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Artist-in-residence

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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Bani Haykal

Residency period

10 September 2014 – 28 February 2015

About

Bani Haykal (b. 1985, Singapore) experiments with text and music. As a soloist, he works primarily with acoustic instruments, both traditional and/or hacked, and his studies revolve around narratives, structured improvisation and spoken word. He is a member of OFFCUFF and b-quartet. An Associate Artist with The Substation, Haykal has collaborated, exhibited, performed and toured internationally, as an artist and a musician, participating in festivals including Media/Art Kitchen (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Japan), da:ns Festival and The M1 Fringe Festival (Singapore) among others. Haykal was also a member of the Singaporean avant rock band The Observatory, with whom he has toured Norway (2012) and Italy (2013). Haykal was a recipient for the Young Artists’ Award (2013) and has been selected for the 2015 President’s Young Talents.

Focus

Bani Haykal’s research looks into the history and affect of the cultural cold war through the movement of Jazz music; identifying the political baggage associated with freedom and democracy as unpacked concepts locked in to the sociopolitical, economic and cultural narrative.  Mirroring it to the narrative of Singapore’s present interest in music and the arts, Haykal posits the myths of freedom and cultural expansion as political and conceptual pollution that needs to be rethought and reimagined.

As a critically reflective artist and thinker, Haykal’s work examines the perceptions, relevance and culture of sound and music. This is often materialised through collaborations with artists across all fields as a means to discover new musical forms. These compositions can be interpreted as language in which to understand wider politics at play.

Public programmes

Studio Session Performance - An alternative ensemble: articles of music by Bani Haykal
13 Nov 2014, Thu 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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In 2011, Bani Haykal presented an alternative ensemble as part of his Associate Artist Research Programme with The Substation involving musicians of various backgrounds performing music centred around graphic notation. The second presentation of “an alternative ensemble” consists of new works that rely on text as a musical score that were developed during the artist’s research residency with the CCA Singapore, looking at culture as a social control mechanism.

Bani Haykal is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans the fields of visual and literal performances, using music and sound.

NTU CCA Singapore Residencies: Studio Sessions with Bani Haykal, An Alternative assemble: Articles of Music
13 Nov 2014, Thu 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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In 2011, Bani Haykal presented An alternative ensemble as part of his Associate Artist Research Programme with The Substation involving musicians of various backgrounds performing music centered around graphic notation. The second presentation of An alternative ensemble consisted of new works that rely on text as a musical score and that were developed.

NTU CCA Singapore Residencies: Studio Sessions with Bani Haykal + ila + Zai Kuning
22 Nov 2014, Sat 8:00pm - 10:00pm

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NTU CCA Artist-in-Residence Bani Haykal, ila and Zai Kuning came together for a performance that incorporated music and overhead projections.

NTU CCA Residencies: Studio Sessions with Bani Haykal + ila + Tim O’ Dwyer
5 Dec 2014, Fri 8:00pm - 10:00pm

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An improvised set by Artist-in-Residence, Bani Haykal and collaborators ila and Tim O’Dwyer.

Special project: Bani Haykal, Faculty of Listening
20 Jun 2015, Sat 3:00pm - 6:00pm
27 Jun 2015, Sat 3:00pm - 6:00pm

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Bani Haykal will present a series of collaborations over June and July using one of the NTU CCA Singapore studios as a base. Faculty of Listening is a means of thinking and experiencing music through non-musical lenses.

Faculty of Listening investigates “places as instruments” inspired by Didier Faustino’s public lecture at the BRIDGE THE GAP? 11 conference at NTU CCA Singapore where he says “architecture is not innocent, it is political”, and also by Marc Auge’s concept of non-places (Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, 1995). Haykal will present a series of lab sessions and performances using NTU CCA Singapore as a base, offering bikes for hire for visitors to take sound recordings around Gillman Barracks as part of his examination of music in relation to urban spaces.

This special project is supported by a National Arts Council grant.

LAB SESSIONS
Saturdays 20 & 27 June, 11 & 18 July, 3.00 – 6.00pm

PERFORMANCE
Tuesday 30 June, 8.00pm
Saturday 25 July, 6.00pm
Friday 31 July, 8.00pm

Special project: Bani Haykal, Faculty of Listening – Labs
20 Jun 2015, Sat 3:00pm - 6:00pm
27 Jun 2015, Sat 3:00pm - 6:00pm
11 Jul 2015, Sat 3:00pm - 6:00pm
18 Jul 2015, Sat 3:00pm - 6:00pm

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Lab sessions by Bani Haykal will present a series of collaborations over June and July using one of the NTU CCA Singapore studios as a base. Faculty of Listening is a means of thinking and experiencing music through non-musical lenses.

Faculty of Listening investigates “places as instruments” inspired by Didier Faustino’s public lecture at the BRIDGE THE GAP? 11 conference at NTU CCA Singapore where he says “architecture is not innocent, it is political”, and also by Marc Auge’s concept of non-places (Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, 1995). Haykal will present a series of lab sessions and performances using NTU CCA Singapore as a base, offering bikes for hire for visitors to take sound recordings around Gillman Barracks as part of his examination of music in relation to urban spaces.

This special project is supported by a National Arts Council grant.

LAB SESSIONS
Saturdays 20 & 27 June, 3.00 – 6.00pm
Saturdays 11 & 18 July, 3.00 – 6.00pm

PERFORMANCES
Tuesday 30 June, 8.00 – 10.00pm
Saturday 25 July, 5.00 – 7.00pm
Friday 31 July, 8.00 – 10.00pm

Special project: Bani Haykal, Faculty of Listening – Performances
30 Jun 2015, Tue
25 Jul 2015, Sat
31 Jul 2015, Fri

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Bani Haykal will present a series of collaborations over June and July using one of the NTU CCA Singapore studios as a base. Faculty of Listening is a means of thinking and experiencing music through non-musical lenses.

Faculty of Listening investigates “places as instruments” inspired by Didier Faustino’s public lecture at the BRIDGE THE GAP? 11 conference at NTU CCA Singapore where he says “architecture is not innocent, it is political”, and also by Marc Auge’s concept of non-places (Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, 1995). Haykal will present a series of lab sessions and performances using NTU CCA Singapore as a base, offering bikes for hire for visitors to take sound recordings around Gillman Barracks as part of his examination of music in relation to urban spaces.

This special project is supported by a National Arts Council grant.

PERFORMANCES
Tuesday 30 June, 8.00 – 10.00pm
Saturday 25 July, 5.00 – 7.00pm
Friday 31 July, 8.00 – 10.00pm

LAB SESSIONS

Saturdays 20 & 27 June, 3.00 – 6.00pm
Saturdays 11 & 18 July, 3.00 – 6.00pm

 

Art Day Out at Gillman Barracks, Saturday 25 July
25 Jul 2015, Sat 11:00am - 9:00pm

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For this special day event at Gillman Barracks, NTU CCA Singapore has put together a line-up of programmes encompassing open studios, film screenings and performances. For full details of Art Day Out, visit www.gillmanbarracks.com.

 

Residencies: OPEN
NTU CCA Singapore, Studios, Block 37 & 38 Malan Road, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Featuring Artists-in-Residence, Yason Banal (The Philippines), Bani Haykal (Singapore), Amanda Heng (Singapore), Alex Murray-Leslie (Australia), Gary Ross Pastrana (The Philippines), Jeremy Sharma (Singapore), Shooshie Sulaiman (Malaysia) and Erika Tan (Singapore).

 

Artist Resource Platform
The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road, 11.00am – 9.00pm

Highlights include selected documentation from NTU CCA Singapore’s residencies.

 

Film Screenings in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Punggok Rindukan Bulan (This Longing) by Azharr Rudin (Malaysia), 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Return to Burma by Midi Z (Myanmar/Taiwan), 7.30pm – 9.00pm

 

Erika Tan, Halimah-the-Empire-Exhibition-weaver-who-died-whilst-performing-her-craft
The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Live “broadcast” debate

 

Special Project: Faculty of Listening, Bani Haykal – Performance #2
Block 38 Malan Road, #01-07, 5.00 – 7.00pm