Migrant Ecologies at Natural History Museum
A new installation on trees, wood, deforestation and DNA is part of a permanent Exhibit at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Singapore.
Here is a snapshot of the install showing a section of our bed, the Jalan Jati film, a rather large sauropod neck and a couple of tails whipping about in the background.
Migrant Ecologies Project at NUS Museum
“When you get closer to the heart, you may find cracks...” Stories of Wood by The Migrant Ecologies Project NUS Museum June 2014-Feb 2015.
“When you get closer to the heart, you may find cracks...” was the fourth major exhibition emerging from six years of research into stories of wood in Southeast Asia. This incarnation of the process featured two new publications, several new woodprint works by visual artist Lucy Davis alongside works by photographers Shannon Lee Castleman and Kee Ya Ting.
Tales from two “Islands after a Timber Boom” formed an underlying structure to the exhibition, the experience of which moved back and forth between Muna Island, Southeast Sulawesi (where early DNA tests have suggested as the origins of the wood from the teak bed) and Singapore island (where Davis and Kee had been researching stories of the local entrepot timber industry in and around the Sungei Kadut Industrial Estate).
Fragments of iconic woodblock prints from the NUS Museum’s collection were also reconstructed as animated shadows which weave in and out of the space.
A disappearance of forests in the region accompanies a similar disappearance of stories of wood with their attendant memories and practices. This exhibition was an attempt to re-member and re-animate these tales.
"When you get closer to the heart, you may find cracks..." was a curatorial collaboration between NUS Museum curator Kenneth Tay and Jason Wee from Grey Projects.
Photo Credits: Norman Ng