Zul Mahmod (b. 1975) is one of Singapore’s leading sound artists. Zul has been at the forefront of a generation of sound-media artists in Singapore’s contemporary art development – one of the genres of international contemporary art-making that has been garnering interest for its inter-disciplinary approach and experimental edge. Zul has cut a reputation for integrating 3-D forms with ‘sound constructions’ and ‘sound-scapes’. Zul explores spatial awareness, aural architecture and social issues in a subtle way but impactful in his practice.
Zul represented Singapore with a Sound Art Performance at the Ogaki Biennale in 2006, and was Singapore’s first sound artist with a full-on sound sculpture at the Singapore Pavilion of the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007. Zul is also the designer for the first Singtel F1 Grand Prix Night Race trophy in Singapore. In early 2017, Zul has been awarded the special inaugural honorary award, Soichiro Fukutake Prize by Benesse Holding Inc for his Singapore Biennale 2016 commissioned artwork. Henceforth, his artwork titled; SONICreflection is now acquired by Fukutake Foundation, part of Benesse Art Site Naoshima in Feb 2019.
Zul has exhibited in Singapore, Thailand, Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, Moscow, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Norway and Finland. He was part of a creative talents traveling showcase in Beijing, London, New York and Singapore for Singapore Inside Out. His notable initiatives include an industrial-sound inspired soundtrack in conjunction with an Antoni Tapies exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum and winning Singapore Straits Time Life! Theatre Award 2010 for Best Sound Design (RPM by Kafai/Theatreworks).