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Production Still from a Chinese Science Fiction Opera I
  • Ming Wong
    born 1971
    active: Germany, Singapore
  • Production Still from a Chinese Science Fiction Opera I, 2015
  • Where object was made: Berlin, Germany or Singapore
  • black-and-white digital photographs
  • Courtesy of the artist
  • Not on display
  • EL2016.010
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia", 11-Nov-2016
These three photographs are from the installation Scenography for a Chinese Science Fiction Opera by Singaporean artist Ming Wong. Wong’s elaborate hand-painted backdrops blend traditional Chinese garden aesthetics with a brilliant color palette and cosmological motifs derived from Buddhist cave paintings at sites such as Dunhuang in Gansu province. Clad in a shimmering metallic space suit with a bulbous helmet, the artist appears as if he emerged from a Soviet-era science fiction film. In Wong’s restaging of Cantonese opera as a “space opera,” the convergence of diverse source material evokes a multifaceted environment that spans many times and places.