Light Gets In

(2020)



First conceptualised in 2020 for an exhibition at the foot of Mount Fuji, “Light Gets In” thinks through the looming mountain as a metaphor, noting its symbolic and geographic weight in the physical, emotional, and mythological landscape of individuals, communities, and cities. Created amidst travel restrictions, the work is scored as a relay of 3 prompts across 2 countries:

1) for residents in Japan – to write or dialogue with the artist on their acquaintanceship with Mount Fuji, alongside a photo of the mountain (visible or otherwise) from where they are,

2) for myself and local friend-participants – to go on field trips to try seeing Mount Fuji from Singapore, and

3) make a composite image of the Singapore landscape alongside the images received from Japan.

Gathered here are sentiments and moments that surfaced during the exchanges, alongside the artist’s reflections on this exercise of attempting to face, look, and plot across a distance.
Notes

Medium:
Participatory Exercise and Installation;
Participants, HD Video with 2-channel sound, 3 split-flap displays (laser-cut acrylic, servo motor, die-cut PVC flaps, arduino and code), images printed on transparencies

Exhibited in:
Fujinoyama Biennale 2020, Japan
ON/OFF/SCREEN, Deck, Singapore

Project website:
www.lightgetsin.cargo.site (Eng)
www.lightgetsinjp.cargo.site (Jap)
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