6 July – 3 August 2015
Erika Tan’s (b. 1967, Singapore) practice is primarily research-led with a leaning towards the moving image, referencing distributed media in the form of cinema, gallery-based works, internet and digital practices. Current projects explore the discursive connections between the technology of cinematic green screen space to that of the museum and its technologies of dislocation (with particular focus on the colonial Museum in ‘Malaya’ and the repatriation of objects – with no shadow).
Unfolding over a period of three weeks is a special project by London based Singaporean Artist-in-Residence Erika Tan. The Lab will be used through multiple layers: as an exhibition space; a film studio; a working and meeting space as well as the site of a live “broadcast” performance debate. Focusing on the forgotten historical figure of the Malay weaver Halimah, Tan will reactivate through a series of footnotes instigating a process of collective labour towards the understanding that history should be an active effort created by many. Halimah lived and worked with 19 other Malayans in the 1924 British Empire Exhibition in London engaged in the production of woven material and as a physical representation of Britain’s “human” capital as a colonial subject. During the day Halimah demonstrated her craft selling products as a live object on one side of the British Empire Exhibition. At night she was behind the displays, cooking, eating and performing everyday life. Tan’s labour in The Lab is the (re)production of Halimah’s various conditions.
2 Aug 2015, Sun
Unfolding over a period of three weeks is a special project by London based, Singaporean Artist-in-Residence, Erika Tan. Focusing on the forgotten historical figure of Halimah the Malay weaver, Tan will revive her through a series of footnotes and instigate a process of collective labour towards the understanding that history is an effort built by many.
Halimah lived and worked with 19 other Malayans in the 1924 British Empire Exhibition in London, essentially engaged not only in the production of woven material but also in the reproduction of her position as a colonial subject. This project seeks to liberate Halimah from her textual existence and re-insert her into a contemporary dialogue around nation, art and value – or place, labour, capital. The Lab will be used in a triad of layers – as an exhibition space, a film studio and the site of a live “broadcast” debate with debaters, Meiyi Chan, Annabel Tan, Loh An Lin, Abigail Wong, Sara Ng and Geetha Creffield. They will be joined by filmmakers Lor Huiyun and Jolinna Ang.
Erika Tan’s practice is primarily research-led with a leaning towards the moving image, referencing distributed media in the form of cinema, gallery-based works, internet and digital practices.
The debate will take place on Saturday, 25 July 2015, 3pm – 4.30pm and will be filmed live.
Open during exhibition hours
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.
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