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Saturday, November 06, 2004

SENI Singapore 2004, the premier visual arts festival of the year, will feature a two-day Symposium based on the theme “Art and the Contemporary”. Speakers will provide critical appraisals of the changing and emerging concepts of “the contemporary” with attention on developments in art.

Joining the Symposium Convener, eminent art critic and historian T K Sabapathy are prominent arts practitioners, curators, academics and critics from Singapore and the region like Chaitanya Sambrani, Lee Weng Choy, John Philips, Jim Supangkat and Marian Pastor Roces.

For more information on the dialogue, kindly refer to the attached media
(See attached file: (VLA) PR_SENI Symposium.doc)

Best Regards
Song Ting

Song Ting · Corporate Communications Officer · National Arts Council · 140 Hill
Street #03-01, MICA Building, Singapore 179369 Tel: 65-67464622 DID: 65-68379583
Fax: 65-68373019

SENI Singapore 2004 - Art and the Contemporary - a visual arts extravaganza from
1 Oct to 28 Nov. Visit for more information.

A Dialogue on Art and the Contemporary

Date: 20 & 21 November 2004 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 9 am to 6 pm (both days)
Venue: Singapore Art Museum

SENI Singapore 2004, the premier visual arts festival of the year, will feature a two-day Symposium based on the theme “Art and the Contemporary”. Speakers will provide critical appraisals of the changing and emerging concepts of “the contemporary” with attention on developments in art.

The Symposium aims to promote cultural discussion in Singapore and serves as a vehicle for dialogue in relation to cultures of Southeast Asia, Asia and those beyond. Sessions will be devoted to examining the SENI exhibits on display and exploring issues such as the politics and ecologies of biennales, notions of the contemporary in relation to art practices, and outcomes of working within and between cultural spaces at home and globally.

Joining the Symposium Convener, eminent art critic and historian T K Sabapathy are prominent arts practitioners, curators, academics and critics from Singapore and the region like Chaitanya Sambrani, Lee Weng Choy, John Philips, Jim Supangkat and Marian Pastor Roces.

Registration for the Symposium is now open and the fee is $15 for one day and $25 for both days. Registration form can be downloaded at

We would appreciate your publicity for the upcoming Symposium and we warmly invite you to join us for the dialogue.

Kindly fax the attached reply slip to Ms Song Ting at 6837-3019 by Friday, 12 November 2004.

For more information, please refer to the following:
Annex 1: Symposium Programme
Annex 2: Symposium Speakers
Annex 3: Reply Slip for Media

For media queries, please contact:
Ms Angeline Tan, Corporate Communications Manager, National Arts Council
DID: 6837 9729, Mobile: 9040 3431, Email:

Mr Ho Hwei-An, Asst Director, Corporate Communications, National Arts Council
DID: 6837 9571, Mobile: 96167918, Email:

Annex 1

Symposium Programme

Day 1: Sat, 20 Nov 2004

9.00 am Registration

9.30 am Welcome Address by Prof Chua Beng Huat,
Artistic Director of SENI Singapore 2004

10.00 am Looking Critically: Perspectives and prospects
Chair: Kwok Kian Chow
Panellists: Paul Rae, Lee Weng Choy, Rajeev Patke

The session is devoted to examining the project as an exposition. Panellists are asked to appraise productions that are on display in relation to discourses on practices and the display as such. Of interest are issues concerning exhibitions as devices for representation, for circulation, as well as for constituting publics for artists/art productions. As issues, they are prominent and insistent with the proliferation of expositions in Asia.

1.00pm Lunch break

2.30 pm Reading/Writing the Contemporary
Chair: T K Sabapathy
Panellists: Desmond Hui, John Philips, Chaitanya Sambrani

The session is devoted to discussions on the contemporary. The contemporary in recent discourses appears as elusive, slippery and permeable to such extents that it bypasses being satisfactorily grasped or defined. Panellists are asked to examine conceptions or notions of the contemporary in relation to art practices/discourses, the brief set out for this project, as well as aspects of cultural production and consumption ranging over a spectrum of practices.

Day 2: Sun, 21 Nov 2004

9.00 am Registration

9.30 am Biennales, Institutions and the State
Chair: Kwok Kian Woon
Panellists: Jim Supangkat, Marian Pastor Roces, Ranjit Hoskote
The session is devoted to examining the politics and ecologies of biennales. Panellists are asked to analyse strategies employed by nations and institutions to stake particular positions in relation to cultural developments domestically and ambitions to locate and define themselves globally through the display and circulation of art productions.

1.00pm Lunch break

2.30 pm Conditions of Practice: Translocality and Simultaneity
Chair: Lee Weng Choy
Panellists: Wong Hoy Cheong, Jose Tence Ruiz, Juliana Yasin

The session is devoted to dealing with issues and outcomes on itinerancy. Increasingly, artists are engaged in transiting their selves, practices and productions. Panellists are invited to speak on challenges, complexities and contradictions ensuing from these conditions. They may pay particular attention to outcomes from working within and between cultural spaces at home and globally simultaneously, while being mindful of sustaining meaningful cultural engagements and economic necessities.

6.00 pm Closing Remarks by T K Sabapathy

Symposium Speakers

Paul Rae
Paul Rae is a Singapore-based writer and theatre-maker. He is co-artistic director, with Kaylene Tan, of spell#7, a performance and new media arts group. He was the conference co-ordinator for Perform: State: Interrogate: the tenth annual Performance Studies international conference, which took place in June this year at Singapore Management University.

Lee Weng Choy
Lee Weng Choy is an art critic and artistic co-director of The Substation in Singapore. He has written widely on contemporary art and on Singapore. He is convening a symposium / workshop titled Comparative Contemporaries 2005, that will bring together critics and curators from the region to debate and develop an anthology of contemporary art writing from Southeast Asia.

Rajeev Patke
Rajeev Patke is Associate Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore. His research interests include Poetry in English from the postcolonial world, on which he is completing a book for OUP (forthcoming 2005).

Desmond Hui
Dr. Desmond Hui is Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture since 1990, at The University of Hong Kong, he is also the Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Hong Kong. His research publications include Baseline Study on HK’s Creative Industries (CPU, HK Government), 2002-3 and Public Art Research (HK Arts Development Council) 2001-3.

John Philips
John Philips is Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore. His research areas include Visual Culture, Modernist Poetics, Military Technology (with Ryan Bishop).

Ranjit Hoskote
Ranjit Hoskote is a cultural theorist, independent curator and poet. He is the author of seven books, including three collections of poetry, the most recent being The Sleepwalker’s Archive (2001); an edited anthology, Reasons for Belonging (2002); a critical biography of the artist Jehangir Sabavala, Pilgrim, Exile, Sorcerer (1998); and a monograph on the painter Sudhir Patwardhan, The Complicit Observer (2004).

Jim Supangkat
Jim Supangkat is a renowned Indonesia art critic, curator and artist who lives in Bandung. He is a curator of numerous contemporary Indonesia art expositions in a global context. He is currently Curator, CP Foundation in Indonesia.

Marian Pastor Roces
Marian Pastor Roces is an independent curator and critic from the Philippines. She is also President and founding partner of TAO Inc., a corporation pioneering the deployment of curatorial skills beyond the domains of museology and contemporary art, and towards the interaction with urban planning.

Chaitanya Sambrani
Chaitanya Sambrani is an art critic and curator who has published widely on contemporary Indian art. He specialises in modern and contemporary art from India, Indonesia and Japan and is currently with the Art Theory Workshop, School of Art, ANU.

Wong Hoy Cheong
Wong Hoy Cheong’s work is inter-disciplinary, involving areas such as drawing, installation, video/photography and theatre/performance. He has exhibited widely in Asia, Australia and Europe including international biennales.

Jose Tence Ruiz
Jose Tence Ruiz’s practice deals with a range of visual media and has exhibited both in Manila and internationally. He is currently the graphic coordinator of an NGO involved in art for advocacy called Creative Collective Center, Inc.

Juliana Yasin
Juliana Yasin is a visual/performance artist who has continually exhibited and performed in various solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally since 1989. She is an active member of The Artists Village, Plastique Kinetic Worms and A.P.A.D (Association Of Artists Of Various Resources).


Please come catch The Artists Village’s AIM II (Artists Investigating Monuments II / 2004) on-site performance for SENI Festival by Rizman Putra, Dovan Ong, Jeremy Hiah, kAI Lam Hoi Lit and Juliana Yasin this Sunday, 7th November 2004 at 6pm. Look for 'The River Merchants' sculptures by the river at Boat Quay nearest to Fullerton hotel and Maybank. See you there!

1.Title of Performance: The Frozen Ancestors
Performed by Rizman Putra and Dovan Ong

In response to the presence of the bronze sculptures by the Singapore river, the artists seek to acknowledge the existence of historical man-made objects in relation to themselves in cultural and racial context. They will perform a modern ritual of new interpretation, for a deeper understanding or forgotten historical notes of the past, which will be revived on site.

Rizman Putra
Born in 1978, Rizman has been actively working in performative experimentation, crossing between different genres, including poetry, photography, video, music, burlesque, and dance since 1997. He is also a founding member of a multi-disciplinary art group KYTV (Kill Your Television), and front man of local indie music group, Tiramisu. Rizman has made his name as a performer both in his solo work as well as various collaborations; he has performed and exhibited his works in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan. He was the winner of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s (RMIT) Most Outstanding Award 2002-2003. Presently, Rizman is collaborating together with TheatreWorks in their new production, ‘Sandakan Threnody’ under the direction of Ong Keng Sen. A cross-disciplinary performance in collaboration with Australia, Japan and Singapore.

Dovan Ong Teng Chye
Dovan received his diploma in Fine Art in LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore in 2002 and completed his degree studies with Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT), Australia in 2003. Currently, as practicing artist he deals with the subject of migration, utopia and the genre of home. He is interested in the context that happened around in the present society. His works come in the form of drawing and installation. He has received two awards from Nokia Art Singapore 2001 for merit achievement for a drawing and recently, the Dr Winston Oh Travel Award that was given to selected degree candidates. He joined KYTV (Kill Your Television) as an active member in 2003 and as a core member and administrator, he has helped to conceptualise and execution of various projects. Dovan has performed in three performances, ‘Design for Death’, which was part of the Esplanade’s SPARKS creative program with KYTV.

2. Title of Performance: 'Raffles In the ACT'
Performed by: Jeremy Hiah, kAI Lam Hoi Lit & Juliana Yasin

‘Raffles In The ACT’ is a collaborative performance between Jeremy Hiah, kAI Lam and Juliana Yasin. An interactive sculpture of Raffles will be periodically brought to AIM sites and other historical and tourists sites. The Sculpture will document the historical / social commentaries and aspirations from the public audiences. A sound recording device (mini-disc recorder) installed in the sculpture will record conversations or comments from audiences during the performances and the audio recording will be presented to form part of an installation at Singapore Art Museum. The performance is a response to the socio-cultural baggage of the modern Singaporean society.

Jeremy Hiah
Jeremy has been involved in the arts since 1993. After graduating with a Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Degree, he started doing paintings, installation and sculpture. His works questions social systems and the individual’s place in society. Hiah’s practice as an artist employs art as an exploration into different media such as installation, performance and collaborations with artists from different fields. From 1997 to 2000, Hiah’s experience in working in foreign countries has made him more aware of the importance of working inside Singapore. Coming back to Singapore after such foreign endeavours has reassured him of the various possibilities and uniqueness of art making within the context of contemporary culture in Singapore. His interests includes observing how this country will develop into the future with its history arising from immigrant cultures and attempting to build a new society with utopian ideals.

kAI Lam Hoi Lit
kAI has been practicing sculpture since 1995 and installation art, video art and performance art since 1998. In 2002, he was awarded a study grant from Lee Foundation and education bursary from National Arts Council, and graduated from the LaSalle-SIA College of the Arts (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) Bachelor of Arts where he majored in Sculpture. kAI has worked in various countries including Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Germany and United Kingdom. His works are created as a social commentary and creative response to urban pluralistic society. To Kai, Art-making is a tool for better understanding of the environment where he lives in and an exploration of life and social human conditions. He is currently an active member of The Artists Village and Sculpture Society, Singapore.

Juliana Yasin
Juliana, AIM II participant and project manager, is a visual and performance artist who graduated from Claremont Art School (1994) and Curtin University in Western Australia (1996). She has continually exhibited or performed solo/group exhibitions locally and internationally since 1989. She is an active member of The Artists Village, Plastique Kinetic Worms and A.P.A.D (Angkatan Pelukis Aneka Daya - Association Of Artists Of Various Resources). She has collaborated with many local and foreign artists. Fusion Strength 2003; Yogjakarta, Kampong 2000, Nokia Singapore Art’99/01 & HouseWork Project; 2003 in Singapore, Asiatopia 2000/2002 in Thailand and NIPAF’04 in Japan are a sample of venues/platforms that Yasin has used to integrate her strong viable art practice in current times.

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AIM II organizers
The Artists Village

Performance by Juliana Yasin, Jeremy Hiah and kAI Lam Hoi Lit
AIM II, Raffles Landing Site 2004
Photo by Jessie


Please note the following changes on the titles of the On Kawara lecture which falls on 13 Nov 04, Saturday.

1. Conceptual Art: An Introduction by Ho Tzu Nyen
2. On Kawara: Time and Conceptualism by Eugene Tan


Friday, November 05, 2004


>LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts cordially invites you to
> Exhibition Opening
> On Kawara
> Consciousness. Meditation. Watcher on the Hills.
> Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore presents
> a retrospective solo exhibition of works by seminal conceptual artist On
> Kawara.

> Wednesday, 10 November 2004
> 7.00pm onwards
> Guest of Honour
> Mr. Masami Tashiro
> Director and General Manager
> Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (Singapore)
> Venue
> Earl Lu Gallery,
> Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
> LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
> 24-Hour Performance
> Reading of One Million Years
> 8.00pm onwards
> Reception Foyer - Administration Building
> R.S.V.P.
> Shiang Lie at
> or 6340 9156
> Exhibition Duration
> 11 November - 19 December 2004
> Gallery Hours
> Monday to Sunday, 10am-6pm (incl. Public Holidays)
> Admission
> Free
> Supported by:
> Japan Information and Culture Centre,
> Embassy of Japan, Singapore
> Organised by:
> Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and Le Consortium, Dijon
> LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts
> 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053 l Tel: 6344 4300 l Fax: 6346 5708 l


Dear Sir or Madam Editor,

We would be pleased and honoured if you would encourage Asia/Pacific-based artists to consider entering the Sovereign Contemporary Asian Art Award 2005 competition. This annual regional award is endowed with a cash prize of US$25,000. The Sovereign Art Foundation supports art development through the agency of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC). Based in Hong Kong, the Sovereign Art Foundation Limited is a registered charity dedicated to raising awareness of Asian art and Asian artists. All funds raised by the charity finances grants and scholarships for worthy Asian artists.

DEADLINE: 31 December 2004


Jeffrey du Vallier d'Aragon Aranita - Artist, Winner of 2004 Sovereign Art Prize
Professor Chan Yuk Keung - Dept of Fine Art, Chinese University, Hong Kong
Dr Christina Chu - Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of Art
Jane Debevoise - Consultant, ex-Deputy Director of Guggenheim Museum
Claire Hsu - Executive Director, Asia Art Archive


Entrants must be a resident of the Asia-Pacific region
All entries must be an original work, copyright to work resides with the artist.
Only one painting per entrant may be submitted (via JPEG file under 1MB)
Entries should be 2-D paint or mixed media on canvas or on board
Dimensions of the entry (including any frame) should not exceed 175cm when measured diagonally.
All entries must be available for sale and remain so until the end of the competition.


E-mail: Type art and followed by
Telephone: +852 2542 1177
Fax: +852 2545 0550
Address: Suites 1601-1603, Kinwick Centre
32 Hollywood Road
Central, Hong Kong


Wednesday, November 03, 2004


Thursday 4th November 2004 7pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
208 South Bridge Road 2nd Level, Singapore 058757
Tel: 6226 2605

Mon-Sat 11.30 am - 8 pm Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs to Sunday 14th November 2004.
(We are closed Thursday 11th Nov for Deepavali and on Monday 15th November,
but will be open Sunday 14th November during Hari Raya Puasa)

Equanimity. Poise. Balance. Both Singaporean artist Dahlia Osman and Japanese-Korean printmaker Tamae Iwasaki are in their early thirties, and have reached a certain crossroads between early youthful idealism and the maturity gained from years of working life. From the frenetic demands of the daily grind, their art emerges as a limpid pool of reflective calm, an oasis to which they have retreated and emerged, saying “Look, this is me. This is the place I have found within me, inside.” The balance between subject and space drives the aesthetics of their work, whether observing the isolated figures of Tamae’s dark etchings, the large emergent shapes of Dahlia’s massive drawings, or the emptiness between objects within her photographs. Despite hectic schedules, Dahlia and Tamae have reached within themselves, and found an equilibrium from which to reassert their identity as artists and creators.