Text by Grace Hong
Photography by Ang Song Nian
What are objects, but erstwhile—landmarks in memory-scapes, obliging receptors for bodily fluids, utilitarian tools, treasure houses, signifiers of money, and garbage? Ang Song Nian’s Towards a New Interior (2012) questions the relationship between objects and ownership, where human interaction is subsumed for interaction with inanimate objects. Comprising images, written accounts, and a real-life site specific installation, the absent human figure smarts against the overflow of objects. In our yearning for more possessions to have and to hold, we have become the dispossessed.