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12 Jun 2021

Age of Revelation 末。时代 [Online]

*This concert has been modified to be presented digitally in view of the current COVID-19 situation. Watch the trailer here.

SCCC YouTube Channel
12 Jun 2021 (Sa) 12:00 PM

Age of Revelation views the idea of Kali Yuga, which takes its name from Sanskrit scripture and the Mahabharata, meaning “the age of vice”, a variant view from Zen Buddhism’s perspective of the end of an era, Dharma.

This is detailed by a reimagined narrative of Cain, a sculptor, whose encounter with a group of primates inspire his obsession to create their image out of clay. Years later, these primates evolved into the modern man and integrated into contemporary society. Cain, now older, fraught from his fruitless quest, finds an image of the original primate that is now mass-produced within a factory through cutting edge technology of the times. Denoting a new world order, resulting in impending destruction.

At its core, the film is an interdisciplinary exploration of man’s fraught relationship with nature and technology in the 21st century. The work details the distancing between human and nature, human and God(s). It also highlights corrupt powers and external forces that inform people, their actions, and the environment that surrounds them. Only in love and light will peace be realised, even without order.

The Age of Revelation is a sound-film collaboration between SAtheCollective and filmmaker LIAO Jiekai as part of an artist commission by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. It features choreography by performance artist Effendy IBRAHIM and participation by local performers and dance artists as the cast. The work was originally commissioned as a live performance of an original score by SA and has now been adapted into a multidisciplinary film due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

The film is produced by Pōtocol, a production company, who has produced notable audiovisual works such as The Wandering by YEO Siew Hua and Russell MORTON (for SIFA v2.020), A Love Unknown by John CLANG (IFF Rotterdam 2020), 5 Rehearsals of a Wedding by Kray CHEN (for Singapore Art Week 2019), A Yellow Bird by K. RAJAGOPAL (Cannes Critics’ Week 2016), The Scene at the Train Station by BOO Junfeng (for Pearl Lam Galleries, 2016) and To The Eastward (The Lines Divide) by Kent CHAN (Busan Biennale 2014).

This sound-film will be conducted in English and Mandarin.

《末。时代》解说了卡利·尤加的思想。卡利·尤加这个名字来自梵文经文和古印度著名梵文史诗摩诃婆罗多,意思是“堕落时代”,即是禅宗其中一种派别对于法灭时期的观点。

雕塑家该隐遇见一群猭后受到启发而用粘土塑造了它们的形象。多年后,这些粘土进化成人类,融入了当代社会。而年事已高的雕塑家对于自己无果的探索充满担忧,有天却无意间发现当初的猭形粘土已在工厂里批量生产。当新的世界秩序开启,世界也面临毁灭。

《末。时代》解说了卡利·尤加的思想。卡利·尤加这个名字来自梵文经文和古印度著名梵文史诗摩诃婆罗多,意思是“堕落时代”,即是禅宗其中一种派别对于法灭时期的观点。

雕塑家该隐遇见一群猭后受到启发而用粘土塑造了它们的形象。多年后,这些粘土进化成人类,融入了当代社会。而年事已高的雕塑家对于自己无果的探索充满担忧,有天却无意间发现当初的猭形粘土已在工厂里批量生产。当新的世界秩序开启,世界也面临毁灭。

《末。时代》是SAtheCollective和电影导演廖捷凯共同创作的有声电影, 由新加坡华族文化中心委托。作品的编舞由表演艺术家Effendy Ibrahim和本地表演艺术家和舞者担任。该作品本以现场表演的形式呈现,但基于疫情的限制,现已被改编成艺术片。

电影由Pōtocol制作,该公司制作了多部知名影作,如由杨修华和Russell Morton联导的The Wandering(新加坡国际电影节2020年)和汪春龙的A Love Unknown (荷兰鹿特丹国际电影节2020年) 等。