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Monday, November 22, 2004

Dear Friends,
FOI Organisers are pleased to announce:

Future of Imagination # 2
international performance art event
8 to 12 December 2004
Sculpture Square, Singapore

"Future of Imagination", a time based art event and live art
meeting was first held at the Substation on 6 December 2003. Given the
limited budget and other intrinsic conditions of the local art scene,
we are proud to say that the event was a considerable success.

We would like to reiterate our concerns and aspirations to reinvigorate
a positive situation for performance art and time-based art
practitioners in Singapore. Our aims remain to significantly re-define
and to kindle interests to the practice of performance art and
time-based art.

We appeal to seek out a more leveled understanding to this art form and
to positively present it as a critical art practice along with the
diverse cultural arenas in visual arts, theater, dance, music and
literature. "Future of Imagination" makes available a platform for
the meeting of performance art practice, with purposeful inclination
towards a positive reception and discourse in Singapore.

This year, we would like to continue to give an affirmative profile and
provide a platform for the practice of this art form by organizing "The
Future of Imagination # 2". In doing so we hope to continue our efforts
to raise a heightened awareness and appreciation for performance, live
art and time-based art as a legitimate art form in itself.

"Future of Imagination # 2" intends to cross-examine performance
and live art practice within the international context. We would like
to invite foreign artists whose work has questioned or attempt to share
a continuing interest in the cultural constructs of identity in the
global situation and current trends of contemporary art practice. In
the present age of intense globalization we as artists organizers
sincerely believe that such an event will help increase international
cultural exchange and understanding as well as being an accentuation of
our artistic practice, research and development.

Last year we invited artists/writers as official chroniclers in order
to document the event in writing as well as in photography and video.
We would like to follow-up on these efforts to encourage an engaged
discourse by holding a forum and dvd/book launch based on the writings
and documentation of last year's invited writers, videographer and
photographers. An exhibition, book launch and video screening will be
held on the first day. An afternoon forum on "Re-positioning
Performance Art" will be held on 11 December and the performances will
take place over the next 4 evenings at The Sculpture Square.

8th December 2004, 6.30pm
Future of Imagination-live art meeting Book launch
What alive! video screening, curated by Lee Wen
Live performance presentation
Lee Wen (Singapore/Japan)
Jason Lim (Singapore)

9th December 2004, 7.00pm
What alive! video screening, 12.00 noon to 6.30pm
Live performance presentation
Irma Optimist (Finland)
Padungsak Kotchasumrong (Thailand)
Dennis Tan (Singapore)
Alwin Reamillo (Australia/The Philppines)
Jeremy Hiah (Singapore)

10th December 2004, 7.00pm
What alive! video screening, 12.00 noon to 6.30pm
Live performance presentation
Roddy Hunter (United Kingdom) ­ 12 hours durational performance starts
at 12 noon
Ben Denham (Australia)
Sakiko Yamaoka (Japan)
Iwan Wijono (Indonesia)
Marilyn Arsem (U.S.A.)

11th December 2004
Forum- Re-positioning performance art today, 2.00pm to 6pm Invited Speakers Alfian Sa¹at (Singapore) Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore) Cheo Chai Hiang (Singapore/Australia) Lee Weng Choy (Singapore/Moderator)

Live performance presentation, 7.00pm onwards
Lynn Lu (Singapore)
Yuan Moro O¹campo (The Philippines)
Andrée Weschler (Singapore)
Julie Andree T. & Dominic Gagnon (Canada)

12th December 2004, 7.00pm onwards
Live performance presentation
Alastair Maclennan (U.K./ Northern Ireland) - durational performance Ray Langenbach (Malaysia) Juliana Yasin (Singapore) and Cassandra Schultz(Australia) He ChengYao (China) kAI Lam (Singapore)

Organised by Lee Wen and Jason Lim
Co-presented by Future of Imagination and Sculpture Square Limited


Sunday, November 21, 2004

Artist Talk
Topic: Collaboration As An Approach To Art-Making
Speaker: Amanda Heng
Date: 19 Nov 2004, Fri
Time: 1.30 – 3pm
Venue: #02-08, Seminar Room
NAFA Campus 1 HQ & SVA Building
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
80 Bencoolen Street
Singapore 189655
Admission: Free

Synopsis: Collaboration was employed by feminist
artists in the 1970s as a strategy to confront the
modern / patriarchal notion of the artist as a sole
heroic and artistic genius. Artists engaged in process
work and community-based art reveal to the public the processes of the art-making and bring them into the creative process as active participants. In the 90s we saw a major rise in collective art practices, artist groups and duos exploring the idea of art as an expanded form of intellectual activity. The spirit of collaborative projects resides in its concern with the people, the issue of exchange, communication and interactivity. This forms the basis for the discussion in Amanda’s talk, sharing her experiences in making collaborative works and examining issues around the significance of participation, collaborative relations between artists and audience, the meaning of art and the role of art-making in this
fast changing contemporary society.

About the Artist:
Amanda Heng is Singapore’s foremost contemporary
female artist who rather identifies herself as a
full-time independent art practitioner and cultural
producer. She adopts an interdisciplinary approach to
her art practice that often deals with issues of
history, identity, communication and human
relationship in the urban condition. Her works have
been exhibited internationally in USA, Australia,
Japan, Cuba, Germany, Spain and Southeast Asian
region. Her other art activities include
co-directing the theatre production Bernard's Story,
and performing in theatre production A Woman On the
Tree in the Hill directed by Ivan Heng. She also
organized exhibitions, forums and public events such
as, Women And Their Arts, The 1st Asian film
Appreciation workshop, Women About Women, Memories of
Sense, TheFridayEvent and Open Ends. Amanda was
involved in the founding of two artist-run
initiatives in Singapore namely, The Artists’ Village
and Wita (Women in the Arts).


The Arts House

Visual Arts

3-8 December

Feel Earth

Get a feel of earth in an exhibit of clay figures that almost move and speak. The creations of young artists, Lim Meng Khuang and Karen Ng, Feel Earth demonstrates the union of the artist's emotions and ideals with clay at this particular juncture in their life. Feel Earth serves as a means by which aspiring students and pottery hobbyists can reflect upon their personal development in life and art. It is also a catalyst for their continued artistic evolution. The show reflects the contributions from people of different perspectives - differing nationalities and cultures that do not set boundaries on art appreciation.
Feel Earth is proudly sponsored by Schroders Investment Management Singapore.

Free | 10am-10pm | Gallery

11 December 2004- 5 January 2005

The Adventures of Ella and Zul

“Ella is an elephant and I am a Zebra. Why should we want to join the rat race? We were born to roam, to have adventures in distant lands.” – Zul the zebra on his travels with his partner Ella.

The Arts House presents The Adventures of Ella and Zul, a photographic exhibition for the child in all of us – collection of 20 images by Singaporean photographer Tan Ngiap Heng from The Pond Photography.

Stuff toys, Ella and Zul are courtesy of Barang Barang.

The photographic images of them will be auctioned and all the proceeds will go to Rainbow Centre.

Place your bids! Consult for further details and/or email contact: soonkin and followed by / 6332 6912

Free | 10am-10pm | Print Gallery



SG Private Banking Gallery,
Alliance Francaise de Singapour
1 Sarkies Road, Singapore 258130
Contact: +65 6833 9314 Fax: +65 6733 3023

ONLY HUMAN in progress
An Exhibition by two Dutch painters
26 November – 1 December 2004
SG Private Banking Gallery, Alliance Francaise de Singapour

SINGAPORE, Wednesday, 27 October 2004

The enchanted human body; eyes, lips, faces, belly buttons and even floating buttocks.

Dutch artists Rose Campman and Jan Wisse show it all in this up-coming exhibition, at SG Private Banking Gallery, Alliance Française de Singapour and continues at Taksu Gallery, Singapore.

Unlike traditional Dutch paintings, the large canvases by Rose Campman and sculptural paintings by Jan Wisse provide a contemporary perspective. ONLY HUMAN in progress expresses the connection between spirit and body of human beings – desire, sensual, emotion, mood, and character can be projected through painted image of the eyes, faces, bellies, and other body parts. All of this executed in stunning technique, either tempera or oil painting.

Distinctively, Jan paints on odd-shaped panels and the paintings are clamped in metal – an image of a clamped face portrait would surely bring the idea of ‘framing’ to another dimension. Besides his odd-shaped panels, Jan’s witty presentation tickles the rigidity of traditional paintings.

Rose shows a strong interest in human emotions, popular art culture and mass media. At first glance, her works appear to be as clear as a road-sign. Yet, in a real subtle manner her paintings express character and mood of the subject matter. Her precise skill with transparent temper technique contributes well to that.

Jan is not unfamiliar with Singapore and its vibrant art scene. After his first visit in 1996 he executed works for corporate and private Singaporean commissioners, and participated in art shows all over Singapore. For Rose, this will be her stepping stone into Singapore.

Additional to these works, some sculptures by Jan and drawings by Rose will be exhibited.

ONLY HUMAN in progress will run until 1 December, after which will continue at Taksu Gallery from 15 December 2004 to 15 January 2005.

The opening of ONLY HUMAN in progress will be at SG Private Banking Gallery, Alliance Française on Thursday November 25th, 7.30 pm.

Guest of honour: H.E. Mr. Hendrik J.van Pesch, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Singapore.


Hi friends, please check out Future Of Imagination 2, international performance art festival in Singapore.

Hope to see you and many thanks for your support to us. take care. kai lam

Future of Imagination 2
An International Performance Event, Singapore
8-12 December 2004
At Sculpture Square
115 Middle Road
Singapore 188977

Admission: Free

Future Of Imagination 2, Singapore’s First International
Performance Art Event. This year we have invited emerging
and established performance artists from the USA, UK, N.
Ireland, Finland, China, Canada, Thailand, The Philippines,
Indonesia, Australia, Japan and Singapore who will meet in
Singapore from December 8th until December 12th to offer
new performance works at Sculpture Square.

In the course of the event, guest speakers are invited for
a forum: Re-positioning Performance Art and throughout,
documentary video screenings of “What aLive!” plus the
Documentation launch of The Future Of Imagination – live
art meeting, 2003 a documentation of the inauguration of
Future of Imagination. Accompanying the booklet, there is
a DVD containing video documentation of last year’s event.

Directed by artists Lee Wen and Jason Lim, Future Of
Imagination 2 proposed to offer an international and
professional showcase of performance art and time-based
works that fall outside the traditional boundaries of
established fine art and performing arts genres. Future Of
magination 2 is dedicated to represent a wide and
comprehensive range of works, and is also committed to
presenting both breadth and depth of performance art as a

Future Of Imagination 2 is honored to present new works by
performance art pioneers Alastair MacLennan and Lee Wen.
We are also delighted to present offerings from a roster
of international new contemporaries including Julie Andrée
T., Irma Optimist, Marilyn Arsem, Sakiko Yamaoka and Roddy
Hunter. Singapore favorites include Jason Limand kAi Lam.

Participating artists

Alastair MacLenna (N.Ireland)
Alwin Reamillo (Australia/The Philipines)
Andree Weschler (Singapore/France)
Ben Denham (Australia)
Cassandra Schultz (Australia)
Dennis Tan (Singapore)
Dominic Gagnon (Canada)
He Cheng Yao (China)
Irma Optimist (Finland)
Iwan Wijono (Indonesia)
Jason Lim (Singapore)
Jeremy Hiah (Singapore)
Julie Andree t. (Canada)
Juliana Yasin (Singapore)
kAI Lam (Singapore)
Lee Wen (Singapore/Japan)
Lynn Lu (Singapore)
Marilyn Arsem (U.S.A)
Padungsak Kotchasumrong (Thailand)
Ray Langenbach (Malaysia/U.S.A)
Roddy Hunter (United Kingdom)
Sakiko Yamaoka (Japan)
Yuan Moro O.Campo (The Philipines)

Invited Speakers
Alfian Sa'at (Writer)
Ho Tze Nyen (Visual Artist)
Ray Langenbach (Performance Artist)

Lee Wend Choy (Co-Artistic Director,
The Substation)

Future of Imagination –a live art meeting (2003)
In 2003, Future of Imagination was organized
with the following objectives:
1.Reinvigorate a positive situation for
performance art and time-based art
practitioners in Singapore.
2.To significantly re-define and to kindle
interests to the practice of performance
art and time-based art.
3.To raise a heightened awareness and
appreciation for performance art, live art
and time-based art as a legitimate art form
in itself.

The event appeals to seek out a more leveled
understanding to this art form and to positively
present it as a critical art practice along with
the diverse cultural arenas in visual arts, theater,
dance, music and literature. “The Future Of
Imagination” makes available a platform for the
meeting of performance art practice, with purposeful
inclination towards a positive reception and discourse
in Singapore.

About Future of Imagination 2 – An International
Performance Art Event (2004)

Future of Imagination 2 is an international
performance art event featuring guest artists from
the USA, Canada, England, Finland, Northern Ireland,
Spain, France, Japan, China, Philippines, Malaysia,
Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. It is a curated
live art gathering of artists whose works challenge
and engage the specific and artificial constructs
and parameters of visual art practice. These artists
approach to performance art are mature, intelligent,
responsible, creative (artistic and technical),
articulate (forum discussion), and efficient
(time & cost).

In this meeting/gathering, the event attempts to
articulate ideas as well as engage audiences on a
level that is honest, sincere, generous, evocative,
revelatory and immediate. This articulation and
engagement is not dogmatic, propagandistic,
dominating, disrespectful and didactic. Even though
performance art places great importance on process
and varying degree of spontaneity, the outcome can
only suggest a careful and clearer understanding of
the performance art.

The organizers

We are a group of performance art practitioners who
have been active in the local and international
performance art events and festivals. As individual
practicing artists, we have a long track record both
in participation and the administration of our art form.

Artistic Directors: Lee Wen, Jason Lim

Working Committee

Committee Members: kAI Lam Hoi Lit, Dennis Tan, Jeremy Hiah, Juliana Yasin


Kill Your Television (KYTV) presents

‘Design for Death’

26 – 27 Nov 04, Fri- Sat, 8pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio
$25, $18 (Concession)
60 mins with no intermission

Design for Death is an artistic retaliation against a system designed for us to conform to – an indirect response to a system we seldom question. A design for life that has become a reality; a syllable of success that we are all so familiar with. If this is the only way of life, then we would rather call it design for death. We hope to find an alternative – another design that we can live and at the same time, to be human in this absurd world.

First presented as work-in-progress in Oct 03 and Mar 4 under Sparks 1, Esplanade’s Creative Development Programme, Design for Death made its world premiere at the Seoul Fringe Festival 2004. It emphasizes the working process and also the interdisciplinary elements of contemporary arts experience. This process-based work is a constant exploration of visual, music/sound, multi-media and movement.

Concept: KYTV
Direction and Video: Choy Ka Fai
Choreography: Rizman Putra
Music: Jeremy Sharma
Set and installation: Dovan Ong
Lighting Design: Helmi Fita
Production/Stage Manager: Zizi Azah

Collaborating sound artist: Evan Tan

Performers: Rizman Putra, Dovan Ong, Joavien Ng and Mohd Fared Jainal.