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Jason Wee —Residencies |  NTU CCA Singapore
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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Jason Wee

Residency period

3 October 2016 – 13 January 2017

About

Jason Wee (b. 1979, Singapore) lives and works in Singapore and New York. His practice is concerned with hollowing out singular authority in favour of polyphony. He transforms singular histories and spaces into various visual and written materials, with particular attention to architecture, idealism, and unexplored futures. Wee is the founder and director of Grey Projects, an artists’ space, library, and residency programme that focuses on emerging artists, experimental curatorial practices, new forms of writing, and design propositions. He is editor of the poetry journal Softblow.

His work has been included in group shows at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, United States; Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Singapore Art Museum, Singapore. He has been Artist-in-Residence at Artspace, Sydney, Australia; Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan; Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan-si, South Korea. He received the 2008 Young Artist Award for visual arts in Singapore and has been Studio Fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

Focus

Interested in the cycle of redevelopment that is endemic to the life of Asian global cities, Jason Wee intends to investigate the phases of demolition, clearance, and destruction triggered by urban renewals and the complex ways in which they affect our understanding of ecology, urban planning, memory, and architecture. Starting from Singapore where destruction in the name of development results particularly aggressive, Wee will research these destructive events focusing on the underlying sets of laws, policies, procedures and technologies—involving a wide variety of experts such as geologists, architects, urban planners as well as financial and legal agencies— that determine them. His residency at the NTU CCA Singapore is inscribed within a longer-term comparative research project titled The City That Eats Itself, Lives, for which he will also examine the cases of Seoul, Delhi, Bangkok, Jaffa, and Tokyo.

Public programmes

Residencies OPEN: Art Day Out!
12 Nov 2016, Sat 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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

This edition of Residencies OPEN features video installations and several book-related projects. Participants include Artists-in-Residence Heman Chong (Singapore), Ho Rui An (Singapore), Arin Rungjang (Thailand), SHIMURAbros (Japan/Germany), and Tamara Weber (United States).

Heman Chong Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-07
Ho Rui An Block 37 Malan Road, Studio#01-03
Arin Rungjang Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-05
SHIMURAbros Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-04
Tamara Weber Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-06

Residencies Studio Sessions: Tomorrow is An Island by Jason Wee, Artist-in-Residence
14 Dec 2016, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Tomorrow Is an Island is a project by Artist-in-Residence Jason Wee that ventures into deep time and posits crisis as a frame for knowledge. The project figures forth possible futures based on the current global condition of violent populisms, fatal migrations, securitised fears, and asphyxiated commons as well as it questions the privatisation of public space and how it affects the exchanges between bodies and cities. Responding to these attitudes, Tomorrow Is an Island gathers young artists and writers to look far ahead into the future and imagine a possible handbook for travelling to tomorrow.