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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