Saturday, 23 June 2018, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Carte Blanche #3
Featuring Tini Aliman, Dharma, Cheryl Ong, Zai Tang, Wu Jun Han, Yuen Chee Wai (all Singapore), and Sudarshan Chandra Kumar (Malaysia)
Part of Art Day Out!
x The School Holidays Edition 2018 at Gillman BarracksDerived from sonic exchanges taking place throughout the course of the exhibition between Tarek Atoui’s guest hosts—Vivian Wang, Mark Wong, and Yuen Chee Wai—Carte Blanche #3 is the last of a series of performative situations that invites the audience to experience the exhibition space as an experimental platform.BIOGRAPHIES
(Singapore) is a sound designer, artist, audio editor, and field recordist. She was the sound designer for Geng Rebut Cabinet by Alfian Sa'at, part of W!ld Rice (2016), and Charged by Chong Tze Chien, Singapore Theatre Festival (2011). Most recently, she designed the sound for Angkat, a production from Teater Ekamatra’s Artist Residency Programme, which was nominated Best Sound Design for Life! Theatre Awards 2018.
(Singapore) experiments with electric guitar, incorporating effects and objects together with various extended techniques. After seven albums with avant-rock band The Observatory, Dharma’s solo debut in 2013, Intergranular Space, opened up new vistas for his guitar work. He has been involved in various experimental and improvised music performances most notably at the Asian Meeting Festival 2016, which featured notable Asian improvisers like Otomo Yoshihide and Jojo Hiroshige. Cheryl Ong
(Singapore) is a percussionist active in music performance and education, regularly performing with avant-rock group The Observatory and SA, a trio that uses traditional Chinese instruments with modern sensibilities. A recipient of the National Arts Council Arts Bursary (Overseas), Ong graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, with a degree in Chinese Percussion. Though classically trained, Ong consistently struggles with the division of classical and traditional music and the limits of their roles.Zai Tang
(United Kingdom/Singapore) experiments with the abstraction and visualisation of field recordings from natural environments, combining these sonorities with drawing, animation, projection, and performance to create immersive and reflexive experiences. He presented solo and collaborative work at Singapore International Festival of the Arts (2017); National Gallery Singapore (2017); Esplanade’s da:ns Festival (2016/2013); IFA Gallery Berlin/ Stuttgart (2015); the 56th and 52nd Venice Biennale (2015 and 2007), in collaboration Charles Lim and Tang Da Wu respectively, among others.Wu Jun Han
(Singapore) creates and performs in the audio-visual, and has a background in video art. Through an interdisciplinary approach to performance, he explores the visceral, materiality, vernacular practices, and the future. For State of Motion 2018, he presented a sound work in response to Shaw Brothers films 1950–70s from Singapore. He was an artist-in-residence in Pulau Ubin, organised by The Artists Village, where he installed a makeshift photography lab (2012).Yuen Chee Wai
(Singapore) is a musician, artist, designer, and curator. He is a founding member of FEN (Far East Network) and Project Director of the Asian Music Network, where he co-curates the annual Asian Meeting Festival in Japan. He is a member of the avant-rock band The Observatory, where he plays guitar, synth, and electronics.Sudarshan Chandra Kumar
(Malaysia) has performed for the Asian Meeting Festival (Singapore); CHOPPA Music Fest (Singapore); Playfreely (Singapore); KLEX Festival (Malaysia); and Switch On Festival (Malaysia). He participates regularly in Serious Play Improv Lab (SPIL), a monthly experimental music series in Kuala Lumpur. Together with Yong Yandsen and Tey Beng Tze, he established LaoBan Records in 2017, which released its first album clinamina for His Hubris, a duo by Sudarshan and Yong.