4x4—Episodes of Singapore Art

4x4—Episodes of Singapore Art

as part of Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Tiger


Ho Tzu Nyen’s 4x4—Episodes of Singapore Art (2005) is an attempt to re-present four works of art by four Singaporean artists, done through three different platforms: a forum discussion; a foldable postcard cube for distribution; and a television series, which was aired on Singapore’s Arts Central channel. This project grew out of the artist’s desire to address two cultural deficits in Singapore: the missing public of visual arts; and the absence of historical memory. The television series straddles video art, mass media intervention, cultural sleuthing, polemics and pedagogy. Set as dialectic arguments between a man and a woman, the programme attempts to popularise techniques of visual analysis and art historical interpretation. 

4x4—Episodes of Singapore Art is part of the recent Ho Tzu Nyen: Time & the Tiger exhibition co-organised between Singapore Art Museum and Art Sonje Center.


about the artist

Drawing from historical events, documentary footage, art history, music videos, and mythical stories, Ho Tzu Nyen's (b.1976) films and video installations investigate the construction of history, myths and the plurality of identities. Since 2012, Ho's The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia has framed many of his projects and installations. Ho is one of the most internationally recognised contemporary artists from Singapore, having represented the Singapore Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). His works have been collected internationally by institutions including The Guggenheim, Tate Modern, Gwangju Biennale Foundation, and SAM.


artwork highlight

4x4—Episodes of Singapore Art

Ho Tzu Nyen


Video, set of four.