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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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Sung Tieu

Residency period

21 October – 4 December 2019

About

The artistic practice of Sung Tieu (b. 1987, Vietnam/Germany/United Kingdom) spans a variety of mediums including sound installation, video, sculpture, photography, performance, and public interventions. In her work, she contends with notions of history and analyses transnational movements of people and capitals. Forthcoming solo exhibitions will be held at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany and Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom (both 2020). Other forthcoming projects will be featured at Tate Modern and David Roberts Art Foundation (both London, United Kingdom, 2019), and the Prague Biennale (2020). She has had solo exhibitions at FRAGILE, Berlin, Germany (2019); Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom (2018); and Nha San Collective, Hanoi, Vietnam (2017).

Focus

Tangled with her own experience of migration, cultural collision, and displacement, the works of Sung Tieu often elicit a variety of sensorial engagements. During the residency, the artist plans to explore the sonic environment of Singapore guided by the following questions: What is the soundscape of a financial capital that trades mostly in abstract exchange rather than in material production? Who occupies public space and in what acoustic proportion? How do aural economies affect the multi-species inhabitants of the city on physical, psychological, and emotional levels? How does sound convey different political and environmental climates? Her investigation on the sounds of contemporary Singapore will also encompass instances of oral communication that operate in a multicultural context characterised by a large linguistic diversity. For this long-term project, Tieu intends to explore the acoustic ecology of several urban soundscapes, extending her research in Vietnam and, possibly, other Southeast Asian countries.

Residencies brochure (October – December 2019)

Image credit: Sung Tieu, No Gods, No Masters, 2017, 19:13 min HD video, 4 channel sound, video still. Courtesy the artist.

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: Two Worlds, Four Spirits, Artist talk by Sung Tieu (Vietnam/Germany/United Kingdom), Artist-in-Residence
3 Dec 2019, Tue 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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Central to the artistic practice of Sung Tieu is a personal experience of migration from Vietnam to Germany which impels her to address Post-Cold War histories and the multiple negotiations that underpin a diasporic identity made of unfixed temporalities and spatial uncertainties. In this talk, the artist will discuss recent projects—Loveless (2019), Remote Viewing (2017) and Coral Sea As Rolling Thunder (2017)—which variously employ text, performance, installation, moving image, and sound to convey a sense of dislocation while deliberately eluding legible narratives. She will also expand upon her way to design the exhibition space as a complex environment for sensorial engagement.

 

BIOGRAPHY

The artistic practice of Sung Tieu (b. 1987, Vietnam/Germany) spans a variety of mediums including sound installation, video, sculpture, photography, performance, and public interventions. In her work, she contends with notions of history and analyses transnational movements of people and capitals. Forthcoming solo exhibitions will be held at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany and Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom (both 2020). Other forthcoming projects will be featured at Tate Modern and David Roberts Art Foundation (both London, United Kingdom, 2019), and the Prague Biennale (2020). She has had solo exhibitions at FRAGILE, Berlin, Germany (2019); Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom (2018); and Nha San Collective, Hanoi, Vietnam (2017).

 

Image: Sung Tieu, No Gods, No Masters, 2017, video still. Courtesy the artist.