Singapore Biennale 2006
Saturday, July 06, 2002
SingaporeArt footnote: The impact of a visual artwork may encompass elements of dance and theatre, and it is increasingly difficult to categorize a work as primarily visual art or other forms of art label. SingaporeArt is aware of the engagement of other specialty fields and the loss of defined boundaries. Notwithstanding, SingaporeArt concentrates on works of primarily visual and experiential elements, so that its documentation can be in depth.
ORANG ORANG By Zai Kuning
FUNdaMENTAL MULTI-DISCIPLINARY is presenting "Orang Orang" directed and
performed by Zai Kuning at the Sculpture Square at 8 p.m. from 12 to 13 July
Rediscover the multi-talents of Zai Kuning and travel with him in a journey
of vocal, rhythm, movement and ritual in the 3-parter "Orang Orang".
Inspired by his experience from the Riau environment, "Orang Orang" marks
Zai's entrance into a new phase of artistic development. This work also
marks Zai's return as a director after his last directed piece Noalibi
(1999) which toured Korea, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
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About "Orang Orang".................
"Orang Orang" is a performance directed by Zai Kuning.
"Orang Orang" is a performance in three parts with the first two parts
focused on vocal and drumming improvisation. Based loosely on a mixture of
Malay, Korean and Japanese rhythm, Zai found his own unique rhythm that
accommodates his pattern of singing. The vocal presentation will not be
textual, but will have familiar sounds from the islanders of Riau.
Based on ritualistic music and Torajan Funeral chants, "Orang Orang" will
see Zai's return to the dance world, choreographing and directing a group of
performers, mainly George Chua, Misumi, Farah and Angie, into a movement
sequence based on fishermen whom Zai found his inspiration from Riau
environment. The dance will be a quotation of their physical environment
(living on stilt, on sampan and vast seascape). This dance will reflect the
relationship between the body, water and wood.
"Orang Orang" will mark Zai's entrance into a new phase of artistic
development, with focus on the idea of funeral songs- songs for those who
have lose their language.
About Performance Details.................
Date: 12-13 July 2002
Place: Sculpture Square (Junction of Middle Road and Waterloo Street), 155
Middle Road Singapore 188977
Ticket Price: $15, $10 (concession); excludes $1 ticketcharge fee
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About Performer/Director Zai Kuning.................
Zai Kuning received his formal art training at Lasalle-SIA College of the
Arts graduating in 1988 with a diploma of Fines Arts(Ceramics) and later
obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree(1995) from Lasalle-SIA College of
the Arts - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Since then he has
emerged as an artist of astute calibre. He has been an active member of the
Artist Village since 1989 and held the post of President of the Artist
Village from 1992 to 1994. He has exhibited locally as well as in Malaysia,
Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and Germany. He has also collaborated with
Indonesian poet and philosopher Suitan Takdir Alisjahbana, as well as
appearing as guest artist for Japanese double-bassist Tetsu Saitoh in Tokyo,
Osaka, Kobe and Yokohama.
Over the years, Zai has honed his talent as a multi-functional performer
exhibiting works in a variety of discipline and media, from pottery to
poetry, writing and music to performance, theatre and installation art as
well as video. It is his deliberate complication of convenient
categorization that allow him to run on a constant revival, actively
exploring notion of identity, socio-political concerns and the role and
function of art in society.
About Artistic Director Nick Ng.................
Nick Ng is the main founder and artistic director of FUNdaMENTAL
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY. His contributions are synonymous with works of
outstanding visual sophistication and substance.
A trained visual artist, Nick was awarded the Certificate of Distinction
(UOB Painting of the Year Competition) in 1992. Since 1996, Nick has been a
heavy weight in the local English theatrical scene, with his post-modern
minimalist delivery of black humour that is at once boldly personal and
dynamic. Nick affords to his audience a true experience of art that is
experimental, communicative and provocative.
Nick is tireless in his pursuit of the deeper questions of our personal
heritage and tastefully presents to his audience through his multi-media
manipulations of monologues and ensemble productions, his criticisms and
reflections of controversial issues of politics and current affairs.
Central to Nick productions is his belief in self-exploration and
"people-power" in the social and political fabric of our society. Through
the influence of Nick, FUNdaMENTAL seeks to revolutionalise our identity as
Singaporeans both as individuals and as a nation.
Announcing the completion of alpha 3.4 -
a distance of 600km walked in 1 month from Documenta11
UTTERLY ART and The Artists Village
cordially invite you to the opening of
a two-man show by kAI LAM and Jeremy Hiah
featuring interactive paintings, installation and performance art
Thursday 11th July 2002, 7.30 pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
@ 208 South Bridge Road Level 2
The exhibition runs from 11th July 2002 to 27th July 2002
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am to 8pm; Sun 12pm to 5.30pm
Tel: 6226 2605 Email: email@example.com
Opening Performance: 11th July 2002, 7.30pm
Artists' Talk: 13th July 2002, 2pm
Closing Performance: 27th July 2002, 5pm
Come prepared with an S.O.S. password (e.g. Sweet Orange Soup) for entry,
or else you will be labeled with an even sillier one!
Save Our Souls! Two of Singapore’s irrepressible young artistic talents are combining to unleash their latest output on an unsuspecting public! kAI LAM and Jeremy Hiah, both former classmates, active members of The Artists Village and longtime artistic friends, will be launching their Sell-Out Show (and so we all hope it will be!) to display Jeremy’s fascinating interactive paintings and kAI’s wry look at globalization with his installation of portraits dressed as clowns.
Jeremy Hiah’s latest paintings take their inspiration directly from life in the 15th century! From his readings in art history, Jeremy was acquainted with the work of quirky Flemish master Hieronymous Bosch who painted surrealistic fantasies in the late 1400s. The painting Ship of Fools which hangs in the Musee du Louvre in Paris is the illustrious progenitor of Jeremy’s Transportation of Fools series. As in the original, Jeremy’s paintings are populated with earthy, offbeat characters engaged in trivial pursuits and dalliances. Unlike museum masterpieces, Jeremy has designed his paintings to be interactive. The audience is required to press buttons and twiddle switches in order to experience the full import of the works, which have built-in mechanisms for movement, light and noise generation in order to delight and amuse.
kAI LAM Hoi Lit intends to illustrate an increasingly intertwined and interdependent world through a network of the images of politicians, disguised as clowns but with hints of national dress. Global statesmen, derived from drawing, collage, and photographs but rendered colourfully unrecognizable, will be arrayed on the wall or on wooden panels in the gallery. The portraits will be arranged in suggestive juxtapositions, linked with a web of lines, as if in a surrogate family tree from a travelling circus act, and text derived from the acronym S.O.S., such as Short Of Serviettes, Savoury Ostrich Steak or Smelly Old Socks, in nonsensical commentary. The humour allows reflective contemplation of sombre world events, yet allows encouragement over the positive aspects of globalization.
Sponsored by: LASALLE-SIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS alumni