Temporary Measures: A procession of physical proximity

Loo Zihan

Temporary Measures: A procession of physical proximity was a one-on-one performance that took the form of a 9.5 km walk with the artist in Singapore lasting approximately 3 hours. It was developed in response to a group fundraiser exhibition Moving in Place at Coda Culture gallery curated by artist Seelan Palay. Information about this online exhibition was launched on 1 June, 2020 as Singapore moved into Phase I of the post-Circuit Breaker period. Each work was priced at SGD $750 – the average monthly salary of a migrant construction worker.

The performance questions how labour-power is abstracted in the money form, and the contradiction between the use and exchange value of service as a commodity. Who determines which services are essential and what happens to bodies that are deemed dispensable? I was also invested in interrogating the value of intimacy in the wake of a pandemic, and how we calibrate the risk of physical proximity in response to the need to be socially distant.

Included as part of this workbook are my correspondences to K, the purchaser of the artwork.



Loo Zihan is a queer artist from Singapore with a research focus on distended and pragmatic gestures of resistance under illiberal regimes. His work strives to reconcile the tension between the flesh of the body and the bone of the archive, while interrogating the fetish of materiality in our orientation towards a post-human world. His work emphasises the malleability of memory through various representational strategies that include performance re-enactments and essay films.

He received his MFA in Studio Practice from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MA in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is pursuing his PhD in Performance Studies at University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded the Young Artist Award (2015) and an Arts Postgraduate Scholarship (2017) by the National Arts Council of Singapore.