How do we “know” the city we live in? Is it through our unique experience of city life? Or do cities only come alive through our pictures, memories and representations of them?
The City’s Double presents stereoscopic, or 3D, photographs of Singapore’s monuments, back lanes and communities by Italian photographer, Alberto Fanelli. Each is made up of two overlaid images – one in red and one in cyan. The lenses in anaglyph 3D glasses filter out the images, meaning that each eye only sees an image in one colour. The mind in turn conflates these images, giving us the perception of a 3D image. In seeing “double”, our individual perspectives make a flat image of the city come alive.
Stereoscopic images have a long history. In the 19th century, many city tour sets included stereo- gram images that allowed people to “tour” far-off lands. Emulating these city tour sets, The City’s Double presents Alberto Fanelli’s journey with a soundtrack by local artist Bani Haykal. This audio- visual pairing is similar to a conversation between a local Singaporean and foreign visitor. Featuring day and night images of Singapore, red and cyan representations, and a foreign and local perspective, The City’s Double offers a double-vision of Singapore, inviting us to see the city anew.
Presented by the National Museum of Singapore, Embassy of Italy and Italian Cultural Institute in Singapore, The City’s Double is part of the National Museum’s programme “Singapore and the World”, which explores the contemporary and historical connections that tie Singapore to the wider world.
The City’s Double: Singapore through Alberto Fanelli’s Stereoscopic Lens opens today and runs till Sun 3 Dec, 10am to 5pm daily at the National Museum of Singapore’s Gallery 10. Admission is free