Singapore Biennale 2006
Saturday, July 24, 2004
Patrons Mr S R Nathan (Patron- in-Chief) and Dr Wee Kim Wee
Council Members: From 1 Sep 2002 to 31 Aug 2004
Mr Liu Thai Ker (Chairman)
Mr Edmund Cheng Wai Wing (Deputy Chairman)
Mr Chua Ek Kay
Mr Chua Thian Poh
Mr Philip Anthony Jeyaretnam
Mr Lim Yau
Mr Jaspal Singh
Dr Finian Tan Seng Chin
Mr Lim Neo Chian
Mr Seow Choke Meng
Ms Priscylla Shaw
Mr Kwek Leng Joo
Mr Tham Khai Meng
Mr Lee Tzu Yang
Mr Iskandar Jalil
Ms Ho Peng
Mr Tan Boon Huat
Thursday, July 22, 2004
LASALLE-SIA ART ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME - August 2004
Venue: LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053
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In the midst of the 2004 Biennale of Sydney, Sydney's three-month
celebration of the best and boldest international contemporary art,
Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, Chairman of the Biennale of Sydney, has
announced Charles Merewether as the new curator for the next Biennale
of Sydney in 2006.
"Charles Merewether brings a wealth of international experience to
Australia for 2006, and his background presents a depth of knowledge
for the 2006 Biennale of Sydney that is as impressive as it is unique,"
said Luca Belgiorno-Nettis, Biennale of Sydney Chairman.
"Charles returns to Australia following 20 years extensive travel, work
and living abroad in regions as varied as Latin America and Europe,
including the last 10 years at the Getty Center in Los Angeles," said
Belgiorno-Nettis. "He is also no stranger to biennales, having served
on the advisory boards of Johannesburg, Istanbul and Sao Paulo
"The next Biennale will represent a continuing dialogue between people
and cultures," said Charles Merewether. "It will be broadly based,
drawing upon artists from radically different parts of the world, a
wide range of media, involving a number of sites and venues in Sydney
and across Australia."
"Charles Merewether's appointment as curator commences an exciting path
towards the 2006 Biennale of Sydney," said Paula Latos-Valier, Biennale
of Sydney Managing Director. "His in-depth knowledge of Australian art,
complemented by the perspective he brings from his international
experience, means the 2006 Biennale of Sydney will be strongly anchored
in this region of the globe."
Charles Merewether has curated over 20 major shows in Europe, USA,
Latin America and Australia, including the Adelaide Festival and the
Art Gallery of New South Wales.
"Charles' curatorial work, writing, teaching and editing in countries
as diverse as Spain, Japan, Turkey, China, South Africa and Mexico, and
his extensive list of visiting professorships, demonstrates an enduring
commitment to education and the potential to actively engage the local
community," Latos-Valier added.
Charles Merewether is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Cross
Cultural Research, Australian National University. An art historian, he
was Collections Curator at the Getty Center in Los Angeles between
1994-2004. He has taught at the University of Sydney, Universidad
Autonoma in Barcelona, the Ibero-Americana in Mexico City and
University of Southern California. He was a Research Fellow at Yale
University and, in 2003, Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre, ANU.
He also received a Research Fellowship from the Japan Foundation.
Merewether's most recent book is Conditions of Uncertainty. He is
currently writing a book on the cultural history of looting, preparing
an exhibition on post-war Japanese art (1951-1970) for the Getty Center
in Los Angeles and is researching recent art in China.
The 2004 Biennale runs until 15 August, and already the event is a
public success. Weaving an artistic walking trail around Sydney's
harbour foreshore and into leading art venues, it continues to delight,
surprise and challenge viewers. Jimmie Durham's red family car sits
crushed under a smiling 2.5 tonne boulder on the Sydney Opera House
forecourt, and gallery-venues that include the Museum of Contemporary
Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Artspace, report increased
attendance figures over previous years.
The Biopolis Arts Program
The Biopolis arts program was launched about 2 years ago, concurrently
with the planning and building of the physical development. The one-north community aims to be "an exciting place of vision and inspiration". In achieving this vision, one-north stresses upon nurturing and supporting the local and overseas arts community. The master development plan prescribes that all developments in one-north shall dedicate 0.5% of the development costs to public art.
The Biopolis Art Program serves to tap on the creative pools of artistic talents from both the local and overseas arts scene. To-date, the portfolio of artworks already in place at the Biopolis
include: 'The Dandelion' by Temasek Design School,
'Plastic Kinetics' by Saraswati Gramich, 'The Universe is in my Mind' by Irene Chou and 'Innards of Consciousness' by Chng Nai Wee.
About JTC Corporation
JTC Corporation (JTC) is Singapore's leading master-planner, developer and manager of high quality industrial facilities and business parks. It is also the master developer for one-north at Buona Vista - a 200-hectare development for research & development and entrepreneurial activities. With a focus on knowledge-intensive activities in the biomedical, infocomms and media industries, one-north will be an innovation hotspot incorporating research laboratories, offices, homes, parks and educational institutions.
Established since 1968, JTC has a track record of developing 7,000 hectares of industrial land and over 4 million square metres of ready-built factory space. Currently, JTC has under its management 38 industrial and specialised parks, including three wafer fab parks, two business parks, a chemicals hub at Jurong Island and a biomedical park in Tuas. Together, they house some 7,000 local and foreign companies. JTC's home page address on the World Wide Web is http://www.jtc.gov.sg.
one-north is Singapore's icon of the knowledge economy which would provide an intellectually stimulating and creative physical environment for entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers to congregate, interact and exchange ideas. With a focus on knowledge-intensive activities in critical growth sectors, one-north aims to become a place where talents gravitate to naturally and where diverse ideas thrive.
Covering almost 200 hectares, it will be developed in three phases over the next 15 - 20 years and will integrate residential units, commercial hubs, tertiary and research institutes, sports facilities as well as green lungs. It is strategically located in the Buona Vista area (southern part of Singapore) near the National University of Singapore and Singapore Science Park and aims to be a focal point for research and development and technopreneurial activities. Targeting the biomedical, infocomms and media industries, it is slated to be a vibrant hotspot for innovation and test bedding.
one-north is being developed through a multi-government agency effort under the guidance of the Steering Committee chaired by Environment Minister Lim Swee Say. JTC Corporation was appointed master developer for this project in September 2000. one-north's home page address on the World Wide Web is http://www.one-north.com
[Philosophy Cafe] Wednesday, July-21, 8.00-10.00 p.m. at Gone Fishing Cafe 15 Chu Lin Road, off Jalan Remaja, off Hillview Avenue
"WHAT MAKES ART ART?"
For the first time at Gone Fishing, we shall attempt to fuse art with philosophy, passion with reason, and heart with mind. Join us for a special evening of Philosophy Cafe, hosted by Mr. Lau Kwong Fook, our resident philosopher, as he explores ART rigourously with a group of artists.
"What Makes Art Art?" is part of Workshops & Such in Artfields: An Art Festival of Sorts, bringing art out of the 'white cube' into a truly living environment. Artfields is a year long event brought to you by Landing Space in collaboration with Gone Fishing. "Through Artfields, we hope to further breakdown the separation between art and life by placing art in a living space where neither dominates the other. Instead there will be a true interplay of art and life; the café’s activity becomes part of the art and vice versa. We hope you will support our vision and quest of bringing a living, breathing art to the Singapore public."
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Press Release of Mapping Asia
Works by Singaporean artists from
The 18th Asian International Art Exhibition
The Art Gallery @ National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University
3 – 29 July 2004
Does globalisation demand that the visual language used in art making be homogenised, or are artworks unique to the place where they are created? The works featured in this exhibition attempt to answer this and other questions relating to the impact of globalisation on art.
This show consists of a combination of three dimensional and large scale two dimensional works created by artists who are members of the Modern Art Society. Each of these works expresses a tension the art maker feels in balancing the need to employ the visual language of the global centres on one hand, and a similarly urgent desire to create something that is more intimately local on the other. Many of the works, directly or indirectly, address the issue of whether or not there is a visual language that is uniquely Singaporean.
The Modern Art Society, Singapore, was founded by a group of young artists in 1963 who shared a common vision of the future of the development of art in Singapore. The group has since expanded considerably and has held numerous exhibitions in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan and other places. Their latest show was held as part of “Mapping Asia”, the 18th Asian International Art Exhibition in Hong Kong from December 2003 and March 2004. The works from the show in Hong Kong will be exhibited for the first time in Singapore in this exhibition at The Art Gallery @ NIE.
Details of the Exhibition:
Venue: The Art Gallery @ National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University
1 Nanyang Walk
Dates: 3 – 29 July, 2004
Preview : 3 July, 2004 at 2:00 pm
Hours: Mondays to Fridays 10am to 5pm
Saturdays 10am to 1pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays
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3 July 2004 - 29 July 2004
NIE, The Art Gallery
Visual and Performing Arts
National Institute of Education
1 Nanyang Walk. Singapore 637616
Saturday 10am-1pm, Closed on Sunday
Ngee Ann Cultural Centre
Ngee Ann 3D Art Exhibition
Ngee Ann Kongsi’s Ngee Ann Cultural Centre (NACC) invites submissions to the inaugural Ngee Ann 3D Art Exhibition, its first ever national 3D art exhibition. The exhibition, to be held from 14 to 21 September 2004, at the Ngee Ann Exhibition Hall, is being organized to showcase the passion, creativity, individuality and talent of Singapore artists. It also provides a platform for artistic exchange and promotes awareness and interest in 3D art form.
This inaugural event further enhances NACC’s activities to promote awareness and appreciation of art and culture. Set up by Ngee Ann Kongsi in 1998, NACC is determined to create an even more active and vibrant local art scene with its strong track record of community involvement.
The exhibition is open to all Singapore citizens, permanent residents, work permits, professional and student pass holders. Participation is free-of-charge. All participants are to be of 17 years old and above.
All official entry forms (photocopies accepted) must be submitted together with one passport-size photo of the participant, 4R-size photo or slide of each individual artwork and a photocopy of the participant’s NRIC or work/student permit. ( Note: Do not submit actual artwork with application)
Applicants are invited to submit a maximum of 5 entries. Each individual entry is not to exceed the size of 2’x2’x2’ and/or weighs more than 50kg.
Approximately 200 entries will be selected to be exhibited. Selection will be based on the photo or slide of the artwork submitted. All decisions made will be final.
An art catalogue will be printed to commemorate the exhibition. Artworks may be priced for sale.
All proceeds will go to the artists. No commission will be charged.
Entry forms (including Rules and Regulations) are available for downloading at http://www.ngeeann.com.sg
Alternatively, the forms may be collected at Ngee Ann Cultural Centre, 97 Tank Road, Teochew Building, 2nd Level.
For more information, please email us at type sean and followed by @ngeeann.com.sg or type sonia and followed by @ngeeann.com.sg.
Venue of Exhibition:
Ngee Ann Exhibition Hall
Ngee Ann Cultural Centre
97 Tank Road Teochew Building
Date of Exhibition:
14 to 21 September 2004
11am to 7pm daily
Other Important Dates :
Closing dates for submission of entry forms
07 August 2004
Submission of Artworks
10 September 2004
9am to 8pm
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Red + White = Pink
presented by Utterly Art
5 - 15 August
Mon - Sat
11.30am - 8pm Sun Noon - 5.30pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road #02-01
Organised as part of the cultural activities surrounding Nation 04, the exhibition is a first-ever group showing of gay art in Singapore initiating gender studies in the visual arts.
The island of Singapore has been described as a little red dot - a little red dot no doubt seething with red-blooded individuals of multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic hues. Societal mores have so far whitewashed the diversity of passions that have bubbled beneath the veneer of polite society, but Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong's Singapore has seen a gradual loosening of the reins and acknowledgement of individuals of alternative orientations and pink persuasions - "We are born this way and they are born that way, but they are like you and me."
Or are they? Red + White = Pink looks at the artistic output of a spectrum of gay and lesbian artists practicing in Singapore who have enthusiastically stood out to be counted for this historic group show (and one straight and one bi that don’t mind mixing in). What does it mean to be homosexual and Singaporean? What inner self is revealed in the art? Are the aesthetics more florid, chi chi or tasteful above others? Do issues of being in the minority, stigmatization, guilt, denial and acceptance arise? Or in typical Singaporean fashion are they only delicately alluded to or avoided altogether in judicious self-censorship, in preference for self-conscious navel-gazing, hedonistic pursuits and celebrations of beauty?
The participating artists include:
Genevieve Chua, Tania de Rozario, Jane Porter, Aidah Dolrahim, Teng Nee Cheong, Martin Loh, Desmond Sim, Ernest Chan Tuck Yew, Justin Lee, Michael Lee Hong Hwee, Han Kiang Siew, Zulharli Adnan, Brian Gothong Tan, Lim Jit Hwang, Sazeli Jalal, Jason Wee, Daniel Poh, Wong Hong Weng, Nicholas Chai, Aiman Hakim
Email: Type giddygen and followed by @hotmail.com
For information and dissemination via your publications and/or websites:
Announcement - Call for ParticipationClosing date : 18 September 2004
International Competition for the Digitalization of the intangible heritage Nabi Centre (Seoul) in cooperation with UNESCO and AVICOM:"Nabi Digital Storytelling Competition of Intangible Heritage" Can digital technology enrich the presence of intangible heritage? Furthermore can it foster true intercultural dialogue among people from different cultures? How would the new generation react, interact, or even create new forms to express their intangible heritage? These are the fundamental questions we are asking you to address through the "Nabi Digital Storytelling Competition of Intangible Heritage”.
In line with the 21st General Assembly of ICOM (International Council of Museums) (2-8 October 2004, Seoul, Republic of Korea), Art Centre Nabi is organizing this digital competition, aiming to promote creative interpretations of intangible heritage through the use of interactive multimedia tools and digital storytelling technologies, with the support of AVICOM, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU), and the UNESCO DigiArts Project.
The competition especially seeks to encourage young practitioners in various fields of creativity to reflect on the theme of intangible heritage and to send project proposals for multimedia productions. The participants are expected to not only discover innovative ways of virtual artistic expressions but also bring about interactive platforms for a better mutual understanding to intangible heritage and to living cultural communities.
The prize consists of three parts: 1st prize: USD 5000$ 2nd prize: USD 3000$3rd prize: USD 2000$
For more detailed information, please consult the following website: http://www.nabi.or.kr/heritage
You are cordially invited to the
LASALLE-SIA Postgraduate Seminar Series
A series of art talks/seminars organised by The Division of Fine Arts as a means of nurturing dialogue on contemporary issues within the arts for the postgraduate community within LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts.
Of Cars and Cat Pianos:
The Aesthetics of Bio-Machinic Interfaces
This lecture seeks to present a historical insinuation of the continuing relevance
of the aesthetics of interfaces with particular attention to bio-machinic interfaces.
It will provide a historical overview of different kinds of biomachinic interfaces
developed in the varying guises of art, science, entertainment and technology.
Gunalan Nadarajan, Dean, Office of Research and Creative Industries
Monday, 26 July 2004
D301 (Design Block, LASALLE-SIA College)
5 - 7 pm
For more information, please contact Ye Shufang, Lecturer/ Programme Leader, Postgraduate Programmes, Division of Fine Arts. Type shufang.ye and followed by @lasallesia.edu.sg
Monday, July 19, 2004
Name of event: Coming & Going
Category: Visual Art
Date: 11th to 31st August 2004
Time: 1pm - 8pm (Tue - Sat)
Venue: DBS Arts Centre (Home of Singapore Repertory Theatre)
Details: Coming & Going, a visual arts exhibition that explores the limits of new media and traditional painting through a contemporary approach. The variety of medium, ranging from photography and paintings to moving images, undoubtably provides a platform for one to view and rethink the boundaries of art. It features new works by five young and aspiring artists from established art institutions in the UK , namely David Lee, Ong Yin Yin, Adrian Tan, Cheryl Tan & Teh Ting Ting. This exceptional display is not to be missed.
Enquiry: Call the Centre at 67338166
The 23rd UOB Painting of the Year Competition and Exhibition
Kit Tan Juat Lee wins UOB POY the second time round
Her winning piece 'The World of Xi You Ji' is, at once, daring and spectacular but still Singaporean in theme and contentIt's also a strong year for the Junior Section, with entries of "stunning" quality that embody Singapore's future creativity17 July 2004, Singapore.
In its 23rd year, United Overseas Bank's Painting Of The Year Competition ("UOB POY") attracted a total of 773 entries from 460 participating artists this year.
Junior SectionA record number of 171 entries from 137 budding young artists were received for the Junior Section of the Competition. Of this number, more than 120 or 75 per cent of the participants were taking part in the Competition for the first time.
With astonishing talent that belied their youth – participants were all below 18 years of age – this year's artists so impressed the judges with their submissions that the Junior Section was declared by the panel of judges as the "most breathtaking category and the most difficult to judge". Not least because of the wide age range – the youngest entrant is only three years old – but also because of the stunning quality of the works submitted, said Chief Judge, Professor Robert Ely.
Added the President & CEO of LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, "Their boldness and confidence with colour, and ideas ... lots of ideas ... They stunned the judges into relative silence with collective 'oohs!' and 'ahhs!' as each work appeared before us. Murmurings of 'I wish I could paint like that!' could be heard."
However, in the end, it was 17-year-old Ms Ivy Li Kexin's controversial 'Two Of A Kind' that got the judges' nod. "She impressed the judges with her adeptness in handling an adult theme with a level of maturity and skill that one would usually expect to find of artists in the Open Section," remarked Prof Ely. The painting features a woman in a provocative pose and what appear to be two quite different hands – one male, the other female.
As The UOB Most Promising Young Artist this year, Ivy receives S$1,000 cash and The UOB Most Promising Young Artist Trophy.Open SectionIn the Open Section, which attracted 602 entries from 323 participants, it was Ms Kit Tan Juat Lee, 49, who walked away with the grand prize of S$20,000 cash and The UOB Painting Of The Year Trophy for her oil on canvas piece entitled 'The World Of Xi You Ji'.
This is the second time that Kit has won the UOB POY award (the first was in 1997 for 'Endless Love') and reinforces the objective of the UOB POY in recognising artistic talents.
'The World Of Xi You Ji' – described by the judges as "spectacular" and "beautifully executed" – is based on the classic 16th century Chinese mythological novel, 'Journey To The West' and the rebellious Monkey King.
In Kit's painting, several cheeky 'monkeys' are posed in the style and uniform of a school class photograph, reminiscent of the artist's youth. Each child is happily misbehaving, while the teacher sits demurely, oblivious to the chaos around her.
Having worked on the 119 cm by 149 cm painting for about five months, submitting it for the Competition was an eleventh hour decision, disclosed Kit, a professional artist. "I didn't think about taking part at first but I was very satisfied with the painting when it was finished. So one week before the closing date, I decided to submit the piece," she said.
"In Singapore, it's very difficult to exhibit big pieces unless it's a competition; so I decided to give it a go. Also, within the arts circle, it's a common belief that if you win a competition once, it's unlikely that you'll win again. So winning the UOB POY again was really unexpected. But I’m very happy!"
In the Photography Medium category, which was introduced last year, the top prize went to 28-year-old Mr Francis Ng Teck Yong, for his entry entitled 'Intimate Space #1'. It had not been an easy decision, said Prof Ely, as the artist had submitted three works which were all equally intriguing and similar in theme.
The first prize in the Abstract Medium category was won by Ms Valerie Ng Lay Peng, 29, for her oil painting called 'Driftwood Triplicities', while the first prize in the Representational Medium category went to Mr David Chan Kian Wei, 24, for his oil piece entitled 'How To Bring Gymnastics To A Greater Height'.
Fifty-nine-year-old Mr Lim Choon Jin clinched the top prize in the Traditional Chinese Medium category with his ink and colour on paper work of art called 'Meaning Being Series II #2/3'.
Each of the four category winners received a cash prize of S$8,000.
All 16 prize winners in this year's Competition were announced at the Official Opening of The 23rd UOB POY Exhibition held at the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay today. The Guest-Of-Honour, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Acting Minister for Education, presented the awards to the winners.
Response To The CompetitionThis year's Competition closed on Saturday, 10 July 2004. The detailed breakdown of the 773 entries received from the 460 participants is as follows:
Number Of Entries
• Abstract Medium
• Representational Medium
• Traditional Chinese Medium
• Photography Medium
• Abstract Medium
• Representational Medium
• Traditional Chinese Medium
JudgesA panel of three local and two overseas judges presided over the judging process. They were:
Emeritus Professor Robert Ely FRSA (Chief Judge)President & CEO, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
Mr Chua Ek KayArtist
Ms Eng TowArtist
Ms Pacita Abad (from the Philippines)Painter
Mr Alan Rubenstein (from Australia)Artist
The 23rd UOB POY ExhibitionAll 16 prize-winning and 25 highly-commended works from the Competition are on display at the 23rd UOB POY Exhibition. Reflecting the high standard of this year's entries in the Junior Section, the judges have also selected 12 additional paintings from this Section for display at the Exhibition.
The Exhibition is open to the public and admission is free.
The details of the Exhibition are as follows:
Award-Winning WorksFrom 18 July to 6 August 2004At Jendela (Visual Arts Space), Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Solo Exhibition by Mr Luis LeeThe 22nd UOB POY WinnerFrom 9 to 15 August 2004
At Jendela (Visual Arts Space), Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Exhibition Hours: 11.00 am to 8.30 pm (Mon to Fri)
10.00 am to 8.30 pm (Sat & Sun) Open on Public Holidays
From 7 to 15 August 2004At Tunnel, B1, Walkway to City Hall MRT station
Exhibition Hours: 24 hours