Nigel Tan

Nigel is an educator, composer, sound and video artist currently based in Singapore who works conceptually with various mediums bearing the weight of unorthodox structure with the blend of electroacoustic aberrant sound. He explores the basis of life through different styles and history bearing in mind the importance of the process within layers of texture. Influenced by experimentalist of film and music from both the eastern and western cultures, the works churned out are intertwined randomly to reflect change which in turn motivates a purpose. He works primarily with sound but also engages in various forms of mixed media, mainly in the video and visual aspect marrying sight with sound through the blend of the abstract and narrative.

“If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience.”                                                                                                                   – John Cage

Nigel graduated with a MFA from RMIT University, Melbourne (2015), a BFA in Contemporary Music majoring in Interactive Composition from University Of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts (2014) and a Diploma in Film, Sound and Video from Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic (2009). He currently teaches music and the arts at various levels. His artistic work compromises but is not limited to audiovisual installations, film music, experimental video and site-specific compositions that have been exhibited and screened internationally at spaces such as the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Instinc Gallery Singapore, Federation Square Melbourne, Lasalle College of The Arts, The Arts Centre Melbourne, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne Zoo, Japan Creative Centre Singapore, CASPA Gallery, 69 Smith Street Gallery, The George Paton Gallery and more. In addition to this, he actively writes music for film/television, mixed media and performance art, some of which were nominated for several awards. He is also the brainchild of The Concerted Collective, an artistic collective focused on experimentation, aberration and collaboration between artists in Singapore and Melbourne, Australia.