LET THE MUSIC REVOLVE (AGAIN)
(Letters, posters, digital prints, 594 x 841 mm & remixed music tracks, 2018)
Was there revolution hanging in the 80s air? Were the rumbles synced to the rhythm of peopleâ€™s grumbles? Looking at the Slovenian video art archiveâ€™s many 80s music videos feels like peering into a crystal ball from reverse â€“ the (mis)fortunes of an era told backwards â€“ accompanied by a soundtrack of punk and underground music.
The exhibition and its title is a reflection on Let the Music Revolve, a 1989 exhibition of Slovenian video art in a Singapore television factory. An exhibition that unravelled amidst the winds of change in the 80s is made to play out once more in todayâ€™s uncertain climate. What might this present hold?
To what politics, what soundtrack and at what volume?
A series of letter correspondence between the Slovene curator of Let the Music Revolve and the Singaporean coordinator from the 80s, interjected by the artistâ€™s own letters to them. A pair of contemporaneously-made exhibition posters for the 1989 exhibition in Singapore and the 2018 exhibition in Slovenia, titled Let the Music Revolve (Again) that re-visits the former. Three Singaporean DJs (rEmPiT g0dDe$$, xexexe & Irfan Kamal) were invited to remix the music of three 80s Slovene videos. An exhibition and a party: would echoes of the past move contemporary bodies?