Mythologies is a work of art by Jack Tan that explores various day-to-day Singaporean obsessions or concerns through a series of mythological characters based on the idea of the Japanese Yōkai (妖怪), or supernatural monsters. Exploring myth-making as a spatial, visual, performative and pedagogical activity, Jack Tan presents eight new mythological creatures through a choreographed children’s lantern parade, and public installations of flags and lanterns at Singapore Art Week 2016.
With reference to Roland Barthes’ book by the same name, Mythologies is a work of art that raises questions about the value and function of myth-making today. Tan says: “I am interested in how a society makes myth, the nature of myth itself (does it operate as 'sign' that closes down interpretation or 'symbol' that opens up further imagination?), and the mythic stories we tell each other in order to make sense of our daily fears and hopes.”
Children from Singapore Chinese Girls' School, as part of the Art Outreach Singapore programme, will construct lanterns designed lantern designed in collaboration with Melvin Tan and Darius Ou before performing a series of dances inspired by each ‘monster’ in an evening lantern parade choreographed in collaboration with choreographer Susan Sentler.
CHILDREN'S LANTERN PARADE:
7.00pm: Commences at Art Outreach at Block 47
7.45pm: Ends at Rest Stop at Block 1
Rest Stop at Block 1
Along the Driveway Entrance to Malan Road