FFF5 | Ho Tzu Nyen

One or Several Tigers

Onassis Fast Forward Festival 5–Athens

12-16 MAY 2018

Mo-Fr: 18:00 & 18:45                           
Sa-Sun: 18:00, 18:45 & 19:30
Diplareios School (Theatrou sq 3, Athens centre)
30 minutes
In English, with Greek surtitles.
In the magic of a dreamlike multimedia installation, with features borrowed from Indonesian shadow puppetry, the cinema, and 3D animation, a tiger sings the story of Singapore, conversing with a representative of the colonialism that has been such a definitive influence on the city. What is, finally, the narrative that we are familiar with and how has it been constructed? What are our perceptions based on?
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Singaporean Ho Tzu Nyen is a very special artist, who uses a variety of approaches to comment on his city’s history, on the way it is constructed, transmitted and how it eventually shapes our lives and perceptions. One or Several Tigers, a profound commentary on the history of Singapore, is the fifth and final work in a series drawing its subject matter from the Malayan Tiger – a very powerful symbol that dominates traditions, lore and religions throughout Southeast Asia. It is a multimedia installation, merging elements of Indonesian shadow puppetry, the cinema, and 3D animation, a contemporary palimpsest of different techniques of constructing the cinematic picture in East and West, which Ho Tzu Nyen uses ingeniously to condense complex narratives into dreamlike images.
The work refers to an imaginary incident of 1835, which initiates a ritualistic, musical and kinetic dialogue between the Tiger and George Drumgoole Coleman, the first Public Works Supervisor of the British colonial administration of India in Singapore. Also involved in the incident are some Indian convicts, exploited as cheap labour in the public works of British colonialism. If the Supervisor represents the ruthless reasoning of the conquerors, the Tiger represents the untameable powers of nature and life. Placed between the two dominant figures, the audience witnesses a hypnotic experience that breaks through the boundaries between human and animal, logic and magic, history and tradition.


Directions, script, edit, compositing: Ho Tzu Nyen
Music, vocals, motion capture performer: Vindicatrix
Project management: Stephanie Goh
3D scan, 2D + 3D animation, compositing: Vividthree Productions
3D modeling, facial, body, 3D animation: Mimic Productions
 Installation co-design, lighting, technical management: Andy Lim
Sound design, engineering, mix: Jeffrey Yue
Show control programming, production management: Yap Seok Hui
Shadow puppets: ​Hadi Sukirno
Production (live action): Fran Borgia
Cinematography (live action): Amandi Wong
Τechnical coordination: Steve Kwek
Touring production: Tzu and ARTFACTORY
Actors: Mia Md Rasel, Md Mohosin, Hassand Khayrul, Chandra Roy Liton, Kathirvel Raja Kumar, Palamppan Kannan, Govindarasu Karuppaiah, Kuppan Ayyanar
Surtitles translation: Giannis Kalifatidis

Commissioned by Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Supported by National Arts Council (Singapore) and Singapore International Foundation
Based on 2 or 3 Tigers (2015) a previous commission by Asia Culture Centre Creation and Institute of Asian Culture Development, supported by: Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Office for the Hub City of Asian Culture, Republic of Korea + Timelines (2017) a previous commission by National Gallery Singapore.

Special Thanks: Anselm Franke, Kim Hyunjin, Bernd Scherer, Heidi Ballet, Kevin Chua, Robert Wessing, Peter Boomgaard, Frie Leysen, Kim Seonghee, Nina Miall, Shabbir Hussain, Mustafa, Charimaine Toh, Eugene Tan, Max-Philip Aschenbrenner, Hiromi Maruoka, Tomoyuki Arai

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