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Handfalls & Deephorizon

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-nurturing a culture of sustainability through the arts

Exhibition Opening: Friday 10th May, 19:00

Exhibition Dates: 10th May to 19th May, 10:00 - 22:00

Venue: ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands → more info


Ichi Ikeda (JPN)

Using the imagery of hands and lotus flowers, the project sends a strong message: “let’s create a new landscape for the future from here and now and contemplate the idea of a renewed relationship between the nature and the human beings”. The multiple images of hands holding clean water suggests that this water is perhaps not only the very same that grows the leaves and flower of lotus landscape created out of floating photographic images, but the hands themselves stand for a society fully loaded with hope and wishing for a good future. Joined, the images of natural flowers and human hands depict a new kind of a landscape woven by both nature and human crafts, hinting us all to find what the artists has called the “primary relations” between our life and surrounding environment, in order for it to become one and the same.

With the aid of an undiffused light source and the ponds surface to create a “water mirror”, the murmuring flow of air effervesces from below the ponds surface and like a breath across the water’s surface transfigures into soft wavering effects across the structure of the Museum’s façade. Unlike an ordinary mirror that faithfully reflects the object placed in front of it, the effect coaxed off the pond’s surface is best understood as a language of the environment in dialogue with the entire surroundings.



With the Deephorizon, the supreme discipline of art -oil painting- has come back. Following the explosion and sinking of a BP oilrig, oil gushed unabated for three months into the Gulf of Mexico, raising the prospects of a historic environmental disaster.

Winds from the Southeast nudged the slick northward, floating near the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi where it began to paint the coastlines. Conclusively, oil painting evolved into generative bio-art, a dynamic process the world audience could watch live via mass media. With an oil painting on an 80.000 square miles ocean canvas with 32 million liters of oil never before has this art form been as relevant and visible as today.

To create the Deephorizon work aerial images from the oil spill were used exclusively. However, the right to use them "as is" was renounced and the decision was made by the artists to adopt the use of a special digital imagery technique to transform the aerial images into “Half Ready Mades”, producing a statement about the disconnection of form and color and about contemporary and futuristic imaging procedures. has stated “the visualizations of the oil slick of Deephorizon represent the “Verkuenstlichung” (“artificiality”) of nature and the Vernatürlichung (naturalization) of art.”



UBERMORGEN.COM is a Swiss–Austrian–American artist duo founded in 1995 by lizvlx and Hans Bernhard. They live and work in Vienna, Basel and S-chanf near St. Moritz in the alpine Engadina valley in Switzerland. Their earliest works were part of the avant-garde movement (Hans Bernhard with etoy, 1994–1998) and were exclusively shown online (World Wide Web). This work became part of the Internet art and Digital art history that is now researched at universities (dissertations, thesis) and taught in (Art history). The collaboration with both their children (Superenhanced & Spielendes Baby – Schlafendes Baby), the inclusion of Hans's mental illness and the merger of private and public life led some critics and academics to consider UBERMORGEN.COM as a Gesamtkunstwerk.

Ichi Ikeda (JPN)

Osaka-born artist Ichi Ikeda has dedicated the majority of his prolific career to raising global awareness around water issues and conservation through both large and small-scale interventions. His art serves as an inspirational focal point for the exchange of water-related information. His interventions include international conferences and seminars, community activism, public performance and interactive WaterArt installations. Specific projects include local water-carrying actions in Japanese markets, a supper for people affected by the construction of a dam, as well as sprawling "paintings" made from the deposits of polluted water and river silt on cloth. In 1997, Ikeda developed the Arcing Arc project which brought the cities of Kaseda and Taipei together through a series of public installations, calling attention to water conservation and specific environmental conditions shared by the two cities. The Arc has since expanded to include the cities of Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok and Yogyakarta.

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