28 September – 18 December 2015
Narawan Pathomvat (b. 1980, Thailand)is the founder and director of contemporary art library and non-profit platform, The Reading Room, Bangkok. She is also lecturer at the Department of Art History, Faculty of Archaeology at Silpakorn University, Bangkok. She received her MPS (Arts and Cultural Management) from Pratt Institute, New York and previously worked for Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, and Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. Pathomvat is also an independent curator, writer, and translator.
Having noticed a tendency in writings on Thai contemporary art in quoting and referring to a restricted set of sociocultural texts, Narawan Pathomvat will conduct a research-based project focusing on mapping and analyzing bibliographical data in Southeast Asian contemporary art writings. Through collections of Southeast Asian writings in various institutions in Singapore and interviews and discussions with experts in the field she hopes to identify art historical, theoretical, philosophical influences in contemporary art writings in the region.
Studios at Blocks 37 & 38 Malan Road, 2.00 – 7.30pm
This edition of Residencies: OPEN concentrates on the intertwined relationship between art making and text. Projects range from Artists-in-Residence Weixin Chong’s investigation into the domestic tropicality through a dictation exercise with visitors, contributions by Narawan Pathomvat’s collaborator of key texts and their online circulation, Shubigi Rao’s research on the history of banished books and Otty Widasari’s archival research into films from the colonial period.
Langkasuka, book launch
Foyer of Block 43 Malan Road, 2.00 – 7.00pm
Former Artist-in-Residence Ise (Roslisham Bin Ismail) (Malaysia) will launch the new and second edition of his cookbook Langkasuka published by ITBN Malaysia, based on old royal recipes excavated through oral histories in Kelantan, an area in Malaysia with historical links to Thailand. The artist will also serve one of the featured recipes!
Residencies: In The Lab – Exhibit 101: Li Ran and Gary Ross Pastrana (Artists’ Workshop)
The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road, 2.30 – 4.00pm
Artists-in-Residence Li Ran and Gary Ross Pastrana will conduct a workshop as part of their project Exhibit 101 at The Lab. Li Ran will talk through the process of creating a new work in Singapore while Gary Ross Pastrana will work with participants to conceive a new artwork for his project An ASEAN Exhibition 1.
Residencies: Insights – Dictation with Artist-in-Residence Weixin Chong
Studio #01-07, Block 38 Malan Road, 6.00 – 7.30pm
Weixin Chong will host ”read –in’s” in her studio where visitors can take part in a dictation exercise around a text related to the tropical environment which will later be translated into artworks.