Zulkifle Mahmod (b. 1975) has been at the forefront of a generation of sound-media artists in Singapore’s contemporary art development , a genre that has been garnering interest for its inter-disciplinary approach and experimental edge. ZUL represented Singapore at the Ogaki Biennale in 2006, and was Singapore’s first sound artist at the Singapore Pavilion of the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007.
ZUL has cut a reputation for integrating 3-D forms with ‘sound constructions’ and ‘sound-scapes’, often crossing genres and collaborating with other artists. In 2017, ZUL received the inaugural honorary Soichiro Fukutake Prize by Benesse Holding Inc for his Singapore Biennale 2016 commission. The work, SONICreflection, has since been acquired by the Fukutake Foundation.
ZUL has exhibited across the globe. 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).