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Zulkifle Mahmod

No Substance (Trunk) 2

signed and dated 'Zulkifle 2019' on the reverse
solenoids, science apparatus, microcontroller,
midi player and metal
170 x 85 x 50.5 cm. (66 7/8 x 33 1/2 x 19 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2019.


S$6,500 - 11,000

Catalogue Essay

Zul Mahmod (b. 1975, Singapore) is one of Singapore’s leading sound artists and has been at
the forefront of sound-media art in the country. He is known for integrating sculptural forms
with sound constructions and soundscapes. No Substance (Trunk) is a new iteration of his
sound sculpture series No Substance. No Substance was first shown in 2014 and arose from
Zul’s observations of the hyper-urban landscape, which he describes as infrastructure devoid
of a soul, and inquiry into the role of human inhabitants in a big city. Without humans, cities
would just be glass towers that metaphorically ring hollow. In No Substance however, that
monotonous and toneless tinkering and clinking is literal and amplifies the emptiness of the
glass vessels. No Substance (Trunk) uses the same materials as No Substance, including
solenoids, laboratory-grade glass vessels and apparatus, microcontroller, midi player. This
work is part of a series of five individual works, each with its own operating system and
bespoke case.

Zul has exhibited widely regionally and internationally. He represented Singapore with a sound
art performance at the Ogaki Biennale in 2006 and was the first sound artist to represent
Singapore in the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. In early 2017, Zul was awarded the special
inaugural honorary award, the Soichiro Fukutake Prize by Benesse Holding Inc, for his
Singapore Biennale 2016 commissioned artwork SONICreflection. He also designed the first
Singapore F1 Grand Prix Night Race trophy.

Courtesy of the Artist and FOST Gallery


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