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The NTU CCA Singapore Residencies programme is an integral part of the NTU CCA Singapore’s mission as a research centre and hosts artists, curators, critics and scholars from Singapore and abroad. The studio-based Residencies programme is dedicated to facilitating the production of knowledge and research for and by established and emerging artists. It serves as a forum for cultural and artistic exchange in Southeast Asia, augmented with public events Residencies: Insights / Studio Sessions / OPEN series, ranging from open studio sessions, lectures, live performances, to special projects in The Lab, NTU CCA Singapore’s space for curatorial experimentation. The application for residency at NTU CCA Singapore is via nomination, please email NTUCCAresidencies@ntu.edu.sg for more information.

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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 and Truong Cong Tung and curator/writer Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran.

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.