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SABOTAGE feat. George Chua
Streamed live on 29 May 2021

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SABOTAGE feat. George Chua
Streamed live on 29 May 2021

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Behind-the-scenes

SABOTAGE feat. George Chua
Streamed live on 29 May 2021

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Livestream Announcement

SABOTAGE feat. George Chua, streaming this Saturday
Live on 29 May 2021, 2pm.

Thomas Ragnar presents an approximate reconstruction of Sabotage, a serial work by Brazil born New York based artist Karin Schneider. It’s presentation at H0thouse represents one part of a long-term friendship and research engagement with Karin and her practice.

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Smoke Test

Night testing smoke with Thomas Ragnar.

At 2pm on Saturday May 29, H0thouse will be filled with smoke and sound, watch via live stream.

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George Chua's Smokescreen

Thomas has invited George Chua to play improvised music in the smoke on May 29th. 

Active since the late 1990s, George works in between the body and sound. He resists the development in a singular style or genre, instead moving toward contemplative prayer and uncompromising music.  His work is framed by his interest in the interdisciplinary nature of sound and its extensive relationships with memory, invisibility, the body, theatre and cinema. Recently, George has been developing collaged images and digital paintings with different forms of smoke.

You can listen to a recent mix by George on HKCR’s Dead Inside Podcast and listen to him in conversation with Ujikaji’s Mark Wong on Kiosk Radio where he discusses media wars, miracles and  Punggol in the 1980s.

Slide 1; Album art for 独孤九剑
Slide 2; Photo by Nicholas Kent Tann
Slide 3; Album art for Smokescreen
Slide 4; Teargas from Hong Kong
Slide 5; Southeast Asian Haze

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Representing Karin's Sabotage

On May 29, H0thouse will be filled with Smoke.

One of Thomas’s contributions to H0thouse is an approximate reconstruction of Sabotage, a serial work by Brazil born New York based artist Karin Schneider. It’s presentation at H0thouse represents one part of a long-term friendship and research engagement with Karin and her practice.

Enacted four times since 2005 by Karin Schneider, Sabotage is drawn from an effort to erase the visual field within various spaces and contexts of arts’ display, dismantling and playing with certain habits of viewing. Sabotage involves running a smoke machine inside an exhibition space and running it until the works on view, and the space itself, disappears (elsewhere described as “mono-chroming space”).

Historically, the work is produced using the smoke machine model Eliminator EF1000 (an allusion to Robert Smithson) and each enactment is accompanied by improvised noise music.

From the initial press release accompanying Sabotage’s first installation at Orchard: “Sabotage introduces a significant artistic departure from now historical models of criticality. In its embrace of noise and other nonrational and tactile forms of experience, Sabotage invites another avenue for the withdrawal of the visual conceptualism once aspired to through perhaps more rational and transparent means.”

Etymologically, ‘sabotage’ derives from ‘sabot’ — wooden clogs worn by French working class from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. During the first Industrial Revolution, they regularly inserted their sabots into factory machines, damaging the operating mechanism and interrupting production.

This presentation of Sabotage is marked by concurrent discussions Thomas is having with Singapore based artists in developing alternative economic platforms for supporting the production of artworks ahead of a cooperative fund that will be launched publicly in June.

Thomas’s presentation of Sabotage is an experiment in bringing a historical work into the present through approximation and reenactment. An expression of Art Historical research that authorises and legitimates findings from ‘experience’ and production. Studying a work of art by doing.

Video documentation of Sabotage’s 2005 showing is viewable in-full at ortvi.com - a share economy and streaming platform for artists moving image.

Sabotage has been activated at Orchard’s inaugural exhibition (2005), for Grey Flags at SculptureCenter (2006), at CAPC Musée d’art Contemporain de Bordeaux (2007) and as the closing event of the Wattis Institute’s research season on David Hammons (2017).

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