Not Against Interpretation: Re-staging Jason Lim & Vincent Leow’s A Flog of Birdies in the 21st Century
Not Against Interpretation is an experimental platform to nurture an appreciation for contemporary art. The projects created on this platform exploit the ‘openness’ of contemporary art, the fact that it can be interpreted in many ways, as an opportunity to engage with people from varied backgrounds.
The first artwork to be presented under this series is A Flog of Birdies by Singaporean artists Jason Lim and Vincent Leow. The work was an artistic collaboration between them as part of UTOPIA (United Together to Organise and Produce Interesting Art). UTOPIA was an artist-run space in Singapore in the early 1990s managed by the pair, together with a third artist, Yvonne Lee, as a platform to exhibit works by younger artists. A Flog of Birdies was first presented at the TheatreWorks Black Box in 1994, followed by 9th Indian Triennial of Contemporary Art in 1997 and at the Nokia Singapore Art Exhibition in 1999.
SAM invited our museum volunteers to give their interpretation of this iconic artwork. Make your way to SAM to see how these responses differ from those by SAM curators!