A ‘Wayang Spaceship’ has landed on our shores. During the day, the ‘Wayang Spaceship’ is seemingly dormant. Its own inactivity is interrupted by the occasional stray radio transmission relayed from another dimension.
At dusk, the ‘Wayang Spaceship’ reclaims its former role as a travelling Chinese theatre, illuminating the past, present and future with an operatic symphony of light, sound and image, as though it is livestreamed from the memory of a scholar-warrior, a time-travelling consciousness. Each day, after Singapore Art Museum closes, the ‘Wayang Spaceship’ activates with light, sound and film, allowing the public to commune with this solitary figure of Chinese opera.
Wayang Spaceship by Ming Wong is a site-specific work presented as a reimagining of a mobile Chinese opera wayang stage that explores the convergences between Chinese opera and science fiction. It is commissioned by The Everyday Museum, a public art initiative by Singapore Art Museum, and made possible with the generous support of Sun Venture.
Credits: Ming Wong,Wayang Spaceship (installation view), 2022. Image courtesy of Singapore Art Museum.
Curators & Artist: Ming Wong, Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Syaheedah Iskandar