Inspired by the lights and colours of KTV and getai traditions, the design uses bursts of colour and lines, expressing the conflict between participating litigants. Karaoke Court is a work of performance 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, from 13 August to 29 September 2015.
Karaoke Court is a work of art and performance inspired by the Arctic Eskimo and Inuit tradition of ‘song duels’. Taking place within festive occasions, litigants present grievances to the entire community for judgment in the form of humorous and satirical songs. Due to the necessities of survival in the Arctic, the aim of the Eskimo or Inuit litigation is to restore relationships and to dissipate the build up of community tension, as much as it is to determine the winner.