Ming Wong represented Singapore at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, and was awarded a Special Mention (Expanding Worlds). Playing with language, performance and identity, Ming revisited Singapore's 'Golden Age' of cinema in the 50s and 60s, to re-imagine 'national cinema'. A 14th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal was transformed into a cinematic Wunderkammer, featuring 3 multi-screen installations inspired by classics of world cinema, alongside collaborative artworks by Singapore's last cinema billboard painter, a private collector of cine-memorabilia and a documentary-maker. The curator of the Singapore Pavilion was Tang Fu Kuen.

This DVD contains a documentation slideshow/video and excerpts of the following works:

Life of Imitation
2 channel video installation, 2009 (Preview 4:17 min)
inspired by Imitation of Life, Douglas Sirk, 1959, USA

In Love for the Mood
3 channel video installation, 2009 (Preview 4:21 min)
inspired by In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar-Wai, 2000, Hong Kong

Four Malay Stories
4 channel video installation, 2005 (Preview 5:55 min)
inspired by Malay films made in Singapore by P Ramlee in the 1960s

Polaroid series of old cinemas in Singapore & Malaysia, 2008 (sample slideshow)

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Ming Wong: Life of Imitation: 53rd Venice Biennale 2009 - Documentation & Works
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Ming Wong: Life of Imitation: 53rd Venice Biennale 2009 - Documentation & Works