Singapore Biennale 2006
Saturday, December 28, 2002
2 Nights of Interactive art installations and performances
by local contemporary artists at "Art Throb".
Date: 31st Dec 2002 and 1st Jan 2003 (2 Nights)
Time: 7:30 pm - after 12:00 am (31st Dec)
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm (1st Jan)
Venue: Esplanade - The Waterfront area
"Art Throb" is an outdoor art event that is part of the New Year's Eve
Celebration at the Esplanade. There will be artworks presented by local
artists to introduce and enlighten audiences about contemporary art
practices in Singapore. The following works will be presented:
The Wishing Tree by Kai Lam
Balloon Dreams by Jeremy Hiah
The Record Of Time - Break The Ice! by Agnes Yit
Exchange Of Gifts In The City by Zulkifle Mahmod
Alterity Is An Activity by Juliana Yasin
Anyone by Ho Tzu Nyen
Public audiences will get a chance to meet the artists-at-work, engage in
creative and artistic process and experience art in the making. Audiences
are encouraged to interact with our own very talented local artists and
their innovative artworks.
The interactive art activities will begin at 7:30 pm on both nights. The
31st Dec Night will see the activities continue all the way to the
countdown of the New Year.
Be there to enjoy art and have a memorable New Year party with our
For more Information of "Art Throb",
Please contact Esplanade for enquiries.
Amy Ho, Programming Officer, The Esplanade Co Ltd
Tel: 6828 8255, E-mail: email@example.com
The Artists Village
91A Hindoo Road Singapore 209126
tel/fax (65) 6296 8707
Heman calls himself, NoSleepRequired, for he is an insomniac - he works in the night and sleeps during the day.
His active hours are from 2 pm - 5 am. He co-curates with writer and poet Alfian Sa'at with an online presence at http://www.geograffiti.com that features a repository of works about places in Singapore.
Heman has worked as designer in a design firm and advertising agency, until one fine day in 1997, when he decided to explore beyond commercial boundaries. "(Commercial) design is about finding a voice for others … I thought it was about time I found my own," says Heman.
Heman has been educated at the Temasek Polytechnic Visual Communications course and majored in Electronic Media Design. Heman pursued his Masters in Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom.
Singapore Government Press Release
Media Division, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts,
MITA Building, 140 Hill Street, 2nd Storey, Singapore 179369
CENSORSHIP REVIEW COMMITTEE 2002
The Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts has appointed a Censorship Review
Committee (CRC) to look into the censorship matters for the broadcast media, films, videos, publications, audio materials, arts and the new media.
The 22-member Committee is chaired by Mr Liu Thai Ker, Director (RSP Architects, Planners and
Engineers), Chairman (National Arts Council) and Chairman (Singapore Tyler Print Institute). The other
members are drawn from a cross-section of society. The list of members is attached at Annex.
In the 10 years since the last review, the censorship environment has undergone major changes, driven largely by the forces of technology and globalisation. New media like the Internet have resulted in an influx of information directly transmitted to end-users, posing a strong challenge to censorship. Media convergence is also increasingly testing traditional censorship concepts.
Singaporeans have also become better educated and more discerning, with increased exposure to external influences via the media, Internet and overseas trips.
In response to these changes and contributing to efforts to Remaking Singapore, the Committee will
Review and recommend changes to existing censorship policies and guidelines in the light of social and technological changes since the 1991 CRC, for publications, film, audio and video material, performance art, broadcast media, and new and converging media; Review censorship laws and structures; Review the role of public education; and Consider other related matters.
The Committee will hold its first meeting next month and will target to complete the review and submit the report to the Minister early next year.
The public is invited to contribute written representations on the censorship review to:
Censorship Review Committee
45 Maxwell Road
URA Centre East Wing, #07-11/12
Fax: 6221 3141
Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
13 April 2002
CENSORSHIP REVIEW COMMITTEE 2002
Mr Liu Thai Ker
Director, RSP Architects, Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd
Chairman, National Arts Council
Chairman, Singapore Tyler Print Institute
Ms Pang Cheng Lian
First Vice-President, UOB
Chairman, Films Appeal Committee
Mr Ahmad Nizam bin Abbas
Chairman, Malay Community Development group, Feedback Unit
Dr Ang Peng Hwa
Vice-Dean, School of Communication & Information, NTU
Legal Advisor, Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore
Mr Chua Chim Kang
Senior Correspondent, Lianhe Zaobao
Mrs Ding-Khoo Seok Lin
Consultant, Organisation Development, Phos Consultancy
Prof S Gopinathan
Dean, Foundation Programmes, NIE
Dr Hadijah Rahmat
Assoc Prof, Asian Languages and Culture Academic Group, NIE
Mr S Iswaran
MP, West Coast GRC
Co-Chairman, Beyond Credit Card Subcommittee, Remaking Singapore Committee
Mr Philip Jeyaretnam
Lawyer, Helen Yeo & Partners
Member, Beyond Credit Card Subcommittee, Remaking Singapore Committee
Dr Angeline Khoo
Associate Professor, Sub-Dean Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary), NIE
Mr Koh Buck Song
Head, Marketing Communications, EDB
Chairman, Drama Review Committee
Chairman, Newspaper Subcommittee, Publications Advisory Committee
Prof Eddie Kuo
Dean, School of Communication and Information, NTU
Chairman, Publications Appeal Committee
Chairman, Programmes Advisory Committee and Broadcast Appeals Advisory Committee
Ms Ruby Lim-Yang
Director, ACT 3 Theatrics Pte Ltd
Mr Mohd Raman Daud
Assistant Editor, Berita Harian
Mr Benson Puah
CEO, Esplanade Co Ltd
Dr Chitra Rajaram
Editor, Tamil Murasu
Dr Suzaina Kadir
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, NUS
Mr Kenneth Tan
CEO, MediaCorp Radio
Chairman, Singapore Film Society
Ms Sumiko Tan
Deputy Editor, ST Life!
Mr Kelvin Tong
Film maker, Film Critic and Journalist
Mr Yeo Guat Kwang
MP, Aljunied GRC
PROCEDURES TO APPLY FOR PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT LICENCES
Singapore Government Press Release
Media Relations Division, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts,
MITA Building, 140 Hill Street, 2nd Storey, Singapore 179369
MITA Takes Over Arts Entertainment Licensing
Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MITA) will take over the licensing of arts
entertainment from the Public Entertainments Licensing Unit (PELU), Singapore Police Force with
effect from 1st July 2002.
Currently, FPD is the licensing and censorship authority for films and publications. With this new
arrangement, FPD will become the licensing and censorship authority for films, publications, plays
and other forms of arts entertainment for a more consistent and calibrated approach.
PELU will continue to license establishments that provide public entertainments such as
nightclubs, bar, discotheques, cabarets and karaoke lounges and computer game centres. PELU will also
license public entertainment outlets and performance of music, singing and dancing that is provided on a
long-term basis in the establishment. The Police will also continue to deal with law and order
issues associated with arts entertainment.
"Arts Entertainment" includes play, dance, music, exhibition, variety show, pop/rock concerts and
ad hoc performances at establishments. The full list is attached at Appendix 1.
Applicants for arts entertainment licences may apply to FPD either in person or through its
website at http://www.fpd.gov.sg. FPD is located at:
45 Maxwell Road, URA Centre East Wing
#07-11/12 Singapore 069118
Public can also contact PELU at 6835 0000 for queries on licences issued by PELU.
Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
Ministry of Home Affairs
25 June 2002
Traditional Ethnic & Folk
Forum & Interactive
Modern & Contemporary
Classical & Traditional
Ethnic & Folk
Classical and Traditional Music
Ethnic & Folk Music
Variety Show (Pop/Rock Concert)
Previous systems for application of entertainment license
An application for a licence must be submitted in a prescribed form to the following:
Public Entertainment Licensing Unit
Blk A #01-03 Licensing Division
Pearl's Park Police Building
Singapore 168996 Fax: 2263353.
Exempted Public Entertainment Activities
No licence is required for exempted public entertainment activities. For some, conditions are attached
to the exempted activities. The exempted activities (with or without conditions) are listed Information Notes 1-11.
The guidelines and requirements on drama performances are given in Appendices E.
For drama, attach 3 sets of scripts, song titles and lyrics to the application form and submit at least 2 weeks before event.
Submit the personal particulars of all performers in a separate list, as follows: Name, NRIC No./Passport No., Date of Birth and Nationality
Refrain from giving any advance publicity while the application is being processed.
For concerts or variety shows held outdoors, submit a layout plan showing the stage, catwalk and barricades. Note that barricades of a height of at least 1-metre are to be erected around the stage and catwalk.
For more information, call:
Licensing Officer Tel: 835 0000 (IVRS No.) or 435 2300/ 435 2301/ 435 2302/ 437 4508/ 437 4509
End of Press Release
The following are extracts. Please check back on the validity of the conditions with the licensing officer.
Licensing Conditions For Drama/Play
The license shall take all measures necessary to ensure that no public order incident such as fights, stampede or damage to property occurs during the performance. He shall deploy sufficient number of security personnel relative to the size and composition of hte audience or the number of such personnel stipulated by the licensing Officer for crowd control duties. The Licensee must also stop the show at any time if unstructed by the Police.
The licensee shall advise the performer to refrain from mingling with the audience, especially if there is risk of an over-zealous audience, this should not be for more than 15 minutes for the entire performance unless otherwise stipulated by the licensing Officer. Of necessary, the performer must be escorted by sufficient security personnel. The licensee shall also pre-select/limit the number of audience who wish to go on stage to present flowers or perform with the performer.
The licensee shall ensure that performers do not carry out indecent acts or make any vulgar gestures, actions or remarks during the performance. He shall also ensure that the attire of the performers do not offend the general public e.g. attire which expose the groin, private parts, buttock or female breast(s). Transvestites are not allowed to perform. (Not applicable for drama/play with approved RA rating)
The licensee shall ensure that only performers who are approved by the LicensingOfficer are allowed to participate or perform. Je sjall also ensure that approval is obtain from the Director, Singapore Immigration and Registration before allowing any foreign performer to perform.
The licensee shall ensure that only songs that are approved bnu the Licensing Officer are sung.
The licensee shall not use pyrotechnics unless approval is obtained from the Office in Charge of Arms & Explosives.
The licensee shall ensure that the drama/ play is performed according to the script submitted.
Issued by: Licensing Division 25 Apr 2000
Extract obtained from Public Entertainment Licensing Unit .
Condition for Dance Shows
Female artistes are not allowed to perform topless
Artistes should not be scantily dressed, and see-through costumes for female artistes are not allowed.
Artistes should not make any indecent or improper gestures, actions or remarks during their performance.
There should be no suggestive forward thrust of the hips.
Only approve artistes are allowed to perform.
No female impersonator is permitted.
The dance show must be confined to the stage or approved dance area.
Artiste should not step down from the stageor approved dance area. They should not mingle with the audience in any way during their act or while dressed in costumes.
No patrons should be invited onto the stage or approved dance area.
Only costumes and dance items approved by the Preview Committee are allowed in any advertisement.
Only songs approved by the Licensing Officer are allowed.
The dance show Programme must be the same as that previewed and approved by the Preview Committee. There should be no addition of items to the approved programme.
With effect from 1 Oct 1995
Extract obtained from Public Entertainment Licensing Unit .
Additional Conditions For Performance Held Outdoors
Unless othewise stipulated by the Licensing Office, only two loudspeakers are allowed to be used. The loudspeakers should be positioned to face downward towards the audience so that noise will not be carried beyond to the residences in the vicinity.
If required by the Licensing Officer, license shall ensure heavy barricades are placed around the stage (front and rear) to prevent audience from surging forward to the stage. The barricades must be interlocked to ensure that they cannot be easily pushed or moved away.
As per issued by: Licensing Division 25 Apr 2000
Wednesday, December 25, 2002
Project title: one (ie) the narrative composition of random events and objects as if a madman's journey into wonderland.
one: chapter 1 is written by:
+ Inessa Blanck
+ Agricola de Cologne
+ Chris Lutes
+ Cardarelli Luigia
+ Hazel Leong
+ Saraswati Gramich
+ lilly von + hippiechick
+ james haliburton
+ Prashant Patel
+ Chng Nai Wee
+ Chew Kuan Hock
:: this collaborative artwork is initiated by codedpixels// and all copyrights belong to the respective artists/designers/programmers/authors
ARTSingapore 2002 – Sales increased by 30% and visitors numbers increased.
ARTSingapore 2002 has ended on a high note. The total turnover of $1.3 million is a 30% increase from last year. Exhibitors themselves were realistic about what they would sell in the current economic conditions. They are happy with the results achieved.
The most expensive painting sold was “The Plunge” by Yue Minjun from Soobin Art Gallery at US$80,000. It was sold to an undisclosed Indonesian collector. Another gallery, Taksu sold out the works from Ahmad Zakii Anwar and has 30 names on the waiting list for his new paintings.
In total, about 300 paintings were sold at an average price of $4,000 to $5,000 each. The exhibitors each sold about $35,000 worth of artworks. Generally, more foreign visitors or expatriates bought artworks at the art fair. Singaporeans are still rather conservative and bought from the more established and well-known galleries or artists.
Feedback from exhibitors with regards to this art fair were very positive:
Gordon & Himiko Joseph of Cast Iron Gallery, New York, USA: “ARTSingapore provided an opportunity to meet people from Singapore and the surrounding South East Asian countries.”
Evita T. Sarenos, Finale Art File, Manila: “The selection of participating art galleries is excellent.”
Peter Callaghan, Asian Art Newspaper, London, UK: “A great variety of exhibitors in a very friendly atmosphere.”
Beverly Yong of Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur: “Good content and organization.”
Helina Chan of iPreciation, Singapore: “This fair is of an international standard. It’s by far the best when compared to the previous two years.”
Renate Kant, Studio for Conservation and Restoration, Singapore: “The spirit of the event was interesting, relaxed, animated and good networking.”
Vincent Leow, Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore: “The gallery representation this year is more diverse yet focused. Good mixture of various forms of artworks.”
As the only contemporary Asian art fair in the world, ARTSingapore 2002 attracted art galleries from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and USA. Nowhere else can you see exclusively Asian works from 13 countries under one roof. Many of the art works are also on museum wish lists and contain the kind of hallmark works collectors will buy now and sell later at auction.
Poised as the Center for Contemporary Asian art, Singapore enjoys a reputation of a global city for the arts. ARTSingapore is grateful to the Singapore Tourism Board and National Arts Council for their continuous support and marketing assistance. Our sincere thanks to our sponsors : Lee Foundation, The Citigroup Private Bank, CNBC Asia, Michelle Art Transport Pte Ltd, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Kingsmen Exhibits Pte Ltd, Asian Art News, and Straits Times Life !
Tuesday, December 24, 2002
SPEECH BY DR LEE BOON YANG
MINISTER FOR MANPOWER
AT THE GALA PREVIEW OF ARTSINGAPORE 2002
THURSDAY, 10 OCTOBER 2002 AT 7PM
AT SUNTEC CITY HALL 402
Professor Tommy Koh, Patron of ARTSingapore,
Mr Chua Soo Bin, President of Art Galleries Association Singapore
Ladies and Gentlemen
1. It is a pleasure for me to join you here this evening at the Gala Preview of ARTSingapore 2002.
ARTSingapore's role in presenting Asian art to the world
2. The rising tide of globalization has not only impacted economic activities and MNCs. Globalization has also influenced the outlook and audience of the artistic community. Artists and creative talents are also globalizing and becoming increasingly mobile - living, working and exhibiting in different countries. Cities like New York, Paris and London, as long established global hubs for the arts, are attracting even more artistic talents, including a growing number of Asian artists. International art events such as the Venice Biennale, Sao Paolo Biennale and Documenta are similarly showcasing increasing numbers of Asian artists. This interest in Asian arts is a very encouraging trend, particularly when we see Singapore artists among those featured. It speaks well of the development and achievements of our artistic community.
3. Hence the launch of the third ARTSingapore Contemporary Art Fair is very timely in presenting contemporary Asian art. The Fair brings together not only Singapore artists but also regional Asian artists and international collectors. ARTSingapore has made strong and steady progress since its inaugural event in 2000. The growing presence of foreign galleries in the Fair and growing number of visitors over the past couple of years are a good indication of ARTSingapore's stature as a major Asian art event, with an outreach well beyond Singapore.
ARTSingapore's role in Singapore's art scene
4. Singapore's visual arts scene has enjoyed significant developments, progress and creative diversity over the past decade. The establishment of new art spaces and organizations, such as Sculpture Square and the Plastique Kinetic Worms, as well as new commercial galleries, has helped to stimulate artistic creativity and collectors' interest.
5. The Singapore Art Museum, which opened in 1996, plays an important role in promoting modern and contemporary art of Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia. The museum is also crucial in facilitating international exchanges. Apart from organizing exhibitions of Asian art, SAM also brings in much sough-after collections, such as the recent "Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession" which enabled Singaporeans and visitors an incredible opportunity to see these rare works of arts. The last time I saw such a collection of Rodin's works was in 1979 at the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. To be able to see these works right here in Singapore was indeed a memorable experience for me. I am glad that SAM was able to bring such treasures here for all Singaporeans to enjoy.
6. The SAM is but one example of the Government's support and promotion of artistic excellence and creativity. The Renaissance City Report, released in March 2000, had set out a blue print to nurture the arts and culture. More recently, MITA has identified critical strategy of integrating the arts with our nation's economic development, and to project the Singapore brand in a more impactful manner on the international creative art scene.
7. More specifically, the visual arts should be appreciated for its multi-role potential. The visual arts help develop visual and cultural literacy among our people. This is an increasingly critical area which has often been overshadowed by our economy's past emphasis on science and technology. The visual arts is the base upon which much of our aesthetic sensitivity and power of imagination can be developed. These qualities are required - though often not acknowledged - in practically all fields of work and leisure, and in everyday life. The visual arts are the foundation from which many branches of applied arts will thrust out and blossom. These include architecture, interior design, product design, fashion, multimedia, film, animation, advertising, marketing and branding. The economic ramifications are endless and well worth exploring.
8. In this context, I see ArtSingapore as an important milestone enhancing Singapore's position as a global city for the arts and culture. Being one of the few art fairs in the world that showcase contemporary Asian art, ARTSingapore has an important niche and catalytic role in being a platform for cross-cultural, cross-national dialogue, besides providing exposure for Singapore and Asian art. The Fair helps to facilitate exchanges among artists and collectors, and assists in establishing networks among art galleries and the wider community. This is particularly vital during these uncertain and challenging times. Art has the power to bring people of diverse cultural backgrounds together, to foster better understanding and awareness and to celebrate one another's cultural differences. Art can also help remind us of life's limitless possibilities and of human powers to imagine and to create a better life.
9. For the arts scene in Singapore to flourish, there is a need to develop a strong domestic arts and cultural base. Besides enhancing the standards of our artists through recognition and grooming their talents, there must be a greater appreciation and wider interest of the arts among the people. Hence an event such as ARTSingapore further serves as an important platform whereby Singaporean and regional artists can be collectively presented for both local and international visitors.
10. I would like to commend the Art Galleries Association for your efforts in putting together and presenting this art fair. I would also like to thank all the sponsors for supporting this event. I wish you all an enjoyable evening.
Sunday, December 22, 2002
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Portraits
05 DEC 2002 to 02 FEB 2003
Tuesdays - Sundays 9am - 6pm; Fridays 9am - 9pm.
Singapore Art Museum
Ticketing price : $3 Adult / $1.50 Child (6 - 16 yrs) or Senior Citizen (60 yrs and above)
Portraits presents Hiroshi Sugimoto's photographic series of wax models of famous historical figures, set in contrasting black and white in the style of traditional portraiture. This series of photographic works, commissioned by the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, includes the figures of Henry VIII, William Shakespeare, Voltaire, Napoleon Bonaparte, the Duke of Wellington, Queen Victoria, Oscar Wilde and Elizabeth I. These photographic works appear as Rembrandtsque paintings, evoking those by David, Holbein, van Dyck, and Vermeer. Sugimoto was awarded the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography by the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation in 2001. The award is an annual international award for outstanding achievement in photography. Sugimoto's photographic portraits are works reflective of deep contemplation and exquisite sensitivity, both towards his wax subjects and towards the photographic medium. This exhibition is jointly presented by Deutsche Bank and the Singapore Art Museum.
The European Media Art Festival
download application forms:
The European Media Art Festival, an
international forum for media art, will present a
programme in the area of tension between visions,
stories and crossovers. For five
days renowned artists, young talents and specialists
from the fields of culture, academia and economics
meet with a wide public audience in Osnabrück to
discover and experience
new artistic ideas and projects.
›Larger than life‹ is the motto of the festival
encompassing discussions and artistic reflections on
crossovers in the (bio-) sciences and on aesthetic
aspects and new technological
developments in media art. We invite media artists
to submit their experimental films and videos,
installations or nonlinear work on CD-ROM, DVD or
in the Internet by 8th January 2003 to contribute
to the programme of the festival.
The 2nd annual awards for intercultural arts on the Net is calling
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 http://www.gangart.com
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
http://www.gangart.com/awards > NOMINATIONS
Entry fee: none
Gangart Awards - http://www.gangart.com/awards
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ARTy pARTy - The Central Singapore District Arts Festival
23 - 24 November 2002
6.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre & Merlion Park
ARTy pARTy will bring alive visual arts, poetry, music, dance and drama
at the Singapore River!
Featuring diverse talents from various parts of Central Singapore
District, you will be amazed by the
characters in the plays from Play:Write – The Plays Performed,
musicians, singers, dancers, poets and
more! Follow them, watch the performance and even join them on stage if
Play:Write – The Plays Performed
Organised by Central Singapore CDC and co-organised by TheatreWorks (S)
Ltd, Education and Outreach,
aspiring writers were coached by experienced playwrights Robert Yeo and
Lee Chee Keng in July and
August 2002 and wrote short plays about life in Singapore. Directed by
Jeffrey Tan, the plays star Benjamin
Ng, Robin Goh, Rodney Oliverio, Serene Chen, Teo Kiat Sing and other
Community Arts Expressions
Arts groups from community centres/clubs, schools and individuals full
of artistic talent will perform, exhibit
their works and share their passion for the arts at this colourful
platform. Be fascinated with choral music,
modern dance, soulful poetry, breathtaking break dance, heartwarming
Xinyao melodies, all male funk and
Come to the Singapore River and party with us! Expect the unexpected…
WATCH. ENJOY. PARTICIPATE.
Organised by Central Singapore Community Development Council
Co-organised by TheatreWorks (S) Ltd, Education and Outreach
Supported by National Arts Council
In conjunction with Singapore River Buskers' Festival
An event of ArtReach
fineArt in motion 15th Anniversary Program puts Singapore on the
global multimedia map
From 25 Oct 2002, the fineArt forum (fAf) 15th Anniversary Travelling
Screening Program - 'fineArt in motion'
(http://www.fineartforum.org/screen) will be showcased on Singapore
One - Singapore's premier broadband network
(http://s-one.net.sg/faf2002). Each week, three directors and their
work will be showcased, putting Singapore on the global multimedia
fAf's 15th Anniversary Screening Program, a special project curated
by local Nisar Keshvani features 14 (six from Singapore) works by
young and emerging artists from around the world. It premiered at
MAAP01 (Australia) and the Manila Digital Media Festival last year.
This year, it has travelled to over 10 locations in Asia, Australia,
Latin America and Europe.
"The 'fAf in motion' showcase on S-One is wonderful news. It gives
the program a virtual presence. Audience response internationally was
overwhelmingly positive. And now that, it has been seen at various
festivals including 'Art in General' in New York, 'trAce Incubation'
in UK, 'Videotage' Hong Kong, the 'Malaysian Video Awards' and
elsewhere, its timely for them to be shown online - for those who
missed it," said Keshvani, curator and fAf Editor-in-Chief.
Film-maker Koh Siang Leng (Singapore) adds: "We are pleasantly
surprised by the attention. Being student animators, we certainly
feel honoured [that] fAf selected our film as part of their
travelling program. We are also thrilled to find out that we will get
to share our humble work with a global audience beyond Singapore's
shores. Ours is an animation with strong underlying conservative
notions, we hope it serves more than just entertainment."
In an interview with Passion FM, Keshvani explains: "The idea was to
feature works of young and emerging film makers - basically artists
who haven't been exposed internationally. It's also an effort on
fAf's part to show that there is good (maybe raw) works coming from
South-east Asia, and there is great work produced everywhere daily."
"Well - its an effort to put Singapore on the world media art or film
map too. Normally film makers have to enter different festivals
individually, and go through a selection process again and again. But
here, they are selected once and in one hit, they are exposed to
various other festivals. Their work is also shown to audiences, which
they normally wouldn't have access to."
The program's next stop is likely to be at the Inter-Society for
Electronic Art (ISEA) conference in Nagoya, Japan, and in Argentina
at, The Museum of Fine Arts' Second International Art Biennial-Buenos
The S-One broadband portal (www.s-one.net.sg) is an online magazine
with multimedia content streamed online.. It is supported by the
government's Info-comm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), with
AlternateTV.com as its official vendor contracted to create and
manage broadband content for the site.
fAf is the longest running arts magazine on the Internet, and this
new initiative sees the publication take a step towards showcasing
global film art and media trends. Launched in 1987, fAf is the
pioneer online news service dedicated to the provision of news and
information for the global arts and technology community. It aims to
keep its readers informed of achievements, developments and
opportunities relevant to the new media arts community. It can be
viewed at http://www.fineartforum.org.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
submission deadline: January 15, 2003
Break 2.2 Festival (previously called Break 21 Festival) is an
international art festival that
presents young emerging artists with orientation towards urban,
arts and intermedia artistic practices that are perceived as
current avantgarde. The date of
the next festival is June 17-28, 2003. It will also present some
(world-acclaimed artists) with the aim of establishing an
innovative dialogue with the young
emerging artists. An important component of the festival is also
the symposium with lectures
by invited artists and scientists from different fields on the
The festival is organised by Zavod K6/4, non-profit cultural
institution from Ljubljana,
Slovenia, that produces, organises and promotes contemporary
Each year, the festival presents a specific theme which we find
important but not adequately
discussed in our society. The one chosen for the up-coming festival
is "Invisible Threat".
Categories of the festival are: visual arts (comics, graphic
prints, digital prints, photographs,
interactive works, visual communication - "subvertising",
computer-assisted art - from web
art to robotics); performing arts; intermedia arts; moving pictures
(films of all categories:
documentaries, fiction, video art, animated films, experimental
films, short films); music and
sound (concerts, sound installations and intermedia performances in
which sound holds the
priority); architecture; applied arts; and culinary arts.
Forms of presentation include 2D exhibitions, installations and
actions, concerts and sound installations, fashion shows, lectures,
round tables, projections
and food preparation.
There are no special conditions to participate in the festival
besides quality of the project and
its correspondence with the chosen theme. Since "young emerging
artists" is a relative
concept, we leave it up to the artists themselves to decide whether
or not they fit under this
label. However, only art works created in the period of the last
ten years will be considered.
The expenses we will provide for are mainly those connected to
presentation of selected art
works at the festival (costs of production of these works are not
included). We can also
assure accomodation and food for three days for each selected
artist. However, only those
artists, whose presence is absolutely crucial for presentation of
their project, will have their
travel expenses reimbursed. What we can also do is help the artists
apply for grants to their
embassies and different foundations.
- Application material will not be returned and the costs of its
submission are to be covered
by the sender.
- All necessary documents for temporary export/import of exhibition
requisites and objects
(ATA Carnet) should be assured by the authors themselves in
co-operation with their local
- To avoid import tax when sending VHS cassettes and CDs, it is
necessary to enclose
documents, from which it is evident that the material is not
intended for commercial use. For
any necessary letters of confirmation, please contact the
All applying artists, who have their art projects well-presented on
the Internet or can send
adequate promotional material by e-mail, do not need to send any
additional material by
regular mail. In any case, the application procedure requires
filling out the on-line application
form first. Those, who will be sending additional material (i.e.
video cassette, CD-rom etc.) by
regular mail, should make sure that, besides the sender's name and
address, project title is
also marked on the package, which is to be sent to:
Break 2.2 Festival
The festival program and its locations will be announced on this
web site shortly after the
selection (presumably in the end of February 2003). All applying
artists will also be notified
about the decision concerning their application personally.
Complete program will include art
projects by some special guest artists and lectures at the
Reports on festival events (including photos) will also be
accessible on this web site during
and after the festival.
For further inquiries, please write to: info@b... or
contact the festival staff.