Transmissions from the Wayang Spaceship
A Light to Night Special

Self-guided aural compositions by Ng Yi-Sheng, nor and Diana Rahim,
with sound designs by Wu Jun Han
Featuring voice narrations by Kamini Ramachandran and Amy J Cheng

19 Jan–10 Mar 2024
Empress Lawn
In front of Victoria Theatre/Concert Hall
10am–midnight (19 Jan–8 Feb), 10am–10pm (9 Feb–10 Mar)

During the day, Ming Wong’s Wayang Spaceship is seemingly dormant, its own inactivity interrupted by the occasional stray radio transmission relayed from another dimension. Decode these transmissions and access the memories of the scholar-warrior, a time-travelling consciousness and custodian of the Wayang Spaceship 

Interpreted as aural compositions by literary artists Ng Yi-Sheng, nor and Diana Rahim, with sound designs by Wu Junhan, commune with this solitary figure at the artwork in the day, before the Wayang Spaceship awakens with an operatic symphony of light, sound and image at dusk.

On the opening and closing weekends of Light to Night Singapore 2024, you may even take home a customised illustration of your favourite aural composition! For more information, please visit this link.

This programme is organised by The Everyday Museum, a public art initiative by Singapore Art Museum, co-presented by Light to Night Singapore. 


About the Artists

Ng Yi-Sheng is a writer, researcher and activist with a keen interest in the forgotten histories and mythologies of Southeast Asia. His books include the short story collection Lion City and the poetry collection last boy (both winners of the Singapore Literature Prize), SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century, A Book of Hims and Loud Poems for a Very Obliging Audience. He tweets and Instagrams at @yishkabob.

nor’s artistic practice hopes to situate belonging and community within speculative timelines. Their works span the disciplines of photography, film, video, performance, text and spoken word poetry through frameworks of gender performance, ethnographic portraits and transnational histories. nor’s writings have been published in Singa Pura-Pura: Malay Speculative Fiction from Singapore, Making Kin: Ecofeminist Essays from Singapore as well as Brown is Redacted: Reflecting on Race in Singapore. 

Diana Rahim is an editor, writer and visual artist whose recent work explores the politics of public space and the experience of the environment. Her fiction and essays have been anthologised in The Best of World SF: Volume 3, Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume Six, and Singa-Pura-Pura: Malay Speculative Fiction from Singapore, amongst others. She dreams of more generative, autonomous futures.  

Wu Jun Han’s work explores the experience of impermanence and decay, and the futility of capturing its elusive quality in sound and images. Ever uncertain yet curious, Wu flits between playfulness and seriousness in his experimental music practice. Led by intuition, his process is often improvisational or relational; his works include cassette tape loops, recorded conversations with strangers, and site-specific sound installations.