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Riding on the nation's 50th year of independence, /*semble*/ consists of site-specific exhibitions and performances that touches on the issues of history, memories, architectures and spaces. Through presenting ephemeral works in a national monument, /*semble*/ interplays contextual lineage and attempts to create dialogues between the physical site and artworks; while simultaneously seeking to investigate the omnipresence of urban development in our homeland. The title is open to participating artists for individual creative interpretation. Artworks are to consist of installations, mixed-media, and LIVE art performances.
Dates: 07 – 08 March 2015
Venue: Former KTM Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (main hall)
30 Keppel Road, Singapore 089059
Participating TAV Artists: Ben Puah, Chand Chandramohan, Ezzam Rahman, Farah Ong, Gilles Massot, Jacquelyn Soo, Jason J S Lee, Kai Lam, Lina Adam, Natasha Wei, Post-Museum, Shin-young Park, Urich Lau
Guest Artist: KIDCUCUMBERINC.
Conceived by Jason J S Lee
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|3pm||Gilles Massot||Retro specks Future Pix: The Journey||Video|
|3pm||Jason J S Lee||Seconds of Inconvenience||Audio|
|4 – 8pm||Post-Museum||Singapore Really Really Free Market||Interactive|
|4 – 5pm||Ben Puah||BENISRAT #2||Performance|
|5 – 6pm||Jacquelyn Soo||Departures & Endings||Performance|
|6 – 7pm||Ezzam Rahman||He confided in HIM||Performance|
|7 – 8pm||Kai Lam||Untitled (K.L.S.B.T)||Performance|
Day-2: 08 March 2015
|12pm||Gilles Massot||Retro specks Future Pix: The Journey||Video|
|12pm||Jason J S Lee||Seconds of Inconvenience||Audio|
|2 – 4pm||Chand Chandramohan||Territory||Performance|
|2 – 4pm||Farah Ong||Farah Ong||Performance|
|3 – 4pm||Natasha Wei||Revival||Performance|
|4 – 5pm||Lina Adam||House of Love & House of Hate||Performance|
|5 – 7pm||Urich Lau||Vision Collision 3.0||VJ Presentation|
(Closing Reception from 7pm onwards)
A visual artist, performer, educator and academic, Gilles' artistic process looks beyond forms to establish links between disciplines, people, occurrences and parts of the world. Coming to live in Singapore in 1981, his early participation to the local art scene saw him involved in a string of seminal events. His book Bintan, Phoenix of the Malay Archipelago (2003) had a profound influence on his artistic work, which since then often deal with history and ethnology. His work, presented in over 50 exhibitions in France and Asia, is found in the Singapore Art Museum and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. He was recently made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic.
Retro specks Future Pix: The Journey
In 2005 I presented an exhibition in Sculpture Square entitled Retro Specks Future Pix. The exhibition was about the peculiar situation still found at that time in the story behind the Tanjung Pagar station and the train track to Johor, the paradox of which was used to further my exploration of the relation of time and space to photography and painting.
The work was a one-piece room size installation that was entirely based on a two channels video featuring the journey in real time and real space, back and forth between Tanjong Pagar and Johor stations. It was enhanced by a sound track by Damien Lock. This unique full documentation of the train journey between Singapore and Johor Bahru 5 years before its last run took place therefore presents a historical interest that only makes its artistic dimension more relevant in the context of Singapore 50th birthday celebration.
I am therefore very pleased to be given an opportunity to hopefully present this video in the context of the Tanjong Pagar train station as part of this TAV project.
KIDCUCUMBERINC. 아이오이 is a contemporary art studio whose genre of work is concerned with the human psyche and its associated themes. Our ever evolving work runs parallel with the progression of our daily lives – we do what we are concerned about. They take the form of objects, installations, books, short fiction, drawings, video, photography. Influences are drawn from a wide range of fields, including but not limited to, architecture, design and the literary arts.
This building has no description, instead Pao steps up and prepares to say a few lines... "I spent the last year walking through the wilderness, the cities, the villages, the remote islands, and finally, I came in front of a tower. It wasn't very tall, but I could sense the weight of great expectations. I walked around it several times, but as I expected, there wasn't an opening to the top. I walked 3 metres away at a 60 degree angle, turned and sat down on the bench. Then I knew, it was worth listening." At this point in time, PE is seen running around with entangled legs.
Shin-young Park is a Korean-born New Zealander, who moved to Auckland in 1991 with her family. She completed Bachelor degree (1998) and Master degree (2003) in Fine Arts at the Elam School of Fine Art at the University of Auckland. After having several solo shows and group shows in Auckland, Park moved to Singapore in 2006. Park continues to showcase her print works through art galleries in Singapore, participate in several group shows, overseas exchange shows, art fairs, workshops, international residency programs and charity auctions. Park has won the "Iris Fisher Art Award (Best Contemporary)" in 2005 in Auckland and nominated as a "most Outstanding Emerging Artist" in Art Singapore 2009. Her works were commissioned by Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Singapore (2008) and Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore (2010). She is also a member of Singapore Printmaking Society, the artists village Singapore and KAP (Korean Art Professionals in Singapore). Though the years, she touched on various subject matters but her main passion and interest have been about the life of under-privileged people in our society.
HDB (Housing and Development Board) flat, which is a home to 80% of Singapore's resident, is a very unique factor of Singapore and it's national pride. Therefore it's fair to say HDB flats represent Singapore and its livelihood, and the colors used in the exterior of the buildings represent aesthetic preference of Singaporeans.
The colors that commonly used in HDB flats are pink, lime green, purple, baby blue, orange and yellow, which are not commonly used in other countries. Maybe this color scheme and its combination characterize the tropical climate of Singapore as uplifting, dynamic and vibrant but I think now its time to put a stop to this eyesore.
Recently Singapore government has been putting so much effort in developing the art scene in Singapore by building various art institutions and hosting multi international art events. But what about immediate artistic development and education for the general population?
To me, HDB flat blocks are huge canvas filled with colors and also the public mural art displays, which play a significant influence on development and maturity of aesthetic sense for the general population. I think it is time to upgrade the buildings with more sophisticated and refine color scheme with help from the professionals or even from local design students. I strongly believe that careful filtering and usage of color can elevate a sense of aesthetic for the local Singaporeans for the next 50 years and more to come.
Jason Lee is an artist who works with several media which includes photography, installation, and performance. His current works deals with wide issues that revolve around the urban environment and contemporary society that inspires him. His artistic interest lies in the areas of urbanization, abandoned traditions, and sub-cultural lifestyle. He has participated in group exhibitions, curatorial projects and collaborations with varying roles as artist, organizer, photographer, web publisher and designer. He is based in Singapore and is a present member of The Artists Village. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art from the University of Huddersfield, UK.
Seconds of Inconvenience
When my childhood days up, I used to stay in an apartment block very near to the train tracks. I have deep memories of the noisy train passing by the tracks at times when my family is watching the television programme or talking on the telephone. During that few seconds, there is a sense of inconvenience caused – the dialogues on the television programme and the voice of the person on the telephone line becomes inaudible. Seconds of Inconvenience is an audio work which aims to rekindle those long-lost moments. Instead of the familiar noise generated by passing trains, snippets of nursery songs about trains, which symbolize memories, are heard intervening into radio programmes. I seek to recreate those short inconvenience moments when the sound of the train passing is louder than anything else.
Post-Museum is an independent cultural and social space in Singapore which aims to encourage and support a thinking and pro-active community. It is an open platform for examining contemporary life, promoting the arts and connecting people. A ground-up project initiated by Singaporean curatorial team p-10, Post-Museum aims to respond to its location and community as well as serve as a hub for local and international cultures. From September 2007 until August 2011, Post-Museum was located in two 1920s shop-houses in Little India, an exciting and truly historical and multi-cultural area in Singapore. The premises along Rowell Rd included Food #03 (deli-bar), Show Room (exhibition cum performance space), Back Room (multi-purpose space), artists studios and offices. It functioned as a rental venue as well as organised and hosted various events and activities. These included local and international Exhibitions, Residency Programmes for local and international talents, Talks by local and international talents, Workshops and Classes, Community Projects, Research, Publishing etc. Post-Museum is a social enterprise which obtains additional funding from individuals, private companies and public funds. Currently nomadic, it will continue to organise and host various events and activities in different spaces.
Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM)
The Singapore Really Really Free Market (SRRFM) is a temporary market where everything is free. All goods and services are shared free and nothing is for sale. Anyone with stuff or skills to share are welcome to set up a stall, and if you find something you want, you're welcome to have it. Started in Jan 2009, this on-going artwork by Post-Museum takes the form of a social event where goods and skills are "traded" freely. Taking place over a few hours in a different location every 2 months, SRRFM can be seen as a project-based artwork, a participatory artwork or a relational artwork, which explores group dynamics, site-specificity and nomadism.
Ben Puah is an exciting figure in a new breed of contemporary Asian artists. Born in Singapore in 1976, Ben studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and LASALLE College of the Arts. He received his BFA with Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2000. A self-confessed artist of 'crazy artworks', Ben creates shocking and powerful works that refuse to fit into the mainstream. He also organized community-based projects, such as "Colours of Life" community projects. Ben has exhibited his works in Singapore, IRAN, Australia, Germany, Japan, USA, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, London, Malaysia and China. His artwork is in the public and private collections in both local and international locations. Ben has conducted workshops/talks at schools and art institutions.
There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog through history the faltering steps of kings. It is better not to be different from one's fellows. The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. - Oscar Wilde
Jacquelyn Soo (b.1981) is a Degree (Hons) Fine Art graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore where she received a bursary award and a travel grant to Hong Kong in 2006. Soo's practice range from conceptual art, installation art forms to performance art. Soo has presented drawings, photos, installation and performance art works in Southeast Asia, America and Europe through exhibitions and artist in residency programmes: Youth-to-Youth exchange program in Luang Prabang, Laos; Jatiwangi Artist-in-Residence Programme, Bandung, Indonesia; Open Roads International Performance Art Festival - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Performance in Frames, Bangkok; WEYA World Event Young Artists 2012 Cultural Olympiad Event, Nottingham, UK;; Performance Art in Odd Places Festival in New York City, USA; STOFFestival, Stockholm, Sweden; Nafas Residensi in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; The Artists Village Singapore: Pulau Ubin Residency Programme and recently with Arteles Creative Centre in Finland. Soo represented Singapore for the 1st Jakarta Triennale in November 2013 at Nasional Gallerie, Jakarta. Soo is also the founder of Singapore Contemporary Young Artists (Society) to promote the works of emerging young artists in Singapore.
Departures & Endings
In a nutshell, Ezzam Rahman sees himself as a serious clown, a free spirited informer, a filial infant and a multitasking creator. Ezzam Rahman is practicing multi-disciplinary artist graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Fine Arts from University of Huddersfield. He has participated, initiated and co-curated numerous local and international group exhibitions, events and festivals. Ezzam had presented his works in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Macau, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Slovenia, Sweden, Cyprus, Greece and Denmark. He curated the Roving Artists at The Substation for the annual Night Festival in 2010 - 2013 and was the co-director for Fetter Field Performance Art Event from 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012 in Singapore. Though he had been formally trained as a sculptor, he is most comfortable with installation art and performance art. Ezzam's works vary from the choice of medium, concepts and strategies of presentation. He favours narratives due to the ability to convey his ideas, inform as well as to tease the audience.
He confided in Him
He confided in Him is a performance inspired by the old railway station. It is a performance piece about "broken trust" between people. We can carve out many untold stories from this space. A place for transportation, a place for connecting people, hellos and goodbyes. In this performance, I want to depict simple movements to convey this fragile human emotions, between the nostalgic memories of past stories I had collected and the 'attachment' one has between them and the space.
Kai Lam (Singapore, 1974) has proved an active innovator since his artistic involvements in 1995 during which he was majoring in Sculpture at Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts. In 2001, he was awarded a study grant from Lee Foundation and an education bursary from National Arts Council, and graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's Bachelor of Arts where he majored in Sculpture. Versatile and prolific skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media installation and performance, Lam also collaborated in theater productions and co-organize art events. As President of alternative art group, Artists Village, he helped initiate "Artists Investigating Monuments" in 2000, presenting installations and performances in various public sites. This was later presented again in Singapore Art Museum, 2004 and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and at HKW, Berlin, 2005. In 2003, he started to co-organize "Future Of Imagination", an annual international performance art festival that showcases and focuses on performance practice and in 2009 he co-initiated, "Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak" (R.I.T.E.S). Since 1999, he has travelled to different countries in Asia and Europe to present his art projects.
I will be making a performance art piece to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore. At the same time it is also a piece that looks into the separation between Singapore and Malaysia, It will be a gaze into our neighbouring country (Through the site of KTM railway) which once connected both countries via the railway line. This work is specific to the KTM railway line as a site of contemplation on the "mainstream" history; an attempt for merger (into Malaya), the eventual separation of both countries, moving forward the development of both countries as sovereign states and the findings into state of independence. This work attempts to reanalyse this history that both countries experiences, shared values and differing opinions right up until the present day.
Born in 1992, Chand has graduated with a BA(Hons) in Fine arts from Lasalle College of the Arts. Through practice, she has an inclination towards a performance medium with surrealistic tendencies. Her main practice is exploring the medium of performance art whether be it the deconstructing time, space, or the relationship between the audience and the performer. She is highly interested in deconstructing aspects of performance art and reconstructing them again, through research or through the medium itself.
The xenophobic thought is always present in a migrant society. By territorialising, it tangents to statements of power. This project aims to question this by using the act of moving land. I personalise this act by using my body as a vessel to transport 'land' across invisible lines, and boundaries. I would like to explore what it means in the Singaporean aspect, where land is a mere commodity and most of the residence do not have any connections to the land. It is a migrant thought of centralising that is present results in the hypocritical xenophobic thought.
Farah Ong is first and foremost an actress, a performance artist, and an art-maker who believes in constantly diversifying her own performative and artistic vocabulary. She graduated from LaSalle College of the Arts with a Diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in Fine Art Photography. Farah has done performances in Singapore as well as in Malaysia, Indonesia, Phnom Penh, Cairo, Dubai, Qatar and also Brunei and her photography works had been exhibited in Stockholm for the Stockholm Pride Fringe Exhibition.
How can we lose something that doesn't belong to us in the first place? Dealing with us 'winning' back the rail corridor, Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah station- which never really belonged to us in the first place. Are we relegating history as a piece of nostalgia? Are we turning history into yet another piece of commodity? How do we deal with the loss of history? Are we rejecting our own culture and identity for the sake of commodity? Are we circling in our own entrapment of pragmatism? Que-Wrong deals with loss, rejection and entrapment.
Natasha Wei is drawn to performance art for its "inexplicable beauty", and its ability to delve into the questions of the human condition and reach audiences at a more intimate level. Her performances often address the human condition of beliefs and customs. Having traveled to places to perform and observe performance festivals and with her active contribution to the local at scene, she is convicted in playing the role to create art that penetrates the heart of the community, engage the public in her art-making and merge the visual language of her own practice in her art teaching career.
I take on the persona of a flower sculpture to interact with the space by finding water to drink, soil to be buried and sunlight to bath in. These actions become interactive with the audience when I revive the selected area by planting flowers in a space of 1m by 1 m with the audience, as a symbol of revival and growth.
Lina Adam is a multi disciplinary artist and has used various mediums such as performance, printmaking and art installation. She is the co-founder of Fetterfield, Singapore Performance Art Event, a site specific performance art festival (founded in 2006) and Your Mother Gallery, an alternative art space in Little India (founded in 2004). She is a committee member of The Artists Village since 1998. Her work involves the scope of dissecting agents of socialization and habits dealing with but not limited to memories, environment and systems of daily life. Her work deals on the notion of social political identity, involving the observation of constructions such as family, work, school, playground, shopping malls, supermarkets, offices, etc and its influence on people's behavior. She is interested in the idea of exploring structures that forms the existing frame of social reality.
House of Love & House of Hate
Singaporean visual artist Urich Lau (born 1975) works in video art, photography and printmaking. He has exhibited in Singapore and other countries including Australia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Serbia, Thailand, USA and Uzbekistan. Recent exhibitions include the Singapore Biennale 2013, VII Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art, and a finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2013-14. He is an independent curator focusing on video art and working with projects in Singapore and abroad such as Indonesia, China and Germany. He holds a Master of Fine Art degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and works an art lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts. He is the current President of The Artist Village and a resident-artist at the Goodman Arts Centre in Singapore.
Vision Collision 3.0
The artist will set up VJing equipment in the proposed space, with multiple projectors and visual manipulations to liven up this dark corner. Video and sound samples will be taken from the environment from the vicinity of the station's venue and be mixed and projected on the walls and ceiling of this space. The artist will be present to 'spin' and create the live visuals and sounds performance during the event. Members of the audience are allowed to participate in the VJing under the guidance of the artist.