Scenography: Auditory Intimacy
Dance Nucleus, Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore
Initiated in 2018 as a project that probed the representational politics and strategies of (in)fidelity, with previous showcase sessions hosted at TheatreWorks's 72-13 space and Dance Nucleus' own SCOPE#06, artist Jereh Leung's work-in-progress Auditory Intimacy, made in collaboration with artists Jing Ng, Tay Ining, Irfan Kasban, and writer Alfonse Chịu for this iteration, is also a work that examines the performative potentials of the body in domestic space, and how the home is a site for acts of unseen gendered labor-both emotional and physical. Underlined by Baudrillard's notions of simulacra in its formal structure and presentation, Auditory Intimacy seeks to draw into focus the ways of performing ard spectating in a space that could be construed as safe and mun- dane, but also a site of sometimes violent contestations.
Occurring as an installation within which periodic activations would take place, the set-up by Tay and Leung starts as a series of corridors and pathways obscured by thick bolts of dark fabric before unfurling into the facsimile of a small apartmentwhich includes items such as a rice cooker, a bed, a TV set, and a dining table with accompanying stools. Sparsely decorated and lit, the installation creates an intimate space despite the cold, austere geometry of its constituent components through the skilful use of low elevation and select placement of soft materials that generate pock- ets of organic occupancy within the larger environment. The lack of labels and formally aestheti- cised objects also help to blur the boundaries between installation, sculpture, and interior design, and toys with the idea of the readymade as decontextualised aesthetic object model seen in works such as Michael Craig-Martin's 1971 On the Shelf. ...
The only paradise is paradise lost
Stamford Arts Centre, Singapore
Nostalgia presents a social memory practice that is deeply rooted within the present globalizing world. Our nostalgic inclinations led to the archival and memorialization of the foregone, immortalized by images and objects within museums, internet, television and mural paintings. Such mediated memories have supplanted our lived memories as we fascinate over repositories of synthetic recollections that are designed for hasty collective consumption. The exhibition draws inspirations from the current nostalgic impulses of modernity to explore and investigate the numerous issues it entails.
RAID explores the intricacies of site as narrator within the historic Tiong Bahru Air Raid Shelter. Rarely opened to the public, the 1,500 sqm site has a long history dating as far back as 1939 during air raids by the Japanese in the 1940s and has been not significantly changed since.
It extends the literature of site responsivity through the lens of 8 up and coming artist working across fields of sculpture, installation and conceptual art. Through RAID, each of the artist will present their interpretation of the loaded site - intuitively, architecturally or historically.
Organised by: Daniel Chong, Zulkhairi Zulkiflee
Participating Artists: Daniel Chong, Zulkhairi Zulkiflee, Ivan David Ng, Tay Ining, Vanessa Lim, Jacqueline Sim, Pooja Kanade, and Nhawfal Juma’at
Free Ripe Food Rots Fast
Young Talent Programme, ION Art Gallery, Singapore
Ining has continued to work with iron, testing and trying it to discover the visual and tactile products of its deterioration. She presents intriguing compositions derived from these studied operations of rot. Over the months leading to this exhibition, Ining has been actively experimenting and testing materials including her continuing work with metal and water, and its relationship with blood. Due to the extensive nature of her process-based work, Ining's work may be best appreciated in the workshop environment. Originally setting out to discover the quality of 'pure' iron, Ining's trials employ the process of oxidation of iron and blood.
Using the triggers of personal memory as connectors to materials like laundry soaps old machines, refrigeration pumps and packing materials, she whips up a panoply of different stimuli that are still deteriorating/evolving in the gallery setting. Ining is conscious that as soon as she begins a cycle, the cycle of rotting and decay begins simultaneously This shifts the paradigms for her art-making where mechanical parts, recycled metal sheet and even her own blood become active rather than passive components of her work. The polished setting of the ION Art gallery is almost an antithesis to the continuous decomposition of the materials set in cycle, however, therein lies the discovery.
The Young Talent Programme is a significant platform for young artists below the age of 35 who are born/resident in South East Asia, to be spotted by galleries and art institutions, and be introduced to the art-loving public. The objective is to identify young talents early, providing guidance and commentary on their artistic development. The programme creates an opportunity for emerging artists to build a strong CV and experience in the art industry, whilst providing a focal point for contemporary art dealers and collectors to access fresh works from the region.
Curated by: Seah Tzi-Yan
Participating Artists: Chiang Lup Hong, Eugene Koh You Qin, Harun Ak, Jodi Tan, Le Thuy, Leow Wei Li, Tay Ining, Santa Wai Zakaria
The feature that sets UNTAPPED apart from other emerging artist programmes is its close collaboration with arts patrons. Local patrons provide the upfront funding for the project. In return, each patron is able to collect one artwork from each exhibition. This means that over a third of the artworks shown by these young artists will automatically be acquired by established art patrons. This goes beyond general exposure and connects artists directly with individuals who are actively supporting the visual arts in Singapore.
Participating Artists: Yanyun Chen, Prakash Haridas, Ryan Benjamin Lee, Nandita Mukand, Jodi Tan, Danielle Tay, Tay Ining, Leonard Yang, Yeo Tze Yang
OH!pen Call was an experimental satellite programme running alongside OH! Potong Pasirthat explored the possibilities of meaningful community engagement in our everyday spaces.
Seven art and community projects were installed in the public spaces of Potong Pasir – in void decks, up staircases, in the Community Club and so on. The projects were installed for a total of sixteen days and were free for the public to enjoy.
The group showcase, 'Dancing On the Spot', references Ong Keng Sen's interview on the condition of the Arts in Singapore, and Walter De Maria's essay, Meaningless Work (1960). Bridging these two seemingly disparate textual sources, this exhibition considers the position of art making in relation to purpose, meaning and societal relevance.
Organised by: Zulkhairi Zulkiflee
Participating Artists: Khairul Ikhwan, Nhawfal Juma'at, Lai Yu Tong, Dzaki Safaruan, Tay Ining, Zulkhairi Zulkiflee, Ryan Ben Lee
C. 2015 -
Noise Singapore The Apprenticeship Programme, Objectifs, Singapore
The Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) attracts talented young people who aspire to take their art to new heights. This year, 34 apprentices were guided by 18 creative industry practitioners in the fields of art, design, illustration, moving images and photography. The four-month long mentorship included one-to-one and group critique sessions, with mentors bringing apprentices for exhibitions, conducting photography training workshops.
The programme culminates in a group exhibition curated by OH! Open House. It showcases original works by the TAP apprentices with supervision and getting them to participate in mass drawing events from their mentors. As part of the developmental process, the curators facilitated a curatorial intensive and group discussions for apprentices. The exhibition, titled c. 2015 -, features works which interrogate the self in relation to time. Experience the showcase at two venues for the first time in the history of Noise Singapore.
Curated by: OH! Open House
Organised by: National Art Council