Tan Kai Syng —Residencies |  NTU CCA Singapore
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The NTU CCA Singapore Residencies programme is an integral part of the NTU CCA Singapore’s mission as a research centre and hosts artists, curators, critics and scholars from Singapore and abroad. The studio-based Residencies programme is dedicated to facilitating the production of knowledge and research for and by established and emerging artists. It serves as a forum for cultural and artistic exchange in Southeast Asia, augmented with public events Residencies: Insights / Studio Sessions / OPEN series, ranging from open studio sessions, lectures, live performances, to special projects in The Lab, NTU CCA Singapore’s space for curatorial experimentation. The application for residency at NTU CCA Singapore is via nomination, please email NTUCCAresidencies@ntu.edu.sg for more information.


Tan Kai Syng

Residency period

19 December 2018 – 31 March 2019


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.)


Started in 2009, RUN! RUN! RUN! is Tan Kai Syng’s ongoing investigation revolving around the relation between place and the body in motion. Traversing geopolitical and disciplinary boundaries, it frames the act of running as a process of inquiry and a way to experience innovative modes of engagement with the self, the others, and the world. During the residency, Tan will collaborate with creative director Philip Tan on Habitats for Warriors and Worriers. The project pivots on Pulau Brani, a small island located off Singapore’s southern coast the name of which means “Island of the Brave” or “Home of the Warriors” in the Malay language. Previously inhabited by pirates, fishermen, and naval officers, today Pulau Brani is the headquarters of Singapore’s Police Coast Guard. The artist aims to run near the island with a mobile electroencephalogram (EEG) device and track the brain activities experienced along the process. The intended outcome of the research is the production of a short video alongside a public sharing session.

Image caption: Publicity image for RUN! RUN! RUN! Biennale #r3fest 2016. This is a bi-annual programme founded and led by Tan Kai Syng exploring running as a methodology and metaphor. Courtesy the artist. 

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.