Brian Gothong Tan: Lost cinema


Date & Time

Opening Date: Fri 20 Apr 2018, 6:30pm 
Exhibition period: Sat 21 Apr – Sun 6 May 2018 
Opening hours: 12:00pm – 7:00pm, Tue to Sun, closed on Mon and public holidays


Earl Lu Gallery
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
LASALLE, 1 McNally Street





Friday 20 April, 7:00 and 8:00 pm
Saturday 21 April, 5:00 and 6:00 pm
Sunday 22 April, 5:00 and 6:00 pm
Duration: 25 minutes

Lost cinema 2018
6-channel video installation: 3 video projections, 16:9 aspect ratio, colour, silent; 3 digital videos displayed on monitors, 16:9 aspect ratio, black and white, silent
15 minutes

In Lost Cinema, Singaporean artist Brian Gothong Tan deconstructs tropes found in Asian filmography and looks in particular at three iconic films: Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love (Hong Kong, 2000), Eric Khoo’s 12 Storeys (Singapore, 1997) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady (Thailand, 2004). The experimental two-week project in the Earl Lu Gallery combines a six-channel video installation with live performances by actors Ma Yanling and Sun Phittaya Phaefuang on 20, 21 and 22 April.

Tan’s work considers the influence of dreams and narration in the construction of cinematic images. How does our perception of a film change when live performances by the actors are introduced? How does the mood or narrative change when colour and sound are removed from a film?

Brian Gothong Tan (born Cebu City, Philippines, 1980; lives Singapore) is an artist working in theatre, film and installation. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005 with a degree in experimental animation. Since then his work has been shown in theatre festivals, film festivals and multimedia installations in Asia, Europe and North America.

Tan was Director of Film and Visual Effects for Singapore’s National Day Parade in 2009, 2011 and 2016, as well as for the first Youth Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies in 2010. He received the Young Artist Award in 2012 and a Singapore Youth Award in 2015.

Brian Gothong Tan received a Creation Grant from the National Arts Council in 2016 to develop Lost Cinema.

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Cover image: Brian Gothong Tan, Lost cinema (video still), 2018 © Courtesy the artist