Presented as part of the Singapore Biennale 2008: Wonder
Sky Duet is an audio companion designed for and inspired by the Singapore Flyer. Listeners access the work on the Singapore Flyer through headphones and an mp3 player, as they embark on a thirty-minute journey into the sky and back.
The Flyer is a dreamcatcher, spinning wheel, Jacob’s ladder, a giant radar tuning in on peoples’ thoughts and conversations about death, clouds, city lights…and all the small wonders that make up a life. The listener hears voices that move in and out of sync with their own thoughts: sometimes coinciding, sometimes dissenting, always wondering.
Unlike the other audio works that we have created, this one does not involve walking and interacting with the environment, the streets or objects in a gallery. Held “captive” in the enclosed space of The Singapore Flyer capsule, it is the listener’s view that moves, changing in scale and scope, peaking in the orderliness of the urban planner’s top-down perspective and the timeless human dream of flight, before curving back down to earth.
Listen to Sky Duet here.
Text: Paul Rae, Kaylene Tan, Sound/ Music: Evan Tan, Voices: Esther Leong, Rodney Olivero, Kaylene Tan, Tony Yeow