Wednesday, March 22, 2006

I have escaped even myself

I have escaped even myself.

I am the escaped one,
After I was born
They locked me up inside me
But I left.
My soul seeks me,
Through hills and valley,
I hope my soul
Never finds me.

"I am the escaped one"
Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935)

How did I come to be this, the person I suppose I am? I am merely
myself. So who asked the question? In the mirror, I see that which the
others call "me". Hello. Are you there? The only true thing that I can
completely trust. Or should I? If only you were me. Or if I were you.
Though I also believe I truly were you. Am I not? I have not escaped. I
have escaped.

"I have escaped even myself" is the second in a series of experimental
music/sound art events presented by the Singapore Sound Art Collective
(sporesac). Building on the success of "I have lost friends" in
Februrary 2005, the series continues to showcase a range of local and
global artists in their attempt to ground abstract experimentation
through the immediacy of sound. Turning a reflective eye inwards upon
the personal psyche, "I have escaped even myself" attempts to address
the elusive nature of the self.

In the realm of performance and art, what defines the artist as self?
Is this his or her undertaking alone? Is the artist not a fiction, one
fashioned by an audience, even a non-existent one? Featuring six solo
sets of sixteen minutes each, a continuous collage of sound with five
bridging segments is presented, each a brief improvised collaboration
between the artists, allowing a flow of processes that dissolves the
idea of singular performances.

This ongoing series is conceived by Yuen Chee Wai, researched by Alex
Goh and produced by Harold Seah. Presented by sporesac / Flux Us, with
the strong support of 72-13.

"I have escaped even myself" will feature Zai Kuning, Evan Tan, George
Chua, Yuen Chee Wai, Lasse Marhaug and John Hegre (Jazzkammer)

The evening will conclude with a panel discussion with the involved
artists, and their thoughts about the idea of solo performances and
composition will be discussed.

25 March 2006 (Saturday), 8pm
at 72-13 (
$15 tickets available at the door and Flux Us.
For details, please email


sporesac (singapore sonic arts collective) is an open-ended assemblage
of like-minded musicians and event organisers that seeks to create
greater awareness of experimental music and sound art in Singapore and
its region. Made up of diverse individuals who nevertheless share a
passion for avant-garde sounds, the collective has set its mind on
strengthening the emerging experimental music scene in Singapore with a
number of ongoing initiatives.


A converted rice warehouse, 72-13 is the new home of TheatreWorks
( Its primary purpose is to encourage
collaborations, house residencies from creatives around the world and
to encourage hybrid creative expressions from young Singaporeans.
TheatreWorks, responding to the needs of the creative scene in
Singapore, has consciously created 72-13 to have a wider and a more
inclusive agenda.

This event is made possible with the partnership of 72-13 and Flux Us.

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