Charles Lim —Residencies |  NTU CCA Singapore
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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 for more information.


Charles Lim

Residency period

7 July 2014 – 7 April 2015


Charles Lim (b. 1973, Singapore) sees Singapore like no other artist. As a former professional sailor, his senses are keenly attuned to environments we rarely see and to forces most of us do not even notice. His early collaborative project,, which participated in dOCUMENTA 11 (2002) traced the hidden submarine infrastructure that underpins our global computer networks. After sailing for Singapore in the 1996 Olympics, Lim studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London, graduating in 2001. His SEA STATE series is an ongoing body of work that has been exhibited at the Dojima River Biennale, Osaka, Japan (2013); Lyon Biennial Rendez-Vous 13 at the Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne, France (2013); the Singapore Biennale (2011); Manifesta 7, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy (2008); Shanghai Biennale (2008). Lim’s moving image works have been screened in international film festivals at Rotterdam, Tribeca and Edinburgh. His multi-award-winning short film, All The Lines Flow Out, premiered at the 68th Venice Film Festival, winning a Special Mention, the first award ever won there by a Singaporean production.


Charles Lim explores issues such as the environment, territorial borders and de-territorialisation. Lim researches the notions of borders, histories and everyday life and how these may be generated through our perceptions of the sea to create SEA STATE, recalling the excursions of the Land Art movement of the 1970s. His project scrutinises both natural and man-made systems, opening extraordinary new perspectives on our everyday surroundings, from unseen and alien landscapes, arbitrary borders and disappearing islands, to the imaginary boundaries of a future landmass.

SEA STATE will be exhibited at the Singapore Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale 2015.

Public programmes

NTU CCA Singapore Residencies: OPEN Charles Lim, Video Installation: Sand Searcher
20 Mar 2015, Fri 7:00pm - 11:00pm

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Residencies: OPEN as a format invites audiences to engage in the artistic studio research of NTU CCA Singapore’s Artists and Curators-in-Residence. In a meditation about sand, this installation explores the notion of land reclamation and the desire to make the finite, infinite. As a former professional sailor, Charles Lim explores issues of the biophysical in unravelling Singapore’s complex relationship with the sea. During his residency, the artist researched the notion of imaginative territoriality, the tropic climate and the lives of those through which our perceptions of the sea may be inverted. Charles Lim will present the culmination of his SEA STATE series for the Singapore Pavilion at the 56ᵗʰ Venice Biennale (9 May – 22 November 2015).