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Review: Morphic Resonance

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Review: Morphic Resonance

/ 24th June- 1st July /

Morphic Resonance, a concept first conceived by writer Rupert Sheldrake and grounded in the idea of collective consciousness, posits that “memory is inherent in nature” and proposes the idea of a collective memory shared by all humans. It is also the title of and thematic drive behind a recent collaborative exhibition, curated by Minut Init Art Social and featuring the work of seven artists both local and international.

A pink doorway and four flights of stairs in a corner of Uptown Damansara, increasingly populated by posters, art and graffiti, will direct you to an exhibition space haunted by an otherworldly voice. At its source is Olga Titus’ short film “Hybrids”. With surreal cinematography not dissimilar to what might be seen on a film by the surrealist cult legend Alejandro Jordorowsky, curiosity inevitably pulls you front and center. Only a quarter hour or less in length, it is easy to sit and absorb. As the film rolls around, you gradually find sense in the visual aspect, realizing that what is happening on screen, though initially bizarre and humorous, wholly reinforces and reiterates her work’s greater statements about race, culture and identity. “Hybrids” is visually compelling, effectively discussing pressing and relevant issues in a light hearted way.

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Moving across the exhibition space one will then be struck by a colourful spectacle playing its way across a television. There you will find “Family”, the work of Wang Rou. A neurotic collage of what seems like early-internet message board gifs melded with 1990’s children’s television animations fill the screen. The repetitive appearance of symbols and images flashing, warping and rotating give a disjointed impression of nostalgia. Through this work Wang Rou seems to excavate some part of his own self, a part closely linked with the internet and the way it has shaped most of our lives and our understanding of identity.

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The works that make up Morphic Resonance seem to fill the space with the subconscious of each artist, the pieces expressing something found at a depth in the mind that rational explanation cannot reach. The artists’ interesting and varied techniques and mediums; lemon-soaked film photography, stone on canvas, ultraviolet-luminescent paint, overlapping projections and animation, also contribute to the exhibition’s feeling of transcendence.

The droning narration and psychedelic lighting amplifies the sense of overarching theme and presence in Morphic Resonance. Thoughtful use of the space and a strong contribution of not only aesthetic but conceptual work by each of the artists has made Morphic Resonance a bar setting exhibition and leaves me with ears to the metaphorical ground of the independent art scene in Kuala Lumpur.

 

– Jaiman Ng (James Rivers & Sea Ng)

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