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!



Presenter 1

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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