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Syzygy / Sound and Boardgame Installation (2019)

“Syzygy” is a sound installation aiming to create space of liminality, with a ritualistic setup of gameplay.


The work invites a single moment for strangers to gather, experiencing the same space and time differently. With the four pieces of sound works, “Trams”, “Ocean”, “Pile Up” and  “Princess”, the installation explores how art is able to manipulate and trigger various responses amongst participants.


The installation includes a game of Snakes and Ladders, which signifies life and death in Buddhist philosophy. The kusudamas hanging from the ceiling, symbolise how all planets are comprised of similar yet very different elements, echoing with the title “Syzygy”. (Meaning: a (roughly) straight-line configuration of three or more celestial bodies in a gravitational system.)


The origami and the boardgame are made of recycled materials.

Idea and Creation: John
English voiceover: Harry Galloway


This is a part of the on-going research on the physio-psychological of spectators.


Premiere Exhibition 

"The Audible Space #1"

on 22 March 2019

at Studio 1 & 2, The Place, London


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Syzygy by FrancisJohn Chan at The Place
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