Zai Tang & Simon Ball, Singapore
A hand drawn score of field recordings from a trail of wilderness in Singapore is melded into a cinematic environment in this collaboration between Zai Tang and animator Simon Ball. Escape Velocity II plunges into a cavity of digitally rendered space where phenomena are sensed through an endless flow of visual strokes and particles that figurate and dissipate in tandem with the sonorous sounds of nature. As an interface for the human perception of the non-human world, this synaesthetic assemblage deviates from the homogeneous framework of modernity and its anthropocentric tendencies. It prepossess a self-constituted ethics and findings its own pace in the pace in the observation of the uncanny uncontainable vitality of our exterior.
Zai Tang‘s practice focuses on the abstraction and visualisation of wildlife sound recordings as a means of responding to the spectre of mass extinction. Once abstracted from their original state these sororities are combined with other elements – drawing, animation, projection and / or performance – to create immersive and reflexive experiences that explore sound and listening as a mediator of awareness, presence and interconnection between the human and the non-human. Zai has presented his solo and collaborative work locally and internationally. The 2nd Yinchuan Biennale (2018), SIFA (2017), National Gallery Singapore (2017), Esplanade’s da:ns Festival (2013/2016), ISFF Oberhausen (2012) with Lucy Davis, and the 52nd / 56th Venice Biennale (2007/2015) with Tang Da Wu and Charles Lim respectively.
Simon Ball is a filmmaker and animator based in London and Berlin. He has a BA in film and media production, a Masters in Digital Arts and over ten years experience working accross Film, Television and Commercial animation. As an artist, Simon’s work investigates film and animation as experiential mediums. Many of his projects are inspired by urban spaces and how we relate to environments both physically and psychologically. His film have shown in galleries, festivals and exhibitions including Tate Modern, Barbican, Saatchi Gallery, London Short Film Festival, London International Animation Festival and Open City Docs Fest.