Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Installation | The Library of Pulau Saigon

Duration: 27 March - 14 February 2016
Venue: Archaeology Library, NUS Museum


The Library of Pulau Saigon presents new works by artist Debbie Ding created in response to the state of existing literature on Pulau Saigon – a former islet located along the Singapore River until its complete assimilation into the main island in 1990. Trading books and libraries for tools, machines and the heuristic space of a laboratory, the artist has produced a speculative island of archaeological artefacts/ambiguities to be situated within the NUS Museum’s Archaeology Library. Given the paucity of information and public records on Pulau Saigon, this installation may be regarded less as an attempt to reconstruct the past of the islet, than a means to project further questions about Pulau Saigon and what it might continue to hold for us. This project grew out of the artist’s earlier work on the Singapore River.

About the artist
Debbie Ding is a visual artist and independent researcher. She facilitates the Singapore Psychogeographical Society, which is devoted to promoting a better understanding of the world through ludic adventures, independent research, digital documentation, and data/archival activism. Some of her previous projects and collaborations include: The Singapore River as a Psychogeographical Faultline (http://psychogeography.sg/river), Ethnographic Fragments from Central Singapore (http://fragments.psychogeography.sg), New Biologist (http://newbiologist.co.uk), and Last Meal (http://farmfarm.net/lastmeal).

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