'Sequelism Part 3: Possible, Probable, or Preferable Futures', Arnolfini, Bristol
Heman Chong b. 1977, Muar, Malaysia. Based in Berlin, Germany and Singapore
Index (Down) (2009)
Stickers on designated area of foyer wall. Courtesy of the artist
Heman Chong’s practice investigates the philosophies and methods used by individuals or communities for imagining the future. His work, which is conceptually driven, uses this research and adapts it into different forms such as installations, publications, objects or situations. Index (Down) is part of his ongoing series of installations entitled ‘Surfacing’, which require the action of putting up 3000 stickers on a wall within a given time frame and physical parameter. The red triangular stickers here are intended to resemble the downward pointing arrows used to denote a fall in value of stock exchanges. Considering the paranoia around the scenario of economic freefall, Index (Down) uses this motif to create an abstract pattern evoking a waterfall. It elicits a collective sense of unknowing around how unfathomable such economic systems and their affects are.