27 Mar – 12 Apr 2015
This program of artistic videos, animated films, installations and exhibitions of photographs by confirmed or emerging artists is presented at several festival venues.Through numerous individualities and singularities, Singapore video collection draws the sensitive portrait of a country more contrasted than it seems.
This evening will highlight a panorama of the video creation of Singapore through the films of NAFA, LASALLE, NTU and emerging and confirmed artists:
Madhvee Deb – Metamorphosis
Chee Ying Quan – Open space
Geraldine Kang – Chemical head
Kray Chen Kerui – And the female voice says: ninth floor
Jing Tan Futur – Wonderland
Jennifer Mehigan – Binge purge idk
Tran Nguyen Tan Anh – Downtown
Andre Quek – Princess
Goh Wei Choon – 1997
Mark Mee – The animals
Sookoon Ang – Exorcize me
25 Apr – 11 May 2014
“Landings,” the title of this year’s M.A. Fine Arts Graduation Exhibition, has also been a term in the news of late. This is due to the unresolved plight of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which took off one fine evening but whose landing had not quite been determined. With international attention focused on the event, it also signalled the worst potential outcome of journeys – one that takes off but whose landing is still in the ocean of speculation. We can add to these the adventures of Amelia Earhart and, closer to home, the movie mogul Loke Wan Tho. Or worse, the Hindenburg on its final take-off.
The selection of the term by the graduates, however, also underscored the importance placed on the journeys that preceded them, and I would add, the beginnings. Despite the unknown outcome of such journeys, and the complexion of the different stages, they have persevered through the trials of temporary setbacks and failures to come to some form of resolution with their art practices. The journeys we take with art are never easy, and for the large part they take us into unknown and unexplored realms, both for oneself and the art community at large, to even proffer a compromise between art and self. The setting of an artificial dateline such as a graduation show is akin to a temporary wayside station to rest and contemplate, to ponder and to strategize our next moves, and never a final destination to
– Lai Chee Kien, April 2014
18th – 20eth Sept 2013
The expression ‘huis clos’ appears in the middle of the sixteenth century to say “behind closed doors”, an expression in which the word “clos”, meaning “to shut” was eventually picked-up by the English language to become today’s verb “to close”.
The expression also took on a well-known twist in modern times with Sartre’s existentialist play “Huis Clos” (translated as No Exit) and the controversial statement: “Hell is other people”.
By extension, one could say that it also means “without publicity” or, in other words, no one to attend to what is being said (the doors are kept closed), as in the case of small meetings or trial without public audience.
One might also think of a family as a “huis clos”, because every family has its secrets, habits that neighbours do not need to know. The family, even in the XXI century, still is the backbone of society and will probably remain so for a long time; A tight and closed human unit upon which the larger society rest.
Based on the above notion Madhvee made contact with a Singaporean family and, visited them at different times of the day, to experience various aspects of their everyday life and turn that “closed” experience into a photographic portfolio.
8–21 November 2013
I would like to invite you all to my group exhibition called “Silent Giraffe”. Looking forward to your support.
Venue: Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore
Praxis Space // Project Space
LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street
Opening: 7 November // 6:30 pm
The giraffe has intrigued various cultures, both ancient and modern, for its peculiar appearance. With towering legs and long necks, giraffes have beautifully patterned coats—but no two individuals have the same design. And they gather in loose social groups if they happen to be moving in the same direction.
But is the giraffe silent? Often considered to be quiet and non-verbal, giraffes actually communicate with one another infrasonically over long-distances—while at other times, they may grunt, whistle or hiss. Giraffes, like the artists in the MA Fine Arts programme in this show, have a range of interesting strategies to navigate life. Come discover the subtleties and surprises.