3 October 2016 – 13 January 2017
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.
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.
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
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.