Seeding stories (exhibition and deposited artwork)

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

Researchers

  • Lucy Davis

    (Director)
  • Chan Zachary (Designer)
  • Muhammad Faisal Bin Husni
  • Ya Ting Kee (Cinematographer)
  • Siddharta Perez (Curator)

Research units

  • The Migrant Ecologies Project
  • National University of Singapore Museum

Abstract

Our proposal work was selected by an international jury of artists and scientists from 100 entries from all over the world for an exhibition called Agri Cultures Seed Links.
A single grain of wheat from the interior of a 133 year-dead 4.7m, salt water crocodile shot 1887 at the mouth of the no-longer-existing Serangoon river Singapore and kept for over a century in the Raffles Museum, migrated to the arctic circle was ceremonially buried in Platåberget, adjacent to the Svalbard Global Seed Bank on 10th June 2019. This was part of a contemporary art work by the Singapore-Helsinki situated Migrant Ecologies Project.
Works include
• The sole grain of wheat we have been able to glean so far from the wheat straw that was found inside the crocodile
• A concertina artists book the 4.7m length of the actual crocodile with sections addressed to the Mountain, the Crocodile the Grain and the Spirit of Panglima Ah Chong respectively
• A donation of one of the resin eyes from the Raffles Museum crocodile together with an assortment of beings that ended one life in the Migrant Ecologies studio in Singapore.
• A series of over 60 letters from invited artists and writers from around the world addressed to the grain of wheat, the crocodile and the spirit.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLongyearbyen
PublisherThe Agri/Cultures Project
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2019
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art
EventAgri/Cultures Seed Links: Conserving Cultural Connections with Seeds - Huset, Longyearbyen, Norway
Duration: 8 Jun 20199 Jun 2019
https://www.seedcultures.com/svalbard-2019#/2019/

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