A Familiar Forest

A Familiar Forest

WHEN
21 – 30 January 2021
VENUE
NTU Museum, 50 Nanyang Avenue, North Spine 3, Level 5 (go to Google maps)
OPENING HOURS
Mon – Fri, 8.30am – 9.15pm
Sat, 8.30am – 4.45pm
Closed on Sun
ADMISSION
Free Admission

A Familiar Forest

Set in an urban space, A Familiar Forest by environmental artist Zen Teh is an immersive art installation that replicates the ambience of an unspoilt forest. Taking inspiration from scientific research that has established a close correlation between human wellness and our proximity with nature, this multi-sensory installation with its interdisciplinary blend of art and science is a continued response to humanity’s desire for restoration and reconciliation with the natural world. Through her art, which consists of 34 multi-layered images of Singapore’s parks and nature reserves, ambient light, sounds and an aromatic scent, Zen reimagines the tranquillity of a forest at night and recreates a meditative journey off-site. The scientific research and healing scent component is by Dr Ching Jianhong, Assistant Professor and Director of the Metabolomics Research facility at Duke-NUS Medical School.

A complement to the concept of hygge [hoo-gah], a Danish word meaning ‘a mood of cosiness and comfortable conviviality with a feeling of wellness and contentment’, this inaugural exhibition is curated by NTU Art & Heritage Museum to celebrate the opening of Hygge, a new space at NTU’s Lee Wee Nam Library. Deliberately located in a secluded quiet zone, Hygge is a new initiative of NTU Library, which aims to provide an enclave for reflection, contemplation, and mental relaxation.

Zen Teh, A Familiar Forest. Image courtesy of the artist.

Various Locations
22 – 31 January 2021
For the House; Against the House takes the form of a debate where artworks, not words, make arguments. Drawing from the private collections of Jo and the DUO Collection, curators John Tung and Syed Muhd Hafiz set propositions for artists to respond through their practices. The new works are pitted against the storied collections.
ADM Gallery, Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, 81 Nanyang Drive
22 January – 13 March 2021
Presenting contemporary art works and archival material that nuance Afro-Asian legacies that grew out of the Cold War, this exhibition traces a historical line between early regional imaginations such as Maphilindo to contemporary appropriations of Afro-Asian histories, such as China’s development of cultural infrastructure in Senegal.
Lifestyle Event
Buangkok Square, Block 991 Buangkok Link, #01-05
14 – 24 January 2021
Buangkok Mall Life Club is an art space considering the potential of intimacy, connection and alternative economy in a Singaporean mall.
Yishun Park Hawker Centre
25 January – 8 February 2021
Fuchsia explores the notion of “Turf” as an arena and sphere of influence, to discover factors that shape relationships between people and place, fostering feelings of connectedness and belonging.