Leong : GOSSIP - Their Eyes Are Watching
June 19th - July 1st, 2003
Supported by NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL Singapore
is proud to present GOSSIP : Their Eyes Are Watching by
young New Media Artist, Hazel Leong.
Ms Leong’s concept for her interactive art work originates from her
personal experience of having lived in a Housing Development Board (HDB)
flat for the past twenty three years. Her work is a study of the
women who gather daily to watch and gossip about the people who walk
In Gossip the viewers become immediately involved and play
the role of the passer by. With 'eyes' watching and whispers at
every move, the viewer will begin to feel disturbed and
uncomfortable very quickly, especially when it becomes obvious that
the gossip is malicious and becomes louder as backs are turned.
Women who have perhaps too much time on their hands and who may even
be jealous of those who have a 'little' more enjoyment out of life
have their eyes displayed on monitors. While their eyes follow the
viewers every move, their gossip can be heard.
The stage is set with only the movement of eyes as visuals and
voices. Together with the visuals and sound, Ms Leong integrates the
use of technology to complete the stage. Ms Leong’s art is
successful in creating an interactive environment especially when it
requires and depends on the audience’s participation.
Ms Hazel Leong is one of Singapore’s budding new media artists. A
Bachelor of Art graduate in Multimedia Art from The Birmingham
Institute of Art & Design at the University of Central England, she
intends to pursue passion for art and develop her career as a New
Their Eyes Are Watching is the first solo exhibition by Ms