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生 Rebirth as part of 醉生夢死 erosion

Benedict Yu

Community Installation

11 - 15 Aug 2021, 12pm to 9pm daily (no registration required)

Registration required for these activities:*
Studio visit:
11 & 12 August 2021, 3 to 6pm

13 & 14 August 2021, 3 to 5pm & 6 to 8pm

Studio tours:
15 August 2021, 6 to 9pm

With the support from Art Outreach Singapore, we are fortunate enough to kickstart the preparation for “生 rebirth” as one of the key installations of “醉生夢死 erosion”. “醉生夢死 erosion” is an immersive multidisciplinary exhibition interweaving visuals arts, performance arts and technological arts.

Reflecting on the hardships of the pandemic and the rise of virtual communication, artist Benedict Yu and The erosion Collective present “生 rebirth”– an experimental and participatory installation. The exhibition hopes to revisit the collaborative strength of people and communities during this tough time.

During the period of the exhibition, we are able to see how one White Spider Lily is able to grow into a garden contributed by volunteers from all over the world.

White Spider Lilies (彼岸花 “Bi An Hua” in Mandarin) are often mentioned in East Asia's floral languages which describe the conceptual idea of "crossing from the physical world to the spiritual world." By folding these paper flowers, volunteers along with the artist are able to commemorate the victims of the pandemic. Some of the volunteers who have lost their family members, friends, or colleagues, translate their complex emotions and sorrow into the process of paper folding. Through virtual gatherings, people across the globe were also able to share difficult yet meaningful conversations.

Each flower takes 2 hours to make, from cutting 8 pieces of 10cm x 10cm of squares of A4 printing paper, to gluing the petals. Each process takes a tremendous focus and dedication. Some volunteers have expressed the paper folding process as an activity that takes place in their worlds of constant flux and chaos, being at peace in their minds, and joy for the small accomplishments in lives.There are over 70 volunteers that had dedicated a total of 900 hours to this healing process.

Please make sure to join us from 4 to 11 December 2021 at the Arts House!
*Kindly note that these activities follow a pay-as-you-wish model to cover production costs ($5 suggested). To ensure the safety of all participants, each slot will only accommodate 6 pax on a first-come-first-serve basis.

About the Artist(s)

Benedict Yu is a multi-disciplinary art practitioner and researcher who explores Eastern philosophy, psychology, and human behavior through the lense of contemporary arts, conversational interaction, technology, and artificial intelligence.

His works and researches have been shown internationally in London, Kyoto, Tokyo, Berlin, Barcelona, Rovereto, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Some of the places include Marina Bay Sands, National Museum of Singapore, National Design Center, Gajah Gallery, and Fondazione Opera Campana dei Caduti (Italy)


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