5 October – 27 November 2015
Otty Widasari (b. 1973, Indonesia) was a journalist and art director for TV during 1999-2004. She is one of the founders of the Forum Lenteng, a community development project which uses media (video, photography and texts) as tools to unveil socio-cultural problems. Widasari has been coordinator for the akumassa program of Forum Lenteng as well as Chief Editor for it’s online community journal for the last three years. Since 2002, she has been making documentary films for non-profit organizations. In 2007, she was nominated for the Indonesian Art Award. A selection of exhibitions include TRANSLATED SPACE, Contemporary Art of Indonesia, in Kunstraum Krausberg, Berlin 2011AKUMASSA Images. Widasari also one of the founders Footage Journal (www.jurnalfootage.net) a film and video journal in dual languages.
Otty Widasari will research the public memory of Southeast Asia and it’s residents imagination about Singapore. Historically, Singapore is a small island in the region of Southeast Asia and has been known, since the colonial era, as a trade and business center, a transit place, and the largest entertainment venue in Southeast Asia.
Since it’s independence in 1965, Singapore has become an important part of regional economic and also culture development. Widasari’s research will explore the nostalgia of places of Singapore, which will be recorded and transferred to a variety of mediums, such as: video, drawing, painting and photography. This memory is related to the history of Singaporean issues in the geopolitical map of the ASEAN community viewed through cultural, economic and political perspectives such as gender issues and freedom of expression.
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.