Remembering and Forgetting in Mixed Media “Cloud”

Remembering and Forgetting in Mixed Media “Cloud”
Johnny Ng plays one half of a married couple in the multidisciplinary "Cloud."
(Tara Tan)

SINGAPORE — How do people remember and forget? How do memories change over time? How does a look, a scent, a sound spark a chain of reminiscing? These are the questions swirling around in “Cloud,” a one-day-only mixed media presentation at the Esplanade.

Designed to be an immersive experience, the work comprises a 60-minute multi-channel video and live performance by Lush 99.5FM deejay Lavinia Tan in her acting debut. The work is the brainchild of multi-disciplinary artist Tara Tan, who is fronting the project under Studio Now & Then. She is no stranger to working with unconventional productions straddling several media, having created “Songbird” for last year’s Singapore Arts Festival, where audiences followed the journey of a missing singer that played out on an app for smartphones and tablets.

For “Cloud,” she says that she was interested in how film, theatre and digital media deal with memory. “For instance, film records and immortalizes, live performance exists physically in the temporal but has a lasting impact on our being, and of course, the incessant logging that happens through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter,” she says. 

Tan says there are three narratives in “Cloud,” ranging from the micro to the macro. They are: the disintegration of a relationship between an old married couple played by Johnny Ng and Xiao Jing; a character called 503 whose function is to create memories that will be transplanted to other people; and a larger, more abstract story about cities and how they are built on the foundation of a collective consciousness.

“Cloud” is on at the Esplanade Theatre Studio on June 22, 3pm and 8pm. Admission is free. Write to to book a ticket.