part about it is that the works from the last three episodes are still up until April 23, May 3 and May 13, respectively.
Now if only there were re-runs of Ho Tzu Nyen’s 4 X 4: Episodes of Singapore Art…
More stuff on local art on the telly please!