Editorial

Devendra Banhart: "I'm kind of just home everywhere I am."

Devendra Banhart: "I'm kind of just home everywhere I am."

We caught up with Devendra Banhart in an almost empty theatre — where he mused about enigmatic Hong Kong, what runs through his mind when the world gets too loud, and the connections observed in the people who pass him by. 

 


'The Future Starts Here' at the V&A questions our overfocus on technology

'The Future Starts Here' at the V&A questions our overfocus on technology

"It's a time of change, which explains why there's some anxiety towards the future."

Mariana Pestana, Co-Curator of The Future Starts Here at Victoria & Albert Museum in London speaks about her curatorial process of setting up a show that brings up the complications of technology, the societal state of nations around the world and working with Miranda July on a commissioned installation.


Altruism in Art-Making with The Artists Company

Altruism in Art-Making with The Artists Company

Do we value art based on the intensity of labour or the weight of the creator’s name?


"Technology in art merely reflects the way we perceive our world." — Hannah Tan

"Technology in art merely reflects the way we perceive our world." — Hannah Tan

Back in March, Singapore-based gallery Supernormal hosted Technology in Art – an exhibition in collaboration with SAND Magazine to explore the role of technology in art making. Works selected ranged from device, new media, video art and hybrid practices.

One such example would be Hannah Tan's showcase of her research-based work, namely Vacillations and Sieving Sound and Light (2018) – in which she involved ultrasound imaging technology to reinvent her relationship with ambiguous elements present in our world.

"Play in itself is what drives our artistic tendencies." — Yuichiro Katsumoto

"Play in itself is what drives our artistic tendencies." — Yuichiro Katsumoto

The compact disc used to be a symbol of the multimedia era. Now, it has become almost obsolete. Most consumers today listen to music on streaming services as compared to the physical format. Yuichiro Katsumoto's CD Prayer (2018) pays homage to this once-loved medium, reviving the CD as the halo of the Buddha statue that simultaneously plays hi-fi music. 

Before he showcased his work at Supernormal's Technology in Art exhibition back in April, we caught up with the gadget maker who references the zen-like qualities of Korean American artist, Nam Jun Paik, as well as Shin Buddhism for this particular work.