the only constant is an asymptotic landscape

Single-channel video installation and wooden bench-sculptures


In mathematics, an asymptote is a line on a graph that a numerical function may tend towards but never intersect. Adopting the dynamic tension encapsulated by this mathematical principle, the only constant is an asymptotic landscape hones in on sand as one of the most critical elements in our everyday lives. The work comprises a single-channel video installation rendered through computer graphics and procedurally-generated landscapes alongside two wooden formwork benches to examine the materialities, applications, geographies and economies of this global and vital resource, especially in the context of Singapore's changing horizontal and vertical environments fuelled by land reclamation and construction developments. By situating the ubiquity and indispensability of this granular material in the semiconductor industry and its associations with computational and digital realms, Syahrul further reframes and reconfigures our understanding and relationship with entities and landscapes that will never remain static.

Installation Images courtesy of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.