OH! Open House began in Singapore in 2009 as an art walk that brought art out of the at-times-intimidating museums and galleries to challenge our perceptions of where art can be found. Since then, OH! Has grown into a non-profit art organisation with projects that allow the viewer to invade homes in Joo Chiat, Potong Pasir and Tiong Bahru that have been transformed by artists.
The Bizarre Honour follows that similar format, creating a space in a two-storey terrace house in Chip Bee Gardens in Holland Village. Stepping through the unassuming abode, the entire house has been transformed into a natural history museum with local artefacts from colonial times to the present set up by the (fictitious) Bizarre Honour, a very private natural history society in Singapore.
The collection of over 300 natural objects and artefacts, ranging from taxidermy to archival photos are on display in the house which has been designed to look like an indoor forest. The viewer is given the freedom to roam around the space, aided merely by an 80-page dossier of research, photos and memos. The goal of this is to allow one to form your own interpretation of Singapore’s natural history and to also decide what is fact and fiction (or are they one and the same?).
The Bizarre Honour is the work of a local artist who combines his artistic interest in archival aesthetics and nature with a new and immersive experience. The format of the exhibition invites the viewer to participate freely in an open, interactive and user-friendly way, which follows from an increasingly popular style of art production known as 'relational aesthetics'. Each session runs for 30 minutes and allows up to 2 participants for maximum freedom and to give you the most out of your experience.
The Bizarre Honour runs Fridays to Sundays, from 13 January to 22 January, and 3 February to 26 February at 72 Jalan Kelabu Asap, Singapore 278265. Tickets are available for purchase here.
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