Inner Like The OutAR
19 - 31 January 2021
Reza Hasni, Intriguant
Siah Tiong Hong (Screensavers)
Tina Fung (Space Objekt)
Suhaimi Saadan, Jen Tan
Zhen Qi Teo, Faith Ng
Eco Youth Collective SG
National Library Board,
Cats On Crack, RIFA Floriculture
Creative Project Management, Writing
Helmi Yusof for The Business Times
Interview by Indran P. for Nevermind Zine Straits Times
An experience that uses augmented reality, set and sound design to imitate the magic of nature - as if we need it.
Audiences were invited to use their smartphones to participate with the various nature-themed interactions. One installation, ‘Forest Simulator’ allowed users the choice of surrounding themselves in four immersive forest AR environments. Users could exercise control within these environments by choosing the colour of the flora and fauna and ‘sending hearts’ to the forests they like.
By subjecting audiences to behaviours that commodify nature, Inner Like The OutAR comments on our transactional relationship with nature.
On the flip side, the ‘Inner’ room of the venue offered users non-commodified, one-on-one time with nature. A deep-toned organic soundscape composed by local producer Intriguant, instructs “Sit back, Relax and Enjoy Nature”. Meanwhile, live plants, textures and the scent of eucalyptus transported the user into a rainforest. A surprise awaits in this room -- unfolding the nature vs. technology narrative of the experience further.
The exhibition is not anti-technology. Rather, it recognises the need for the coexistence of nature and technology. It uses its public exhibition platform to pose the question: if nature is all around us, why do we need to augment reality to pay attention to it?
It is a showcase by MAMA MAGNET and Berlin-based Singapore-born artist Reza Hasni, who navigates the world and its unseen energies with an illustration and motion graphics practice. His psychotropic environments are built in collaboration with coding artist Siah Tiong Hong, set designer Tina Fung (Space Objekt), audio producer Intriguant and curator-founder Tulika Ahuja.
This installation was part of Singapore Art Week 2021 and supported by National Arts Council.