17 August – 18 December 2015
Angie Seah’s (b. 1979, Singapore) multidisciplinary practise traverses the mediums of drawing, installation, performance and sound to respond the human condition in relation to the social environment. In 2000, she was awarded an education bursary from National Arts Council, graduating from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s Bachelor of Arts, with a major in sculpture. She was also awarded a culture scholarship from the Goethe Institute, Berlin in 2005. Since 1997, anGie has exhibited works, taken part in artist residencies and participated in performance art festivals in locations such as Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Belgium; ZKM Centre for new media, Germany; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Asialink/VCA.Australia; Palais de Tokyo, MAC lyon, France; Galeria Labirynt, Poland; Singapore Biennale 2013, Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden; and Bangkok Art center, Thailand. For a decade she has been active in initiating art projects and participatory workshop within communities in Singapore, supported by National Arts Council, Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay and People’s Association.
While in residence, anGie seah will investigate this ineffable expression into a series of expressive notions; creating moments in curious site-specific rituals and making instructional tools and activities for uplifting purposes. Her research will focus on reflecting upon existential questions on the meaning of fear, death, loss and being human. Fascinated by the splendour of the everyday and against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, Seah will investigate intrinsic values of living.
This edition of Residencies: OPEN will highlight NTU CCA Singapore’s Artists-in-Residence who focus on performance in their practices. The performances will take place outside Block 37 Studios, accompanied by activities happening within this remote block. Performances will range from live sonic hypnosis from Yan Jun, a collaborative performance from anGie seah looking at the sensation of “butterflies in the stomach”, a ceremonious ritual of conviviality with Amanda Heng and a special installation and screening of work by Li Ran. These four artists mutually share an interest in performance as a visceral medium to experience contemporary art.
Amanda Heng | 6.00 – 10.00pm
Block 37 Malan Road, #01-03
Through her exchange of everyday rituals with various people in September, Amanda Heng’s (Singapore) presentation looks at the meditative, poetic and performative qualities in ceremonies, everyday life and public spaces. Visitors will be invited to experience the exchange of rituals through participation.
Li Ran | 6.00 – 10.00pm
Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-04
Li Ran (China) presents two works that blur everyday life and performance, including Beyond Geography (2012), which looks at the role of performing the “native” within a fabricated jungle environment.
Yan Jun | 8.00 – 9.00pm
Exterior of Block 37 Malan Road
Yan Jun’s (China) performances often incorporate improvisations and everyday objects. He will create a sonic device based on his experimentation of being situated in the jungle, drawing attention to the environs of Block 37, Gillman Barracks.
anGie seah | 9.00 – 10.00pm
Exterior of Block 37 Malan Road
anGie seah (Singapore) will present Part 1 of A Thousand Horses Running in my Head (2015), a mash up of bass droning, poetic gestures and erratic voice-works combined with everyday sounds.
Studios at Blocks 37 & 38 Malan Road, 2.00 – 7.30pm
This edition of Residencies: OPEN concentrates on the intertwined relationship between art making and text. Projects range from Artists-in-Residence Weixin Chong’s investigation into the domestic tropicality through a dictation exercise with visitors, contributions by Narawan Pathomvat’s collaborator of key texts and their online circulation, Shubigi Rao’s research on the history of banished books and Otty Widasari’s archival research into films from the colonial period.
Langkasuka, book launch
Foyer of Block 43 Malan Road, 2.00 – 7.00pm
Former Artist-in-Residence Ise (Roslisham Bin Ismail) (Malaysia) will launch the new and second edition of his cookbook Langkasuka published by ITBN Malaysia, based on old royal recipes excavated through oral histories in Kelantan, an area in Malaysia with historical links to Thailand. The artist will also serve one of the featured recipes!
Residencies: In The Lab – Exhibit 101: Li Ran and Gary Ross Pastrana (Artists’ Workshop)
The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road, 2.30 – 4.00pm
Artists-in-Residence Li Ran and Gary Ross Pastrana will conduct a workshop as part of their project Exhibit 101 at The Lab. Li Ran will talk through the process of creating a new work in Singapore while Gary Ross Pastrana will work with participants to conceive a new artwork for his project An ASEAN Exhibition 1.
Residencies: Insights – Dictation with Artist-in-Residence Weixin Chong
Studio #01-07, Block 38 Malan Road, 6.00 – 7.30pm
Weixin Chong will host ”read –in’s” in her studio where visitors can take part in a dictation exercise around a text related to the tropical environment which will later be translated into artworks.
Residencies: OPEN offers a rare insight into the often introverted sphere of the artists’ studio. Through showcasing discussions, performances, research and works-in-progress, Residencies: OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice and the divergent ways artists make artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and contemplation.
Block 37 Studios: anGie seah (Singapore), Shubigi Rao (Singapore), and Saleh Hussein (Indonesia)
Block 38 Studios: Jompet Kuswidananto (Indonesia), Weixin Chong (Singapore), and Tan Guo-Liang (Singapore)