Opening reception: 8 April 2016, Friday, 7pm - 9pm
Exhibition Dates: 9 April & 10 April 2016
Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 6pm

INSTINC, 12 Eu Tong Sen Street, #04-163,
soho2@central, Singapore 059819
"For entry to the gallery, please dial unit number using the intercom at the entrance of the building.”

Singapore – INSTINC SOHO presents NOTHING OUT OF THE HOARDINARY, showcasing works by our very first INSTINC LOCAL AIR artist Nigel Tan (Singapore).

"When I was in Melbourne living alone for 4 years, I totally forgot how cluttered my home in Singapore was. I stay in a relatively spacious terrace house with my grandmother, parents and sister. I recently came back for good and felt a constant discomfort due to things scattered around the house. Boxes, luggages and old apparel stacked along the stairwells, heaps of yellow pages telephone books, cookbooks and magazines from 2002 or maybe the 1990s piled up against the wall. Rooms that were once occupied but now converted to the “unofficial” storeroom.

No one bothers to clear the stuff up, and I can understand the main reason being the lack of time or disinterest. Either way, I can’t stand it and seeing the mess puts me off so much so that I don’t even bother about it anymore. There’s too much junk that I can’t work or enjoy my time at home."

Nothing Out of The Hoardinary is the personal inquiry into an often dismissed and shunned disorder, Hoarding. One in 50 people in Singapore will display hoarding behaviour in their lifetime, a study conducted in 2010 by the Research Division in IMH has found out. The study also found that 0.8 per cent of the 6,616 respondents surveyed had displayed hoarding behaviour in the past 12 months.

Though many of us are not compulsive, Hoarding is much more common than we think. Sentimentalism, laziness, usefulness and wastefulness are some of the common excuses to rid of items lying around. Nothing Out of The Hoardinary seeks to create this awareness toward daily habit and quality of life through an interactive environmental simulation that highlights the discomfort and distress caused by hoarding.


About NIGEL TAN - Nigel Tan is a composer, sound and video artist who graduated with a diploma in Film, Sound and Video from Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2009, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Music majoring in Interactive Composition from University Of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts in 2014 and a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University, Melbourne in 2015. His work includes audiovisual installations, film music, experimental video and site-specific compositions that have been exhibited and screened in Singapore, London and Australia at spaces such as the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Instinc Gallery Singapore, Federation Square Melbourne, Lasalle College of The Arts, The Arts Centre Melbourne, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne Zoo, Japan Creative Centre Singapore, CASPA Gallery, 69 Smith Street Gallery, The George Paton Gallery and more. In addition to this, he actively writes music for film/television, mixed media and performance art, some of which were nominated for awards. He is also the brainchild of The Concerted Collective, an artistic collective focused on experimentation, aberration and collaboration between artists in Singapore and Melbourne, Australia.