Toh Hun Ping (b. 1978, Singapore) is a video artist and film researcher. His video works explore and express themes of mental instability, alternate realities, resistance, and existence. He employs experimental moving image-making methods from film-scratching, bleaching photographs, and merging materials (mud, meat, nails) with video stills to stop-motion animation with ceramic reliefs and origami-creased paper. The works have been presented in exhibitions and film festivals internationally.
On Extended Asia, 2022 – Vol. 3: Discovery, Toh Hun Ping created an A/V work titled Dance of a Humble Atheist. It is an existential journey of discovery using semi-abstract imagery inspired by the artist’s ruminations on death, spiritual faith, nature, and the cosmos, from the funeral of a dying being, a wonderful cornucopia afterlife, to a phosphoric revolt of consciousness. This film is created entirely via frame-by-frame animation, using digital scans of over six hundred individually sculpted ceramic reliefs.
- Soundtrack by Dharma and Hun Ping.
- Recorded at Black Axis and mastered by Victor Low.
- The ceramic reliefs were created at Pinch Ceramics Studio with assistance from Tricia Lim.
Image by Toh Hun Ping
This work is part of “Islandwide Coverage,” a multi-site, multi-author project by AWKNDAFFR is an artistic operation situated at the intersection of art, theory, and praxis by Wayne Lim and Soh Kay Min.
Part of “Natasha,” Singapore Biennale [SB2022]—across a network of sites, including the Singapore Art Museum [SAM] at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. It will take place from 16 October 2022 to 19 March 2023.