Simon Soon —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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Simon Soon

Residency period

4 May 2015 – 22 May 2015

About

Simon Soon (b. 1983, Malaysia) is a researcher based between Kuala Lumpur. He is a writer and researcher interested in modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Sydney where he examines the spatio-visual practice of left-leaning political art movements in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines from the 1950s – 1970s. He is also a participant of Ambitious Alignments: New Southeast Asian Art Histories, a series of seminars for early career scholars funded by the Getty Foundation’s ‘Connecting Art Histories’ initiative. He will be comparing the architecture and landscape of Nanyang University (1955-1980) and Chinese University of Hong Kong (1963-present), two Chinese-language institutions of higher learning in former British colonies.

Focus

Simon Soon will be comparing the architecture and landscape of Nanyang University (1955-1980) and Chinese University of Hong Kong (1963-present), two Chinese-language institutions of higher learning in former British colonies. He is interested in exploring how the spatial design of these two institutions facilitate different experiences of cultural and political modernity as well as constructions of social memory. His residency at the NTU CCA Singapore will allow him to undertake the Singapore segment of his research as well as pursue further research on contemporary art in Singapore. His research will involve archival material into architectural histories in Singapore as well as the facilitation of a panel discussion with scholars and artists on the Nanyang University.

Public programmes

NTU CCA Residencies Insights: A Sense of PLACE: Hamra Abbas and Simon Soon
20 May 2015, Wed 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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This seminar takes two approaches on notions on place. The first will look at this through the work of Artist-in-Residence, Hamra Abbas whose past work has engaged with different facets of iconographic architecture. Simon Soon will share his research findings on the architectural and landscape history of Nanyang University (1955 and 1980) in relation to his larger project addressing how landscape and architecture facilitate a form of “social memory-practice” to Chinese modernity outside of China. Cheo Chai Hiang (artist) and Lai Chee Kien (architect) will act as respondents in this lively discussion.

Simon Soon (Malaysia) is a writer and researcher who recently completed his PhD where he examined the spatial-visual practice of left-leaning political art movements in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines from 1950s – 1970s.

Hamra Abbas (Pakistan/United States) creates new platforms from which to view notions of culture, tradition, exchange and power. Abbas is the recipient of the Jury prize at Sharjah Biennial 9 and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2011.