The Vault: #3.3 Scale 1:333333.333…

The Vault: #3 three

Three theatre designers
Three unique responses
Three installations
One play-text Invisibility

The third of the series, #3.3 scale 1:333333.333… is a bold spatial installation in response to selected themes from the play Invisibility by Quah Sy Ren.

Conceived as a multi-dimensional ‘organism’, this living installation highlights the ephemeral nature of relationships and the interchangeable, interdependent forces of life that exist in this larger world. Solid and gaseous CO2 is used as a key medium to embody the transitional becoming of a state. In this exploration of an organic spatial construct, the lifespan of a solid block of CO2 evaporating into thin air to that of an average human lifespan is to the scale 1:333333.333… .

Visitors will engage and contribute – by the presence of their energies in the space – to this environment, and may find themselves creating a place to disconnect and reconnect all at once.

Event Details:
30 Sep – 3 Oct 2015
Opening hours:
6.00pm – 9.00pm (Wed – Fri)
3.00pm – 6.00pm (Sat)
*last admission 20min before closing time
Centre 42 Black Box
Admission is free. Register to secure entry.

About the Series:

In this series of three installations, the focus is brought to a theatre designer’s response to text. In the absence of a prescribed directorial vision, design collective INDEX connects directly with the play Invisibility, interprets its narrative and re-imagines it using their specialized language of design. As a term, the word Invisibility alludes to the absence of bodies on stage; as a subject, it relates to the nature of a theatre designer’s work in a conventional production.

#3.1 by lighting designer Lim Woan Wen was presented in May 2015. View a recording of the work here.
#3.2 by sound artist Darren Ng was presented in July 2015. View details of the work here.

About the Text and the Playwright:

Invisibility, written by Quah Sy Ren, has been described as “a poignant tale about alienation and the search for meaning in modern urban society”. It was first staged (in Mandarin) by The Necessary Stage in 1996. The mandarin play was translated into English by Sim Pern Yiau. A browsing copy of the published play is available in Centre 42’s Book Den. View it here.

Playwright Quah Sy Ren is an associate professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chinese division at Nanyang Technical University. His main research interests are in Chinese Literature and the history of Singapore Theatre. Quah also sits on the board of directors for Practice Performing Arts Centre and The Finger Players. In addition to Invisibility (1996), Quah has also authored other plays as well as written and edited several books.

About the Artists:

INDEX is a design collective winged under The Finger Players, comprising of spatial designer Lim Wei Ling, lighting designer Lim Woan Wen and sound artist/music composer Darren Ng. Finding common grounds in quiet aesthetics and subtractive work ethos, the collective focuses on design-centric installations and performances, using space, light and sound to weave meanings and narratives. While the three designers have been working together for a substantial number of years, the collective was kick-started in May 2013 with the performance installation IN:dex, presented under The Studio’s R.A.W series at the Esplanade Theatre Studio.

As a collective that focuses on design-centric installations and performances, INDEX is primarily interested in exploring the possibilities and potential of creating narratives using the elements of space, light and sound. In their third collaboration The Vault: #3 three, the three artists seek to experiment and further expand their vocabulary through developing a series of three entirely separate showcases based on one chosen script.

Find out more about INDEX and follow their development process of The Vault: #3 three here.

Read about their reflections on the process after the all three instalments were completed.

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Missed it? Watch it here.

Click to view the documentation video featuring highlights of the spatial installation.

Alternatively, view snapshots of the behind-the-scenes and actual event happenings here.




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The Vault: #3 three revisits Invisibility, refreshes and retells the stories in them through the eyes of theatre design collective INDEX. #3.3 scale 1:333333.333… by spatial designer Lim Wei Ling is the final of three installations.

Find out more about The Vault programme here.