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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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Tan Kai Syng

Residency period

19 December 2018 – 31 March 2019

1 – 30 September 2019

About

Tan Kai Syng (Singapore) is an artist and researcher based in London, United Kingdom. She uses art as a process of interrogation and intervention to energise existing discourses and instigate conversations across disciplinary, cultural, and geopolitical boundaries. Her work is in the collection of several museums and has been exhibited at South London Gallery and Southbank Centre, London (both 2018); Guangzhou Triennale, China (2008); Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006); Singapore Art Museum (2008, 2003). In 2007, she received the National Arts Council Young Artist Award. She holds a PhD from the Slade School of Fine Art and is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College (both London.)

Focus

Tan Kai Syng’s residency explores global issues through extended conversations with Singapore-based colleagues. In the first part of her residency, she developed the participatory project PICTURING HAPPINESS?with three other artists and two scientists from the School of Computer Science, Nanyang Technological University. Using commercially-available devices that read brain waves, the project explored the parameters that define our sense of well-being, critiquing the market-driven framing of happiness as a motionless, thought-free state of mind. This was the beginning of a cross-disciplinary investigation that the artist is currently pursuing together with several psychiatrists in London.  For the second part of the residency, Tan will also examine notions of gender. Working together with pioneer feminist artist Amanda Heng and two other women arts professionals, they will convene a public programme to discuss how gender affects collaborative artistic practices in Singapore and beyond.

Public programmes

Residencies OPEN
25 Jan 2019, Fri 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
26 Jan 2019, Sat 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artist studios. Through showcasing discussions, performances, installations, and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice from around the globe and the divergent ways artists conceive an artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.

Come meet our current Artists-in-Residence in their studios! Featuring Francisco Camacho Herrera (Colombia/Netherlands), Daniel Hui (Singapore), Soyo Lee (South Korea), John Low (Singapore), Tan Kai Syng (Singapore), and John Torres (Philippines).

 

Image caption: Residencies OPEN, January 2018.

Residencies OPEN (in conjunction with Art After Dark)
20 Sep 2019, Fri 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artist studios. Through showcasing discussions, performances, installations, and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice from around the globe and the divergent ways artists conceive an artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.

Featuring Artists-in-Residence: Irene Agrivina (Indonesia), Chang Wen-Hsuan (Taiwan), Anthony Nsofor (Nigeria), Bridget Reweti (Aotearoa New Zealand), Tan Kai Syng (Singapore/United Kingdom), Wei Leng Tay (Singapore), Zarina Muhammad (Singapore).

 

Image: Studio of Zarina Muhammad, Residencies OPEN, 29 June 2019. Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore.

Residencies Studio Sessions: Exploring 'Sisterhood': How Can We Imagine A Better Way Forward?
26 Sep 2019, Thu 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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A panel discussion with Dr Tan Kai Syng (Singapore), Artist-in-Residence, Amanda Heng (Singapore), artist, and Véronique Sapin (France/Singapore), curator. 
Respondents: Professor CJ Wan-Ling Wee (Singapore), School of Humanities, NTU and Dr Fang Tze Hsu (Taiwan/Singapore), curator, NUS Museum, introduced by Dr Anna Lovecchio, curator, NTU CCA Singapore.

How have notions and practices of sisterhood evolved over the last four decades? Is it possible to co-create a vision for the future in dialogue with each other? For the second part of her residency, Dr Tan Kai Syng picks up from when she last collaborated with pioneering feminist artist Amanda Heng and Singapore-based arts professional Véronique Sapin to trigger a collective reflection upon gender and social change in the arts in today’s Singapore and beyond.  Through the lens of their artworks and projects, the speakers and respondents will address the problematic notion of ‘sisterhood’ and its relevance for envisioning a different future.

This session will take place in the artist’s studio.

 

BIOGRAPHY

The artistic practice of Amanda Heng (Singapore) dates back to the late 1980s, a pivotal moment for contemporary art in Singapore, when she began to experiment with performance, installation, and multi-disciplinary projects. Her work addresses the clash of Eastern and Western values, traditions, identity politics, and gender roles in the context of the multicultural and fast-changing society of Singapore. Recently, she is focusing on issues of history, memory, communication, and human relationships under the Information Age and within the context of rapid urbanisation. Heng is one of the founding members of the collective The Artists Village and WITAS (Women in the Arts, Singapore). She has participated in numerous international exhibitions and was the recipient of the Cultural Medallion award in 2010.

Dr Tan Kai Syng (Singapore/United Kingdom) is an artist, curator, and academic. She uses art as a process of interrogation and intervention to energise existing dialogues and instigate conversations across disciplinary, cultural, and geopolitical boundaries. Tan’s work has been exhibited at South London Gallery and Southbank Centre, London (both 2018); Guangzhou Triennale, China (2008); Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006), Singapore Art Museum (2008, 2003). In 2007, she received the National Arts Council Young Artist Award. She holds a PhD from the Slade School of Fine Art and is currently Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Art, and Artist-in-Residence at King’s College London.

Véronique Sapin (France/Singapore) is an artist and independent curator. She graduated in History from Paul Valéry University, Montpellier), Art History from Charles de Gaulle University, Lille, Communication from Panthéon-Assas University, Paris. She is the co-founder of Femlink-Art, an international collective which creates “video-compositions” around selected topics. Since 2005, 11 video-compositions of FemLink-Art have been shown at 156 art centres, museums, galleries and festivals in 43 countries. They include: Dak’Art Biennale, Senegal (2018); Centre Parobrod, Serbia, (2018); Galway Arts Centre, Ireland (2018); Medrar for Contemporary Art, Egypt (2017); Aknoon Art Gallery, Iran (2017); Circulo de Arte, Spain (2017); VIS A VIS Muestra Internacional de Videoarte, Colombia (2017); Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Canada (2016); Tengri Umai Art-Gallery, Kazakhstan (2016) and “Kaunas in Art”, Lithuania (2016). 

RESPONDENTS

Dr Fang Tze Hsu (Singapore) holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the National University of Singapore and an MA in curatorial studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Curator in the National University of Singapore Museum. Her dissertation research, Cold War Acousmêtre: Artist Films and the First Island Chain, was supported by the President’s Graduate Fellowship and the FASS Promising Graduate Scholar Award. She was the digital manager for the Asia Art Archive and was appointed as a curator for the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in 2013. In 2016, she co-curated Negative Horizon: 5th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition.

CJ. Wan-Ling Wee (Singapore) is Professor of English at the Nanyang Technological University. He has held Visiting Fellowships at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India, and the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, Ithaca, United States among other institutions. Wee is the author of The Asian Modern: Culture, Capitalist Development, Singapore (2007), and the editor of The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun, vol. 4: Plays in English (2012). His recent research interests are: the formation of contemporary art practices in theatre, visual arts, and literature; curatorial practices in showcasing modern and contemporary Asian art in the region; and the circulation of popular culture in the larger East Asian region.

 

Image: Detail from I Run and Run, Let out An Earth Shattering Roar, and Turn Into A Giant Octopussy, Tan Kai Syng, 2018, part of art-science project #MagicCarpet. Photograph by Alex Lloyd.