Chun Kaifeng —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.


Chun Kaifeng

Residency period

3 July – 30 November 2017


Singapore artist Chun Kaifeng deals with things that linger in the background of the built environment. His practice is premised upon a close observation of those everyday fixtures and ordinary elements that populate the contemporary urban landscape. Absorbed, reconfigured, and abstracted through a rigorous sculptural language, familiar items such as benches, railings, lightbox signs, and trash bins resurface in the gallery space as objects that, in the artist’s own words, possess a mysterious “sense of insularity”.

Chun Kai Feng (b. 1982) is an artist, curator, exhibition designer, and educator. He graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and received a Master from the Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom. His works have been exhibited extensively in Singapore and have been included in group shows at Frac des Pays de la Loire, France and ifa-Galerien, Berlin, Germany (2015). He received the National Arts Council Young Artist Award in 2015 and has been Artist-in-Residence at Ruangrupa Art Lab, Jakarta, Indonesia
 and Ateliers Internationaux, Frac des Pays de la Loire, France.


During his residency, Chun will pursue his exploration of the inconspicuous fixtures of the urban environment shifting from a detached approach to a more active engagement that involves connecting with the public agencies in charge of the design, production, and installation of such elements. He is also contemplating to create a performance piece which will lend voice to a range of common objects.

Public programmes

Residencies OPEN: Art After Dark x Gillman Barracks 5th Anniversary Celebrations
22 Sep 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artist’s studio. Through showcasing discussions, performances, installations, and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice from around the globe and the divergent ways artists conceive an artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.

This edition of Residencies OPEN takes place on the occasion of Art After Dark x Gillman Barracks 5th Anniversary Celebrations, and features Chun Kaifeng (Singapore), Sonya Lacey (New Zealand), Kartik Sood (India), and Richard Streitmatter-Tran (Vietnam).

Residencies Insights: A Playground Needs Only to Be Interesting by Artist-in-Residence Chun Kaifeng (Singapore), Justin Zhuang (Singapore), and Cake Theatrical Productions (Singapore)
11 Oct 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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“Fun is the feeling of finding something new in a familiar situation.”
—Ian Bogost, Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games (2016)

Viewing art and the world as a metaphorical playground can provide the basis to orient creative thoughts and processes. A Playground Needs Only to Be Interesting is an explorative exercise to lay out playful contexts and gather unexpected associations. The programme consists of a presentation about Singapore playgrounds by writer Justin Zhuang interspersed with Cake Theatre’s recitations of Playground Manifesto, a selection of artists’ statements collected and “remixed” over the years by artist Chun Kaifeng.