We all have songs that we love despite knowing better. When it comes to the seductive illusions of music and film, what, if any, are the rules of attraction?
As an artist whose practice focuses on the everyday and popular culture, Song-Ming Ang’s lecture performance, presented for the first time in Singapore, explores the seductive qualities of music. From cover versions to guilty pleasures and propaganda pop, Ang provides keen observations and cheeky confessions on how we succumb to the artifice of music, film and art.
The practice of Song-Ming Ang (b. 1980, Singapore) revolves around music, a subject matter he approaches from the overlapping perspectives of an artist, fan, and amateur musician. Spanning from classical and experimental to indie and mainstream music, he engages with a variety of material and immaterial elements such as music posters and instruments, school songs and mixed-tapes which are reconfigured through simple gestures to push an idea to its logical conclusion. Working across a wide variety of formats, he often develops participatory processes whose outcome is unpredictable and generate knowledge in unexpected ways.
Image credit: Song-Ming Ang, Zaireeka Listening Party, The Substation, Singapore, 2011. Photo: Genevieve Chua. Courtesy the artist.