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Talking Dreams: Instagram Live Session 5 With Song-Ming Ang

Friday 25 September 2020
10 - 11 a.m. New York Time

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Talking Dreams is an Asia Society Triennial series of Instagram Live talks featuring Triennial artists in conversation with Asia Society Museum. Join Ken Tan, executive director of global artistic programs and deputy director of Asia Society Museum, live on Instagram with Song-Ming Ang for a tour of the Berlin studio where he lives and works, and to discuss his practice, which revolves around sound and music. Ang will also share his experiences as an experimental musician and his renewed interest in modular synthesis and DIY electronics following a decade-long hiatus.

Song-Ming Ang’s works examine the social aspects of sound and music, bridging creative fields including the visual arts, experimental music, and popular culture. His practice traverses a variety of media, from video and performance to installation and participatory art. In 2019, Ang represented his country of birth, Singapore, at the 58th Venice Biennale. His presentation, Music for Everyone: Variations on a Theme, explored the myriad of ways people relate to music, on a personal and societal level, and how music can affect a sense of agency.

Drawing from the everyday and popular culture, Ang creates objects and encounters in various formats. In his work, music often serves as an entry point into other areas, like how fans and amateurs generate alternative forms of knowledge, and how structures and processes in experimental music may inform self-organization and democracy. Ang holds an MA in aural & visual cultures from Goldsmiths University of London. His work has been presented at the Camden Arts Centre (London), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Museum Voorlinden (Wassenaar), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Singapore Art Museum, 4th Aichi Triennale (2019), 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), and 3rd Singapore Biennale (2011).

To watch, follow @asiasociety on Instagram and tune in at 10 a.m. New York Time on September 25th.


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