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Artist-in-residence

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.

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Zai Tang

Residency period

02 April – 28 September 2018

About

Zai Tang (b. 1984, United Kingdom) is an artist, composer, and sound designer based in Singapore. Employing a wide range of analogue and digital technologies, his practice experiments with different ways to visualise and animate the audible. Field recordings, abstracted and combined with performance and drawing, materialise into immersive installations that explore the state of flux of nature in the context of the Anthropocene and capitalist modernity. Tang has exhibited in numerous exhibitions, including Resident Frequencies, National Gallery Singapore (2017); Railtrack Songmaps, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (2016); SOUND: Latitudes & Attitudes, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore (2014).

Focus

Object-orientated ontology (OOO) is a 21st-century school of thought that rejects the privileging of human existence over the existence of nonhuman objects and has generated different perspectives on ecological thinking. In line with his ongoing interests in the changing natural environments and the Anthropocene, during the residency, Tang aims to further his understanding of OOO to challenge and destabilize existing frameworks of human-centred hierarchies and dichotomies to rethink our relationship with nature. The space of the studio will also provide him the opportunity to experiment with projectors, materials, and sound.