Free Jazz III. Sound. Walks.
Saturday, 23 January 2021, 5.00 – 7.00pm
Sunday, 24 January 2021, 5.00 – 7.00pm
The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road
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How to breathe deeply and sing expressively in this moment when the mouth and nose embody danger? How to have pleasure in music when in its essences it is airborne and moist?
Let us return power and agency to the mouth and voice while still protecting ourselves and others. Let us express our emotions freely into the air that we all share. The Mouthful mask is both conceptual and practical. It exposes the breath and gives us an earful and eyeful of air. Mouthful projects a new sound which follows the guidelines of our time while it overcomes and embraces the obstacles we face with poetry and humor.
Mouthful is conceived by Ana Prvački, produced and manifested by Galina Mihaleva and activated by Reginald Jalleh and Zerlina Tan with original music by Joyce Bee Tuan Koh. A transdisciplinary, collaborative work, Mouthful is realized with two performative activations and as an installation and sound work in The Vitrine at NTU CCA Singapore, Block 43 Malan Road.
Joyce Bee Tuan Koh (Singapore) composes concert music and creates sound installations and multi-media works. Versatile and collaborative, Joyce has a wealth of experience working with musicians, choreographers, theatre-makers, artists, writers, philosophers, filmmakers, and architects. Originating from her interests in architecture and interdisciplinarity, her work explores notions of sonic canvas, space, and theatre of music. As described by the International Piano Quarterly, her sound world “engages the intellect and requires a different approach”. Her works have been presented at international festivals notably, International Computer Music Conferences, International Symposium on Electronic Arts, World Stage Design, Biennale Musiques France, Sir Henry Wood Promenade UK, Melbourne Arts Festival, Sydney InsideOut Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore Dan:s Festival, and Soundislands Festival.
Ana Prvački’s (Romania/Germany) background in music, theatre, mask work, architecture, fine art and beekeeping inform a cross disciplinary practice that ranges from painting to performance and augmented reality. Her experimental approach is central to a strategy for creating unique experiences and an environmentally conscious artistic practice. Her work has been featured in museum exhibitions including at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, and has also been included in the 14th Istanbul Biennial, 1st Singapore Biennale, dOCUMENTA 13, the upcoming 13th Gwangju Biennial and Bangkok Biennial.
Galina Mihaleva (Bulgaria/Singapore) is Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, where she teaches Technology, Art and Fashion. Her research investigates the physical and psychological relationship we have with garments or what she calls “wearable technology.” Mihaleva taught at Arizona State University for more than 15 years in costume design, where she often worked with renowned choreographers worldwide. She is the founder of Galina Couture in Scottsdale, Arizona where her team develops exclusive and unique collections making use of new materials. Mihaleva received the Rumi award in the US and won first place at Tiffany’s Paris Fashion Week, 2016.
Image: Ana Prvački in collaboration with Joyce Bee Tuan Koh and Galina Mihaleva, Mouthful (masked duet), 2021, installation, performance, and sound work. Commissioned by NTU CCA Singapore for Free Jazz III. Sound. Walks.