9 July – 28 September 2018
Takuji Kogo (b. 1965, Japan) lives and works in Fukuoka. He is the director of the Kitakyushu Biennial and founder of *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS. Working mainly in digital and web-based media, he has produced a large body of works both as a solo artist and in various collaborative configurations. Together with American artist John Miller, he founded a virtual band whose videos have been shown in venues such as Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany (2015) and New Museum, New York, United States (2013). *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS has been presented at The Private Museum, Singapore (2017); Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden (2015); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany (2010), among other venues.
Established in 1998 out of a former candy factory in Yokohama, Japan, *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS is an international platform for collaborative art projects. Since 2001, it has taken on a nomadic existence nestling itself in different institutions around the world to generate exhibitions, publications, and web projects. During the residency, Kogo will set up a local office of *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS that will function as a research laboratory for site-specific explorations. Relying on several collaborators both physically and through digital platforms, he plans to delve into the geopolitical relationship between Singapore and its bordering countries engaging with vernacular materials such as local newspapers, posters, and media archives. With similar working methodologies, he also intends to observe the manifestations of Singaporean multilingual society in everyday life. The possible outcomes of this research can range from music videos to animated clips, multimedia installations, and special screenings.