This paper intends to analyze the practice of fieldwork in the contexts of the social condition of Singapore through a case study of the group exhibition “Beneath tide, Running forest”. “Beneath” is a collaboration between Singapore artists and curator and National Parks Singapore and local environmental groups, and a result of various fieldworks organized by the Parks. This paper considers such an in-situ archiving within the growing desires of bringing uneventful and overlooked aspects of everyday experience into visibility. It critically investigates what kind of conflicts and contradictions exist between the ideology of making art and what is actually happening in the ‘real’ world in light of the current cultural policies of Singapore.
Fieldwork, Contemporary Art, Ecology, Environment, Site, Southeast Asia
The Arts in Social, Political, and Community Life
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session
Lecturer, McNally School of Fine Arts, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore