Zulkifle Mahmod Video SG 2011


Zulkifle Mahmod (Singapore) majored in sculpture at Singapore's LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, graduating 1997. He is an associate artist with The Substation, Singapore and one of the figureheads in the group of emerging Singaporean contemporary artists. He has exhibited locally and internationally: Thailand, Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Norway and Finland, where he completed artist-in-residence programmes in 2001 and 2004 respectively. His "Stilt" series forms part of The Swissotel Stamford Singapore’s permanent art collection.

Zul’s work is multi-disciplinary, ranging across sound, installation, drawing and sculpture. Each form is inspired and conceived in relation to objects in space. Formally trained in sculpture, he has continued to build and expand his practice over the last three years to include sculpted sound and live sound performances. Sculpted sound is built through the manipulation and reconfiguration of readymade and found materials in different contexts, revealing new properties, meanings and connections. The emphasis is on interpersonal relations – including collaborations – audience interaction, and the use of intimate methods of presentation.

In 2004, Zul formed Pink Ark, an art collective working in the realm of experimental sound, together with fellow artist Kai Lam. Pink Ark has appeared in several live performances (spatial installations that often collaborate with other practitioners – sound artists, dancers, singers and video artists), and also produced a music album. Pink Ark also organized the first 24hr sound art festival in Singapore.

In 2005 Zul produced the industrial-inspired soundtrack for a fashion presentation in collaboration with the Antoni Tapies exhibition, at the Singapore Art Museum, and conceptualised a series of 5 sound performances titled “False Securities”, using binaural field recordings and digitally enhanced sounds. Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore, also features the artist in the book Singapore Contemporary Artists.