Friday, 23 September, 7.00–11.00pm
Saturday, 24 September, 2.00–7.00pm
Residencies: OPEN offers a rare insight into the often introverted sphere of the artists’ studio. Through showcasing discussions, performances, research and works-in-progress, Residencies: OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice and the divergent ways artists conceive artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and contemplation.
Antariksa, Block 38, Studio #01-05
Heman Chong, Block 38, Studio #01-07
Ho Rui An, Block 37, Studio #01-03
Ato Malinda, Block 37, Studio #01-04
Bo Wang, Block 37, Studio #01-02
Antariksa (Indonesia) is a researcher and co-founding member of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Antariksa’s research interests lie in the complexities of the Indonesian art environment. In particular, art collectivism during the Japanese occupation (1942–1945) and its impacts and influences on Indonesian art history. While in residence, he will investigate into the Nanyang artists during the period of the Japanese occupation in Singapore.
Heman Chong (Singapore) is an artist, curator, and writer. While in residence, he will be working on the project The Library of Unread Books, a members-only reference library made up of books that are unread. The price for a lifetime membership to the library is the donation of a single unread book. Each member will be issued a membership card, which is necessary for access to the library.
Ho Rui An (Singapore) is an artist and writer working in the intersections of contemporary art, cinema, performance and theory. He is currently developing a body of work surrounding image economies in Singapore and Southeast Asia and has presented projects at the 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Serpentine Galleries, London, U.K, Singapore Art Museum, LUMA/Westbau, Zurich, Switzerland and Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands. He is the Singapore desk editor for ArtAsiaPacific and has contributed to numerous catalogues and periodicals. Ho lives and works in New York and Singapore.
Ato Malinda (Kenya/The Netherlands) lives and works in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Her diverse practice consists of performance, drawing, painting, installation, video, and ceramic object-making. Malinda will investigate Singapore’s history as a trading port, highlighting notions of hybridity in cultural studies as well as routes of globalisation today that have existed in the region for more than a thousand years.
Bo Wang (China/United States) is an artist and filmmaker based in New York. Since 2012, Wang has been working on an on-going project in Hong Kong that examines the city’s cultural anxiety through the exploration of space. While in residency, he will study the role of sand in Singapore; tracing its physical circulation as a fundamental element for the state’s land development but also to explore issues of migration.