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Renowned artist Zulkifle Mahmod activates his "Sonic Pathway" art installation at 80 MBC with a live sound performance
16 Aug 2018
  • Mapletree and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (“NTU CCA”) mark the beginning of the Public Art Education Programme with a sound performance and guided art tours

SINGAPORE – Mapletree and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) were proud to present the inaugural event of the Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore Public Art Education Programme today with a 45-minute live performance by acclaimed local artist, Zulkifle Mahmod (“Zul”) of his art installation, Sonic Pathway. Organised as an after-work event at 6:00pm for Mapletree Business City’s (MBC) tenants and the public, the performance was held near 80 MBC.

A sound-media artist, Zul adopts a multi-genre approach to sound, which includes remixed ambient and electronic sounds created by himself to activate his art work. He also invited the audience to experience a multi-layered composition, adopting different approaches to the medium of sound.

The Public Art Education Programme is a partnership between Mapletree and Nanyang Technological University (“NTU”). It is the first of its kind in Singapore which features a series of new public art installations as well as guided tours, public events, educational seminars, and conferences. It aims to enrich the communities’ urban experience through engaging public art works by leading artists and bring the arts closer to the communities.

The art installations themed "Culture City. Culture Scape.", are part of the Public Art Trail at MBC II and curated by Ute Meta Bauer, Founding Director of NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, NTU School of Art, Design and Media; and Khim Ong, Deputy Director, Curatorial Programmes of NTU CCA Singapore. Commissioned by Mapletree, these installations include Elliptical Pavillion (2017) by Dan Graham (United States), Sonic Pathway (2017) by Zulkifle Mahmod (Singapore), Stillness in Motion – 3 Airborne Self-Assemblies (2017) by Tomás Saraceno (Argentina/ Germany), and Wind Sculpture I (2013) by Yinka Shonibare (Nigeria/ United Kingdom).

More information on Sonic Pathway and the rest of the artworks under the Public Art Trail can be found in the Appendix.

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Sonic Pathway, 2017. Photo credit: NTU CCA Singapore



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ZULKIFLE MAHMOD (b. 1975, Singapore)
Sonic Pathway, 2017

Sound installation: copper pipes, 512 solenoids, microcontrollers, speakers
L1000 x W250 cm; L900 x W450 cm; L900 x W450 cm 

About the Artwork

Sonic Pathway engages sound as a medium for representing urban conditions in flux. The installation consists of copper pipes and an orchestration of sound made by more than 500 pieces of solenoids (electromagnets that generate a controlled magnetic field) hitting on the pipes. Accompanied by ambient sound recorded and remixed by the artist, the resulting composition corresponds to the acoustic of the pathway, travelling from one end to the other. A kind of anonymity reverberates through the piece – it is a borderless territory designed for listening. Bodies and movements along the pathway intervenes the aural architecture, becoming both the transmitter and transmitted, creating a dialogue with the space. The passage becomes live and interactive.

About the Artist

Zulkifle Mahmod is at the forefront of a generation of sound-media artists in Singapore’s contemporary art development. Adopting a multi-disciplinary/multi-genre approach that includes drawings, prints, sculptures, and ready-mades, Mahmod has exhibited widely in Asia and Europe, and performed at numerous festivals and events. In 2017, his work was included in a major exhibition, SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now National Art Center and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

Awards Participation in
International Arts Events
Major Exhibitions
and Commissions

Soichiro Fukutake Prize 


An Atlas of Mirrors
Singapore Biennale
Singapore (2016)


I Light Marina Bay
Singapore (2012, 2016)


Best Sound Design for RPM
by Ka Fai/ Theatreworks
Straits Times Life! Theatre
Singapore (2010)


Singapore Pavilion
52nd Venice Biennale
International Art Exhibition
Venice (2007)


ASEAN Contemporary Art Exhibition
Bangkok Art Centre
Bangkok (2013)


Trophy Design for Singtel
Singapore Night Race Grand
Singapore (2008)


Ogaki Biennale
Ogaki (2006)

APACHE ON A RAMPAGE. Mental Migration
Lonnstrom Art Museum
Rauma (2004)


YINKA SHONIBARE MBE (b. 1962, London, United Kingdom)
Wind Sculpture I, 2013

Sculpture: steel armature with hand painted fiberglass resin cast
L340 x W80 x H610 cm

About the Artwork

Wind Sculpture I examines how history and trade influence culture but also how natural elements, such as wind, still have an impact on our activities. The fabric pattern used on the work has a complex history in its trade routes: originally designed as an Indonesian fabric and produced by the Dutch, it was sold by the British to the African market in the 19th and early 20th century, “a perfect metaphor for multi-layered identities.” The work, in the shape of the sails, captures the wind to produce something tangible out of the intangible. Here, “something as insignificant as a breeze is turned into something monumental, while a historical time period is made universally ambivalent,” alluding to the countless headless monuments that portray a larger historical moment.

About the Artist

Yinka Shonibare MBE, an artist of African descent, was born in London and grew up in Nigeria, returning to London only in his late teens. His work explores issues of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation, as well as race and class. Mixing Western art history and literature, he questions the construe of collective contemporary identity and its meaning within cultural and national definitions. His works are in prominent collections including the Tate, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome; and VandenBroek Foundation, Netherlands. Shonibare was nominated for the 2004 Turner prize, the most prestigious annual art prize in United Kingdom, and was awarded the decoration of Member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (MBE).

Awards Participation in
International Arts Events
Major Exhibitions
and Commissions

African Art Award,
Smithsonian National
Museum of African Art 
Washington D.C. (2016)


49th and 52nd Venice
Biennale International Art
Venice (2001, 2007)


The British Library
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Brighton (2014)


Annual Visionaries! Awards
Museum of Art and Design
New York (2016)


Kassel (2002)


Globe Head Ballerina
Royal Opera House
London (2012)


Citbank Private Bank
Photography Prize, 
Photographers Gallery
London (1999)


Partage d’exotismes
5th Biennale of Contemporary Art
Lyon (2000)

Nelson's Ship in a Bottle
Trafalgar Square, London


Jurassic Technology

10th Biennale of Sydney
Sydney (1996)


TOMÁS SARACENO (b. 1973, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina)
Stillness in Motion - 3 Airborne Self-Assemblies, 2017

Installation: steel frame, reflective panels, steel wire
L2375 x W1600 x H1150 cm

About the Artwork

Taking architecture as representation of human inhabitation, Stillness in Motion - 3 Airborne Self-Assemblies is a response to the growing inhabitability of the earth. Inspired by the structure and functionality of a spider web, the work “fosters imagination towards airborne living and habitats of the future.” These utopian trajectories, informed by the fields of art, architecture, and science, catch and redirect the visitors’ gaze towards a myriad of reflective patterns, mirroring and echoing the environment. With its airy feature and suspended character, reflective layers, and transparent components, the work aims to be a point of observatory where gazes of visitors and passers-by are caught and redirected towards a myriad of reflective patterns, mirroring and echoing the environment.

About the Artist

Formally trained as an architect, Tomás Saraceno draws on art, architecture, natural sciences, astrophysics and engineering in his practice. His floating sculptures, community projects, and interactive installations propose and explore new, sustainable ways of inhabiting and sensing the environment. Over the past decade, he has initiated collaborations with renowned scientific institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Max Planck Institute, the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, and institutions of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group. For many years, Saraceno has studied the methods by which various species of spider construct their webs and has incorporated this knowledge about their functionality and aesthetics into his own artistic practice. He was the first person to scan, reconstruct, and reimagine spiders’ weaved spatial habitats and possesses the only three-dimensional spider web collection in existence. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin; among others.).

Awards Participation in
International Arts Events
Major Exhibitions
and Commissions

Frankfurt (2010)

14th Biennale de Lyon
Lyon (2017-18)


163,000 Light Years
Museum for Contemporary Art
Monterrey (2016)


Alexander Calder Prize 
New York (2009)


Chicago Architecture Biennial 
Chicago (2015)


Arachnid Orchestra. Jam
NTU Centre for 
Contemporary Art Singapore


Fondo Nacional de las Artes
/ IUAV Venice


53rd Venice Biennale
International Art Exhibition
Venice (2009)

The Roof Garden 
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York (2012)

DAN GRAHAM (b. 1942, Urbana, Illinois, United States)
Elliptical Pavillion, 2017

Pavilion: two-way-mirror glass, stainless steel
L573 x W665 x H240 cm

About the Artwork

Elliptical Pavillion explores the relationship between artwork, viewer, and landscape. The two-way-mirror glass surface, a material which, relative to sunlight, is simultaneously reflective and transparent, superimposes images of the spectators and the landscape onto each other. The images merge and a “mirage” of overlapping bodies and landscape is created, making the pavilion both a device for a shared perceptual experience as well as a “fun-house.” Dan Graham’s glass and mirrored pavilions are instruments of reflection, both visual and cognitive, and highlight keen observations of elements of design in the built world. Poised between sculpture and architecture, the pavilions draw attention to buildings as instruments of expression, psychological strongholds, markers of social change, and prisms through which we view others and ourselves.

About the Artist

Since the late 1960s, Dan Graham has been investigating, through his artistic works, the relationship between architectural environments, its inhabitants and its users. His diverse practice, which encompasses writing, photography, video, performance, and the creation of sculptural environments, has influenced generations of artists. He has had retrospective exhibitions at prestigious museums and art centres around the world, most recently at the Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (2017) and Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio (2016).

Awards Participation in
International Arts Events
Major Exhibitions
and Commissions

American Academy of Arts
and Letters
New York (2010)

Whitney Biennale
Whitney Museum of
American Art
New York (2006)


All’Aperto, 6th Edition
Turin (2014)


French Vermeil Medal
Paris (2001)


Documenta, Kassel

(1972, 1977, 1982, 1992,


The Roof Garden
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
New York (2014)


Coutts Contemporary Art
Foundation Award
Zurich (1992)


Skulptur Projekte Münster
Münster, (1987, 1997)

Dan Graham - Beyond 
Museum of Contemporary Art
and Whitney Museum of 
American Art
Lost Angeles and New York (2009)