5th Anniversary Celebration
Late Night at NTU CCA Singapore
10.00 – 11.00pm
by artist Ming Wong
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road
Taking the theme of the celebration, Free Jazz
, literally, Ming Wong
will create an improvised performance during the five-year anniversary party of NTU CCA Singapore. Highly influenced by cinema, Wong’s work unravels ideas of “authenticity,” “originality,” and the “other,” with reference to the act of human performativity. He explores how culture, gender, and identity are constructed, reproduced, and circulated, forming politics of representation.
11.00pm – 12.00am
by artist Carlos Casas
(Spain/France) and guests
The Exhibition Hall, Block 43 Malan Road
On the occasion of NTU CCA Singapore’s 5th Anniversary Celebration, Carlos Casas
has developed a site-specific performance presented as a live-editing and live-soundtrack situation. This performance will feature special collaborations with musicians from the region. Casas will perform inside his collaborative installation Avalanche, an audio-visual environment documenting the life in Hichigh, a Tajik village located in the Pamirs, “the roof of the world.”
(Singapore/Germany) builds layers of cinematic language, social structure, identity, and introspection through his re-telling of world cinema and popular culture in his videos, installations, and performances. With imperfect translations and re-enactments, he casts himself as every character in a story. Wong attempts to unravel ideas of “authenticity,” “originality,” and the “other,” with reference to the act of human performativity. He explores how culture, gender, and identity are constructed, reproduced, and circulated, forming politics of representation. Though untrained as an actor, his work is highly influenced by cinema and in constant dialogue with measures of performativity, gender, and difference. Recent projects have become more interdisciplinary, incorporating performance and installation to flesh out his exploration of cultural artefacts from around the world. Wong represented Singapore at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 with the solo presentation Life of Imitation, which was awarded a special mention. He has had solo exhibitions at leading institutions worldwide, including UCCA, Beijing; Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo; and REDCAT, Los Angeles. He has been included in numerous international biennials, including Performa, New York; Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane; Sydney Biennale; Shanghai Biennale; Lyon Biennale; Liverpool Biennial; and Busan Biennale.
(Spain/France) works with film and the sonic. His last three films have been awarded in festivals around the world including Torino, Madrid, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City. He has recently concluded a trilogy of films, END, dedicated to the most extreme environments on the planet: Patagonia, Aral Sea, and Siberia. Avalanche is a lifelong project and site-specific film based on one of the highest inhabited villages in the Pamirs, a mountain range in Central Asia. His films have been shown in festivals such as the Venice Film Festival; Rotterdam Film Festival; FID Marseille; BAFICI Buenos Aires; Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea; Documenta Madrid; FICCO Mexico; and others. His works have been presented at institutions including Tate Modern, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Bozar Bruxelles; Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro; MIS São Paulo; Centre Pompidou and Fondation Cartier, Paris; Centre Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona; MALBA, Buenos Aires; and GAM, Torino. He was Creative Director of Colors Music and Films from 2005–08 where he developed audio-visual projects and music research in various regions around the world. He is Co-founder of Map Productions and the visual sound label Von Archives. Casas is Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College, United States, and ECAM, the Madrid film school. He was an NTU CCA Singapore Artist-in-Residence from December 2017 to February 2018.
Part of Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II