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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 NTUCCAresidencies@ntu.edu.sg for more information.

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John Low

Residency period

1 October 2018 – 31 March 2019

About

John Low (b.1958, Singapore) is an artist and independent researcher. In the last decade, his practice has shifted its focus from the representation of urban and rural landscape to the tensions between the local and the global. He is especially interested in understanding how cross-cultural and transnational discourses influence the production of art practices and critical writing in Singapore and Southeast Asia. His work has been featured in the 3rd Singapore Biennale (2011). He was a contributor to the publication Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art (2016).

Focus

Throughout the residency, John Low is pursuing an interdisciplinary investigation on the expanding field of contemporary Chinese ink practices in the context of Singapore and Southeast Asia. Extending beyond the technical specificity of the medium, his interests encompass the relationship between place and identity, the patterns of knowledge transmission, and the processes through which a shared diasporic culture becomes localised. Fuelled by conversations with local scholars, practioners, and other relevant interlocutors, this research also tackles the literature on the subject
as the artist scrutinises how language, specifically English and Mandarin, affects the production of knowledge and the circulation of discourse. The studio also provides Low with a space to experiment with different spatial configurations of his own works with Chinese ink. During the second part of the residency, he plans to focus on the production of a new floor piece.

Public programmes

Residencies OPEN
25 Jan 2019, Fri 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
26 Jan 2019, Sat 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artist studios. 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.

Come meet our current Artists-in-Residence in their studios! Featuring Francisco Camacho Herrera (Colombia/Netherlands), Daniel Hui (Singapore), Soyo Lee (South Korea), John Low (Singapore), Tan Kai Syng (Singapore), and John Torres (Philippines).

 

Image caption: Residencies OPEN, January 2018.

Residencies Studio Sessions: Looking for “the contemporary” in Singapore’s Chinese ink painting. Artist-in-Residence John Low in conversation with Koh Nguang How (both Singapore)
21 Feb 2019, Thu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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How does “the contemporary” manifest itself in the Chinese ink painting practiced today in Singapore? By looking at the historical development of this practice and its teaching methodologies, can we perhaps grasp its contemporary gist more accurately? These and other questions inform John Low’s research during his six-month residency and they are inspiring his ongoing experiments with ink painting in terms of medium, style, format, and spatial configuration. For this Studio Session, Low invited artist and archivist Koh Nguang How to dig deep into his archival collection—Singapore Art Archive Project—and select publications related to the development of Chinese ink painting in Singapore from the 1920s onwards. Ranging from manuals on ink painting and calligraphy used in Chinese-language schools to monographies on master painters, texts on painting collectives, critical essays, and exhibition catalogues, these printed matters will guide Koh Nguang How and John Low’s open-ended conversation on the subject. 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Koh Nguang How (b.1963, Singapore) is an artist, archivist, and independent researcher whose practice encompasses photography, collage, installation, performance, documentation, archiving, and curating. Since 2005, he has developed the Singapore Art Archive Project (SAAP), an heterogenous collection of newspaper clippings, photographs, exhibition catalogues, documents, books, and other ephemera related to the development of the arts in Singapore and the region that he has meticulously gathered since 1980. Thematic selections of the SAAP have been presented in numerous group shows such as, most recently, Gwangju Biennial 2018 (South Korea) and SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, National Art Center, Tokyo (Japan, 2017). Recent solo exhibitions include The Past and Coming Melt at Grey Project (Singapore, 2019) and On the Cusp: Early Contemporary Art Activities in Singapore (1976 – 1996). Documentation from the Koh Nguang How Archive Collection, Singapore Art Museum (2018). 

Koh was a finding member of The Artists Village. He was Artist-in-Residence at NTU CCA Singapore from July 2014  to January 2015. 

John Low (b.1958, Singapore) is an artist and independent researcher. In the last decade, his practice has shifted its focus from the representation of urban and rural landscape to the tensions between the local and the global. He is especially interested in understanding how cross-cultural and transnational discourses influence the production of art practices and critical writing in Singapore and Southeast Asia. His work has been featured in the 3rd Singapore Biennale (2011). He was a contributor to the publication Histories, Practices, Interventions: A Reader in Singapore Contemporary Art (2016).

 

 

Image caption: Studio of John Low (detail), Residencies OPEN, 25 January 2019.