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Vivian Wang
Beat the Blues – A manual for absurd times, 2021
Commissioned by NTU CCA Singapore

22 Jan 2021, Fri - 28 Mar 2021, Sun

Free Jazz III. Sound. Walks.


Instructional exercise* ONE is LIVE NOW


Instructional exercise TWO is LIVE NOW.


Instructional exercise THREE is LIVE NOW.

“Do you find it hard to concentrate these days? Perhaps the blues bug just keeps nipping away at your heels? Are you bored and feeling listless or always struggling to keep going? When was the last time you did something different, something a little adventurous, slightly odd or just for the fun of it? Can you spare 10 to 15 minutes for a simple creative ritual? “

Wang offers an instructional manual of self-therapy to perk up your spirit. Activate an appreciation for life, expression, awareness and presence through sound, vocalizing, movement and imagination.

All instalments are available as downloads.

*best listened with headphones

*The poem quoted in exercise three is by Pauline Oliveros, “The Earth Worm Also Sings” (1992)




Vivian Wang (Singapore/Switzerland) is a composer, sound artist and musician whose interest lies in exploring intermediate spaces, producing works across a range of sonic intersections. Her 16-channel sound installation Priests & Programmerswas commissioned for the inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial in 2019. Recent performances happened during the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019 and Utrecht’s biggest music festival Le Guess Who. Her collaborators include sound artists Tarek Atoui and Lasse Marhaug, as well as pop artist Jenny Hval. As a founding member of Singaporean experimental rock group The Observatory, Vivian has toured extensively. She appears on Utech Records as ARCN TEMPL.


Sound, text and narration by Vivian Wang, Beat the Blues – A manual for absurd times, 2021, sound walk. Commissioned by NTU CCA Singapore for Free Jazz III. Sound. Walks. Image by Sissi Kaplan. Courtesy the artist.