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Karaoke Court is a work of art by artist Jack Tan as part of his solo exhibition How to do things with rules at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore in 2015. Karaoke Court was first produced at The Gowlett Pub in Peckham, South London, in 2014, and then later at The Yard Theatre, London in 2016. Inspired by the Arctic Inuit and Eskimo tradition of 'song duels', Tan invites pairs of contestants to participate in a singing performance to resolve their disputes. Taking place within festive occasions, litigants present grievances to the entire community for judgment in the form of humorous and satirical songs.
The identity of Karaoke Court is inspired by the visual tropes of local getai and Karaoke Television (KTV) bars that are common sight in Singapore. The main visual element - spikes/starbursts, draws parallels from the festive disco-esque lights with the idea of conflict and hostility.
Karaoke Court (London, Glasgow, Beijing & Hong Kong) Art Direction & Design: Darius Ou
Karaoke Court (Singapore) Art Direction & Design: Darius Ou, Melvin Tan