The crux of Chow and Lin’s practice lies in their methodology of statistical, mathematical and computational techniques to address global issues. They probe into Big Data that reduces individuals and societies into data points by problematizing multiple issues in society. The resources that Chow and Lin have in identifying the complexities of our lived socio-political environment are integrated into the photographic series. Homeless assembles visual indicators of private and transnational economies alongside forced mobilities of communities under siege. The data-plotting of these poignant indicators may, first of all, be representative of aerial views of the abstract notions of geopolitics at play on the global scale. The visualization is in fact inspired by Google Earth as this conceptual mapping is acknowledged as an initial entry into social facts. Enabled by the moments that are consequential to the use and function of such open-sourced platforms, this series begins to unpack the complexity of scaling first-generation wealth vis-à-vis the refugee crises. The technical tool of satellite imaging is employed by Chow and Lin’s inquiries into fair use, and their understanding of this contemporary moment of open-access knowledge. As political boundaries shift concurrently to daily life, Homeless also suggests the vagaries of social security, and the platforms that monitor and dictate them. Shaping this series is a consolidation of ongoing discourse between Stefen Chow and Huiyi Lin, Chow and Lin and scholars, policy-makers and non-government organisation leaders.
Chow and Lin is collaborative husband and wife duo that takes its beginnings with the Poverty Line, a photographic series in 2010, which has since expanded from China in 2010 to 28 countries. The worldview of Chow and Lin encompasses an empirical investigation into tipping points in current global society. Through a typological, photographic approach, Chow and Lin’s projects are driven by the discursive backgrounds of Stefen Chow and Huiyi Lin in economics, public policy, media, and these are further augmented by enduring exchanges with specialists from those fields. The visual series, Poverty Line and Equivalence, continue to be restructured so that they reflect the changing conditions in humanity, security and post-truth societies; ultimately these projects move according to the timeliness of their content.
Curated by Sidd Perez from NUS Museum
In collaboration with BLACK
Sound Installations: Conversations with
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Danny Quah, Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Mahir Yavuz, CEO of Topos, thought leader in Data Science, Visualization, AI/ML
Charlie Yaxley, Media And Communications Officer at UNHCR