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The Beach That Never Was

2014.8.7 - 9.14
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

2014.8.7 - 9.14
Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore、シンガポール

Hayama Projects’ exhibition The Beach That Never Was explores the concept of home through an intimate understanding of place. The Beach That Never Was is an allusion to the archetypal tropical beach town, its natural environment a paradise to tourists but little more than backdrop to locals. This disconnect camouflages the fact that cities in the 21st century are more similar than different: contemporary culture and character have been flattened by our complex globalized world and human beings worldwide now construct their environments – their homes – by taking similar paths of least resistance.
So as cities around the world exhibit signs of convergent evolution, what – if anything – makes a home in Singapore different from a home in Los Angeles?
Borrowing from Roland Barthes’s idea that to understand the myth of time, one has to want to see the mechanical inner workings of clocks, by digging and probing artists in The Beach That Never Was explore the idea of home to create new and strange moments in violent and sometimes humorous ways.
The exhibition features works by artists from Tokyo, Singapore and Los Angeles. Many of the artists featured in the exhibition were “third culture kids” or kikokushijo; their work reflects their having resided in multiple cities as both insiders and outsiders. Other artists in the exhibition explore the psychology of their homes and psychogeography of the cities in which they live.


Juka Araikawa (Japan / USA)
Stephanie Burt (Singapore)
Joshua Callaghan (USA)
Mike HJ Chang (Singapore)
Hirofumi Isoya (Japan)
Joshua Miller (USA)
Krister Olsson (Japan / USA)
Pimeriko (Japan)
Ryo Shimizu (Japan)
Mark Thia (Singapore)