Tal Isaac Haddad explores human senses at the National Gallery Singapore

Date : 18 Jan 2019 – 31 Mar 2019, All day
Venue : National Gallery Singapore
Admission : Free

Don’t miss this series of intimate encounters with smell, sound and touch across seven sites in the Gallery. Discover the unique smell of Singapore’s youth in a work by renowned scent artist Sissel Tolaas, visualise your own compositions in a sound installation by Andy Chia, and see the relationship between the body and voice redefined in a performance piece by Tal Isaac Hadad.

French artist Tal Isaac Hadad demonstrates ‘touch without touching’ with sound-oriented videos Listening Bodies ASMRListening Bodies ASMR is a collection of audio-video pieces created specially to introduce the concept of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response), a curios phenomenon described as pleasant, tingling sensation triggered in the body by audio-visual stimuli. Hadad also incorporates the sense of touch and sound in the performance installation Recital for Masseur creating a new sensorial experience and redefine the relationship between body and voice.

Recital for Masseur is a four-hour durational performance where singers and masseurs work together through an exchange, producing a new and unplanned acapella arrangement. It will be on view until 3 February from 2pm to 6pm.

Recital for Masseur was presented at the 2018 Sao Paulo Biennal and Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie (2017).

Made possible by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and the Tote Board Group which comprises the Tote Board, Singapore Pools and Singapore Turf Club.


Tal Isaac Haddad is a French artist living and working in Paris. He is interested in sounds diversions, in their most popular or scholarly forms. Tal Isaac Hadad develops performances as a celebration of connection and encounter where one learns to listen. He creates listening experiences and collective research leading to new forms of public exchange and musical narratives.

His previous works have been presented at the Paris Philharmonie, at international Istanbul and Fiac Paris performance programme. His last collection of pieces involved opera singers and orchestra choir bringing a large public together with continuous performances and art installation.

Using physiological acoustics and collective psychology, “singing” become a tool addressing the attention to new types of sensory responses. Setting new parameters for the audience, whether it engages the brain, the body of the performers or the public in meditative, primal, intimate expériences.


Find out more about the Sensorial Trail here