About the Barter Art Project
When suspended in the weightlessness of a float pod, your body relaxes deeply, while your brain slows down and enters theta state. Here, you are free to unearth visions, memories, and dreams hidden in your subconscious. The Barter Art Project is an initiative that trades floats for art, telling the stories of creatives and their journeys into inner space.
The solo project of Jean Low (also lead singer and guitarist of Giants Must Fall), we sent Ferry on a floaty journey through the depths of her mind. She also shares more about her latest project, Sky Kave, which made its debut at this year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts.
“Sky Kave is an art and sound installation that focuses on the tactile nature of sound, seeing and feeling sound. It was inspired by an article I read about how some of the deaf in the US would stand right in front speakers at live music concerts and hold empty water bottles in their hands to feel the vibrations.”
“As a musician, or for any hearing centric person, our first instinct is to hear first. But for the deaf, their perspective and experience is entirely different and it’s something I wanted to explore, as well as raise awareness through a collaboration formed as part of Sky Kave, where Isabelle Lim, an amazing photographer who happens to be deaf, and music producer Evanturetime, worked together to create a mind-blowing piece that really shows her perspective about sound and vibrations.”
“Since Sky Kave’s debut at Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) earlier this year in May, we’ve been fortunate to have support from presenters like Republic Polytechnic and BooksActually to re-stage it in slightly different formats which allows us to explore and experiment further, to know what works or doesn’t work, as well as test upgrades, different content and improve the set up.
We’re looking forward to another presentation in January 2019, which is still in the works, and thereafter the big picture plan is to push it overseas. With each city that Sky Kave travels to, it becomes another opportunity to create similar collaborations with artists from that city and the content they create then becomes a part of the Sky Kave catalog.
In a bid to push new and different perspectives, raising awareness within and between communities, whether the deaf, blind, autism etc. Sky Kave and its development is open to anyone who wants to take it further or explore together with us! We want to work with all sorts of communities and all sorts of sensory abilities.
Music wise, my band FERS recently released our single Neverland and acclaimed photographer Lenne Chai shot the video for us. We’re working on our next single release due early next year, and thereafter our debut EP!”
Inspired by her float experience, Ferry created a track titled ‘Drift’:
“I wanted to capture the weightless and fluid nature of floating, a very slow and intentional lullaby to drift to. Playing on the feeling of timelessness where things meld and overlay each other, there is no clear sense of time due to the use of multiple and ambiguous rhythms that overlay each other in the song. Drift is about embracing the beauty of randomness and simply slowing down.”
Read the rest of the interview below:
What do you usually do, or where do you go, if you need a change in perspective in Singapore?
Singapore doesn’t have mountains, so I go to the beach and sometimes lie down and look at the sky when the sun isn’t in my face. I love the vastness of space, which is non-existent here, so the beach / sky is the next best place. I love being by the ocean (not so much swimming in it unless it involves water sports) so floating is like a substitute for my phobia, I can imagine I’m floating out in the ocean!
Has anything happened recently that changed your perspective?
That “disability” can happen to anyone.
Working with people from different communities, especially those deemed by society as disabled has really shown how little society thinks about inclusivity and implementing form and functions that work for everyone, both abled and disabled.
E.g English subtitles or captioning is only available on very select days and times for newly released movies in English, giving the deaf very little options about when and where they could watch a movie. But captioning can be for everyone. I watch all my Netflix shows with English subtitles because the accents and sometimes speed at which they talk is too fast or they mumble. If foreign films can have subtitling in both English and a second language, why can’t English movies have that too, when it can serve everyone? Why is it only on a few days and not all the time? Does it cost more?
My mom has begun to lose her hearing, and so has another artist friend simply due to genetics.
I hope as we progress towards being more inclusive, more solutions can be implemented, and that these solutions don’t have to be exclusive to one community or the other. In a very broad sense, not going into detail, most of the time the solutions that work for the disabled would work for the abled as well.
What are your top tracks for chilling out?
- Kin Leonn: (untitled)
I love this piece. It makes everything feel like you’re in a beautiful movie. I listened to this in the train and everything felt magical. It’s an amazing piece of music!
- Coldplay: O
- Orcas: Arrow Drawn
- Rival Consoles: Untravel
- Emily Haines: Statuette
What would your dream project be at this point in time?
To create a new musical instrument.
Free your mind and…
Float. Floating is really the only thing that has turned me into jello. So nua….
Check out Sky Kave and more about Ferry at meetferry.com