Esplanade Presents

Visual Arts

Heavy Rotations

Jon Cuyson, Moe Myat May Zarchi and Miti Ruangkritya (Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand)

16 Sep 2022 – 2 Jan 2023

All Day

Esplanade Mall Level 3 Community Wall

Still from Mutya, Jon Cuyson, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.
Excerpt from King Eric, Miti Ruangkritya, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.
Still from Tomorrow I will get back to the world (I thought), Moe Myat May Zarchi, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.


Whatever does the archival mean, and how can one think of the archive beyond the (imagined) spaces of climate-controlled vaults and dusty libraries? Through the works of artists Jon Cuyson, Moe Myat May Zarchi, the exhibition Heavy Rotations explores larger questions of how historical consciousness, social memories and private accounts are shaped and created in contemporary Southeast Asia. These lines of inquiry endeavour to propose a new vocabulary for rethinking the archive in this age of hyper-networked digital media.


A reference to a practice in the radio broadcast industry—where stations maintain a list of songs that get the most airplay to play throughout the day—the exhibition title parallels the processes by which archival images have been adapted, remixed, and propagated to speculate on the possibilities of collective narratives, past and present.


This exhibition is co-curated with the Moving Picture Experiment Group (MPEG), an itinerant curatorial and research collective exploring the polyvalency of the moving image medium in contemporary practices across Asia. MPEG seeks to investigate and instigate hybridised modes of image-making, and is initiated and led by artists Alfonse Chiu, Adar Ng and Dave Lim.

Admission Age:
6 and above
Language: English
Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide

Date & Time

16 Sep 2022 – 2 Jan 2023

Esplanade Mall Level 3 Community Wall

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