In the round: Ron Arad’s 720° lights up a public garden in Singapore
Part of Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), the 8m-high installation drapes a curtain of 5,600 silicone cords in a perfect circle, providing an interactive 360-degree stage for performances and cinematic projections.
The aim of the festival was to be truly international, linking global artists with local talent – and this rendering of 720° embodies the universal theme. It will play host to a theatrical display from Singaporean contemporary artist Brian Gothong Tan, who has created an electrifying multimedia performance – Tropical Traumas: A Series of Cinematographic Choreographies – staged inside Arad’s immersive, silicone skeleton. The self-professed ’feast for the senses’, which promises to transport you to the tropics, engulfs the space with hypnotic music and projects ethereal moving imagery onto the glowing backdrop of Arad’s curtain.
This merging of international talent is seen throughout the festival (Gabriel Chan with Wu Man in Borderlands; Oliver Chong with Fernando Rubio in Time Between Us) making for a truly global experience, and giving new meaning to Gothong Tan’s performance, with its focus on exploring and cross-continental travel. As the festival director Ong Keng Sen explains, ’We want to bring Singapore audiences brand-new, fresh productions from around the world. What’s more, our investment in supporting and developing artists, rather than simply shopping for productions, will set SIFA apart in a crowded landscape of arts festivals in Asia.’