Artists In Conversation | State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters

A Fear of Monsters: Artists in Conversation
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A Fear of Monsters: Artists in Conversation is a series of artist talks that presents the artists’ research behind the art works on display in A Fear of Monsters. An opportunity to learn more about the practices behind the art works, the artists in each panel will share affinities in their methods of inquiry and ways of making. In speaking to and with one another, each panel provides new insights into how artists practices inform one another and how practices develop beyond and outside the national frameworks we often use to speak about artistic practice.

Moderated by Kathleen Ditzig, Curator of State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters

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-- A Fear of Monsters: Artists in Conversation #1 --
26 January 2019, Saturday
11 Kampong Bugis
2pm - 3.30pm

Speakers: Ho Rui An, Shubigi Rao and Yason Banal

Ho Rui An, Shubigi Rao and Yason Banal's works in State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters employ the medium of film to untangle and 'splice' together complicated and layered histories that resonate in contemporary society. What is it about the medium of film that is particularly appealing as a language and method to unpack history? How does film as a medium change the way we see or think about the world?

-- A Fear of Monsters: Artists in Conversation #2 --
26 January 2019, Saturday
11 Kampong Bugis
4pm - 6pm

Speakers: Việt Lê, Yee I-Lann and Fyerool Darma

Viêt Lê , Yee I-Lann and Fyerool Darma's works in State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters navigate the personal, the historical and the political through the figure of the monster or ghost. Employing the vocabulary of popular culture, their work (re)surface the frustrations and trauma from histories defined by white washing, displacement and slander. Join us as we look at horror in popular culture and the secrets that underlie its wide appeal.

-- A Fear of Monsters: Artists in Conversation #3 --
16 February 2019, Saturday
11 Kampong Bugis
3pm - 4.30pm

Speakers: Heman Chong and Lekker Architects

Horror tells us a lot about the architecture and infrastructure of our society. How are art works that illustrate these parameters of horror different and significant from other ways of making art? What are the markers of horror in everyday life? How do they inform the ways in which society is organised? Join artist Heman Chong and Lekker Architects as they discuss the idea of the "infrastructural image" in relation to the new works they have produced for State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters.

About the Curator

Image Credit: Photo by Vanessa Ban.

Kathleen Ditzig is a researcher and curator, born and based in Singapore. In her writing, she interrogates and attempts to historically contextualise various contemporary forms and networks of cultural production. Through this research practice, Ditzig investigates the ways in which individuals, collectives, institutions, and states have asserted their agency in relation to one another, as well as to the region, and the international. Ditzig's art historical research on Southeast Asia has been published in Southeast of Now (NUS Press, 2017), as well as presented at international academic conferences and platforms, and published in three different languages. Her writing has also been published in magazines including Artforum, Art Agenda and Flash Art, and in books including Perhaps it is High Time for a Xeno-Architecture to Match (Sternberg, 2018).

Ditzig's curatorial practice has previously involved the development of artist residencies, publications and exhibitions for museums, as well as independent exhibitions for emerging artists. Her ongoing independent curatorial projects, such as offshoreart.co (developed with Robin Lynch and Debbie Ding), have been presented on international platforms including the Berlin Biennale. Ditzig also works with Studio Vanessa Ban on External Assessment Summer School, Singapore's first independent art and design summer school.

Ditzig holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from CCS Bard (New York, 2016) and is currently pursuing her PhD at Nanyang Technological University's School of Art, Design and Media.
Artist Biographies

Image courtesy of the artist.

Fyerool Darma
(b. 1987, Singapore) makes artefacts. Through playing with the privileged status of display, his practice interrogates and complicates the cultural consumption of history and myth in relation to contemporary markers of identity and class. His artefacts are based on an extensive visual vocabulary drawn from popular culture, literature, archives, the internet and his life. Fyerool Drama graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore in 2012 with a degree in Fine Arts, and has previously worked as an Assistant Producer for a production house which made documentary and lifestyle videos for public institutions and television stations. His works have recently been presented at the Singapore Biennale and the NUS Museum, and are included in private and public collections like the Singapore Art Museum and Bank Negara Malaysia.

Heman Chong is an artist whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. His practice has had many lives through a diversity of mediums such as video installations, performances, paintings and conceptual interventions in mass media. He has held solo exhibitions at Art Sonje Center (Never, A Dull Moment, 2015), South London Gallery (An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories, 2015), Rockbund Art Museum (Ifs, Ands, Or Buts, 2016), 72-13 (Because, the Night, 2017), Calle Wright (Never is a Promise, 2018), Rossi & Rossi (Abstracts from The Straits Times, 2018), Swiss Institute (Legal Bookshop (Shanghai), 2018). He is the co-director and founder (with Renée Staal) of ‘The Library of Unread Books’ which has been installed in NTU Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) in Manila, Casco in Utrecht, and Kunstverein Milano in Milan. He is currently working on a novel ‘The Book of Drafts’ which will be published by Polyparenthesis in 2019.

Image Credit: Eike Walkenhorst.

Ho Rui An (b. 1990, Singapore) is an artist and writer working in the intersections of contemporary art, cinema, performance and theory. He writes, talks and thinks around images, with an interest in investigating their emergence, transmission and disappearance within contexts of globalism and governance. He has presented projects at the Gwangju Biennale (2018), Yinchuan Biennale (2018), Jakarta Biennale (2017), Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014), Haus de Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017), Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Manila (2017), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2017), NUS Museum, Singapore (2016), Para Site, Hong Kong (2015) and Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson (2015). He is a recipient of the 2018 DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm. He lives and works in Singapore and Berlin.

Image Credit: Kathrin Leisch.

Shubigi Rao interrogates how we know what we do and how we remember what we do. Her multifaceted installations are a cybernetic foray across archaeology, neuroscience, anthropology and etymology. Sometimes absurd such as building immortal jellyfish and at other times serious such as an attempt to produce an encyclopedia, her artworks are visual and physical representations that point at the complex and inherited systems that govern and define our lives.

Since 2014 she has been developing the project 'Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book', a decade-long film, book and visual art project about the history of book destruction.The first instalment of the project 'Written in the Margins’, won the Juror's Choice Award at the APB Signature Art Prize 2018. The work was also the first in which she employed the documentary film format. She is currently working on her first feature film as part of this project.

Rao has presented her work internationally on such platforms as the 10th Taipei Biennial (2016), 3rd Pune Biennale (2017), the 2nd Singapore Biennale (2008) and the upcoming Kochi Biennale (2018). Rao's work has also been presented outside of the art world and included in neuroscience conferences.

Publications include two volumes from the Pulp project – Pulp II: A Visual Bibliography of the Banished Book (2018), and Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book (2016), and the first volume to accompany her artwork from the project, Written in the Margins (2017). She has also published History’s Malcontents: The Life and Times of S. Raoul chronicling ten years of artwork and writing under the pseudonym S. Raoul (2013), Useful Fictions (2013), three pseudo-art history books (2006), Bastardising Biography (2005), and a number of limited edition artist books. She has also authored numerous essays and reviews. Since 2006 she has regularly conducted talks and lectures, and was a featured writer at the Singapore Writer’s Festival (2018, 2016, 2013).

The first volume of Pulp was shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize 2018.

Courtesy NTU CCA Singapore

Việt Lê (b. 1976, Vietnam/United States) is an artist, writer, curator, and academic based in California, United States. His recent projects have been collaborative and based on working with other cultural producers such as artists, designers and cinematographers. Transversing the disciplines of visual studies, ethnography, queer theory and diasporas histories, his works have employed the vocabulary of popular music videos and fashion to speak of the overlaps of historical and personal traumas as they manifest in representations of identity, spirituality and sexuality. Lê has recently presented his work at Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, United States (2018) and Bangkok Art and Cultural Center, Thailand (2013) and in the solo exhibition lovebang! at Kellogg University Art Gallery, Los Angeles, United States (2016). He is a co-founder of The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN).

Image courtesy of the artist.

Yason Banal’s practice takes form across installation, photography, video, performance, text, curating and pedagogy. His work employs conceptual and critical strategies in order to research, reconfigure and refract seemingly divergent systems. He obtained a BA in Film at the University of the Philippines, an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, residencies at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, AIT in Tokyo, and Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore, as well as visiting lectureships at London Metropolitan University and Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music. He is assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Film Institute and director of its Film Center.

His works have been exhibited widely including the Tate, Frieze Art Fair, IFA Berlin, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Vargas Museum, Christie's, Singapore Biennale and Shanghai Biennale among other museums, galleries, biennales, fairs and projects. His video works have been screened at Gertrude Contemporary, Sharjah Biennale, Green Papaya Projects, South London Gallery and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art among others. Recent exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Daegu Art Factory, Arete Art Center and currently at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Yee I-Lann (b. 1971) lives and works in Kota Kinabalu. Her primarily photomediabased art practice speculates on issues of culture, power and the role of historical memory in our social experience. Such layers necessitate an extensive and multi-layered visual vocabulary drawn from research, historical references, popular culture, archives and everyday objects. Yee graduated from the University of South Australia (Adelaide, Australia) with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) in 1993 with a major in Photography and a minor in Cinematography. Yee has experience as a production designer and in art direction in feature film, working on Hollywood films like “The Sleeping Dictionary” and upcoming Malaysian horror film “Dukun". As an artist, Yee has exhibited extensively worldwide and her artworks are in major public, corporate and private collections.

About State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters

State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters investigates the histories and trajectories of Asian horror and focuses on the monsters at the intersections of art, popular culture and cinema.

From the multilingual Pontianak to the genre defining oily man who seeped his way across borders, monsters have entertained and united us through our fear. Audiences should be very afraid.

#StateofMotion2019 #SOM19

23 January - 24 February 2019
Presented by Asian Film Archive
Curated by Kathleen Ditzig

Part of Singapore Art Week
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