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Top picks at the Singapore Biennale

Tiw-tiwong: The Odds To Unends by Ax(is) Art Project. Photo: Ax(is) Art Project
Urban Play by Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina. Photo: SAM
Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition Of The Works Of Industry Of All Nuclear Nations by Ken and Julia Yonetani. Photo: Ken and Julia Yonetani
Happy And Free by Boo Junfeng. Photo: Boo Junfeng
Waiting Room by Shieko Reto. Photo: Mayo Martin
Cosmology Of Live by Toni Kanwa. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Conducting Memories by Angie Seah. Photo: SAM
Unsubtitled by Nguyen Trinh Thi. Photo courtesy of the artist.
The Garden by Sean Lee. Photo courtesy of the artist.
National Theatre@50 by Lai Chee Kien. Photo courtesy of the artist
Waltz Of The Machine Equestrians by Uudam Tran Nguyen. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Monument For A Present Future by Kiri Dalena. Photo: SAM
Longing by Chi Too. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Hope Brings Us Here by Nipan Oranniwesna. Photo courtesy of the artist.
We took our time to relish the works and list down 15 of our favourites
Published: 7:53 PM, October 27, 2013
Updated: 9:40 PM, October 28, 2013
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SINGAPORE — The Singapore Biennale finally kicked off over the weekend and many of you would have already plunged into its mind-boggling showcase of works by some 80 artists across different venues in the Bras Basah-Bugis district. We’ve been following the buzz on our new, social-media-friendly micro site #artlanders and it does seem like everyone’s getting into it.

Indeed, this edition seems to be deserving of the hype. There was initial scepticism regarding the unconventionally bloated number of curators — a copious total of 27, to be precise — and the gutsy regional focus sans international marquee names. Why, you could even challenge its theme If The World Changed, for nothing else but the simple truth that nothing really stays the same.

There is certainly something different about this year’s composition. And thanks to its regional focus, it feels somewhat fresh. By now, many would have their favourites — Vietnamese artist Vu Hong Ninh’s self-explanatory Little Soap Boy over at the Singapore Art Museum or Indonesian Eko Prawoto’s huge bamboo Wormhole installation over at the National Museum, for instance. We’re chipping in with ours as well, after taking time to relish the exhibition (you can’t hurry art, after all).

Here then are our picks for the most engaging. Some might say, these are the cream of the crop — at least for us, they just left a bigger impression.

The Singapore Biennale is currently on-going (until Feb 16, 2014). For more details, visit http://www.singaporebiennale.org/. Visit our #artlanders site (http://tdy.sg/artlanders) or For Art’s Sake (http://tdy.sg/artssakeblog) for more updates and insights.

1. PEACE CAN BE REALISED EVEN WITHOUT ORDER by Team Lab (Singapore Art Museum). The Biennale’s best “wow” moment comes from this Japanese art collective, which takes over the museum’s third floor space. One enters the dark room and is immediately overwhelmed by what seems like an endless group of traditional musicians and dancers, holograms that react to your presence via motion sensors as you tentatively walk around and immerse yourself in its uplifting, celebratory vibe.

2. TIW-TIWONG: THE ODDS TO UNENDS by Ax(i)s Art Project (Singapore Art Museum)

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