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17 Jan 2020

The Migrant Ecologies Project: Railtrack Songmaps Roosting Post 2

Jendela (Visual Arts Space)
Esplanade Theatres on the Bay
17 Jan 2020 (F) – 5 Apr 2020 (Su)
Mon – Fri: 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Sat & Sun: 10:00 AM – 8.30 PM

Public Discussion: Salvage Stories in Art & Ecology
18 Jan 2020 (Sa)
2.30 PM – 6:00 PM
Esplanade Bay Room
Enter via Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

Railtrack Songmaps Roosting Post 2 is the latest iteration of an ongoing, collaborative media, sound and visual engagement with a contested “nature-culture” zone along the former Malaysian railway tracks at Tanglin Halt. The Migrant Ecologies Project forges a pathway through this troubled nexus of urban life, exploring existing relations between humans and birds along the tracks. Their research, compiled over years of listening to birds and developing conversations with various humans, reveals a rich seam of interspecies communications, projections, memories and song. 

Railtrack Songmaps Roosting Post 2 presents a series of new reverberations sourced from this research. It aims to raise the audibility and visibility of the project and the polyphony of human and non-human voices therein. A public discussion held in conjunction with the exhibition aims to broaden the conversation and draw in equivalent case studies from Singapore and the region, deepening considerations about methods of artistic and ecological engagement, with key emphasis on the ecologies of salvage and storytelling. 

About the artists

Founded in 2010, The Migrant Ecologies Project is a collaborative project that brings together various art practice-led inquiries into questions of culture and nature in Southeast Asia. The collaborators for this iteration are Zachary Chan, Lucy Davis, Kee Ya Ting and Zai Tang.

Photo above from Esplanade’s website (credits inscribed).