8 March – 29 April 2016
Zac Langdon-Pole (b. 1988, New Zealand) is an artist currently based in Darmstadt, Germany. With his work he seeks out meeting points and discords of history, reality, mythology and subject-hood. The implications of which are to reveal often overlooked, lyrical relationships between broader socio-cultural processes, objects, images and individual people.
Langdon-Pole has worked in a variety of media including, sculpture, performance, photography, film, textiles, poetry, installation and with the work of other artists. However, rather than identifying his work by its mediums, a more accurate way of understanding it might be as a series of procedures such as, montage, transposition, travelling, testimony, reinterpretation, collaboration and appropriation. In this way his work is characterised more so by orchestrated deeds where fundamental questions of authorship, identity, origins, history, value and authenticity are intended to be opened up to multiple interpretations.
Langdon-Pole completed a BFA (Hons) from Elam School of Fine Arts in 2010. From 2014-2016 he studied and graduated from the class of Willem de Rooij at Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt am Main. In 2016 he was awarded the Charlotte Prinz Stipendium in Darmstadt, Germany.
Some upcoming and recent exhibitions include, Fellbach Small Sculpture Triennial, Fellbach, Germany (2016); On the Shoulders of Giants (group exhibition), Kunsthalle de Mayence, Mainz, Germany (2016); Meine Bilder, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand (2015-2016); Parked like Serious Oysters (Städelschule Graduate Exhibition), Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (2015); Windows Hung With Shutters (group exhibition), Raeber von Stenglin, Zürich, Switzerland (2015-2016); Pale Ideas, at Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand (2013).
Residencies: OPEN offers a rare insight into the often introverted sphere of the artists’ studio. Through showcasing discussions, performances, research and works-in-progress, Residencies: OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice and the divergent ways artists conceive artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and contemplation.
Zul Mahmod, Block 37, Studio #01-01
Zul Mahmod’s (Singapore) practice investigates the aural architecture of spaces in order to explore the emotional, behavioural and visceral responses of its inhabitants. While in residence, Zul will explore the aural relationship between readymade sound sculptures and the architecture of space. Sonic characteristics, forms and textures of everyday objects will be examined in order to compose an orchestra of sonic sculptures.
Guo-Liang Tan, Block 37, Studio #01-03
How does one speak of abstraction and what can the abstract say? As part of his residency, Guo-Liang Tan (Singapore) has initiated a number of conversations with other artists, writers and curators around the operation of abstraction as an artistic strategy today. This panel will gather part of this ongoing investigation to situate abstraction beyond its usual formal discourse and reconsider its relevance to the fields of semiotics, socio-politics and phenomenology. Tan is a visual artist working primarily in painting and text. In his work, the painterly and the textual act as surfaces for performing affect that can conjure a haunting or a promise.
Moderated by Guo-Liang Tan, speakers include Dr Kevin Chua, art historian; Joleen Loh, Assistant Curator, National Gallery Singapore; and Ian Woo, artist.
Saleh Husein, Block 37, Studio #01-04
Saleh Husein’s (Indonesia) current research looks at Arabic descendants in Indonesia. This research crosses borders between art, politics, economy, and also science and centres around how they see themselves in the contemporary. Through themes of identity, transition and journeys, he is exploring the story of the Arabic society in Singapore, seeking artefacts and archives that look at the relationship and histories between the two groups from the perspective of its citizens. Husein will present new work developed whilst in residence at NTU CCA Singapore that considers the temporality and asynchrony of migration.
Zac Langdon-Pole, Block 38, Studio #01-05
Zac Langdon-Pole’s (New Zealand) work straddles cross-cultural experience and with it he seeks to investigate procedures of cultural exchange. The implications of such investigations are to reveal often overlooked, lyrical relationships between broader socio-cultural processes, objects, images and individual people. Langdon-Pole will present the film, Pieces of 8 (2015), which depicts a yellow canary bird in a cage. The film references the historical usage of canaries in mining, where they would accompany miners in a small cage, their death serving as a warning signal if conditions became unsafe to consider broader notions of danger or anxiety.
Dennis Tan, Block 38, Studio #01-07
Dennis Tan (Singapore) will present the work-in-progress construction of a traditional Indonesian Kolek sailboat. Through construction of the boat, Tan will investigate ideas of self-organisation and the transmission of skills and knowledge through generations of oral history in the Riau Archipelago and how this enables the continuity of cultural communities. Tan’s practice suspends conceptualism, tinkers with found objects and the environment as a gestural structure upon which the loop closes with the behaviour of its recipients. To date, this inclination sets the tone of his evolving practice.
Image credit: Zul Mahmod, No Substance, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.
13 Apr 2016, Wed - 19 Apr 2016, Tue
20 Apr 2016, Wed - 26 Apr 2016, Tue
27 Apr 2016, Wed - 3 May 2016, Tue
Unfolding over four weeks, the NTU CCA Singapore presents Four Practices, a display of resource material of current Artists-in-Residence. Showcasing publications, audio and visual documentation, Four Practices provides an entry point in understanding the artists’ diverse body of works and the complexity of their practices.
Four Practices complements and expands on NTU CCA Singapore’s Artist Resource Platform, a growing collection of resource materials from more than 80 local and international artists, independent art spaces and NTU CCA Singapore’s Artists-in-Residence.
- Haegue Yang (South Korea) : 6 – 12 April
- Zac Langdon-Pole (New Zealand): 13 – 19 April
- Zul Mahmod (Singapore): 20 – 26 April
- Dennis Tan (Singapore): 27 April – 3 May
Image credits: Courtesy of Dennis Tan, NTU CCA Singapore Artist-in-Residence
Zac Langdon-Pole’s projects often take their point of departure in social structures of representation and organisation in order to question how and for whom such structures are posed. His current research relates specifically to the regions of Southeast Asia and the South West Pacific, and is centered on the mythology and historical cultural exchange of the so-called ‘birds of paradise’ from Papua New Guinea. His interest lies in how within procedures of cultural exchange the loss of, or transposing and translating of information can itself be a process of formation. Two ideas that are currently helping to inform his research are Walter Benjamin’s notion of ‘the wish image’ that stands at the intersection of materialism and mythology and Peter Mason’s explanation of the process of ‘exotification’, in his book Infelicities. This is the idea that the exotic is not something that exists prior to its ‘discovery’ but rather is formed in the very act of discovery itself.
More information about Zac Langdon-Pole here.
Image credits: Zac Langdon-Pole, My Body… (Brendan Pole), 2015, 297 individual photographs, each photograph 15 x 10cm overall dimensions variable Station Gallery, Melbourne, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.