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The Cloud of Unknowing

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Director: Ho Tzu Nyen

Institute History

  • 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Description

The boundary between viewer and art dissolves in Ho Tzu Nyen’s sublime work, The Cloud of Unknowing. Step inside and find a comfortable space in the room. On a screen, a narrative unfolds, set in a public housing complex in Singapore, where eight characters in eight apartments individually encounter a cloud, embodied both as a figure and a vaporous mist. The film is rear-projected and looped, integrating a complex soundtrack and synchronized steam machines to create a seamless and sublimely atmospheric sense of film/audience permeability.

Commissioned by the National Arts Council–Singapore for the Singapore Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, for MAM Project 016


(Archives note:shown on a continuous loop)

Screening Details

  • Section: New Frontier Artist
  • Film Type: Artist
  • Country: Singapore
  • Run Time: 28 min.
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