Getting to know you – recorded walks in Singapore, 2016. Collaborative exhibition with Hera, Ins Tinc ARI, Singapore.
Getting to know you was a collection of interdisciplinary artworks by Australian artist Georgia Mill and Indonesian-born Singapore-based artist Hera. The exhibition included text, drawing, photography and sculptural works inspired by a series of walks taken around the city-state.Using the act of walking as an investigative tool, the artists traversed locations around Singapore, recording the GPS paths they walked, and their felt experiences. From shopping malls and islands to themed bars and eateries, there are a myriad of locations that aim to provide people with a sense of communal belonging, attachment, or anonymity. This work records details about the artists’ travels and invited people to imagine these GPS lines as traces existing upon the earth – a homage to the well known map reference, “you are here”.
As a contrast to the supposed objectivity of maps, these works aimed to present an interpretation of “place” as braided narratives of physical trajectories and subjective personal stories – the lines between fact and fiction are blurred:
“Does the line that we travelled really exist, are we explorers, tourists or just a couple of women with decent walking shoes?”
In addition, the title also references the process of artistic collaboration and how two people come together to make work – through an exchange of data and shared experiences.
Image by Georgia Mill. Ink on paper.