A hum of voices pulsates, echoing across different directions and intermingling as they travel to you at the heart of the crescendo. In this carefully constructed environment, you encounter Jeremy Sharma’s first aural exhibition. While he has dabbled in sound production, this marks something completely different. This is the meaning of sound. What your ears may receive are the physical chorusing of four indigenous Southeast Asian tribes, but what your soul perceives are the memories, emotions and the fidelity of the people.
I knew I was engaging with the installation when a pregnant pause came. The unexpected silence as an absence of sound made me realise I was anticipating, waiting for the flow of songs to ebb again. In this is what Sharma purposes. As much as the installation focuses on your sense of hearing, he wants you well aware that you are a subject in the space as well. Time and space has always informed Sharma’s work, and Fidelity successfully transports you into another realm.
“We live in a world that’s very data driven. We are surrounded by, live by, monetise, and buy data, but how does data inform the human?”
Sharma is undeniably fascinated by how vocal melodies, as data, manifest into the material form. And so he turns that data into sculpture. This tangible means presented through the research process outside—raw audio files, translated lyrics, philosophical references—allows you to experience the connection and significance you share as a listener, to the owners of the voice. Back inside the room, the songs continue to loop, without a distinct start or end. Like an infinite circle of memories, well reflected in the space you first stepped into.
‘Fidelity’ is showing until 19 August at Aloft at Hermès, Liat Towers level 4, 541 Orchard Road, Singapore 238881.