INTER-MISSION | The Lapse Project

Who is INTER-MISSION?

INTER-MISSION is an art collective works with variety technologies such as VR, video technology, drone and so on.They are started with Singaporean artist, but collaborate on various projects both locally and abroad. They are focusing on interdisciplinary and collaborative works in video art, audiovisual, performance, installation and interactive art.

INTER-MISSION web site : https://inter-mission.art


The Lapse Project

The project took place at the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2018 held at the Art House Gallery. A short article describing this exhibit on their web page begins like this.

“Does technology help us to remember, or forget?”

This sentence impressed me and made me interested in this work. This is because this topic is constantly debated among scientists and engineers.

The Lapse Project consists of five components.

  • VR LAPSE
  • PARTICLE LAPSE
  • 24HR LAPSE
  • PANORAMA LAPSE
  • JOURNAL LAPSE

It takes a multi-dimensional approach to question memory, space and legacy through lapses in structure, time, particle, text and image. Visitors are invited to embody these lapses, contemplating the presence and absence of sights and sites.


1. VR LAPSE

How do we feel when a local landmark is suddenly disappear? In VR Lapse, Singapore’s oldest colonial building, presently known as The Arts House, is digitally erased. It could be possible through collaboration with Benjamin Khan1. Photogrammetry is used to remove the familiar landmark, allowing for the viewers to experience the simulated reality of The Arts House’s disappearance.

2. PARTICLE LAPSE

It talks about particle’s quick movement, vibration. Through contact microphones, sounds are collected and amplified as feedback directly to the viewer, confusing the experience of a singular reality through spectral sounds that suggest. Albert Einstein says “Everything in Life is Vibration”. The artist also think that sound, thoughts, and life is all vibration.

3. 24HR LAPSE

The gallery has a CRT monitor and viewers can see themselves on the monitor. What matters is not exactly what you are, but exactly 24 hours ago. Therefore users can’t strictly distinguish past and present. Journal says it is ‘time collapse’. also it says that these apparitions are also suggestive of the seemingly obsolete technology of CCTV surveillance that is being rapidly replaced by data mining.

4. PANORAMA LAPSE

The National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, Singapore Art Museum are erased digitally from their respective locations in the
city, as though they were never extant within the Singaporean landscape. Panorama Lapse is presented as a video projection triptych that shows the surrounding street views from various vantage points in the vicinity of the three major cultural institutions.

5. JOURNAL LAPSE

Integral to our collective’s collaborative approach, The Lapse Journal expands the work beyond the experiential to the essayic, featuring the writings of Steve Dixon , Seng Yu Jin and Christina J. Chua.


Controlled “LAPSE”

LAPSE is very natural stream. It usually refers to natural changes in situations, memories, states, etc. However technology allows us to experience ‘lapse’ intentionally controlled and manipulated. I think that the strangeness and new thoughts and emotions that come from these works all come from this. The technology was amazing and the various attempts to interpret the subject were impressive. Above all, I admire this fundamental idea of manipulating the most natural flow for humans through technology and then providing it as a new flow to the audience.

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