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Seasonal digital capsules by art and music label SYNDICATE

SYNDICATE presents new works in an exploration of fresh collaborations, experiments and pollination between artists, designers and creatives of various disciplines. What are the forms and narratives of a performance, when the performer is removed from the traditional setting with a physical audience? Are there specific rituals that arise in the digital sphere? Explore a kaleidoscopic view of scenes that lie somewhere between utopia and dystopia.
BY Anise (SG) x Brandon Tay (SG)
A hybrid digital art exhibition and EP release by musician and artist Anise, non-breaking space involves a stellar cast of collaborators including Brandon Tay, Mervin Wong, Sonia Kwek and Amanda Lee Koe. The artwork features music tracks from Anise that have never been heard before, created in tandem with five original illustrations, in an immersive and interactive visual experience crafted by Tay.

non-breaking space explores the othering of nature from humanity and the rituals and pathways back. Taking the shape of five music tracks within an experimental digital space, the artwork brings the audience on an auditory journey from dark electronica and glitchy beats, meandering choral glissandos and sparse rhythms, to raw emotive performances. Beginning with the apocalypse and ending with an ode to decomposition and a return to love, each piece unravels a sprawling visual landscape and invites the audience to sojourn within themselves.

"The landscapes that accompany each track interpret the evocative imagery of the music, while allowing the visitor to freely navigate its spaces. Created with real-time game engine Unity, it repurposes game technology to create a way to experience music while exploring tensions that arise when interactivity is introduced to performance in a virtual context." - Brandon Tay

"The seeing of nature as essentially other from ourselves and our bodies has dictated patterns of human behaviour and led us to develop rituals that run counter to ecology and ontology. Humanity and nature are not separate; from the bionts in our eyes to the mitochondria in our bodies, we are all nature. A non-breaking space, there is no between." - Anise
The song is nestled within the space. Come explore to discover where they live.

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The source

Apocalypse means revelation. The Source opens with Anise’s original illustration and a duo of metamorphosing effigies in the digital terrain by Tay. Creation and destruction in lockstep, sight and sound morphing to the sacrosanct codes of nature. Audiences move through topography to uncover music and transmuting images created using Generative Adversarial Networks.

Move towards the head to begin.

ANIMISM
Anise draws from "As Kingfishers Catch Fire", a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins that speaks of the life latent in all things. All is nature, all is not nature. Her music is a tribute to the quintessence of being; the topography of the virtual world by Tay responds to the audience’s uncovering of it. A full reveal of a radial painting crowns the climax of this scene.

Walk towards the platform in the next room to begin the performance.
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ANIMA ANIMUS
A four-way collaboration between Anise, musician Mervin Wong, Tay and movement artist Sonia Kwek, this space is a cautionary tale premised on the rupturing of the Jungian concepts of the anima and animus. Once exiled from living bodies, these mirrored shadow selves, form a procession destined to fall into the vast, gaping abyss seething in the apocalypse.
MUTUALISM
A tender choral orchestra croons words birthed from an intimate correspondence between Anise and Amanda Lee Koe, mapped visually into a memory palace embodying enmeshment and unravelling by Tay. Anise sings of the space between people, true reciprocity, and of being seen completely by the friends and collaborators that surround her and the slow comprehension that to love (platonic or otherwise) is to give, take, seed and to gestate within another.
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CITIZEN
This final act is an ode to decomposition. The audience witnesses dancer Sonia Kwek’s experimental return to earth using motion capture technology. The space beholds the decay of the digital, choreographed by time. Borne from Anise’s dream of decomposing into and alongside her beloved, this space is the testament to her belief that nature reclaims us in death - we are returned to it.
Borrowing and subverting from her dark folk repertoire, Anise fragments her former identity with her new sonic palette. A cinematic blend of harsh glitchy beats cut through tender, shimmering vocals. Her new music is a portrait of the boundaries or lack thereof between the grotesque and beautiful.

Brandon Tay is a Singaporean artist working between the fields of installation and the moving image. His projects are concerned with how agency is defined — in culture, technology, and politically. Drawing parallels between these fields, he creates CGI films and projection-mapping installations that depict how similar principles in these disparate domains inform each other.

Artistic collaborators: Amanda Lee Koe, Mervin Wong and Sonia Kwek

Acknowledgements: Special thanks to TVC Studio, Cake Theatre, Indran Paramasivam, Natalie Soh, Lim Jiuan, Hee Joh Liang, Godot, Joo Joo Urchins, Jonathon Chan, Lara Loi, Kho Ruiwei, Charmaine Poh, Evan Tan, Tara Transitory, Nguyễn Baly, Maria Clare Khoo, Jeremy Lee
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Brandon Tay