my date with SAM (Singapore Art Museum)

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This last photo shows my favourite exhibition of the lot. A series titled “You and I” by artist Song-Ming Ang, it strove to encapsulate music and the relationship that people share with it.

This is what the description said: “Ang invited audiences and visitors to his website to write him a letter, sharing with him what they might consider to be personal. In return, the artist compiled a personalised mix tape of songs from his collection of music, in the form of an audio CD, as a reply to the participants in this project.”

It was surprising and yet heartening to see envelopes stamped with places from all around the world revealing pieces of information about the writers’ lives I never thought anyone would share with a stranger. I recall reading about love lives, suicidal inclinations and many other things that different people held secret or dear to their hearts.

And there I was, walking around observing framed letters and choice pieces of music, bringing home bits and pieces of lives scattered around the world and their accompanying tunes.