Top view of four constellations of Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame1994 presented in the exhibition Lights & Shadows inaugurated by the Hon. PM Helen Clark at Adam Art Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand. 

A kinetic-sound installation of the body in absentia, this series started out as a single constellation as an urgent response to the defacto ban imposed upon performance art by the Singapore government in the aftermath of the 5th Passage controversy in 1994, sited within one of four empty shop lots assigned to 5th Passage in Pacific Plaza, an unheard of use of commercial space to create cultural currency for the owners at the time. It was the second of three successive installations to occupy the same shop space, first preceded by Shit-Eating Grins 1994, followed by  Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame, and culminating in His Mother is a Theatre 1994. All three installations pivot around athe same baby rocker device in the ceiling to create continuous movement in the vertical plane (up and down) while the added element of sound was introduced in the last two works.

Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame 1994 | Lights & Shadows | Adam Art Gallery | Curator: Zara Stanhope | Singapore Art Museum Collection

Permanent Exhibit: National Gallery of Singapore

Dimensions variable | kinetic-sound installation | light bulbs, mirrors, baby rocker, cables, broken glass, contro unit | Photo: Artist

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