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ART ABOUT DEMOCRACY AT FREO ARTS CENTRE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, democracy, fremantle arts centre, western australia by freoview on July 30, 2016

 

There are a lot of plastic pipes and a fifteen-metre wall of water at the Fremantle Arts Centre but there is no plumber anywhere to be seen for the intriguing Every Point of View show by Singaporean artist Matthew Ngui.

It is the Australian premiere for this large-scale installation that was commissioned by the Singapore Art Museum to mark the 50 years of state independence.

Ngui wrote ten statements about democracy on the pipes from a cross-section of Singaporeans, but I was unable to even construct a single word out of them, so is Ngui’s observation that democracy is a garbled message?  Or maybe the plastic pipe material he uses means that democracy is a pipe dream.

As one person said democracy is the perception that the people are in power, but we all know that we often feel that is not the case.

There is also the Swimming; at least 8 points of view fifteen-metre-wide projection of Ngui doing laps in a swimming pool.

I really like the show and if you look carefully at the photos you’ll see I even did a selfie of me in the democracy projections.

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