BlackKaji REFUSE BlackKaji REFUSE

BlackKaji REFUSE

  • Fri, 8 Apr 2022

  • Gallery 1, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

  • 8–10pm

  • $15 (inclusive of $1 booking fee)

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  • The exhibition gallery for REFUSE will be closed on Fri, 8 Apr for this event. Admission to the other exhibition galleries is free.

A lengthy drought brings
Certain thirst
A threat
To burst
Through sand,
Sans soleil
A thousand blooms


BlackKaji—a study of the unseen, unsound, unsuspecting and unstable—is a regular series of live gigs and presentations conceived by Ujikaji and The Observatory. In the spirit of mycorrhizae, or symbiotic associations between fungi and plants’ root systems, members of The Observatory—Dharma, Cheryl Ong and Yuen Chee Wai—joined by fellow musicians Chong Li-Chuan, madam data, Tini Aliman and Lynette Quek, mingle and merge, perform and unform, fuse and refuse in this BlackKaji live performance, held in conjunction with the REFUSE exhibition.

About the performers

The Observatory
The Observatory is a band whose music and cultural ethos is to respond and speak back to the contemporary afflictions in Singapore and the global milieu. Its current constellation comprises multi-instrumentalists Cheryl Ong, Dharma and Yuen Chee Wai who tread on improvisation, inter-media experimentation and noise-adjacent territories.

Ujikaji means ""experiment"" in Malay (Bahasa Melayu). Ujikaji's interests lie in the curation of fiercely experimental works falling loosely in the realms of power electronics, lowercase, free jazz, freak folk, modern composition, glitch electronics, psych rock and/or avant pop.

By attending this programme, you consent to being photographed, filmed and/or video-recorded. Your name, image, and/or voice on Zoom or other virtual platforms where the programme is conducted on may also be captured. These materials may be used by SAM for museum-related publicity purposes only.

We reserve the right to cancel or rearrange the organised event.