The Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen would have presented R for Resonance, a 15-minute virtual reality experience. For this installation Ho Tzu Nyen started from the gong, a ritual instrument in Southeast Asia to encompass 5000 years of history: from the discovery of copper to the most advanced developments in technology. This renowned media artist creates videos which explore historical and philosophical themes, religion and the colonial legacy of Southeast Asia, as well as their underlying contradictions and ambiguity. For the film The Bohemian Rhapsody Project (2006), he chooses the setting of the Supreme Court of Singapore and uses the lyrics of Queen's eponymous hit. In doing so, Ho Tzu Nyen questions the theatrical character of a courtroom as we see it represented in the popular media, in a country where the death penalty is still in force.
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The Bohemian Rhapsody Project (2006)
Courtesy the Artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery