ROJAK 18: SECRET ROJAK

2 September, 2011, Friday, 8pm at Goodman Arts Centre

Welcome to ROJAK 18! Or nicknamed our secret ROJAK. It will be a more intimate crowd, without much of the usual fanfare. This edition is held at Goodman Arts Centre, and also serves as an informal studio for some of the artists who’s presenting and whose studios are at Goodman.

Our heartfelt thanks to Goodman Arts Centre for having us, and especially to Tee Tong for his warm support. Also lots of thanks to our darling Yi-Sheng for hosting, and Casey Chen for his lovely chairs. To everyone who came to share and to all the ROJAKers, thank you, thank you!

ROJAK 18

Presenters



Presenter 1

Justin Lee
Imaginary Dimension [Art]

I am currently doing two shows in Singapore, which both started in June 2011. They arecurrently showing at the Singapore Art Museum-Art Garden (till 2 Sept 2011) and Asia Civilizations Museum-Terracotta (till end 15 Oct 2011). Apart from this, I am also traveling to Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur for the Causeway Exchange 2011 program. I did an art installation at KLPAC with carton boxes.

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Presenter 2

Sai Hua Kuan
Thoughts between Nothing [Art]

Sai Hua Kuan was born in 1976 in Singapore. He received a Master in Fine Art from the Slade Schoolof Fine Art, University College London, in 2007. Visually simple and often laborious in execution, Sai’s practice often incorporates cross-disciplinary elements of sculpture, drawing, installation, sound and performance with wit and energy. He has exhibited extensively, at venues that include ‘EV+A’ (2010,Ireland), ‘Moscow International Biennale for Young Art’ (2010, Russia), ‘14th Media Art Biennale WRO’ (2011, Poland) and ‘Luleå Art Biennial’ (2011, Sweden).

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Presenter 3

Anthony Chen
LIGHTHOUSE: Shooting Home away from Home [Film]

Born in 1984 in Singapore, Anthony Chen enrolled in film school in Singapore at an early age of 17 to pursue his passion for filmmaking. His short film, Ah Ma (Grandma), was nominated for the Palme d’Or for Short Film at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, and secured a Special Mention, the first time a Singapore filmmaker was awarded in Cannes. Haze marks his third short film effort and was nominated for the Golden Bear for Short Film at the 58th Ber- lin International Film Festival. He recently completed his MA
in Film Directing at the National Film and Television School, UK. Anthony believes in making films that reveal, reflect and explore universal truths about the human condition. Anthony is currently working on his first full-length film.

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Presenter 4

Urich Lau
Life Circuit [Art/Video]

Singaporean visual artist Urich Lau Wai-Yuen was born in 1975, he works with video art, photography, printmaking and installation art. He has exhibited in Singapore and other countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan, Australia, Serbia and the USA. He is also an independent curator and organiser for video art and has worked with artists and art groups in Singapore and from countries like Indonesia and China, most recently with the exhibition “Videologue” at the Sunshine International Art
Museum, Beijing in 2011. He holds a Master of Fine Art degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and works as an art lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Presenter 5

Brian Gothong Tan
The evils of spectacle: Recent propaganda work [Art/Multimedia]

Brian Gothong Tan is best known for his cutting-edge and highly engaging works in theatre, film and installation art. His first solo exhibition, Heavenly Cakes and Sentimental Flowers, was held at the Singapore Art Museum in 2003 under the NAC New Media Arts grant. In 2004, he created Hypersurface, at Sculpture Square and was featured at the 9th Venice Architectural Biennale. He was the youngest local artist participating in the Singapore Biennale 2006 with his installation, We Live In A Dangerous World. He has worked on films like Pleasure Factory which was selected for Un Certain Regard in Cannes in 2007, as well as Lucky 7 and Invisible Children. He was also the Multimedia Director for Singapore’s National Day Parade 2009, 2011, and the world’s first Youth Olympic Games Opening and Closing ceremonies in 2010.

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Presenter 6

Boo Sze Yang
Sanctuary [Art]

Shopping malls are sanctuaries for the modern man/woman,providing an illusion of false security, satisfaction and comfort. Built increasingly beside temples, mosques and churches in land-scarce Singapore (and many other cosmopolitan cities such as New York & London), one might discover a curious convergence of function and form between malls and religious houses: they are similarly places of worship in cavernous spaces of glitter and awe. In a mall, we venerate goods and products; we bow before brands; we revere the capacity for expenditure; we kneel at the altar of conformative purchase.

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Presenter 7

Sherman Ong
Still-Moving [Photography/Film]

Sherman is a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. His practice has always centred on the human condition and our relationships with others within the larger milieu. Winner of the 2010 ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award, Sherman has premiered works in Art Biennales, major Film Festivals and Museums around the world, including the Venice, Singapore and Jakarta Biennales, Mori Art Museum Tokyo, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Musee du Quai Branly Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, VideoBrasil International Electronic Art Festival, Singapore Art Museum, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Queensland Art Gallery, South Australia Contemporary Art Centre and Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuania.

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Presenter 8

Lip
Time for some Action [Art]

Wong Lip Chin, better known as LIP, is a practicing artist. Born 1987. Graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts with a BFA (H) in Fine Arts (Printmaking) in 2009. After his residency and solo show in 2009 among other exhibitions in which he had participated, National Service caught up with him. During which, he was involved with the production of YOG and NDP Show. Now back and time for some action.

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Presenter 9

Loo Zihan
Performing Shame [Performance/Installation]

My work is anchored in the moving image and extends to performance and mixed- media installations. I deploy these divergent mediums to address fundamental societal and artistic questions, such as the relationship between the artist and participant, the role of the “proper” and the still under-recognized pervasiveness of shame. A quiet lyricism and poetic rhythm couches my explorations of shame, sexual content and the dangers and pleasures of self-exposure. In submitting to my own self- exposure, I propose my work as a gift to the viewer.

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Presenter 10

Jeremy Sing
‘‘Another Home’’ - The ‘‘Other’’ National Day Video [Film]

Singapore in the past year has been nothing short of dramatic in terms of the social and political happenings. Month after month, we had things to make us laugh, cry and comment about. The peak of this was seen in GE 2011 when many average Singaporeans stood up to contribute to the political rhetoric. It is almost like saying after seeing how Singaporeans have proven themselves to more politically engaged than we thought, this National Day cannot be the same again. So the video was our little contribution to a nation that’s awakened a little from political apathy. After what happened at GE 2011, this National Day cannot be the same again, we decided to make it different.



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FARM ROJAK 17
ROJAK 17: Co-Curated by BBH & FARM

Friday, 18 February, 2011. 7pm at BBH, 5 Magazine Road, Central Mall, Singapore 059571.

Welcome to our first ROJAK for 2011! It promises to be a bang, quite literally! Co-curated and hosted by our superb partner BBH, it will also feature live performances by the Syndicate, V.O.X and The Sets Band. Come chill with us at their lovely courtyard space and we shall make merry.

Lotsa Thanks to Epson for Official Projector Sponsor. Home Club for the sound system. And Thank you to Yi-Sheng for hosting, and Casey for his sofas and lamps :) Photographs of the night by Evelyn Loa and Daniel Peh, thanks guys!

ROJAK 17

Presenters



Presenter 1

Syndicate
The Transmission Of Beats & Visual Culture [Visual & Music]

As Singapore’s revolutionary transmitter of beats and visual culture, SYNDICATE presents a melt down of audio experimenta- tion and visual dares from the
bass bins, beats baskets and image banks of its audio-visual super collective. The audiovisual collective is set to deconstruct and reassemble sound concepts and visual ideas with live perfor- mances and installations set in various spaces and contexts.

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Presenter 2

Colin Seah
Some buildings, an eraser, a bookstore & an Ad Agency [Architecture & Design]

Architecturally trained in the US, Colin Seah honed his sensibilities working for the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind.
As MOD’s Founder & Director of Design, Colin is a two- time recipient of Singapore’s highest design accolade, the PRESIDENT’S DESIGN AWARD. He was also a Grand Prize Winner of the GOLD KEY AWARD, the highest international hospitality accolade and named Hong Kong Perspective’s ‘40 UNDER 40’ ARCHITECTS & MARCUS CORPORATION FOUNDATION PRIZE 2007 ‘emerging architect with potential for greatness’.

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Presenter 3

Yuki Mitsuyasu
Jewellery, a wearable sculpture [Jewellery Design]

A graduate of Central Saint Mar- tins (BA hons Jewellery Design), Yuki Mitsuyasu designs and constructs jewellery intended to tell a story. Carefully crafted into each piece is a narrative, waiting to be recounted, explored, and shared. Yuki stresses the importance of jewellery looking beautiful from every angle. Yet, every point of view does not distract from the narrative. The themes, often universal and timeless, lend the pieces immediate iconic status. The Singapore Permanent Resident, Yuki is currently based in Singapore after 8 years of living in London. Awards include Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship and Design award 2007, International Jewellery London Best New Product Award 2008 and Editor’s Choice Award 2010.

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Presenter 4

Quek Kiat Sing
Ink Journey [Chinese Art]

Quek Kiat Sing (Born, Singapore, 1972) has gained recognition in local awards such as the United Overseas Bank Painting of the year Competition and the Dr
Tan Tsze Chor Art Award. She represented Singapore at the ASEAN Cultural Week in Vietnam in 2004 and participated in the China ASEAN Youth Artwork Creativity Contest in China in 2006. In 2008, she was selected for Vermont Studio Centre Residency in USA. In the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2010 of Hong Kong, she was one of the Singapore finalists. She is represented by Asian Art Options and Art-2 Gallery. At pres- ent, she lectures part-time at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

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Presenter 5

Hunn Wai
clash/contrast/ communicate [Industrial Design]

Lanzavecchia + Wai is a creative collaboration between Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai. To them, being designers means being researchers, engineers, craftsmen and story-tellers all at the same time.

Lanzavecchia’s main interest lies in the relationships objects have and can have with the human body and soul as well as having a fervent eye for future trends. Wai is fascinated by the collisions and fusions of materials, meanings and forms. Their cooperation is based on those focuses and having hailed from two very different countries and cultures, they attempt to feed off each other’s backgrounds, knowledge and skill-sets to fuel lateral thinking and agile tangible application.

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Presenter 6

Douglas Hamilton & Adrian Chan
California Jean-ing [Advertising]

Born and raised in Scotland, Douglas quickly realised there were much better places in the world and set off on his merry way. Armed with a silly accent and a degree he had no idea what to do with, he spent the next two of years Dick Whittingtoning his way around the world. In his spare time Douglas writes for a Bangkok based music magazine, designs gimicky products and writes terrible rap music.

Born in Melbourne, Australia and then raised by computers, Adrian writes and draws ads with Douglas at BBH Singapore. In his time as an art director, he’s built a whale-cow, made a public shower & karaoke unit. In his free time Adrian enjoys spending hours deciding between comic books, playing computer games and fixing things onto his bicycle.



Presenter 7

Abednego Trianto
Past and Present Still Life [Photography]

Abednego earned his BFA at the School of Art, Design and Media, Singapore. He is the first winner of the prestigious Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Still Photography. I arrive at some photographs that my mother –a baker- made years ago. Through experimentation, I use many of her cake decorations to recreate a still life. In other side, I am interested in history as my photographs started from a research on Dutch Still Life paintings, the function of showing people existence, the commerce, social life and the arts in 17th century Holland.



Presenter 8

Felix Ng
25 Projects [Design]

Felix Ng (b.1982) is an art director. He founded design practice, SILNT (pronounced as si’lent) in 2005 after graduating from school where he studied journalism.
In addition to the design practice, he started Anonymous in 2009, where he collaborates with artists and designers globally on cultural projects that have been shown in Berlin, Tokyo, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. In 2008, Felix was invited to represent Singapore at the prestigious Venice Architectural Biennale amongst 22 Singaporean designers.
His work has been recognized with awards from the Art Director's Club New York and the HKDA Awards.
Felix has also served as jury in the Creative Circle and Crowbar Awards.


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Presenter 9

Andree Weschler
If you imagine, girl, that is going to last forever, you got it all wrong [Fine Arts & Performance]

Andrée Weschler‘s artistic endeavours focus on using the physical body to explore the boundaries of acceptable social constructs. The performing body is used as a tool for discovery, often becoming material in itself. Her work also attempts to challenge the audience into reading her performance of bodily differences. Born in France, she has been living and practicing her art in Asia for more than 15 years. Since 2000, she has been invited to participate in international art events in Asia and Europe.

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Presenter 10

The Observatory
The Observatory 2011-2012 [Music]

Local band The Observatory has always positioned itself at the vanguard of tearing down barriers between indie rock and high art. Formed in 2001, this adventurous quintet has had four albums to their name. The Observatory’s sound blends psychedelic folk and space rock. They have also been known to venture into totally different sonic terrains with artistic projects like playing live improvised soundtracks to films and improvising with artists from different fields. Known for their eclectic and atmospheric live performances, The Observatory has performed in Paris, Mulheim (Germany), Tokyo, Seoul among others.

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FARM ROJAK 16
ROJAK 16

28th August 2010, Saturday, 7pm at Blk 263, Waterloo Centre, 1st storey void deck
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This is our very first ROJAK in a HDB block and naturally, we are all hyped up, especially when it’s a charming residential-cum-office podium block typology built in the 1970s (they don’t do it these days anymore). Explore the neighbourhood and soak in the atmosphere. Thanks to Kelvin and Yi-Sheng for hosting (This is Kelvin's last time in hosting ROJAK before he leaves town for a year's break. We gonna miss him alot!). Thanks to Casey for his wonderful chairs and lamps.

Invite by Brick.

ROJAK 16

Presenters



Presenter 1

Joshua Teo
Let’snottalkaboutarchitecture [Architecture]

Joshua is one of the co-founders of ReallyArchitecture (re:ACT), an architecture organisation that believes in making architecture relevant to people again. Trained in architecture, Joshua is interested in how the building and design process can be a more participatory and collaborative one. He believes that will result in better-designed spaces that users and communities can appreciate. He hopes to contribute to building a world where every person is free to tap into his/ her innate ability to create and to be creative



Presenter 2

Boo Junfeng
Sandcastle [Film]

Boo Junfeng is one of Singapore’s most prolific young filmmakers. Since 2005 his short films have won several awards at the Singapore International Film Festival. Trained in film schools in Singapore and Spain, his works often centre on themes of alienation, kinship, love and sexuality. His short films include Tanjong Rhu, Keluar Baris, Katong Fugue, Stranger and A Family Portrait. Sandcastle, his first feature film, was the first film from Singapore to be selected at the prestigious International Critics’ Week at Cannes Film Festival in 2010. Sandcastle opens at GV VivoCity on August 26.


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Presenter 3

Johnny Gao & Calvin Chua
generi-City [Urban & Architecture]

generi-City is a project that investigates generic spaces within the city. Rather than claiming uniqueness through cultural references in architectural expression or iconic figurative gestures; this project rediscovers the uniqueness of urban spaces through the most generic and banal scenes of everyday life. The generic is celebrated in order to reveal the uniqueness of the city.

Both Calvin Chua and Johnny Gao, recently completed a research on the paradoxes of the post-Fordist city at the Architectural Association (AA), by putting forward innovative and extreme strategies for new forms of working and living.




Presenter 4

Natasha Gan
this label is n/a – a normallyanomaly set-up [Fashion]

normallyanomaly is a clothes-making studio based in Singapore.
normallyanomaly describes a condition of flux between what is deemed as normal and that of which deviates from the dominant standards. Using tailoring and clothes design as a vehicle for this investigation, the study of traditions and craft in dressmaking not only reflects cultural movements but also reveals possibilities of anomalies that could provide an alternative perspective to the present glamour-addicted lifestyles.




Presenter 5

Yeo Shih Yun
I LOVE COLLABORATIONS [Fine Arts]

Shih Yun began her artistic career after graduating from San Francisco Art Institute. In 2004, she founded INSTINC- a space that aims to foster friendships & collaborations with other artists as well as organizations. Apart from paintings & drawings, she works with diverse mediums including screen printing and painting on films.

Beyond my own practice, I have been collaborating with many artists since 2002. What I love most about collaborations is that they are always full of surprises and are totally unpredictable. Anything is possible in collaboration if we can transcend our egos and surrender to something greater. I hope that artistic collaborations will become one of the most imaginative and radical modes of working for the artists in the future. www.instinc.com

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Presenter 6

Ong Swee Hong
After 7 [Lighting]

Swee loves to call herself a ‘schizophrenic designer’, assuming different roles in accordance to various ‘calls of duty’: design educator, architect, or the architect who went over to the ‘light’ side.

When she is at her usual ‘energizer bunny-self’, she loves to indulge in one of her many collaborative projects in-progress, to read a good book, or to simply to talk about anything random. Yet, always, all things wonderful and beautiful inspire her. One of her constant sources of inspiration is the imageability of cities at night, whether it is darkness, the illuminated, or the forgotten, or the kaleidoscopic range of effects light brings about in space.




Presenter 7

Daryl Tan
The Art of Daryl Tan [Illustration]

My name is Daryl Tan. I was born in October 1988. I’m a Singaporean citizen and a United States permanent resident. I love comics, drawing, painting, model kit-ing, video games and girls.

I started doing drawing seriously only in 2005 after entering Digital Media Design in Nanyang Polytechnic. I have just completed my national service a couple of months ago and waiting to start school in Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) majoring in Illustration.

I’m currently looking for/doing freelance jobs and selling wacom tablets on weekends, while waiting for school to start.


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Presenter 8

Frayn Yong
Fragile Structures [Fine Arts]

b.1984) studied and practiced interior design and illustration before beginning his training as a fine artist at LASALLE College of the Arts in 2009. Frayn explores the transience and uncertainty of existence by reflecting and exploring the human condition. He was awarded the Winston Oh Travel Award 2010 and is currently involved with :Phunk Studio’s Transmission Lab. He also recently exhibited in Singapore Survey 2010: Beyond LKY at Valentine Willie Fine Art.


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Presenter 9

Justin Zhuang
I See Singapore: Digging Into Our Visual Culture [Graphic History]

Justin Zhuang is a writer interested in visual culture and its place in Singapore’s heritage and cultural identity. He has spent the past year researching the social and political conditions that generate the visual materials we see in our everyday life in Singapore. You can find out more at his blog, http://justrambling.sg

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Presenter 10

Neo Xiaobin
Shattered Dreams [Photojournalism]

Born in 1983, Neo Xiaobin has been a photojournalist with The Straits Times since April 2010. She first joined my paper, a bilingual freesheet, in 2007 after graduating from Nanyang Technological University’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

A journalism major, she believes that responsible and good photojournalism has an ability to reach and communicate, to move and connect people. She has photographed in countries like Nepal, Timor-Leste, Indonesia and China, and hopes to do more documentary work in Singapore.

Her recent photo story on a Chinese family devastated by the sudden death of their daugther, who came to Singapore in search of a better life, won an in-house award for Feature Story of the Month.

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FARM ROJAK 15
ROJAK 15

12 June 2010, Saturday, 8pm at Emily Hill & sixdegrees

Welcome to ROJAK 15! It’s been a while... We’ve been busy the whole year with several projects and also relocating to a new space but now we are back! We miss you all. Thanks to the good people at Emily Hill and sixdegrees for hosting us in this lovely shed (it was love at first sight!). We have to thank Casey Chen for his chairs and beanbags, Kelvin Ang and Ng Yi-Sheng for hosting. And of course, to the 10 ROJAKers for coming forward and sharing your works. And thanks Kai for the photos!

ROJAK 15

Presenters



Presenter 1

Dan Prichard
Civic Life [Film & Urban]

Civic Life: Tiong Bahru is a major community arts project exploring identity, architecture, memory, community, a sense of place and civic space.

Unfolding over 2010, this will include the shooting of a short film by leading UK-based filmmakers Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy in and around the Tiong Bahru estate, online themed discussions through a dedicated website portal, a creative writing programme and a short film competition, the winner of which will be heading to the UK to take part in the prestigious Encounters Short Film Festival.

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Presenter 2

Nataliette
The spectator, and not life [Illustration]

Nataliette graduated in March 2007 from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Armed with her diploma in Multimedia and a great zest for the creative world, Nataliette worked as a designer.

Two years down the road, her enthusiasm was killed by countless irritating self-appointed art-director clients and numerous experiences with people disrespecting the design profession. Thoroughly frustrated, she impulsively quit her second job to avoid the downward spiral to madness. With her newfound freedom, she happily pursued her interest in art and illustration!

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Presenter 3

Jeff Chouw
Nonsense Photos [Photography]

Formerly trained as a marine biologist, presently a photographer with an annoying taste for documenting the
idiosyncrasies of living in Singapore that have been generally ignored by the psyche of most Singaporeans.

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Presenter 4

Natalie Lee
Hao Tian Qi [Graphic]

A background in graphic design, animation and a keen interest in photography has offered Natalie opportunities to find design in the most unlikely places. Having graduated from Swinburne university of technology with a BA in Communication Design, she has spent the last 4 years in the industry fine-tuning her craft.

“HaoTianQi” is Natalie’s self-initated project to challenge the perception of packaging and the reinvention of ‘giving’.

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Presenter 5

Brian Chia
Feed [Graphic]

Brick is a Krispy Kreme addict and staunch believer of the existence of mermaids. He loves to illustrate how he live his life, colourful at times, occasional bouts of sullenness, and always experimental.

An MA graduate in design for interactive media from Middlesex University of London, Brick spent years honing his skills in both interactive media and digital illustration. Beside garnered numerous wins including the 2003 Crowbar Awards and 2007 D&AD Student Global Awards, his works have been seen across several publications and exhibitions that include UK Association Of Illustrator’s Images 32, Singapore Creative Network UK’s In the Pit and more recently Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at BloodGroup + Space.

Brick likes collaboration and is interested in meeting people of different fields of expertise.



Presenter 6

MINDWASABI
The Mathematics of Luxury [Design Strategy]

What drives markets for luxury goods?

I’ll talk about some of our ideas, and describe how they lead to models that reproduce some interesting observed phenomena.

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Presenter 7

Kenneth Chong
Place [Architecture & Art]

Professionally, Kenneth considers himself an architect and an artist.

Having a love for the discourse of space, and seeing its power to affect society in the way we live and think, it is in art that he conceives critical observations and whimsical narratives of space and in architecture that he hopes to test and realize those projections.



Presenter 8

Chan Mei Hsien
One-Line Portraiture [Art]

Mei Hsien is a visual artist, living and working in Singapore. Born in 1983, she graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2004.

Drawing has always been an integral part of her art practice and her fascination with lines started when she discovered the collagraph technique from printmaking. With that technique, she has been exploring portraiture in her drawings. Her inspirations come from her habitual observations of daily events and people around her.

Working with a wide range of images culled from periodicals
to web images, her subjects range from politicians, celebrities, to the anonymous man on the street.

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Presenter 9

Liao Jiekai
Red Dragonflies [Film]

Liao Jiekai is an award-winning filmmaker based in Singapore. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lectures at the School of the Arts, the first and only pre-tertiary arts institution in Singapore.

He is a founding member of 13 Little Pictures, a local film collective that champions independent feature films. His debut feature length film, Red Dragonflies, won the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival, and has been selected for competitions in film festivals in Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and Shanghai.

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Presenter 10

Rage Goh
WE ARE ALL LABOURERS FOR A GREATER MACHINE [Poetry, Performance]

The Proletariat Poetry Factory is a collective of individuals, bound together by the common desire to deal with the inherent collusion of the need to consume, and the need to produce, with the deeper subtext being the questionable nature of capitalism.

The work process remains the same, as it always has been. Give them a word to inspire the poem, leave a name behind, collect the typewritten poem and pay any amount for it. A constant audio feed by The Board of Supreme Controllers via headphones aims to maximise productivity, by maintaining servility of poet labourers and complete mental submission to the system.

Using poetry as the main traded currency, The Proletariat Poetry Factory hopes to fully embody the values of the working class, thereby redeeming their lost souls by giving themselves over fully to the very ideology that consumes them.



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FARM ROJAK 14
ROJAK 14

13 June, Saturday, 2009. 8pm at iluma, 201 Victoria Street.

Thanks to ALL who were there with us on ROJAK 14! Hope you enjoyed the session under the night sky. Our warmest thanks to iluma, for so graciously hosting us in their charming skygarden. Minli Han, Cedric Koh, and the team at iluma - we couldn't thank you enough! And to the Department of Architecture NUS, for all the help in co-curating, logistics and setting up. Special thanks to Nicholas and Daryl from TAS! To the lovely people from drinkdings LLP, we absolutely love the cocktails. Nicholas Teo, thanks for constantly on the prowl, capturing every moment. Oats & Sparkle and Jerry Goh, for the poster that we can't stop digging. Not forgetting of course, our long-standing supporters, Kelvin Ang for hosting, Casey Chen for his lovely ottomans and beanies.

ROJAK 14

Presenters



Presenter 1

han
the teh-si tastes so bad, why you din't realised it? [Art]

Singapore-born han grew up in Kuching, Malaysia, where the different pace of life attuned him to the neglected and forgotten in contemporary society. Recording these on negatives, he recreates them in his art.

As a documentary photographer, he has been archiving the work of artists since 2003, and contributing to a variety of publications and periodicals including Singapore Architect and d + a. han was also a colour supervisor and still photographer of two of Sherman Ong’s films, Flood and Drought.

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Presenter 2

Dju-Lian Chng
In-Between [Photography]

Under the larger umbrella task of identifying lost places that people fail to acknowledge, the ‘in-between’ series focuses on illustrating the polarized attitudes towards common living areas - in this case, the beloved leitmotif of the timeless HDB flat.

Beginning with intimate areas known to the photographer, the images of this series implore the viewer to create causal associations within their subconscious anatomy of visual memories in order to establish placement and identity with each scene.

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Presenter 3

Melvin Keng
Sodom & Gomorrah [Architecture]

Today, Keng presents to you, his Master thesis, entitled “Sodom & Gomorrah”. A piece set in the year 2010 and beyond, “Sodom & Gomorrah” is an architectural and societal response to the declining economic weather in Singapore. Dealing with topics of urban decay, alternative economies and appropriateness of activities, the thesis begs to leave an open-ended answer to the question – How can architecture serve society, in these times?



Presenter 4

Micki Chua
ProjHUATarh! [Architecture]

Proj.HUATarh! is an exploration into Asian architectonics by questioning the application of innovative construction technology in Singapore’s traditional belief systems such as the Taoist festivals. The proposed design attempts to construct festival-specific spaces based on the very tradition of festivals as opposed to existing standard scaffold structure.

Proj.HUATarh! is a pneumatic membrane which conjures specific spatial ambience and ornamentation according to the varying sounds, heat and light produced as one prays, meditates and celebrates within.

The outcome is a breathing structure where the rituals of festivals, like blood, are required to generate festive symbols and spaces.



Presenter 5

Krsna & Govin Tan
Runs in the Family [Music]

Krsna and his younger brother, Govin Tan, grew up in a home filled with music. Krsna Tan started formal lessons with his father at the tender age of 5.

In 2002, at the age of 12, Krsna won first prize in the National Indian Music Competition. He was the youngest and the first non-Indian contestant to achieve such prestigious recognition.

Govin Tan has developed a unique, distinguished sense of rhythm with the Tabla. At the age of 14, Govin won first prize in the National Indian Music Competition(2006) in the Tabla Junior Category. He is also the first non-Indian to do so.

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Presenter 6

Erik Gerard L'Heureux
Exuberant Singapore. A Love Story of Radical Ambition in the Face of Ecological Catastrophe [Architecture]

This is a story of Singapore’s desire to remain relevant. And a story of its continued foresight and ambition. But more than anything, it is a story of Singapore’s survival and the strategies required to overcome its historical burden and self created geographical challenges. A work in progress Exuberant Singapore is a projection, a fantasy, and a very real possibility.



Presenter 7

Sarah Lim
Equivalence [Architecture]

My thesis is about equivalence.

The highest number of foreign construction workers in Singapore ever was 800,000 in 2007. This would represent nearly 17% of the total population. In line with the concept of equivalence and equality, I have chosen to explore a scenario where all the foreign workers in Singapore were evenly distributed throughout the island.



Presenter 8

Jovian Lim
The Voyage to the Ends of the World [Photography]

Jovian Lim b.1984, is a Singaporean photographer. Trained in the School Of Art, Design And Media (NTU).

His approach towards image-making have evolved over the recent years and is constantly being refined. Through his photographs, he yearns to create a new visual expression - a language undemanding, personal and heartfelt.

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Presenter 9

Vishalini Rajandran
h[EARTH] - Biodegradable Temporary Structures [Architecture]

This project attempts to address two major concerns through the design and development of new practices and processes in architecture; environment and society.

The final prototype comprises of 4 modular components made from biodegradable plastic that form a structural skin system. The components are lightweight, stackable and easily transportable. The components can also be packed with insulating material and be sealed with waterproof gaskets to make the structure weatherproof and liveable.



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Fran Borgia
In Asia [Film]

Born in southern Spain, Fran studied cinema in London and Barcelona before moving to Singapore in 2004. Here he wrote and directed his first short film in 35mm – Asia, which traveled to several film festivals in Europe, North America and Asia. Since he moved to Singapore five years ago, Fran has been actively involved in filmmaking and the arts.

In 2008, an extended three-part version of The King Lear Project was presented at the KunstenFestivaldesArts (Brussels) and the Singapore Arts Festival. He is now preparing Film–Faust, a film and theatre production that will premiere at Esplanade Theatre Studios in July 2009.

Fran is the founder of Akanga Film Asia, an award-winning independent film company based in Singapore.

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ROJAK 13: Interiors

23 January, Friday, 2009. 8pm at National Museum of Singapore, Glass Atrium at Level 2.

Thank You, Ng Yi-Sheng and Kelvin Ang for co-hosting, Avenueone for the poster, Casey Chen for his lamps and ottoman, Randy Loh and Koh Yee Ling for photography and Octopus for printing. Thank You for National Museum of Singapore for hosting us so graciously and providing with all the logistics help. Special Thanks to Amaranta Lim from the NMS!

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Presenters



Presenter 1

Gilles Massot
The Lover's House [Art]

For the past few years, Gille Massot has been pursuing a long-term project taking the Ganges and the Mekong as the running threads of a body of work, which hopes to result in an overall vision of Asia. It is while travelling recently in Vietnam for this purpose that he came to Sa Dec, the little town where Marguerite Duras grew up and where she met with Ong Huynh Thuy Lê, the man with whom she was to live a love story that would inspire the famous novel “The Lover”.

In 2006, Gilles completed a MA in Fine Arts that focused on the ruins of an 18th century castle in southern France. The work entitled “Valbelle, Myth of Fiction” looked at the legacy of the Century of Lights in today’s context, in particular from the point of view of the history of photography, while investigating the thin line that separate myth, fiction and reality and how these three realms interact with one another. It is more particularly this aspect of his research that he found poetically embodied in the house of Marguerite Duras’ real life lover.



Presenter 2

Benjamin Tan
Space in theatrical film [Film]

Titled ‘The Girl with the Red Balloons’, it tells a tale of reconciliation between mother and daughter as each become estranged from each other’s reality
– their own respective perceptions of the world. Ultimately it deals with the concept of maturity and finding our inner children as we become desensitised by the unrelenting pace of a materialistic, urban society. A quirky surrealist experimental, adapted from a script written in the style of theatre, the film employs a unique visual style of cardboard sets which mirror their real world counterparts, where the space within the film is treated as per a stage play.

Benjamin Tan is pursuing his undergraduate studies at NTU’s school of Art, Design and Media, majoring in digital film production. Currently in his foundation year, his forays into the film and video art mediums under the directorial pseudonymn of jmin.



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Hans Tan
Don't Stand On Ceremony [Industrial/Product Design]

As an independent designer, Hans Tan focuses on contextual research that yield conceptual propositions through design. With an abiding interest in ploughing
the relationship between tangible objects and their intangible meanings, he pursues opportunities to discern the world afresh.

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Mark Wee
Made in UNION [Architecture and Interiors]

Union is a multi-disciplinary research-based creative consultancy that is dedicated to the creation of beautiful human environment that inspire hope, and the celebration of positive living.

Formed on the belief that successful projects require the development of good briefs, UNION, as a collective of Architects, Designers, Business consultants, and Researchers work together seamlessly to provide valuable Business and Design solutions that are sensitive to the environment, people and culture.

Union works with clients to develop a holistic strategy through a variety of research tools, fieldwork, facilitated discussions, interviews and analysis. The synthesis of these precesses lead to design solutions that not only facilitate purposeful living, but also stunning environments that explore the imagination and the narrative.

Union’s unique portfolio ranges from exciting projects such as The Majestic Bar, and the exhibition design for the Singapore Biennale 2006, to luxurious hospitality interiors for the ShangGri-La and Movenpick group and the iconic Kempinski Palace of the Emirates Hotel in Abu Dhabi.




Presenter 5

Lin Weidong
Quilt [Photography]

Of course you have, at one time or another, wondered what a stranger’s bedroom looked like. It takes a wily voyeur, or an undaunted photographer (the distinction tends to get fuzzy here), to be led by that curiosity into the actual inner sanctum of eight random young men.

What resulted from one such foray is an intimate and ambiguous suite of portraits that you will see in an exhibition called ‘Quilt’, a promising debut by photographer Lin Weidong. Capturing the subjects at that unstable intersection between boyish vulnerability and manly self-possession, Facebook persona and secret self, these portraits are taken in the subjects’ bedrooms – sites nested with the fiber of the subjects’ emotional and fantasy lives.

Lin Weidong is a full-time student and a part-time disc jockey. you can hear him play jazz every saturday night on union works radio 100.3 fm.



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Alecia Neo
Hiatus [Photography]

Through images exploring urban spaces and fictional and non-fictional characters, ‘Hiatus’ represents a body of multiple psychological portraits. The environments, chosen subjects (a combination of primarily strangers and a few friends) and the photographer simultaneously cast influence over the reading of the image. Clearly, these fictional snapshots are staged, yet there is a reality in their emotions that resonate with the audience. The resulting ambiguity and mystery of the narrative reflect a common fear of the unknown.

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Maxine Chionh
The Condition [Art]

Chionh’s work is marked by the gesture of erasure, and primarily involves photography, video and drawing. Her work deals with the condition of circumstantial, forced and voluntary removal from a domestic environment.

Her bodies of work include photographing previous home environments from which she had been evicted or otherwise removed, developing the photos, then scratching on the prints to erase all portable objects in those spaces, and/or scratching away the environment while leaving the objects “floating” on the picture plane. The removal of objects then becomes a form of memento mori. Through her work, she wishes to explore how loss is prefigured in the state of desire for a place of inhabitation, as well as to explore the extent to which absence can be contiguous with presence.



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Larry Peh
OBJECTS&LARRY: Taking My Pleasure Seriously [Art/Graphic design]

Larry Peh, founder and creative director of design studio &Larry shares his insights on a creative journey that coalesced his love for art and design into a series of intriguingly crafted objects. Beginning with a tangential project to re-build an old chair for a charitable cause, he soon discovered the inherent pleasures of creating tangible things that stand apart from the daily creative challenges faced in the studio.

The output is equally eclectic: from 2005 to 2008, &Larry has produced Objects that include tables, lamps, stationery, apparel and more, all with a distinctly Singaporean narrative woven into their being. With these Objects, design ceases to ‘provide only answers’ and begins to hold a dialogue with the end-user.

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Donna Ong
Asleep, A Room Awakens [Art]

“Asleep, a Room Awakens” is series of work by Singaporean artist, Donna Ong, that explores the phenomenon of feeling familiar in a strange room, or vice-versa, the sensation of feeling alien in a known environment. Does every room recall or describe another? Are rooms dreamt into being from a shared sea of images, or are they dim reflections of a single original source?

Every second, rooms are being conjured up and brought into being, by both the conscious alert mind as well as the unconscious sleeping psyche. Disparate images surface and merge, a bastardised collage of “real” images experienced and stored as memory.



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Raihan Halim
Sunat [Film]

I have always wanted to make films.

One day, when I was six, my father had rented two movies from the neighbourhood video rental shop. One was a Jean Claude Van Damme flick. The other was a heady sci-fi film, which I thought had a cool poster.

My whole family loved the Van Damme flick. It was awesome. Everyone else fell asleep ten minutes into the sci-fi film. Me? I loved it to bits as much as I did with the Van Damme flick.

Looking back, that was probably the day I realized that there are films and then there are movies.

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ROJAK 12: The Place Issue

31 August 2008, Sunday at The Substation, 45 Armenian Street.

Thanks for coming to ROJAK 12- The Place Issue at The Substation. We hoped you enjoyed the works, and made some new friends. ROJAK 12 was part of The Substation's SeptFest 08 opening weekend. THANK YOU, The Substation for inviting us! THANK YOU, our dear ROJAKers. THANK YOU, Kelvin Ang and Ng Yi-Sheng for hosting, Perception3 for the 'tissue-chop' poster, Shan Chia for photography, Song Ming for the deliciously sexy music.

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Presenters



Presenter 1

Mintio
Concrete Euphoria [Photography]

“Concrete Euphoria” was triggered by my desire to document my country’s relentless drive with construction and reinventing itself. Growing up in Singapore, landscapes in my eyes have become a cycle of erasure and reinvention – the places we see today may drastically change or even cease to exist tomorrow. The inconstant and transient nature of a space as intimate as ‘home’ has created within me a mixture of both euphoria and disorientation.

In creating kaleidoscope-like multiple exposures, the camera takes a step to render familiar places as fantastical and sublime, so that the city may be seen with new eyes. Elements within the cityscape such a streetlights, road signs, buildings intersect to create stark symbols amidst the confusion.

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Presenter 2

Eng Yee Peng
Diminishing Memories [Film]

Yee Peng graduated from Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) with a Bachelor of Digital Media Production with First Class Honours. She completed her first documentary- Diminishing Memories in 2005. The film was broadcast on South Korea’s national educational channel (EBS) and Australia’s international television channel (Australia Network) in 2006.

Diminishing Memories won the Best Tertiary Documentary at the Queensland New Filmmakers Award competition in Australia. Also, nominated for Best Documentary at the Asian Festival of First Films, awarded Special Jury Commendation Award in 2005.

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Lawrence Abrahamson
OUT-lines [Art]

As a designer with an architectural background, Lawrence Abrahamson is interested in the borders between space, art and experience.

Lawrence’s explorations have led him to develop a methodology of using flagging tape to create temporary site-specific installations. With these installations he aims to reveal a sense of Ma, a “consciousness of place”, to create spaces not necessarily through the built form itself but through the experience of the form.

By highlighting places hidden in the environment, outlining forms already existing in the setting, the invisible becomes visible. Once removed, a lingering residue of the space remains, what he refers to as the retina burn, forever transforming the site in the mind of those who experience it. Lawrence empowers the viewer to see the world slightly differently, to see the spaces between.



Presenter 4

Ang Song Ming
From Abba to Zappa [Sound & Art]

Ang Song Ming is a sound artist exploring various intersections between the avant garde and the popular. He holds the dubious honours of inserting Bon Jovi samples into his concerts, and conducting listening parties where audiences revel in guilty pleasures such as Take That.

His exhibitions and performances include: Art is Not Mute (Gothenburg & Uppsala 2008), Singapore Fringe Festival (2007), 100 Days = 100 Videos (Copenhagen 2007 & Heidelberg 2006), SAND Music Festival (Hong Kong 2006), Aqua Art Sound Broadcast (Miami 2005), and International Computer Music Conference (Singapore 2003). Under the name Circadian, he has independently released two EPs of electronic music, Radial and Current.

Ang has written articles on music and aural culture for The Wire, Static (London Consortium), and the Substation Magazine. He was recently awarded the NAC Arts Scholarship (Overseas).
Visit http://www.circadiansongs.com for more.

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Perception3
Places, Still and Moving [Photography & Film]

Perception3 is an interdisciplinary art group co-founded by artist/writer Regina De Rozario and art director Seah Sze Yunn in 2007.

Its collaborative practice is currently devoted to exploring the themes of memory and loss, through the examination of relationships encountered between the self and the city landscape.
The group operates on a minimalist aesthetic, be it with still or moving images. It employs the use of places that are empty, but full of time; including within the frame only the barest of details, and rendering them in muted light and shadow.

Through this approach, the group hopes to capture the mundane reality of common city spaces, as well as unearth the poetic dualities that may lie beneath these seemingly austere surfaces.

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Presenter 6

Lim Shengen
Being Lost, Being Found [Art]

Shengen’s creative journey and training are found root in architectural training, diverging naturally towards the visual arts during his time as an apprentice fashion photographer.

He works mainly in the medium of painting, photography and installation, exploring urban conditions and landscapes.

Shengen graduated with BA (Hon) in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Art, validated by the Open University, UK.



Presenter 7

Jacen Tan
Kwa Giu- Bringing down the house [Film]

Jacen will talk about and show a trailer of his upcoming film - Kwa Giu.

Experience the Kallang Roar from the eyes of 55,000 fans who packed the National Stadium at the AFC Cup Final on 31 Jan 2007.

Shot with roving camcorders, Kwa Giu takes you right into the heart of the legendary atmosphere and spirit of the Kallang Roar, before the National Stadium is demolished.

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Randy Chan
Bodies [Architecture & Art]

Zarch Collaboratives was formed by Randy Chan as a multi-disciplinary practice, actively involving itself in the field of both art and architecture. The firm operates as a tightly knit open studio concept, with an emphasis on design interactions both internally and externally.

Linking up with a Graphic Gallery above and a Bar with a nostalgic setting below, the office seeks to prove the physical platform for more interactions amongst the creative personnel in Singapore. The firm essentially draws inspiration in its practice through these interactions.

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Presenter 9

Jing Quek
Jingapore [Photography]

A preview into a new ongoing series of work celebrating the Singapore landscape and the use of nature within an urban landscape. jing connects
this new body of work to his ongoing creation of a new Singaporean mythology.

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Laura Soon
An Accumulation of... [Art]

The intent of the installation is to examine the relationship between a space and the human experiences associated with it. It seeks to reclaim one own’s identity (biological make-up) and the public’s memories in the context of the space.

The work captured faces of people associated with the space over the last five years when Plastique Kinetic Worms (PKW) carried out their art activities in the space. How PKW came to be, through time, through space, and most importantly through its people.

The images of people and patterns found in the space were molted to form patterns and motifs that take the forms of biological cells. These new forms of patterns were repeated in a single tile, which was then reproduced in multiples, repeated to form a wall mural. This is to suggest that the space through non-living takes on the life of the people who has left their memories and some part of themselves behind, giving life to the space.



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ROJAK 11

28th June 2008, Saturday, 8pm at Old School, 11 Mount Sophia Block B #B2-09.

FARM like to thank everyone who turned up at ROJAK last Saturday night at OldSchool. We hope that you enjoyed your evening with us and took home with you some inspiration. Thanks to Cherie Tan, Jayson Yong, , Daniel K, Amanda Poh, James Loh and Alvin Chua, Sherman Ong, Lim Zi Sin, Joey Chin, Matthew Teo, and Jason Lim who share their works with us. To OldSchool and 2902 who hosted us. MAKE for the lovely invite, Clarence for the shagedelic photos and Casey for your chairs:) And to everyone who helped in one way or another.

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Presenters



Presenter 1

Cherie Tan
Indian Ink and a Burly Dose of Odd [Graphic]

Hullo, I’m Cherie and I draw, and sometimes I get paid for that. When that happens I buy new Ah Beng accessories for my bike!

The most amazing stuff emerges when I don’t plan for it. I try not to use pencils to pre-sketch, I just ink directly onto the paper, and let the drawing expand itself. Its hard to predict what the drawing will become in the end, and sometimes the proportions don’t come out correct, but that’s part of the appeal for me - I like unpredictability and quiet imperfections. Oddly, once I’ve drawn something it’s hard for me to reproduce it, so i have alot of trouble developing comic strips or short stories - the character comes out looking abit different each time!

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Jayson Yong
Manipulative Choices [Installation]

I am a recent graduate from LASALLE Fine Arts that have an interesting question about what choice is: is it really yours? So, to assume choice is a delusion, there must be manipulation at work. Thus this oxymoron must surely exist if we think choice is ours to make. And I am interested in creating works that attest to the concept of “tube” culture, influence, persuasion, suggestion, conditioning, occultism, homogeneity and even behaviorism – all of which is empirically calculative, misleading , manipulative and even paradoxical.

So is it good or bad to manipulate choices that are given? I say only when people realize they are being manipulated, it is bad. When it is good, how can they know that they are being manipulated in the first place? And my work is symptomatic to the intellectual endeavour which arises from unexpected enigma. Like Friedrich Waismann once wrote, “We all have our moments when something quite ordinary strikes us as queer... facts... stare at us with puzzling expression, and we begin to wonder whether they can be possibly things we have known all our lives...”



Presenter 3

Daniel K
diskodanny [Dance]

daniel k received the Singapore Public Service Commission Scholarship to study BA Fine Art & critical theory at Goldsmiths College in london (1997-2001). He has also studied choreography at the Laban centre & Birkbeck College. daniel is currently an Associate Artist with The Substation, singapore and an installation/dance artist
with diskodanny.com, a multidisciplinary artistic partnership.

daniel’s work is usually linked to the nightscape, since night compared to day, is more open to surrealism, reverie and allows individuals to take flight from their occupation de jure. From the disco to sex, Daniel tries to unveil the politics and performance of desire.

His presentation will focus on recent works that highlights the relationship between The Subject and Object, linked via photography/images.

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Amanda Poh
this is you, and this is me [Photography]

Amanda is formally trained in Chinese ink painting, water-colour and a variety of western media. Her works are often concept-based, interactive or really small. She also has a penchant for making works that invite tactile participation from the audience.

Her latest work on show is a photographic series entitled ‘13th January’. It documents a pursuit of a particularly delicate shade of blue (this is you,) in the sky that she witnessed, the day a loved one passed away. She has never quite been able to find it again. The loss, and its search, found itself motifs in planes, tree branches, communication lines (and this is me.); things that naturally aspire skyward.

Those aside, she likes poetry, traditional wet-printing and white tea. Amanda has recently been involved in the Month of Photography, Tokyo, and is currently pursuing a degree in photography in Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design & Media.



Presenter 5

James Loh and Alvin Chua
Heavy [Interactive Arts]

Heavy is formed by James Loh and Alvin Chua. Our works are a result of exploration into new areas of information infused with aesthetics.

Heavy Breathing Intrigued by how the human lungs react to stress & noise, the concept was adopted from breathing behaviors. Illustrating the input and response loop of noise level and the reaction stirred, it simulates different possible breathing patterns creating a sound reactive light system.

Automatic Automatic is a sound reactive camera which captures moments triggered by sound levels. Inspired by fun photography, the camera represents an artificial memory in which events are captured and replayed in form of mini stories.

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Presenter 6

Sherman Ong
Between the banal and the quotidian [Film, Photography]

I have always been interested in the human condition – living, dying, loving, praying, forgetting and longing – and how we organize and regulate our lives and our environment. In my encounters with different peoples and cultures, I realize that each of them have their own survival mechanisms of coping, harnessing or controlling Nature in order to build a stable social environment where they can thrive.

The idea of coping, harnessing or controlling Nature, and how it intersects with Human Nature in our quest to regulate our lives - in particular, the social/private spaces in a built urban environment - has always been my interest and a recurring theme in my work.

As a photographer, I am interested in exploring the quotidian, at the intersection between Nature and Human Nature, offering an alternative view point to the banal while eliciting the subtle beauty of everyday life.

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Presenter 7

Lim Zi Sin
Piercing Forms [Painting]

My work has always dealt primarily with the limitations of a frame and the flatness and surfaces of painting and drawing. I have started to explore the possibility of making artwork without the use of traditional drawing and painting materials.

Elements I focus on are texture, material and technique. I use piercing with a penknife as a way to achieve purity in my work. Most of the artworks I produce are mainly for aesthetic pleasure and aimed at dispelling any interpretive reading.



Presenter 8

Joey Chin
Humanity [Poetry]

What does humanity mean to you?

For me, humanity is collectively men, women, motherhood, personalities, sexuality, diseases, habitat, language and a smorgasbord of facades we all possess.

We are all intertwined in one way or another. What it takes for me, personally, to be one with you, will claim some vital part of me. So there is no taking from mankind or the earth, without leaving a minuscule fragment of yourself behind, and vice versa.

I explore roles that the everyday man plays, the richness of countries and cities that cannot be defined by GDP, and most importantly, what it takes to be female and human.



Presenter 9

Matthew Teo
Ah Pa [Photography]

“Ah Pa” means Dad in colloquial mandarin.

An exploration and documentation of a riotous father and son relationship and a very intimate view into the on-goings of a Chinese family in Singapore, this project has been going on for the past 3 years.

I have never been close to my Dad and we used to have super big fights all the time that resulted in shouting matches, slamming of doors and even some shoving. (yes, I feel ashamed of myself). These days, things are less tense between us, thanks in part to me photographing him. It’s given him a chance to ask me why I am photographing him and precious moments for us to communicate in a civilized manner.



Presenter 10

Jason Lim
Arriving at Dharma [Sculpture]

The forms of Lim’s ceramics are everything that is yet to come, that already is, that will never be, that is in Singapore and not there and that is in his body when he performs.

They are all the same in their difference, all showing the meaning that comes and goes and the ridiculous task of trying to find it and pin it down.

The ceramics move and at the same time are still. The repetition allows for that, the rows of lines or warts giving the viewer the choice of staying on one of the spheres, climbing into it, or moving on to the next.



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ROJAK 10: The Collaborative Edition

1st December 2007, Saturday, 8pm at City Hall Building, Level 3 Chamber.

This special edition of ROJAK is held in conjunction with Singapore Design Festival 2007 and ArchiFest 2007. Thank you, Singapore Institute of Architects for the wonderful venue. Can’t thank enough to Kelvin for hosting, JUN from UFHO for the ubercool poster, Jeremy San for photography, OCTOPUS for printing, & Casey Chen for his beauuutiful lamps and chairs.

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Presenters



Presenter 1

5 ft Creatives: Adib J, Yeo Jia-Jun & Rofan Teo
Making Magical Spaces [Architecture]

The Magical Spaces Project came about as a way to silently protest against this phenomenon – by showing that Singapore IS magical, that we ARE special. We do not need to constantly benchmark against the so-called ‘best in the world’.

It is only because of the frenzy of the spectacle, with the emergence of BIG architecture and flashy urban plans, that people are being seduced to think that Singapore is about void decks, kopitiams and no chewing gum – BUT THAT IS THE WHOLE POINT – that Singapore is it’s own entity, and we should not keep chasing other ideals.

SO forget the IRs for a while, and all the hoo-hahs about a shiny new downtown and its new developments; because the Singapore we have now, and will always have, is magical in itself.

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outofstock: Gabriel Tan & Wendy Chua
Reminiscing 'Momento' [Furniture/Product Design]

How does four people work together in the same studio when they are working from four different corners of the earth?

Find out at Rojak as the designers from Outofstock share their joys and pains of working together, and the benefits and pitfalls of a global design collective.

Why Outofstock?

The cross-continental design collective was born out of a fortuitous meeting in Stockholm, hence Outofstock. Gabriel Tan and Wendy Chua from Singapore, Gustavo Maggio from Argentina and Sebastián Alberdi from Spain met at Electrolux Design Lab 2005. They connected, kept in touch, and met again. After reunions in Andorra and Barcelona, they decided to collaborate.

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V.I.S.T.A lab
V.I.S.T.A. lab [Multimedia/Theatre]

Visual. Interactive. Sound. Text. Architecture. A laboratory for performative experiments.
A multiform exploration of aesthetics, forms and possibilities. A space for artists to interact, create and present ideas.

V.I.S.T.A Lab focuses on the experiential interactions, the potential of live performance and the interplay between image, sound and space.

V.I.S.T.A Lab employs a modular workshop structure where the diverse energies of the various artists are engaged in the same space. These incubation spaces open up at irregular intervals, inviting the public for process-presentations. The modular cells may coalesce into a full-scale multimedia production. However, the modular workshop structure encourages a continuing growth beyond any product that may arise out of these interactions. V.I.S.T.A Lab curates ten artists who work unconventionally in their realm. Each of these artists work across disciplines, creating work that defies classification, in turn casting fresh perspectives onto conventional forms.

V.I.S.T.A Lab series conceived and directed by TheatreWorks Associate Artistic Director Choy Ka Fai

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Loo Zihan & Ruby Pan
absence/presence [Film/Dance]

Our artistic roots began in the theatre.

A major part of our growth stemmed from interning together at The Necessary Stage, where we worked on the productions The Beginning
of the End and godeatgod. These productions changed what we imagined could be created onstage.

Embryo & Sophia are the fruit of our stage sensibilities mating with the medium of film. The conceptualization of both projects began with live performance and a stage aesthetic in mind. Embryo, in particular, originated as a solo performance for the stage and much of what was captured on film was improvised on location.
Sophia grew out of the experiences we gained while making Embryo, taking the next step in fusing theatre, performance art and film. Inspired by the memoirs of the life and public service of Sir Stamford Raffles, Sophia questions the notion of personal and cultural loss.

These two shorts can be filed under: performance; theme of loss; female sexuality; camp aesthetic; modernity. To paraphrase theatre academic Una Chaudhuri, modern theatre is obsessed with the trope of the buried child.

At its roots, theatre is about the liveness and presence of the performer. Film allows for the reproduction of her image and her absence

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Presenter 5

syntfarm: Vladimir Todorovic & Andreas Schlegel
Syntfarm [Multimedia]

Syntfarm is a collective which explores and preserves expressions and structures of dynamic (eco)systems on our planet.

There are 4 spheres that Syntfarm renders on informational and tactile basis: Atmosphere, Biosphere, Lithosphere, and Hydrosphere.

Syntfarm’s approach is to experience, showcase, and understand the life on the planet with its needs and rules. Stressing Syntfarm’s home brewed means and methods, the actions are manifested in 3 layers NOA, NODAA, SE.

Their tendency is to become a dynamicencyclopedia in time, nature, and online.

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FARM ROJAK 09
ROJAK 09

15 September 2007, Saturday, 9pm at LASALLE College of the Arts, Central Green. 1 McNally Street.

FARM would like to thank LASALLE College of the Arts for hosting us at their lovely compounds. We also like to thank Kelvin (sweetest)for hosting, OCTOPUS (always) for printing, Ng Yi-Sheng and Chua Mia Tee for the Invite Artwork, Randy Loh for photography and Casey Chen (graciously) for his lamps and chairs. And to the many others who had contributed, Thank You lots :x

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Presenters



Presenter 1

Jacen Tan
Working on Zo Gang [Film]

Filmmaker wannabe, Ah-Tan is sick of his day job. Join Ah-Tan on his way to work one day, as he discusses and pokes fun at local film and music, while plotting his path to become Singapore’s next great director. This dark comedy on the difficulties of making film and music will leave you wondering about the state of the Arts in Singapore!

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Stephen Black
Voice of Pieces # 53 Farm version: Five years in Singapore/10 slides [Digital Visual Arts]

Voice of Pieces is the name of an ongoing international project in which useless pieces of paper are collected, joined and released to the public in editions of 100. Over 50 editions have been created over the past 12 years, resulting in 5000+ pieces.

This V.O.P. is unusual in that it will not only be live, informative and open-ended, but it will utilize the MGK 3D gamemaking software to present the activities of Stephen Black in Singapore. These activities include photography, artworks, publishing projects, educational gamemaking research, writing, video production and creative direction.
Interested in working with the MGK gamemaking software? Make a one minute pitch and win a copy. Offer is limited.

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Ben Puah
I am Ben Puah [Art]

Ben Puah is an established artist, who currently lives and works in Singapore. He see himself as rat in a laboratory(world) where experiments are being carried out on him and he is the result of them.

He is exploring on his art movement POST SURREAL MONOPOLYISM in his works which explores theme of self identity(real & unreal going in a parallel line) in our cosmopolitan society and re-interpret it in his own world.

His works are in forms of paintings, drawings, sculptures, performance art, music, film and streetwear.

Ben’s love for children inspired him to organise public art projects with active participation from schools, Singapore Children’s Society and community.

In our world full of uncertainties, Ben want to create artworks with the young ones to spread the message of PEACE, LOVE and CELEBRATION OF LIFE across to the masses.

Ben Puah has exhibited his works in Singapore, Australia, Japan, USA, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, London, Malaysia and China. His artwork is in the public and private collections in numerous local and international locations.

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Lynn Lu
Inadequate Reality Adaptation [Performance Art]

In my practice, the sentient body is seen as the main medium for perceiving and presenting meaning through direct personal experience. Primarily as an attempt to explain things to myself, I examine familiar objects and ordinary human activities / interactions to see how we understand the shared conditions/predicaments we find ourselves immersed in on a daily basis. Gingerly unearthing our hidden values, assumptions, and beliefs, I attempt to articulate the tacit and affective meanings, both cerebral and somatic, that fall between the gaps of verbal communication.

My current research looks at the connection between experiential knowledge and the innate human capacity for empathy, in relation to a genre performance art I call “gutty”. This gutty form of performance art which uses the body just as it is – as vulnerable/resilient/sensitive as it is in everyday life – relies heavily on empathy to create meaning that is not merely cognitive but also haptic and affective. In other words, I look at why some performances not only tickle our brains but also quite literally leave us feeling like we’ve been punched in the gut.

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Presenter 5

Joo Choon Lin
Ring Master and The Chocolate Wrapper Toys [Art]

My work usually starts with a simple story, with characters created that mimic behaviors of people around me. Each character has a particular personality, role and responsibility in this world that I create. As part of a drawing, sculpture installation or animation, these creatures went about in their own ways in scenes constructed that are reminiscent of our own daily activities.

Ring master is an orphan, always with a cape and a beckoning gesture. She makes her own toys using found and discarded objects, such as chocolate wrappers. In Chocolate Wrapper Toys series, the copper plate was used to imitate the chocolate wrapper.

With the medium of printmaking, I made many etchings of images using copper plates. The images are incised onto the plates using acid, inked and printed onto paper using a press. The copper plates are treated as by-products because it is not possible to reuse them for another edition of prints. However, due to its malleable nature, I was able to reclaim them and transform them into sculptures. The process of recycling
the etching plates and then turning them from a two-dimensional to a three-dimensional work, showed the inter-connectivity between many art forms.



Presenter 6

Sean Lee
Not Another Photographer [Photography]

As a photographer i am greatly interested in the fictive nature of the medium and how it is useful in the staging of realities and the construction of narratives. The idea of a fictional narrative within the context of an actual, traceable environment defamiliarises the familiar by blurring the lines between the imaginary and the real. In my pictures, i hope to challenge the way people ascribe meaning to seemingly uneventful situations as well as to certain mudane orambiguous realities of life.I am curious to find out how the narrative quality of an image inspire ideas and emotions and causes people to imgaine a past or a future to what they see.
I would like my work to be short stories within themselves.

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Presenter 7

Joshua Yang
Superstring [Art]

There is ONE theory that states that all matter in the universe is made up of and connected by tiny vibrations called strings. Here lies a theory which proposes that everything is infinitely divisible; that all is nothing. So, while you’re all comfortably sitting in your chairs, realise this: the chair you say you sit in, made up of plastic or wood or what have you,

breakable into molecules into atoms made up of quarks made up of strings made up of... nothing. We’re not here. So, why do we hear someone talking? see images on a screen? [shrug] I shall not speak further of this evil science which tells us that what is is not. I am here, or not, to talk to you about superstring, Drawings done in a single- continuous line.



Presenter 8

Jun
Six Degrees of Separation [Graphic Design]

A recollection of thoughts, processes and influences..

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Presenter 9

Chris Yap
circa2007. The stories, the images, the people. [Photography]

circa came about more than 2 years ago, when there was a real need for people to start looking at images with better understanding, and also to stop saying “Photography is subjective”. Really, being subjective is what being human is all about, but how often do people use this subjectivity to add to the layers of their works? Everyone should start saying, “Let’s hear all the different view of this work!”.



Presenter 10

Gek Li San
HEAVE [Film]

HEAVE is a short narrative film that attempts to survey Singaporean’s pressure cooker’s life through a growing heaviness of 5 different situations. Each of the situations are presented with a growing duration but lesser and lesser edit points.



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FARM ROJAK 08
ROJAK 08: "(Can't) Save the Modern Building" Series

8th June 2007, Friday night 8pm at The National Stadium, West Entrance, under VIP Box.

FARM would like to Singapore Sports Council for allowing us to host ROJAK at our beloved National Stadium. We would also like to thank Kelvin (the best) for hosting, OCTOPUS (always) for printing. Ying Yi for photography, EJECT for his Invite Artwork, Casey Chen (again) for his beautiful lamps. and Jeanette Goh for equipment. And to the many others who had contributed, Thank You lots :x

ROJAK 08

Presenters



Presenter 1

Liew Hanqing
Speaking Machinima [Film]

Machinima is the use of video game footage to create original movies. My foray into machinima began with a short movie called The Importance of Being Elite, which was later featured on the local satirical humour website TalkingCock.com. Using Electronic Arts’ Sims 2 platform, I began creating other short movies - mostly music videos - to hone my skills in various aspects of machinima; namely set-building, character creation, camera work and movie editing. Video games like The Sims have their limitations, but the challenge of machinima is in overcoming them to create the visuals you want.

Machinima is also an accessible form of film-making which virtually anyone can participate in. Speaking Machinima is an introduction to the world of machinima as I know it, and a presentation I hope will inspire more people to use machinima as a form of creative expression.

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Presenter 2

Shaun Koh
Cinematic Insanity Asia [Film]

Shaun Koh calls himself a “Picturemaker”. After 2 years of national slavery, he made three short films this year. His film “THE LADY AND THE VAMP” won the second prize at the Canon/Digital Life DV Triathlon 2007, also clinching the top prizes in Creativity and Editing. Another short “RISK” was funded by the National Council of Preventive Gambling and has been screened for 60,000 students through school programmes. It also has received over 250,000 hits on the portal www.teenage.com.sg. His third film this year, “a roMantic Mystery of Monster Matrawk laden with MSG” has been screened in festivals in Singapore and Malaysia.

Shaun is currently in the midst of writing numerous short films, as well as his second feature screenplay.

Shaun also likes Dublin Mud Slide. He really does. You should buy him some.

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Presenter 3

Chun Kaifeng
Me, Myself and All [Art]

Kaifeng recently held his first solo exhibition titled, ‘Me, Myself and All’ at the Esplanade Tunnel.

He makes charcoal drawings, and sculptures liken to architectural models, dioramas or a mini toyworld.

He is drawn towards notions of private/public space and of territory and structure. His work speaks of the need for individuality and freedom along with conflicting desires for security and a relationship with the community.



Presenter 4

Little Red Dots
Joining the Dots [Art & Design]

Little Red Dots (LRD), a collective orientated art and design initiative based in Singapore comprises artists Nathaniel Walters (US) and Nick Charnley (UK): Mickey Koh is an amorphous third member. The company was founded in November 2004 with the intention of designing and producing products. Whilst this is still very much one of the main driving forces of the organisation, Little Red Dots has evolved into something much more.

Key public works in their portfolio are PLATFORM at the Singapore Art Museum, November 2005 and Kuo Chuan lifestyles at LRD’ work/live space in Katong in July 2006. Other notable events and activities include S.A.D., Room for Living, Ecoluxe 2007, MWOS and Coasters.

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Presenter 5

Urich Lau
Transference of Media [Photography & Video]

Transference describes the act of transferring something, or the process of being transferred. It is also described in psychoanalysis as a state of redirecting emotions to a substitute, another person.
In Transference of Media, the media that I use are photography, print, and video, and images produced are made transferrable within the methods.

The still-images and moving-images are dialectical in the image-making process where one is captured in time versus one conjured with time.

Taking artists and art figures as models, my work involves the recording and documenting of such images in sequences pertaining to the ideas and manisfestations of art practices in the given context. In the course of these documentations, the use of narrative and fiction may be engaged. Sets of sequences are transferrable, in a state of redirection for the way images are responded in these different media - these substitutes.



Presenter 6

Dioxide: Quck Zhong Yi & Jerome Lee
WOOONDERLAND [Architecture]

WOOONDERLAND is a shop designed by DIOXIDE, where shoppers and clothes take centre stage with their animated hues in a dematerialised space of distorted reflections.

DIOXIDE is an open design collaboration between two guys who are trained in architecture, Jerome Lee and Quzy. They first met in ROJAK 07.



Presenter 7

Ping
Understanding Felicity upon Catastrophe [Art]

Viewing body as a three dimensional form on a two dimensional surface, the oeuvre suggest the relationship between the ‘Body’ as a form of ‘Nature’ and ‘Changes (modifications)’ being a form of ‘Culture’, do not persist in the realm of co-existence, but rather they emerge as ONE. ‘ONE’ being the factual proposition of a form, creates the mobility of changes and reacting ambivalently.

This project targets to explore the approach of the body mutilation issue and ways in which people take charge to deal with their emotions, trying to secure well-being. The aim of this project is to capture and illustrate the interest of the reverse psychology, experiencing and sharing the doleful lives if this group of people, and also, accepting them for who they are.



Presenter 8

Sun Koh
Lucky 7 : An exquisite filmmakers movement [Film]

In September 2006, Sun Koh founded the LUCKY 7 film movement to remove unnecessary competition among local filmmakers. What results is an empowering alliance of 7 filmmakers whose positive energies attracted the interest and participation of many more collaborators.

An exquisite-corpse movie by the same title came to fruition via the mish-mash of creative energies. This is only the start of creative comraderie in the film circle. Everyone is invited to join in the LUCKY 7 film movement.

You only need honesty, integrity, and a truly collaborative spirit to begin.



Presenter 9

Choy Ka Fai
Performative Electronics and Human Interventions [Multi disciplinary]

Ka Fai will talk about his research on interactive audio-visual, the dilemma to preserve the “human touch” in our increasingly automated world and the interaction between thehuman and digital performing body. Through three of his directorial works, he will share his experience and creation process across the various disciplines of visual arts, interactive media, sound, text and dance.

New media artist and performance director, Ka Fai creates interdisciplinary and collaborative projects.

As the co-artistic director of ‘Kill Your Television’ (KYTV), his directorial works have toured to London, Berlin, Yogjakarta , Seoul , Fukuoka and Taipei since 2004.Presently, he is an associate artist of TheatreWorks, Singapore.



Presenter 10

Tan Szue Hann
What is Your City? [Architecture]

“What is your city?” is a question that I have posed, time and again, to anyone at all who is interested in urban lifestyle, to self-confessed urbanites for whom the city is a constant source of energy and buzz, and to fellow quarter- centenarians that have just escaped the grip of carefree abandon and have begun to ask themselves questions about their own identity.

At some point, a respondent remarked, “My city is my life.” Perhaps it was that this respondent was addressing the question at a certain philosophical level that piqued the interest of the crowd. I shall borrow this response to introduce my work, which deals with addressing the city at a level that goes beyond the physical infrastructure of the city, and straight into a collective concern for what defines the city – specific to every individual.

By introducing media architecture and creating a designed system for which, the city becomes an entity that is read, created and defined by the individual, and yet appreciated as a collective.



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FARM ROJAK 07
ROJAK 07: "Save the Modern Building" Series

10th February 2007, Saturday night 8pm at Pearlbank Apartments, Penthouse One, 37th Floor.

FARM will like to Thank Ed Poole for sharing his dropdeadgorgeous apartment, view & building with us. We also like to Thank Kelvin for resident hosting, OCTOPUS for printing, Case Woo for his sound system, Yong for his Invite Artwork, and last but not least, Jean Tsai who helped in many ways got this ROJAK venue. And to the many who had contributed, Thank You.

ROJAK 07

Presenters



Presenter 1

Lee Jin Pyn
Thoughts from The Elephant and the Tree [Writing & Illustrations]

Once there were 3 good friends - big elephant, tall tree, and somewhat little human.

Together the eletree trio thought and they thought and they thought.

And because they thought, they had to talk - for other ellies, trees,
and tiny tots.

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Presenter 2

Tang Ling Nah
Send Me An Angel 寻觅, 天使之间 [Art]

Send Me An Angel. Why an angel? Who is this angel? Where can we find an angel? Is there an angel in us, between us, amongst us?

This is not a presentation that deals with the supernatural. It is an overview of Send Me An Angel—the second solo art exhibition by Tang Ling Nah. Tang will provide glimpses to the drawing installation she has done for this show, and talk about its conception, working process and materials.

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Presenter 3

The Flying Inkpot Theatre Team
The Flying Inkpot [Theatre]

The Flying Inkpot Theatre Reviews (headed by Kenneth Kwok and Matthew Lyon) was launched in 1996 to create an online platform for writing about the theatre and dance scene in Singapore. Despite being staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers, it has grown from strength to strength over the years, and has established itself as the longest-running theatre and dance review magazine in Singapore, as well as the most commonly cited online periodical in Singapore theatre press. Besides current reviews, the site includes a listings page for upcoming productions and opportunities, as well as a searchable archive of over 500 reviews over the past ten years.

Tonight, the Inkpot team seeks to discuss issues related to criticism in Singapore, both online and offline, as well as to increase awareness of its function and to encourage contributions, both in the form of online comments as well as recruitment of writers, so as to offer better coverage of the growing theatre and dance scene

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Presenter 4

Quck Zhong Yi
Augmented Architecture [Architecture]

To demonstrate a pro-active approach of Architecture vis-à-vis emerging technologies, Augmented Reality is applied in Urban Space and Architecture to create new spaces, forms, and human interaction.

Biography:
Born in 1980, Quck (“Quek” mispelt in pre-war Malaya), studied in Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture Paris with taxpayers’ money via PSC, graduated in 2005 with a Master of Architecture, and is currently serving time in NS. Jack of all trades and master of none, with particular interests in multimedia arts, Quck hopes to keep his creative neurones alive by fiddling with other like-minded people on stimulating ideas and projects.

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Presenter 5

Jasmine Seah & Jennifer Koh
Light is like Water [Poetry & Photography]

Inspired by Jennifer Koh’s photographs —inscribed with a vigorous love for the mundane and the momentary— Jasmine Seah writes her poems, not exactly describing the pictures, yet making a connection to them.

The pictures were first taken when Jen was studying abroad. But where is this book, you may ask. And the two of them will tell you that it’s everywhere.
“We like that, having no particular point of reference, and taking each day as it comes to find that place. No, it’s not Singapore, and it’s not England. Some of it is Thailand and Vienna, but it doesn’t make a difference. There are harder places to map.”




Presenter 6

Ming Wong
Malaya Star Productions [Art and Film]

Ming Wong is an artist exploring performance, moving image, language and cultural identity who has been based in London since 1996. He has been selected for a year long residency at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, starting from August 2007. In Singapore, he may best be known for his video work “Four Malay Stories”, in which the artist re-enacted scenes from four P. Ramlee movies, playing all the parts himself, and including out-takes as testimony to his imperfect Malay. He is currently in Singapore to seek resources and collaborators for his upcoming film projects

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Presenter 7

Eeshaun
My life in Gardensilly (so far) [Art]

Eeshaun is a 26 year-old illustrator who enjoys the immediacy and the burst of spontaneous, humorous drawings, and tries to challenge logic, rigidity and perspective in his art. He’ll be sharing 10 of his favourite projects, some personal experiences on his work and life as an illustrator, and also what Gardensilly means to him (something he’s still trying to figure out after nearly 2 years).

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Presenter 8

Sha Najak
Fiza (Atmosphere) [Photography]

FIZA was a spiritual journey to India, through my eyes. I loved taking shots of the people I met or come across in India because for me, personally India is vibrant because of its people and culture. The culture shock, I readily embraced since this was a childhood dream. I became part of India and its everyday bustle and felt truly at home. I felt, the air was still everywhere I go and imagined by Indian-born grandfather to be trudging about the places I went to visit. It was home.

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Presenter 9

Ng Yi-Sheng
"Last Boy" and other Autopornographies [Poetry]

Ng Yi-Sheng is a freelance writer with a background in poetry, playwriting, arts reportage. He will use the themes of nudity and exhibitionism to tie together the various projects he’s involved himself in lately, including his first collection of poetry, “last boy”, to his non-fiction documentary book “SQ21: Singapore Queers in the 21st Century”, to his upcoming play “251: The Annabel Chong Story”. He will also discuss the development of his habit of staging wearable art interventions at government/state media-endorsed events, as well as his conflicts between being a writer, an artist/activist and a dirty exhibitionis

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Presenter 10

Willie Koh
Elefant [Film]

Based on Cyril Wong’s poem If...Else, Elefant tells the story of an unbreakable psychic bond between a young man and his estranged father.

His preoccupation with a missing elephant he saw on the street parallels his longing for his missing father.



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FARM ROJAK 06
ROJAK 06

14 October 2006, Saturday night 8pm at Little India's backlane, 22 & 22A, Rowell Road.

FARM will like to thank Casey, Darren & Nicholas for hosting us this evening and also in short notice as our attempt at Pearl Bank is postponed. We also like to Thank Kelvin Ang (ever!) for resident hosting, OCTOPUS for printing, Nicholas again for the Equipment, Aiwei for the Invite Artwork and to the many who had contributed.

ROJAK 06

Presenters



Presenter 1

Lim Woan Wen
Light Matters [Lighting Design]

As someone with roots deeply set in the theatre, Woan Wen takes a walk through 7+1 key projects in this evening’s presentation to trace how the role of light has evolved in her works - from the conventional mode of being an integrated element of a stage production to becoming a performer on its own.

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Presenter 2

Samuel Woo & Alecia Neo
Shitlosophy: Chapter One- Everyone Shits. [Photography]

Same. Everyone does the same things everyday. Everyone goes through the same routine everyday. Everyone gets born, age and die. Everyone does the same shit everyday.

I cannot imagine myself capturing the essence of death of people
(it does come to all, the equality treatment god spares none)

So I want to capture the other kind of essence- the toilet one.

Everyone shits.

In my imaginescapes, I see people doing the inevitable everyday. the going to toilet, the letting-go. No matter who you are – some big ass politician, some freaking celebrity, some pornstar, some untouchables, some ordinaries, you all shit. I see their faces filled with the urgency to push at first, then releasing it, that look on their face – almost like orgasm isnt it (but not everyone has sex, so no go.) priceless look, I say.

I wanna capture that in my photographs. Of people doing their business, and look, i come back into naming it into a taboo again, when all of this is just plain normal to anyone.

Lee Kwan Yew shits too, and I bet half my brain he thinks of strategies
while he shits.



Presenter 3

Ho Tzu Nyen
Some Projects (2003-2006) [Art]

Ho Tzu Nyen makes projects.

His first project was Utama - Every Name in History is I’ an installation of film and paintings first exhibited at the Substation, then at the 26th Sao Paulo Biennale (2004), and the 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale (2005). The film was shown at various film-festivals, such as the Bangkok International Film Festival (2004) and Hong Kong International Film Festival (2006), and was voted by the film critic Alexis Tioseco in The Senses of Cinema as one of the three best short films of 2004. Utama has also been transformed into a performance lecture, presented at ICA London (2005), Fringe Festival, Bangkok (2005). This year, it was presented at Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels, at the Rijksacademy and Netherlands Theater Institute in Amsterdam, and Singapore Theatre Festivals.

In 2005, he completed 4 x 4 – Episodes of Singapore Art .The project included amongst other components, four short films scripted and directed that were broadcasted over 4 weeks on Arts Central. This work was last shown at ‘Move on Asia’, in Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo, as well as in ARGOS, Brussels.

This year, Tzu Nyen has produced The Guernica Project, at ARCO, Madrid, and The Bohemian Rhapsody Project, at the Singapore Biennale. He also co-directed a play, King Lear – The Avoidance of Love for SPARKS, at the Esplanade.

He writes on film and the visual arts, and is the Singapore Desk Editor for the magazine Art Asia Pacific (US).



Presenter 4

David Lee
Lanky Lee's Life in London [Graphic Design]

David loves photography, dance and all things aesthetically pleasing.

He hung up his jazz shoes three years ago and left for London in pursue of his other interest – graphic design.
He has since graduated from Central Saint Martins and is currently working as designer for one of Europe’s leading consumer insights and trend forecasting company –
where he spend his days churning out dossiers, reading magazines and investigating what’s hot (or not!) in design scenes around the world.

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Presenter 5

Sean
Soultwister [Character Design]

Starry starry little twinkles
Across the sky they shine
Fun and laughter are whenever they mingle
But they play only with their kind

Fearing what they know not, they hate what they fear
O these clueless little stars
Their hatred is deep and weapons they heap
And yes they do leave nasty scars

A place of endless violence and forlorn
Was Vincent the Dull Star born
Not meant to exist way up high
Vincent soon fell from the sky... (to be continued)

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Presenter 6

Shubigi Rao
All Art Is Garbage [Art]

All Art is Garbage…

This work initially appeared in 2004, involving an installation of fragments and remnants of garbage from Singapore’s shorelines, as well as actual and altered scientific theories and facts, pseudo-maps, drawings, and etchings. Bacteria, insects, studies of mud flows, shoreline erosion, geology, archaeology, pseudo-science, museology etc; all appear in the work.

I created elements of interactivity by using objects that were tactile and invited handling, while being visually deceptive, holding the potential to surprise and awaken an understanding of leftovers from a different perspective, using the persona of a pseudo-archaeologist to lend credence to the artifice. What is art after all, but garbage salvaged from the dustbins of history!

These various fragments formed a picture of shifting layers, much like geological stratification. I hoped to convey a sense of the weight of ages by using these ‘leftovers’ of our own civilization (our potsherds!) and to painstakingly recreate artefacts worthy of excavation. The use of materials like Styrofoam points to the traces we will leave behind us when we in turn are extinct. Essentially, this was an attempt at the interpretation of human history through its leftovers.

In its current mutation, it has devolved from art back to garbage, for over the course of the last year or so, sitting in a corner of my studio space, it had become a repository of junk, failed work, or artwork that simply took up too much room on my table, all crammed in with the original bits and pieces of the artwork. I would imagine that might make an interesting comment on the artwork unintentionally becoming garbage (talk about irony!).



Presenter 7

Yong
Design Exercises in Thoughts & Methodology [Graphic Design]

I ORD in 2 days time and I’ve had an incredible journey throughout my 2yrs in army. Of which I had learned a great deal from. Still, I cannot be happier about leaving the armed forces.

To stay in touch with Design, I worked on self -initiated design exercises which helped me a lot in formalizing my ideas and approach. These design exercises took a long time to complete as I had very little time between army and resting. Personally, I believe that Design is a language. This vocabulary is developed through a rich collection of personal experiences and stimuli. How a person commands his Design language dictates the style of his thoughts, processes and solutions. I draw heavily from my personal experiences in my effort to come up with unique solutions. By doing so, I try to create work where the audience are able to relate to and can bond emotionally to.

So my presentation will be some of the projects I am very proud of and the methods and thought process that I used and experimented with to accomplish them.And accomplishing them, the lessons I’ve learned and how they have helped me.

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Presenter 8

Jane Porter
Spurts, Excuses and Deadlines []

Having not done any non-commissioned work for this year, I finally set the excuses asideand dig out the ol’ camera and props. Alongside past glories (of animated clutter), a new project involving a tiny cctv camera will be discussed.



Presenter 9

Candy
I am a white dog. My name is Bobby. [Illustrations & Graphic Design]

Once, there was a little white dog. Bobby was his name. He had a bunnyfriend, Wabbit. Wabbit wore a white Y-front. They loved to travel and left their marks at lampposts all over the world. Bobby wrote a collection of shorts stories and made some Wabbit plush because he really liked his friend. One day, a skinny puppy came to their door. “I think he is hungry.” Wabbit said. Bobby looks at the puppy and said. “Hello Hungry.” And so, Bobby, Wabbit and Hungry played together happily ever after, The End.

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Presenter 10

Shaun Paul Singh
7 Sins [Art]

Who among us has not enjoyed a sin or two? Pride, Envy, Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Gluttony and Lust. 6 emerging artists call upon the deadly seven to bring you their ruminating takes on their favourite transgressions.

Seo Chiau Ling enthusiastically projects Greed into her illusionary space installations; The expressive strokes of Ann Choo’s paintings discusses the effects of wrath and pride in oneself; Mathilda Liew’s serial paintings begs indulgence in the common man’s thirst for gossip; Dan Lim chooses photography to explore Sloth and its place in society; Shaun Paul Singh represents Lust in his graphic portrayal of gender roles and relationships. Finally Usha Bragenshyam’s ceramic installation proves that the deadly seven exists within the office.

So forgive them for confessing to you in this first public exhibition by these six emerging artists.



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FARM ROJAK 05
ROJAK 05: "Save the Modern Building" Series

10 June 2006, Saturday night at Golden Mile Complex, 5001 Beach Road Unit #04-16.

FARM will like to thank Five Star Travel for renting us cheaply. We also like to thank Kelvin Ang (ever!) for resident hosting, VERY! for photography, OCTOPUS for printing, Tang Ling Nah for the (last minute) but brilliant invite artwork and to the many who contributed.

ROJAK 05

Presenters



Presenter 1

Han Kiang Siew
Fake Plastic Trees and Rubber Men [Multi-Disciplinary]

Kiang Siew’s works are often inspired by both urban conditions as well as natural landscapes. The dialectics between urbanism and nature are issues
especially pertinent to Singapore and Kiang Siew, through his interdisciplinary approach, hopes to evolve a cohesive reading and commentary on the contemporary issues that surround them.

A large part of his creative process bears a combinative streak. The works he creates, ranging from art installations, furniture design, to interiors and architecture, spring from an intricate inter-connective roadmap of his thinking. Their intra-influence is inevitable; these are essentially our contemporary visual cultural products that intersect in many ways.

Kiang Siew’s design objects inherit artistic traits in the way they take on a narrative quality or are inspired by certain conditions of our environment. His art is often similar to design objects in its processes of production and conception. He hopes that his works are enriched by this inclusive and combinative approach and that they would eventually be worth an inquiry and exploration by their audience.



Presenter 2

Jacklyn Soo
Where will You sleep tonight? [Photography]

The objective in the artwork is to create awareness of self-help therapy. A mental disorder called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a disorder that unenables the patient to detach themselves from their past traumatic experience, leaving them disillusioned of life in the real world. By personifying the trauma victim in daily routine environment, I seek to remind ourselves to leave our past traumatic experiences behind.

A PTSD patient lives a normal human life but he/she has certain vulnerabilities in social interaction. Pyjamas are material stereotype that reflects sleep and domesticity. It is seldom worn as a daily outfit outside of the home and also typically associated with bed-ridden persons. Perhaps, we are hiding behind a façade that does not allow us to come clean with our emotional unsettlements.

By challenging the stereotype, as I wear the Pyjamas, I was able to become a subject and reflection of a trauma victim in existence, portraying the various expressions and mannerisms of the person. In the photographs, I disguised myself by wearing a wig to set myself apart from the typical pyjamas wearer, in an effort to capture the publics’ attention as opposed to just wearing a pyjama alone.

By collaborating with a Photographer and using Photography as a medium, the intention is to document and capture real events as I move through public and private social spaces.



Presenter 3

Chong Li-Chuan
in quietude – an untimely meditation [Music]

A shared moment in quietude, an untimely visit to Cage, Sontag, and Wittgenstein, Chuan would like to request for your audience to explore the aesthetics and meanings of silence.



Presenter 4

Haslinda Abdul Rahman
Formless [Art]

Mark-making with a diverse range of media, artist Haslinda Abdul Rahman creates subtle shifts in texture, depth and tone in her monochromatic paintings. Through her experimentation,
the unique qualities of each medium are emphasized; challenging the viewer’s perception of surface finishes.

Her canvases are primed with enamel paint, its inherent reflective quality mirroring the space around the work. The relationship between the work and surrounding space, the work and the viewer, are examined. Haslinda Abdul Rahman graduated from LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in 2005. Having exhibited widely in local group exhibitions, her first solo exhibition will be held at Plastique Kinetic Worms this June.



Presenter 5

Lim Si Ping
PixelPastry [Illustrations]

Ever since the launch of my freelance business PixelPastry in October 2005, I have since then worked with international and local clients which include PumaTalk, Frederik Johannson,
Audit Alliance, Speak Mandarin Campaign, Get The Funk Out, etc. I am currently at my first year in LASALLESIA, College of the Arts and discovered my interest in design when I was 15 - the age when I was first introduced to photoshop during an art class. My works have attracted magazines and website to publish and feature my works. My works have been featured by magazines and websites such as Computer Arts Magazine, Emblem Magazine, Spunk Magazine, Imagine Publishing Magazine..... etc. This year, I am looking forward to getting to know more local designers and collaborators

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Presenter 6

Boo Junfeng
The Changi Murals: For the Generation in Oblivion [Film]

A lyrical look at a set of five biblical murals that changed the lives of countless prisoners-of-war during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. The murals still exist in a military airbase
today, tucked away and forgotten.

“Men were so accustomed to death as to become callous, almost totally callous… Three and a half years… It’s a long time to wait to expect death” – Stanley Warren, painter of the Changi Murals.

I was inspired to make this film when I visited the original Murals in Changi Airbase with a group of Australian war veterans and their family members. Changi had such significance to their lives, yet I, the only native on board the bus, had to be told the history of the place I live by them.

Today, we live oblivious to the events that took place only sixty years ago on this island. Hidden in the airbase are these paintings that speak so much of the spirit of humanity my generation knows so little of. Only the old trees that line the roads in Changi bear witness to history.

This film turned out to be the most challenging work I have done thus far.

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Presenter 7

Aiwei Foo and Dennis Tan
See You Tomorrow [Product /Art]

Aiwei Foo and Dennis Tan of see you tomorrow, have wonky eyes for aesthetic and it had probably got to do with their interdisciplinary background.

For this presentation they will attempt to present their thoughts and recent works. They usually work in series, best described perhaps as an assemblage/ bricolage/folly, which they modifiy, re-assemble or arrange ‘readymade’ into art or design objects. Their approaches requires them to behave as bricoleurs, tinkerers or a jacks-of-all-trades, in a ‘make-do’ situation.

Often they sketch the ideas while at the same time, allowing it to morph or collapse as possibilities in life-like situation.Their works examine or exemplify the rituals/habits and their relation with material culture within specific social contexts.

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Presenter 8

jĭng
Singapore Idols [Photography]

“The search for a Singaporean identity through an exploration of local characters and stereotypes, their
fashion, work and environments. A look at Singapore with humour, strength and love.”

See www.venacava.org for more.

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Presenter 9

Ling Hao
24 Months [Architecture]

24 months on, a 2 storey derelict shophouse in the Mount Sophia area has been transformed into something else. The owners, a young couple, had bought the house from a Chinese clan
in an auction, inspired by the fact that the neighbours to both sides were small shops selling Indian sari fabric materials, and that it was a good buy!

In this period, the Fragrance Hotel sharing the back service road has completed construction and started operation, the Mount Emily condominium to the front has risen from massive earthworks to a multilevel precast edifice. The young couple had a baby, named Keenan after an American military figure, and acquired another house. The other house is 2000sqft + spread over 2 floors, unlike this shophouse of 1300sqft + spread over 7 rooms and 5 levels. The husband says this is the bachelor’s pad he should have had.

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Presenter 10

Casey Chen
I Thought of That Before [Product Design]

Having graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Design, Casey Chen has been in the design field for over a decade and is experienced and versatile with various aspects of design, particularly in graphic arts. His works have been recognised regionally and internationally in the fields of corporate branding and corporate identities, and have won him design awards
from New York.

Deriving from his passion for print as a medium of communication, he is constantly able to express the versatility of this medium in innumerable innovative and sophisticated forms that are never lacking in originality and wit. His works are multi-dimensional where simple and arresting images are used to convey clever visual or written pun. His intuitive approach celebrates the relationships between people, objects and the environment, hence creating sensitive pieces of work that combine clear concepts and logical problem-solving. This flair for ideology and
life, and belief in the simplicity of design that is uncluttered and direct constantly inspires works that are communicative and transcend time.

Casey Chen’s inherent talent coupled with his versatility have borne impactful works and at the same time embody a strong sense of personal expression --- an ever exciting and always refreshing concoction.

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FARM ROJAK 04
ROJAK 04

10 March 2006, Friday night at Theatrework's studio, 72-13, Mohamed Sultan.

FARM will like to thank 72-13 for Space2. We are very happy to be Creatives-in-Residence of 72-13 SCAN this year! We also like to Thank .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for the Stacy-inspired invite artwork, Kelvin Ang for resident hosting, VERY for videography, Homespun & BeautifulEverydayObjects for the pretty lamps and to the many who had contributed.

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Presenters



Presenter 1

Terence Lin
(Fabric)ated Buildings & TVs [Art]

Fabricate (verb): to bring into being by combining, shaping, or transforming materials; to create or think of by clever use of the imaginationFabric (noun) : STRUCTURE, Building; underlying structure ; FRAMEWORK ; TEXTURE, QUALITY - used chiefly of textiles, the arrangement of physical components (as of soil) in relation to each other ; CLOTH : a material that resembles clothThe built environment and televisions are recurring motifs in my works. The combination of fabric, embroidery and paintings in these works has allowed me to explore different methods of art and image making.



Presenter 2

Colin Seah
Please Make Room : New Hotel Typology [Architecture]

“I felt that circumstances were ripe for redefining conventional Hotel Room Typology. The key ingredients were there – an enlightened client; an open-ended brief without much limitation; a receptive local climate for alternative design and a rich architectural context to draw from.”

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Tan Shir Ee
Do Not Disturb: Integrating Artwork in the New Majestic Hotel [Curatorship]

Art Consultant and Director of Asian Art Options, Tan Shir Ee will give an insight on the process of integrating artwork in a space, with the New Majestic Hotel as a case study. Beyond just being a hip design hotel, the new majestic is also a dedicated champion of local culture and art.



Presenter 4

Ming
Singapore Uniquely [Photography]

What is Singapore Uniquely?Unsurprisingly, it was the Singapore Tourism Board’s “Uniquely Singapore” campaign that put the question front and centre: how unique is Singapore? Curious, I set out to find the answers. Exploring the question through social documentaries has allowed me to rediscover this place I call home. Taking a closer look at the happenings of the garden city state brought me new insights and thus Singapore Uniquely was born. As its name suggests, Singapore Uniquely sets out to showcase the things unique to Singapore, from HDB to COEs and the Merlion park to our $600 million “durian” arts centre. I think of it as Singaporeans’ guide to Singapore, beyond the neat streets and glossy pictures.

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Aaron Teo
Iconography, Branding or Chio Bu? [Art]

My works are a reflection of the mass media, thus the Chio Bu comes in, attract & divert attentions like what mass media does to the viewers. My Icon which always gets involved with the Chio Bu is partially something deep within my subconscious which I have no idea what it really means, therefore I want my viewers to guess and find the answer regarding my Icon lurking around in my works for me & themselves. For what I could say consciously about my Icon is that, it’s my Branding & the Brand of all my works and when the viewers see it, they will know it’s me.

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Mei (a.k.a The Analog Girl)
I've Been To Paradise [Music]

The electronic buzzing of honey bees amongst a bed of wild flowers presented a microscopic view of a larger universe, an outer space. The backyard garden of a circus in Paris was where I found my sense of wonder - a special place I call paradise. It was summer and the sky was pink. Teased by the industrial sounds of a passing train in the background, I gave a live electronic music performance to Stella improvising on trapeze and Thom dancing with fire.It was beautiful. While it lasted. Months after, the Cirque Electrique had to pack up and move. But I am pretty certain that paradise can travel.

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Chng Nai Wee
Organix [Art]

Organix is a series of works depicting the biological tissues of the human body and the natural world. It is an impression of the innards that is artistically rendered. Chng Nai Wee draws inspiration from the anatomical dissections he has participated in at the hallowed halls of the College of Surgeons. Organix is a development from the artist’s Histologics series of works which depict histological sections of the natural universe. Adnexa such as arteries, veins, lymphatics, nerves, bone, soft tissue, adipose tissue, connective tissue, skin, ligaments, and tendons, interplay with organs such as the eye, the heart, and the brain. There is an inherent design logic and aesthetic nous in these biologicals structures that the artist appreciates and aims to translate in Organix.

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Jason Ong
The Scheme Of Things [Furniture Design]

jienshu is an independent outfit by product designer Jason Ong. The projects thrive in the conceptual realm of design, exploring what furniture could possibly be, beyond serving function and form. With the tendency to see furniture as a reflection of the human self, it becomes a playful medium to express the many human relationships, ideals or idiosyncrasies. The work culminates in a search for a personal identity and new ways to perceive furniture.The presentation highlights the conceptual development behind the 4 pieces of work exhibited recently at the SaloneSatellite and the Singapore Art Museum in 2005.

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Zheng Xupeng
Processing > Skin-graft [Art]

Skin-graft: a medical operation in which healthy skin is removed from one part of the body & use on another to replace damaged skin.This process marks an analogy of my current practice in which involves the process of pouring of resin and transferring of paint from palette onto a surface (canvas). My area of discovery also engages in observation on the existence of corporeal & inanimate objects. According to this view, all objects were hardly be discerned in its essence and only its sensorily perceptible outer skin- its ‘appearance’ points to its existence.



Presenter 10

Jeremy Sing
A-Wake [Film]

he first time I visited the funeral shops in September last year, I was amazed at how sophisticated the funeral business was. For the purposes of my script, I now know how to run a funeral complete with a live band. Funerals are one of the most colorful parts of life in Singapore and have been enjoying a ‘boom’ of late. It gave me some inspiration to write a story on it. Something a little wild. So short of doing a funky funeral song and dance number MTV style, I decided to explore this little funny idea of mine.It’s been a long time since I have personally experienced a wake other than other people’s wakes. I was in Primary 2 then in 1985. For me then, it was a spectacle…so many interesting sights to behold. But ‘A wake’ the film is not just about the wake, it also means the spiritual, emotional awakening that comes with it. Some people don’t pay attention to what is going on their own family until an event like this comes along.



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FARM ROJAK 03
ROJAK 03

3 Dec 2005, Saturday night at 3 Starlight Road, Near Farrer Park MRT Station & p-10.

FARM will like to thank Khay Hon for his lovely space, Nobody for the provocative invite artwork, Nanchyuan for hosting, Angeline Swee for photographing, Richard Ho Architects for projection (again!), Case Woo for sound (again!!), Daniel Koh & KT for DJ-ing(!!!). and to the many many who had contributed. FARM really appreciate the sharing of the ROJAKers who came and presented. Also, we also hoped that our regular host, Kelvin Ang, gets well soon. To Sabrina Koh, whose presentation did not worked out, Sorries. Do get well soon too.

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Presenters



Presenter 1

Torrance Goh
Farming Systems [Web]

Started from ROJAK, FARM is a nonprofit setup interested in creating systems that are hopefully useful for the local creative network. Each systems work within themselves and in the macro sense of things, FARM the website becomes an essential tool that consolidates all these systems together. It is hence the cross-platform that hopefully interests non-involvers to start exploring into something unfamiliar, in the spirit of all the systems that are thought about. Today, we will present you with CAMPAIGN, a system about spreading ideas & BUFFET, an further investigation and consolidation of ROJAKs.

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Presenter 2

Brian Gothong Tan
Experimental Moving Images [Multimedia]

Past experiments & In-progress works presented in 3 segments:
1. Intermedia works with theatre
2. Experimantal 3D animation works
3. Experimental video works from some of my exhibitions.

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Presenter 3

Sabrina Koh
Person(age) [Art & Film]

This surrealistic video challenges the audience to carry on viewing what is perverse only in perception.



Presenter 4

Larry Seow
Memory Units [Fashion]

An exploration of the possibilities of using personal recollection of imageries as a strategy to develop into a process that could be used as a methodology, that will in turn provide multiple solutions for the continuation in dreaming of objects.



Presenter 5

Victor Lee & Jacqueline Yeo
Doubletakes [Architecture]

Same thing, different meaning.
A White Flat Open House Retrospective
[DOUBLETAKES]*2005 is conceived of as a retrospective mode of seeing and experiencing the recently completed event [WALLLESSLESSWALLS]*2005, in which a HDB White Flat was transformed into a gallery space with an exhibition of work and installation.



Presenter 6

Kevin Lim Sui Kuan
Oru Kiosk 1.0 [Architecture]

Oru-Kiosk is bred from the basic genome of folds. Oru comes from the root word of ‘fold’ in ‘Origami’. The starting impetus uses the structural concept of origami and simultaneously enforcing the discipline of material continuity.

The cross-fertilisation of a shop frontage and facilitating performance as urban furniture has resulted in the hybrid section. The folds are at strategic lines of stress and force to maintain rigidity in the overall structure. The articulations of the folds enable an emergent multiplicity of uses from plant troughs to reflective surfaces.



Presenter 7

Alfian Sa'at & Nicholas Li
Someone To Watch Over Me: Declassified Political Videos, 1998-2005 [Film & Performance]

We have, in our possession, a series of tapes believed to be made after the year 1998, when the Amendment to the Films Act was introduced. Each of the tapes has no title, but is simply labelled ‘Political Video’, followed by a number.

We believe that this is the work of more than one person. We believe that some of the videos are imitations, or forgeries. We will attempt a survey that will classify, periodise, and authenticate the tapes.

We believe that nothing is innocent.



Presenter 8

Gwen
whatchamacallit thingamajig : 10 Contented Being [Fashion]

a series of silver/gold body pieces, produced during my study course of ‘jewelry/silversmithing’. they are not ornamental, most of them are deliberately “unwearable”, yet they are strangely beautiful and precious.
i like making things, making things makes me happy



Presenter 9

Zi Xi
Teri, Stacy and Msxi [ Illustration]

Teri’s Most Beautifuls is about the modern society that we live in, how we seldom question about where our food, clothes, daily necessities and etc come from, or who made them. We are consumers whom pay for what there is to buy, we consume without questioning. For the food we eat we seldom really know what they are made up of too, because we are all too self contained and we take these resources avaliable for granted.

Teri’s most beautifuls is a illustrated story that tells of our wastage of natural resources through a misadventure of 10 year-old Teri, of how the effects of thoughtless and destructive actions caused so much mess.



Presenter 10

Randy Ang & Nicholas Chee
只要为你活一天 I’ll Live A Day For You [Film]

The challenge was for 52 teams and 48 hours to produce a 5 minute video, saw as many as 43 returned entries. Among which is a tribute to acclaimed Hong Kong Actor/Director Stephen Chow’s award winning blockbuster, Kung Fu Hustle. “I’ll Live A Day For You” was directed by Nicholas Chee and produced by Randy Ang. Shot entirely on a shoe-string budget of $300 and borrowed equipment with cast comprising of “friend’s friend’s friend”. This first time film effort bagged both the Judges’ and Audience’s Choice at the recent Fly-By-Night Video Challenge.

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FARM ROJAK 02
ROJAK 02

10 Sept 2005, Saturday night at 683A East Coast Road, beside Cheese Cake Cafe, Above the tyre shop. Come up from the Back.

FARM will like to thank Soo Yeow & Nan Chyuan for their space, Eeshaun for the lovely invite artwork, Kelvin Ang for being our host, Jeremy San for photographing, Richard Ho Architects for projection, Case Woo for sound, and Daniel Koh & KT for DJ-ing. And to the many who had contributed in one way or another, Big Thanks!

ROJAK 02

Presenters



Presenter 1

Kaw Jon Kher
In Search of Maxwell's Demon [Architecture]

In Search of Maxwell’s Demon’ is an interactive game-like particle system coded with a prototype Java-based open-source environment exploring the idea of flows of energy, information, form and time to develop a program in relation to contemporary problems of infrastructure and territory. It adds to it the model of general economy offered by Georges Bataille’s ‘The Accursed Share’, and places it against the ‘World Game’ concept proposed by Buckminster Fuller. A set of local entropic protocols gives way to emergent field effects in a kind of ‘play’ that results in far-from-equilibrium syntropic systems, frantically in search for a decoherent event and an alternate future.

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Presenter 2

Grace Tan
The Study on Rectangles [Fashion]

Kwodrent started in 2003 as a personal project to explore clothes and design in a new light. The Kwodrent series is based on a design concept - study of rectangles using materials, and construction and sewing methods. The concept was first investigated in 1998 while I was working on my graduation collection in college.

The structural and geometric attributes stemmed from modern minimal architectural ideas and works. This progressive series of women’s clothing and objects constructed from rectangles is designed and made by hand. Most designs are one-of-the-kind due to the spontaneous and intuitive working process. No paper patterns are created because each design is constructed directly from pieces of fabrics. Working without any sketches or fixed parameters allowed unexpected forms to emerge and discoveries of new techniques during the sewing / design process. Each design in the series is numbered and dated to form a chronological record. Numbering the designs also help to create a visual presentation of the thought process.

Unlike most conventional fashion labels, kwodrent is only available annually. This is due to the time-consuming working process and philosophy to seek good design aesthetics with longevity rather than passing trends. Kwodrent hopes to challenge how clothes are designed and perceived. It will be great to create a new conversation between the clothes and wearer, and bring new meanings to these essential items in our everyday lives. Nonetheless, Kwodrent is also a platform to explore multi-disciplinary collaborations and projects.

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Loh Jian Hao
Constructing Privacy [Architecture]

Using the serial section, Jay explores the issues of privacy as a variable and adjustable condition. While his chair was a permutable piece, allowing users to manipulate it to avoid or provoke confrontation, he developed the house as a static object and requires the users to engage more dynamically with the structure.



Presenter 4

Darren Soh
While You Were Sleeping [Photography]

These images were taken in the dead of the night, when the human activities that usually absorb our attention have been eliminated. Void of their distraction, the physical environment, which is so often ignored, comes into its own. Isolated from their surroundings, each of these environments now demands our focused attention. In doing so, each photograph thus compels us to try to recall and guess where the depicted landscape may be and who was last there; what is this place and what is its story?

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Presenter 5

Genevieve Chua
Morning Drawings [Art]

DrawingsMedium: Graphite on paper ‘Morning drawings’ explores the relationship between bed sheets and desire. Searching for traces of another’s scent; emotional upheavals; rising and falling.

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Presenter 6

Pan Yicheng
The Peripheral Stadia Typology [ Architecture]

The project focused on sports typologies and their role in London’s 2012 Olympic Bid and, more acutely, on their post-Olympic performance. This investigation challanged the conventional conception of sports structures as architectural artefacts impregnated with iconic powers, venerated during 16days of frantic use, then made redundant.

As an alternative strategy, the structures are used to seed programmatic potentials on an urban scale and to regulate and administer these potentials in an urban plan - thereby exploring sports structures as a typology with the power to affect urbanity.In response to the differences between the metropolis and the parkland, the Olympic structures are conceived as linear developments, intensified along the edge to, not only revitalise and consolidate the edge of the city, but also redirect the growth of the city to define a line that mediates the two extremes. In the process, the sports structures becomes anomalistically lop-sided due to the logics of mass distribution applied along the edge, consequently increase spectators capacity within the parkland and allows flexibility in the management of voids along the edge.



Presenter 7

Daniel Lim
The Things You are Likely to Miss [Film]

“Things you are likely to miss” is a very simple presentation about the thought-process and the work that goes on behind the scenes in constructing a film-set. I will be talking about the importance of the set-decor and design , yet how ‘invisible’ & insignificant it seems to the audience. I’m only covering 2 films: the Maid and i will take the opportunity to present a ‘first look’ at Royston’s up-coming film ‘4:30’.

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Presenter 8

Tay Kheng Soon
Relooking our Identity and Culture [Architecture]

Given the stultification of the CMIO culture of Singapore, there is an ongoing identity crisis. Because of this, people are culturally in limbo which makes them thurn to the west for all their inspirations and to an ethnicity that cannot be expressed in contemporary terms. My illustrated talk on the IPCC is to show what it means to widen our self identity to be inclusive rather than be exclusive. What will a chinese, malay, indian and western inclusiveness mean in art, architecture, identity? That’s the creative challenge of our times. The Indo-Pacific cultural centre is meant as the infotainment centre to become trully oceanic-asians in the 21st century. Southern chinese and Malays come from the same roots!!!!

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Presenter 9

Jean Tsai
Commerce meets Creativity [Curatorship]

2 projects which showcases multidisciplinary art interwoven with marketing and public relations. what does it take to marry commerce with creativity.



Presenter 10

Erica Lai
Vaporub [Photography]

VaporubThis is an investigation into the parallels between the domestic space, and the natural landscape. I am looking for violence and warm snuggly feelings.

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FARM ROJAK 01
ROJAK 01

10 June 2005, Friday night at Block 80, Nicoll Highway, #01-82, beside Shaw Towers. Come in from Beach Road.

FARM will like to thank all the presentors for risking it all in the first ROJAK.& to the wonderful turnout that we never expected, Thanks for that support! And to Yisa who helped in making our first Rojak, the food and sauce itself! Yummy!

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Presenters



Presenter 1

Michael Lee Hong Hwee
Homages to Tang Guan Bee [Art]



Presenter 2

Kelvin Ang
10 Interesting Building Corners [Architecture]



Presenter 3

Jeremy San
Glimpses of National Stadium [Photography]

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Presenter 4

Case Woo
Tiny Perfections [Music]

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Presenter 5

Justin Lee
Imagination is better than Knowledge [Art]

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Presenter 6

James Khing
MassiveSounds [Graphics]

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Presenter 7

Xiaoling
How About Redux? [Art]



Presenter 8

Nick Pan
Web Works [Web Design]

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Presenter 9

Meth
#Nitelady & #Coolman [Film]

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Presenter 10

Tiah Nan Chyuan
15 weeks [Architecture]



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