Interactive audiovisual installation
A glacial tension that unwinds and abberates.
Sonic runes, Ruins, shoe ins. The tweak ‘n’ twang
Culled limbs, textures and scat marks that erode
PIROUETTE to the errant,
Mervin Wong x PALLAVI
Two-channel sound installation
The Projector Singapore
Curated by Louis Ho
Insulate is a sonic installation informed by the soundscapes of filmic utopias and dystopias, including The Color of Pomegranates (1969), Blade Runner (1982), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), and Dune (2021). Employing a varied range of aural sources, ranging from found noise to synthesized and performed sounds, the work presents various auditory configurations of the happiness ideal. As the artist puts it: “I explore different imaginations of an escape from the unhappiness of daily life, the small bits of unhappiness that collectively adds up over time and builds a sort of debt of happiness that weighs us down continuously over time.” The sonic conjuring of this happiness debt is channeled through the diegetic worlds of cinema, asking the fundamental question: “To what extent does sound seal us within these worlds, demanding a suspension of disbelief to remain within?”
Created for Sengkang General Hospital (Singapore)
Sanctuary is a sound installation composed, recorded and produced by Mervin Wong. Inspired by the synnergy of art installed within the area, Mervin Wong’s Sanctuary seeks to be the ether of live that weaves through this area in harmony.
Over a period of 24 months, Mervin Wong collaborated with Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music as well as Sengkang General Hospital who supported the development of the work. The artist proceeded to unfold layers from recordings, textures and nature to create Sanctuary.