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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Art Labor

Residency period

1 – 13 December 2015

About

Art Labor is an artist collective based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The collective work in between visual arts, social and life sciences in order to produce alternative and non-formal knowledge through artistic and cultural activities in unconventional and public contexts. It includes three core members: artists Phan Thao Nguyen (b. 1987, Vietnam) and Truong Cong Tung (b. 1986, Vietnam) and curator/writer Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran (b. 1987, Vietnam).

Focus

Art Labor will recreate a Hammock Café serving traditional Vietnamese coffee, akin to the many itinerant roadside-resting spots of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The café will be a place for visitors to sit together, chat, rest, observe, think or simply pass time, alluding to the café culture central to Vietnamese daily life. The name Jarai Dew Hammock Café is an introduction into Art Labor’s long-term project. That takes inspiration from the Jarai people of Vietnam's Central Highlands and their philosophy on the cycle of life. After death, humans will go through many stages to get back to their origins of existence. The final stage is that they transform into dew (ia ngôm in Jarai language) evaporating into the environment – a state of non-being – the beginning particles of a new existence.

Public programmes

Residencies: Insights – Art Labor (Vietnam) and Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho (New York/Manila)
8 Dec 2015, Tue 6:00pm - 10:00pm

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This edition of Residencies: Insights highlights the importance of collectives in art practices today.

Jarai Dew Hammock Café by Artists-in-Residence, Art Labor
Jarai Dew Hammock Café takes inspiration from the Jarai people of Vietnam’s Central Highlands and their philosophy on the cycle of life. Art Labor will recreate a Hammock Café serving traditional Vietnamese coffee, akin to the many itinerant roadside-resting spots of Vietnamese daily life.  

OPEN Studio by Artists-in-Residence, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho
Since arriving at NTU CCA Singapore, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho have observed the tightly wound relationship between the financial industry and governmentality in Singapore and its cultural repercussions. Is the imagination held hostage by this situation? Their open studio presentation will reflect on this question.