Responding to SNF16‘s theme of ‘Inventions and Innovations’, Into Pulsar investigates the evolution of the wheel—the invention responsible for land mobility since its inception before 3500 BCE.
At the same time, this interactive installation by Singaporean artist Ryf Zaini draws inspiration from different wheeled and mechanical artefacts in the newly revamped Singapore History Gallery. Into Pulsar is juxtaposed with elements of the bicycle, its motorised successor and technological advancements in the two-wheeled domain. This installation initiates a dialogue between the inventions of the past and the cutting-edge developments of today.
At the base of the 5m tall installation, museum visitors are invited to activate the coloured lighting in the structure by pedalling the bicycle, tricycle and hand-cranked device. Almost clockwork-like, the pedalling further activates the gears, sprockets and the wheels fitted at the top of the structure.
About Ryf Zaini
Ryf Zaini (b. 1980) creates interactive installations in many different mediums that showcase the proliferation of technology. He uses electronic elements in his presentations, which are unique compositions that blend conservative art approaches and technology.
Ryf’s artistic development and practice stem from his interest in how technology shapes society. Since 2006, Ryf has been progressively creating interactive works with electronic components that encourage the audience to reconsider social issues and norms, in particular the potential repercussions of our reliance on technology.
Ryf graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Interactive Media Arts, from LaSalle College of the Arts in 2007. He has exhibited in various venues such as the Esplanade-Theatres by the Bay, Singapore Science Centre, Busan Sea Art Festival, 2013 President’s Young Talents and Art Garden in Lille, France.
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