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Matthew Ngui


Matthew Ngui | Singapore/ Australia b.1962 | Swimming: at least 8 points of view 2007 | Four-channel video installation, hard drive and DVD formats: 10:10 minutes, colour, sound (originally recorded on high definition video), ed. 1/3 | The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. | Purchased 2008 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Matthew Ngui

Swimming: at least 8 points of view 2007

Swimming: at least 8 points of view transforms an everyday activity into a sublime and complex visual experience. A figure dives into a pool and starts swimming laps, slipping effortlessly from one screen to the next in a mesmerising rhythm. The audio features both internal and external monologues: the swimmer discussing his own strokes on one channel, and a coach making comments on the swimmer’s performance on the other. The work encapsulates the artist’s longstanding interest in shifting perspectives, with the title referring to the four cameras, the swimming instructor, the swimmer, the artist and the gallery audience. Even the most ordinary actions can have many different meanings or interpretations.