In The Single Screen: Yeo Siew Hua, An Invocation to the Earth (2020)

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Title

In The Single Screen: Yeo Siew Hua, An Invocation to the Earth (2020)

Description

Co-produced by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) for st_age

Single channel HD Video, colour, sound, 16 min, 16:9


Deep in the tropical rainforest of Southeast Asia, a series of incantations invoke the spirits of yore, including those of the nimble, tricksy Kancil (mouse-deer) and the ferocious Buaya (crocodile). The ancient animals enact their folkloric vendetta in a furious dance of dominance, yet long-overdue vengeance is shrouded in smoke. Meanwhile, an effigy of a tree is burning, summoning a whole other host of spectres and ancestors. Conceived during the month of the Hungry Ghost Festival in 2019, while large-scale fires were consuming the forests of Indonesia, Yeo Siew Hua’s An Invocation to the Earth confronts climate collapse through the lens of pre-colonial folktales and animistic rituals. Through spoken spells and bodily entanglements, the video conjures up the fallen environmental defenders of a region ridden with ecological threats in the hope that their spirits will be reborn once again.

Date

29 September - 29 October 2020

Coverage

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Short Description

Yeo Siew Hua’s An Invocation to the Earth confronts climate collapse through the lens of pre-colonial folktales and animistic rituals.

Programme Type

Audience

General

Location

Onsite (CCA)

Collaboration

No

Commissioned Work

No

Education

No

Collection

Citation

“In The Single Screen: Yeo Siew Hua, An Invocation to the Earth (2020),” NTU CCA Singapore Digital Archive, accessed May 26, 2022, https://ntuccasingapore.omeka.net/items/show/2665.