Song-Ming Ang's work is based on executing simple ideas that offer alternative perspectives on music, listening and audio culture. From the vantage point of popular culture and the everyday, Ang taps into social networks, memory systems and communicative structures as aesthetic determinants that make up the shifting frameworks of modernity.
Using the name of the gallery as its conceptual starting point, Ang's project for 7.9 Cubic Metres elaborates on the tension between the subjective and objective. The installation comprises of music reviews from Metacritic.com a website that awards an average score to music albums based on reviews gathered from various magazines and websites. 79 of such reviews are printed and pasted onto the gallery walls and surfaces of the 7.9 Cubic Metres structure.
Playing on the numeric value of â7.9', his work seeks to point towards degrees of ambiguity and arbitrariness in relation to collecting and curating, as well as in artistic and archival endeavours. More than a mere archive, the artwork attempts to reflect various connections and relations present in the art domain: of systems (artmaking and criticism), disciplines (visual art and music), and spaces (physical and virtual).
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