A computer analyses the frequencies of metal music audio files. When the frequency exceeds a certain range, it triggers an intercepted electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) unit to send voltage directly into the arm, causing the muscle to contract and the arm to jerk. The writer’s elegant calligraphy is thus disrupted and imbued with the music, in fact resulting in text more similar to metal logos.
Ng Sheng Yong's PenMANship (2018) playfully hacks into the operation of the human arm, transmuting the mechanics of handwriting. The work was shown at Singapore-based gallery Supernormal as part of the exhibition —Technology in Art.
In this interview, we catch up with the artist who believes that questioning the future is more important than merely taking in answers presented to us.