NOW! Performance Art Festival #1 is wrapped up as we ended the documentation show tonight. We hope to see the second edition in August 2011. Until then!
Monthly Archives: April 2011
The first edition of NOW! takes the title of the retrospective exhibition by world-acclaimed performance artist, Marina Abramovic in 2010. The Artist Is Present illustrates the importance of the artists’ existence within a performative piece of work. While there’s no theme to limit the issues that are of the artists’ interest, this event aims to be an introductory platform for young performers in experiencing and experimenting ideas.
date: 25 March 2011, Friday, 2-6pm
space: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Documentation Show Details
date: 5 April 2011, Tuesday, 3-8pm
space: Dahlia Gallery, Singapore
A Probable Error by Grace Jean
CIMED by Wilis Turner Henry
Hello Stranger by Vincent Chow
Make-Up by Malvina Tan
Projection III by Teow Yue Han
shared time and space within a distance by Ayano Hattori
Surrogate N°1 by Marla Bendini
White Banana by Zech Goh
White Crane by Kelvin Atmadibrata
Edition no. of Catalogue
Malvina wishes she was living in the 1980s. Having traveled through time, she feels strange in her surroundings. That explains why she stands out from the crowd with her randomly insane train of thoughts.
Randomly surreal would be the basis of evolution for her creations. Extreme interests in human beings, she dissects them physically and emotionally, then translate her findings through art. Her surgeries are conducted in her own backyard. During her spare time, she likes to ride on velvet ponies and fly kites with fairies and unicorns. She is currently trying to get out of a washing machine.
She enjoys creating art installations, and she defines them as cellophane dreams; her ability to warp how she views each day by simply looking through a different sheet of cellophane each time.
Malvina held her first solo exhibition in 2008 at ‘House’ located at Dempsey Road, as part of the ‘Adopt an Artist’ programme led by ‘House’. Since then, she has participated in numerous exhibitions. Most recently, she exhibited her mixed media works at Leftfoot and The Coffee Connoisseur. She, too, explores performance art and recently presented a piece at The Substation as part of the Night Festival 2010.
Malvina is a diploma graduate from the School of Technology for the Arts at Republic Polytechnic and is currently doing her degree studies in Interactive Media at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media.
Kelvin Atmadibrata, born 1988 in Jakarta is currently based in Singapore. He is pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media.
His practice includes drawings, mixed media, installation and performance. Kelvin is constantly interested in the notion of gender and sexuality, paying particular attention to masculine attributes, queer culture and erotica. This is reflected on a long-term initiative, rainbowartsproject (RAP). It focuses on queer subjects in forms of exhibitions, documentations and researches.
Kelvin has presented performance in Singapore, Jakarta, Bandung, Brisbane and recently Stockholm. He is interested in exploring the queer subjects, RPG characters and national identity in his action-based works.
As a self-taught artist, Grace predominantly creates viscerally. Often fascinated by the raw and puerile objects of existence, her current artistic practice involves observation of the intrinsic human behaviour and the individual’ s reaction towards conventional boundaries that exist around its official culture. Most of her works aim to induce an investigation of truth and honesty, a process reflective of our own search for verity in this absurd society that we inhabit.
Grace’s performance- based pieces are physical manifestations of personal dispositions, transpositions and interpretation of subjects, particularly concepts relating to technology and visual representation. Her latest project, “Private-Public” (2011), is an ongoing online performance piece that examines the role and structure between the Internet platform and the physical space as concepts for documenting and disseminating “performance art” through an observing eye.
Ayano Hattori is a Japanese artist currently based in Singapore. She is currently pursuing M.A. Fine Art at LASALLE College of the Arts after graduating from Musashino Art University, Tokyo with B.A. Painting, in 2009. She performed in NIPAF and her recent show includes Wonder Women at Post Museum in 2010.
Born in Indonesia, Willis is a final year student in BFA Photography and Digital Imaging in Art, Design and Media, NTU. Departing from an experimental approach, she always works with a strong emphasis on conceptualization and semiotics. Issues of human condition, existence and identity are consistently manifested in her body of work. She uses photography, performance and mix media installation in her art practice.
Her works always embark from her personal experiences, which also aim for a visual language that is both universal and open to personal
- CIMED, 2011
This performance is an extension project of my photography series. It is a reflection of my interior and external sense of self as I question my identity, highlighting issues of belonging, nationality, and condition. Incubated from my personal experience as a Chinese Indonesian from Medan, I seek to get deeply immersed in the emotion through performance and examine the split between being and appearance.