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Open Call for Artists in Singapore to Submit their Portfolios for the first Singapore Biennale
Europe – Beauty in Every Corner
Opening of Europe : Beauty in Every Corner changed to 23rd June 2005 instead of 24th June 2005
un-titled Gallery – Eve Ong’s Second Solo Exhibition
Gaffer Studio Glass: Contemporary Australian Studio Glass Exhibition
Eve Ong and her Self-Unveiled II
3D Computer Animation Course
Movement in Silence – Silence in Movement
Singapore Biennale 2006

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Saturday, December 07, 2002


The Spirit Within

2002 Annual Show

From 6 December 2002 to 4 January 2003.

Opening Ceremony Monday 9th December 2002 7pm.



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Hurry, be there at 7.30pm on 19 Dec 02 (Thu). Exhibition runs till 31 Dec 02 (Tue).
Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime art show with a twist!

Exhibition Information
Title: B.E.A.U.T.Y.
Dates: 19 - 31 Dec 2002
Venue: Utterly Art (208 South Bridge Road, tel: 6226 2605)
Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am - 8pm, Sun 12nn - 5.30pm
Guided tours conducted by artists: 21, 22, 25, 27, 28 & 29 Dec at 2pm & 4pm

Organised by The Artists Village and sponsored by the National Arts Council.


Friday, December 06, 2002

Tear Up the Rule Books
Singapore Tyler Print Institute
Featuring a selection of 20 works from the Singapore Art Museum Tyler Art Collection, the show highlights the history and place of print-making and the significance of artist-printer collaborations. The original prints are by Josef Albers, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, among others.
Until 5 Jan at Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

Charlotte Cain
Photography, sculpture and ceramics converge in this show of elegant artworks. Striking black and white photographs by Florence B, stunning human forms in bronze by French artist Scorbiac and sublime ceramic vessels by Charlotte Cain promise a sizzling culmination of dimensions and talents.
6-10 Dec at Chinese Eyes Gallery, 3 Goodwood Hill.

Reborn, Rejoice, Rejuvenate
iPreciation Pte Ltd
Joining the Merlion at the waterfront promenade is an exhibition of 15 contemporary sculptures by five renowned sculptors: Cheung Yee, Sun Yu-li, Arthur Yang, Baet Yeok Kuan and the late Yuyu Yang. Together, these sculptures form a trail which stretches to the Collyer Quay and timely mirrors the government’s call for more public sculptures.
Until 19 Jan at One Fullerton Waterfront Promenade.

Simon James - Chasing Light
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Inspired by the Singapore River and the electric lights reflected on and off the water surface, this installation projects images of the river and quayside scenes onto the curve wall spaces of the gallery. This United Kingdom artist is based in Singapore and hopes to impart a more intense sensory experience than can be encountered with two-dimensional work. Original ambient music mixing Bach with river sounds, by Yasuaki Shimizu, complements the installation.
7–15 Dec. Jendela.

Endless Blues
Artfolio Space
Filipino artist Pacita Abad’s fondness for music and her struggle with lung cancer in the past year has coloured her new abstract oils which are collaged with batik and hand-woven cloth.
29 Nov to 15 Dec at Artfolio Space.

Different Strokes
Finelines & E-ART-H WORKS Pte Ltd
Finelines is a group of six accomplished artists spanning three generations, who meet weekly at Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts to practice drawing. Choy Weng Yang, Loh Khee Yew, Michael Ong, Francis St Clair Mackenzie, Ravi Shail, and James Holdsworth hail from Singapore, Australia, India and the UK, respectively. They present black and white drawings that explore and record the process of drawing.
13–24 Dec at ARTrium@MITA Building.

Bush Profiles
Australian artist Julia Roberts’ first solo show in Singapore captures the drama of the majestic Australian bush. Painting in oil, Roberts portrays the harsh light, unique landscape and mesmerising stillness on panoramic custom-made boards.
4–11 Dec at Sculpture Square.

Vietnamese Paintings
Société Générale Gallery & Lotus Gallery
Ho Chi Minh City’s Lotus Gallery brings a wide selection of Vietnamese art from artists including Do Xuan Doan, Le Tan Loc, Truong Dinh Hao and Duong Ngoc Son. The gallery director and four artists will be present for the opening and will present demonstrations.
28 Nov to 17 Dec at Société Générale Gallery.

Thus Spake Parrots and Puppets
11th solo exhibition of Tang Mun Kit is a continuation of his ‘animal-in-man’ series using found objects, sculptural forms, lighting for on-site installation and assemblage to make reflective explorations of the human condition.
14–17 Nov at Telok Kurau Studios.


Wednesday, December 04, 2002

Singapore Art Industry

Art Galleries Association estimates the art industry to be worth about S$10 million. Despite the slow economy, the art industry is growing. Industry watchers bet that as equity markets tumble worldwide, more money will be allocated to other investment classes, such as art.

The 2002 Singapore Art Fair raked in total sales of S$1.3 million, with some 300 paintings sold at average prices of about S$4,000 to S$5,000.

"There is a lot of interest for Asian contemporary art works and my buyers are young, like the artists. They make up all types, but many are bankers who work nearby," remarks Nan Nan Nancy, the curator at Art Seasons.


Tuesday, December 03, 2002


Art Seasons Invites You To Our Annual Show on the 12th Dec
7pm - 9pm to experience Evocations of an inter-disciplinary nature

Guest of Honor-Dr. Ho Kah Leong
Principal of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

From the 9th December 2002 to 12th January 2003, a wide range of artistic output will be presented by the hottest of Singapore’s young creative, Painters such as : Yong Tai Si, Agatha Hutton, Joyce Chia, Yeo Shi Yun, Justin Lee and Tan Juat Lee; Funky Sculptor Leo Ong; Digitally inclined Yvonne Lam; interactive and mind-boggling installations from Tay Bee Aye, Chng Nai Wee and our very own home Fluxus cultivated Phunk Studio; Francis Ng on Re and De-construction with photography; lastly Elizabeth Kate will add a glamorous dimension with her modern interpretations of jade jewellery. The works at times converge, clash and transform each other, as the artists use each others creations to provide a catalyst for their own experimentations.

Art Seasons
The Box . 5 . Gemmill Lane . Singapore 069261
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri : 11am - 8pm (Pls Find Gallery Map Attached)
Saturdays : 12pm - 7pm Tel: +65 221 1800 . Fax: +65 221 3380


Monday, December 02, 2002

Feature Artist / Artist Collaborator
Courtesy of Team Fragmatics

System Administrator, 3D Modelling & Mapping
Abel Yang "Sojourner"

Software Engineer, Database Administrator
Kwok Yang Bin "ReaperMan"

Video Editing and Gameplay Analysis
Chong Kwong Sheng "Sephyre" - ZeroVerge

System Integrator, Project Manager
Christopher Choo "Avenger"

Formed just before the turn of the millennium, Fragnetics comprises a versatile team of individuals dedicated to developing fun and creative content, be it in the gaming arena or in areas of personal interest. Our committment is to engineer quality that revolutionizes the computing experience for everyone.

Recently, our team embarked on a project with artists from Tsunamii.Net to crush a webserver at the Millbank Gallery in London, UK. This involved providing consultation to the artists regarding the setup of the various computers used in the project, as well as installing and configuring them. The online audience was also treated to an image stream set up by Fragnetics to beam live images from London. The project received worldwide attention as a total of more than 70,000 visits were recorded on the website during the week-long countdown to the server's destruction. The project, known as Alpha 3.5 was also exhibited at the Media_City Seoul digital art exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art, and was mentioned on Slashdot, USAToday, and [H]ard|OCP.

In 2000, our team completed a Counterstrike map of the Anglo-Chinese Junior College (Singapore), a milestone achievement in Counterstrike mapping of an actual location. Featured on established websites such as Halflife.Net and Planet Halflife, our team also received media attention from local newspaper Lianhe Zaobao and C|Net Gamecenter Singapore. Also that year members from our team won the Nanyang Technological University Technoquest competition for Junior Colleges, beating top schools Raffles Junior College and Hwa Chong Junior College in the finals.

In 1997, our team, then in Secondary School, participated in the nationwide Computer Playtime Competition organized by Temasek Polytechnic. Involving the use of Superscape VRT to create a 3D Virtual World through the Internet, our team emerged as Champions and clinched the "Most Creative Award".

Currently, although our team is engaged in completing our National Service obligations, we continue to dabble in various fields, including software development, video editing, system integration and repair, gaming, website design and management.


Feature Artist

paper size: 56.5 x 76 cm

Goh Ee Choo is a devout Buddhist and who has constructed two Buddhist shrines in the galleries in the show Trimurti & Ten Years After. Since 1995 he has produced art pieces that deal directly with the principles of Buddhism. His main aim is to clearly communicate, so he uses objects & symbols that to his viewers, are most identifiable, and able to provide meanings directly.

Goh Ee Choo wrote in 1996: The main aim in my art and life is to raise the overall energy level of the viewer: the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual level ( I see art as one of healing and transformation. ( (in the) theory of dependent-origination, everything is interdependence and (as) interbeing(s) ( we are all interrelated and everything depends on each other). This concept manifests itself in my artworks.

In Trimurti and in the show Trimurti & Ten years after, Goh Ee Choo is one of the trio of these groundbreaking artists which include S. Chandrasekaran, and Salleh Japar. These artists use values inherent in Asian cultures and philosophies as the basis for their mode of expression.

Works of Goh Ee Choo include:
Heavenly Flow
The Theatres of Power
History of Sexuality
Power Structure
Wealth Mandala
Transformation of The Spiritual Dragon
Light, Knowledge, Structure
Rite Of Silence
Om Mani Padme Hum - Enlightenment Series
Beyond Boundaries


Historical Event

Renewal Painting

Works of seven artists dealing with different issues and visual aspects.

12pm to 7pm, Plastique Kinetic Worms, 199A/B South Bridge Road. Closed Mon and PH. Free. Ends 7 Jan 2001.

Tee Kai Yin + Zechariah Goh Tee was trained in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts; Goh is a ceramicist who trained in the LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts.

11am to 7pm, Art-2 Gallery, MITA Building, 140 Hill Street. Closed Sun and PH. Free. Ends 15 Jan 2001.


Feature Artist

Adeline Kueh, Director of Studies, Dept of Art Theory & Art History, LaSalle SIA College of the Arts

This Women In Film event is organized by The Substation.
Courtesy of the Singapore Film Society.

Talk: Of Muscles, Ruses And Good Looks: An Analysis of Mighty Women In Malaysian Cinema From the 1950s to Contemporary Period by Adeline Kueh, Director of Studies & Lecturer, Art Theory & Art History, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts

This study examines the ways in which women are represented in the Malaysian Cinema. From the films of the 1950s to contemporary representations of women, there exists the many kinds of “Fallen Women” to contrast with the “Virtuous Women.”

Currently pursuing her PhD in Cinema Studies with the University of Melbourne, Kueh is also an active organiser and consultant of art/culture talks and exhibitions in Singapore. Her recently co-organised talks included speakers Prof. Jeffrey Shaw, Shelly Silver and Agnes Hegedus. As a speaker herself, she has covered several topics such as “Issues in Indian Film”, “Art & Identity” and “Issues in Asian Film”. Kueh was also on the advisory board member for the Sarawak Millennium Film Festival & Conference in January 2002.

"Curating New Media Symposium"
Adeline Kueh
Irina Aristarkhova
Gunalan Nadarajan
Steve Dietz

XXII:1 2000 Malaysian Issue
Adeline Siaw-Hui Kueh, 'The Filmic Representations of Malayan Women: An Analysis of Malayan Films from the 1950s and 1960s'

Fourth International Conference
June 29 - July 2, 2002, Tampere, Finland

Representations of Strong Women in Film and Tv-Fiction
Organiser: Rikke Schubart
Courtesy of Press Release


This study examines the ways in which certain women are represented in the Malaysian Cinema. From the films of the 1950s to contemporary representations of women, there exists the many kinds of "Fallen Women" to contrast with the "Virtuous Women". By focussing on primarily melodramas, the concepts of femininity and female sexuality are critiqued within semiotic and feminist analyses. The core question is whether these filmic representations of women reflect the cultural conventions of a post-war Malaya. As female sexuality in Malay culture is often divided into the Virtuous versus the Fallen, four conceptual categories (of the fallen woman, the maiden, the mother and the woman warrior) are thus created to facilitate the discussions of Malay cinematic culture, and its specific code of moral behaviour for women. The first section deals with the differing representations of the Fallen Woman: pontianak, harlot, and the evil (mother) in-law. The Maiden construct, on the other hand, is to emphasize the aspect of virtue and social mobility. The next category links the Mother figure in film with national consciousness. The Woman Warrior is patriotic and the most positive in her complexity and subjectivity as a woman.


Feature Artist

Khiew Huey Chian says "Artists today need to be multi-disciplined in order not to restrict his or her creative development." He wishes to educate and share with people his views through art.

Khiew Huey Chian completed his Bachelor of Arts in fine arts (painting) with distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology at Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts. He drew accolades and admiration for his interactive 'string' installation at his graduation show and subsequent 'altered space' creations. The artist creates unique installations that explore notions of space and that demand audience interaction to assimilate and experience these environments.

In 1996, Huey Chian received a certificate of merit from the Della Butcher Award, and in 2000, he won the JCCI Arts Award (Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore). He exhibited at the Yokohama International Open-Air Art Exhibition '97, the 1998 and 1999 Artists Regional Exchange (ARX5) international shows in Singapore and Australia/Hong Kong, the Nokia Art Singapore 2000 and the President's Young Talents Exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum. He is completing a Masters of Arts in fine art (painting) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology at Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, where he also lectures in 2-D studies at the School of Fine Arts. He is teaching with the goal of becoming a full-time artist.


Artist Feature

Mohamed Shahabudin Abdul Salam is a self-taught Malaysian artist whose sculptures and cavings decorates the lobbies of five star hotels, parks, skyscrapers and palace grounds. His portfolio includes 33 projects includes one in Bangkok and four in Singapore, inclusive of a 50 feet long abstract for American School at Singapore.


Sunday, December 01, 2002

Artist Feature

Choy Kok Kee holds a Master of Art degree in Design for Interactive Media from Middlesex University, London, UK. Prior to that, he was trained in Advertising Art/Applied Art and Fine Art. Kok Kee has worked in the creative industry for more than a decade as a creative consultant and an art director. He is also an educator at tertiary level and advisor to art institutions. As an artist, Kok Kee's works have won numerous art awards and were acquired by both foreign and local commercial institutions, government bodies, art museums and educational establishments.

T2000 is a project commissioned by fineArt forum, a 15-year-old art & technology news service distributed by the Art, Science & Technology Network (ASTN).

The Project
Noted as Singapore's first "IT-art installation" by the Singapore Straits Times, "... dealing with the way that the individual controls technology or perhaps the extent to which technology controls the individual."

T2000 is a new generation of environmental influence and stimulation based on the concept of stability and disturbance. This work is endowed with a sense of virtual intelligence enabling it to maintain its internal stability by coordinating spontaneous and interactive responses that automatically compensate for changes in the environment when the audience/user enters into the threshold of the virtual space. Their presence is sensed by their interaction.

The audience/user stimulates and destabilizes the environment from a normal relaxed undulation to excited rapid palpitation. It is only when the audience/user leaves that environment space it returns to its usual tranquil undulating state, as if awaiting the next round of confrontation.

The physical interactions of the audience/user modifies the structure and rhythm of elements existing in a simulation of space. Architectural and environmental sites are suggested by using form in an evocative, expressive manner.

One of its objective is in seeking a way of reconciling technological, aesthetic and artistic factors, having progressively placed with an increased emphasis on the relationship between creator (artist) and the environment (virtual space), on one hand, and technology, the environment and the general public and culture of mass society on the other.

The manner in which the audience/user responds to the work is an important factor in this process.

This project was curated and exhibited with the Singapore Art Museum, Infocomm Development Authority's (IDA) e-Festival Asia and the Museum Festival - IT & Innovation.


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Hakaren Gallery
6-15 December 2002
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An interactive resource for electronic art in Southeast Asia. This site consists of a comprehensive Database of new media art including profiles of artists and samples of artworks, a Journal dealing with the historical development of electronic art in South East Asia, theoretical and critical issues related to the use of electronic media in the visual arts as well as reviews and analysis of electronic artworks, a Forum for online discussion as well as Links to related websites worldwide and a space for developing and hosting Webart by Southeast Asian Artists.


Dear Net Arts Community

The 2nd annual awards for intercultural arts on the Net is calling
for entries.

Creators are invited to submit Websites to the Gangart Awards
2003 competition from anywhere in the world, as long as their
work is bilingual or multicultural, and any of the arts - creative
writing, visual art, music etc - available in digital format on the

The aim is non-commercial, international promotion of the arts,
and building bridges between cultures and language groups.
For more information visit

Call for Entries: November 2002
Submissions: December 2002 - June 2003
Deadline: 30 June 2003
Judging: July - September 2003
Awards Announcement: October 2003

Entry form: online only > NOMINATIONS
Entry fee: none

Gerald Ganglbauer


"To Go On: A Tribute to Kuo Pao Kun"

Date: 18th December 2002

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: The Substation, 45 Armenian Street

Admission is free and open to everyone

The 18th of December 2002, marks the 100th day of the passing of Kuo
Pao Kun -- dramatist, cultural worker, teacher and founder of
Practice Performing Arts School, The Theatre Practice and The

Together, The Substation, The Theatre Practice and Practice
Performing Arts School have organised an event on this day to
remember and celebrate Pao Kun.

"To Go On: A tribute to Kuo Pao Kun" will bring together people from
all walks of life who have worked with or been inspired by Pao Kun --
artists, performers, directors, writers, students, audiences,
entrepreneurs and friends -- to share their memories with speeches,
songs and readings from his works.

The book "Kuo Pao Kun: And Love the Wind and Rain" will also be
launched on the 18th of December; it is full of pictures and writings
contributed by people who love him, as well as excerpts from Pao
Kun's writing. The book is accompanied by a video CD.

We are hoping to get permission to close down Armenian Street and
hold the event right in front of The Substation building.

"To Go On" is in conjunction with other activities presented in
tribute to Pao Kun.

-- From the 13th to the 15th, a series of plays -- "Legend Alive:
Works for Pao Kun", created by theatre directors Lin Ke-huan and
Xiong Yuan-wei (China), Stan Lai (Taiwan), Danny Yung and Hardy Tsoi
(Hong Kong) and Krishen Jit (Malaysia) -- will take place at the
Esplanade. Please contact Sistic for tickets and information about
show times.

-- PLEASE NOTE that the book launch for Two Plays by Kuo Pao Kun at
The Substation Garden on the 11th of December has been cancelled. The
book, however, will be on sale during the 18th.

Among the many participants of "To Go On" are: T. Sasitharan, Wu Xi,
Kwok Kian Woon, K C Chew, Ong Keng Sen, Janadas Devan, Joe Ng, Roger
Jenkins, Bhaskar's Arts Academy, Han Lao Da and former students.

We all lost a great man on the 10th of September 2002. We remember
Pao Kun not only as an important dramatist and intellectual but also
as a wonderful and warm human being, clear-sighted and compassionate.
Pao Kun was a true visionary who paved the way for the development of
the arts in Singapore and beyond. His life was marked by struggle,
but whatever the difficulties, he did not fail to go on. His passion
and integrity continue to inspire so many of us.

The Substation


Cyberarts defined in contemporary art practice include:

Computer Graphic Projections including animation and holographic works;
Digital Imaging - whether as digital painting, digital photography and digital video;
Virtual Environments, including HMDs, CAVE, MUDs and gaming;
Net Art, including works in Hypertext, Telerobotics & Telepresence;
Human-Machine, Animal-Machine, Plant-Machine Interfaces (e.g. cyborg technologies, robotics);
Bio-Arts that employ biotechnologies (e.g. DNA music, transgenic art, biosemiotics);
Computer Music & Sonic Arts
Multidisciplinary and Hybrid Arts involving interaction with other art forms (e.g. theatre, dance, installations, etc.)


ART AsiaPacific has played a central role in the promotion of contemporary Asian art and writing over the past decade. However, due to financial constraints, Fine Art Publishing is unfortunately unable to continue to publish the magazine.

The special January 2003 issue of ART AsiaPacific -- 'ASIAN ART NOW' -- will soon be on sale. This issue, in which 21 curators and critics profile 63 leading contemporary Asian artists, marks the growing importance of contemporary Asian art over the last ten years and is a fabulous issue to close with.

For more information please contact Claire Armstrong on until 13 December.