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    Application deadline: June 30, 2015 | www.westkowloon.hk The M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship programme aims to support an original research project investigating issues relating to design and architecture in the Greater Pearl River Delta region, and between the region and other parts of the world. Apart from expanding the current body of knowledge in these areas, it is hoped that the findings from the fellowship will also inform future acquisitions and other programmes at M+.

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    InkMagination showcases the work of two visual artists, June Lee Yu Juan and Hélène Le Chatelier. The curation evinces an ostensible intention to explore cross-cultural dialogues through an enduring medium, but does so in an intuitive manner that avoids the usual clichés of ‘East vs. West’.

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    If you were born in the 70s and 80s, you will clearly remember Wednesday night in the 90s the night to congregrate at 17 Jiak Kim Street with your Uni-classmates for Mambo night. A dance culture most treasured and remembered by many Singaporeans , Mambo Jambo featured retro music such as Bananarama's Love in the First Degree, Jason Donovan's Too Many Broken Hearts and Rick Astley's Together forever.

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  • 05/29/15--07:31: BREAKFAST AT 8, JUNGLE AT 9
  • Photographer Ernest Goh will be exhibiting at the Objectifs Gallery at Middle Road, his latest exhibition titled Breakfast at 8, Jungle at 9 from 10 June to 18 July 2015. This solo exhibition features a photography exhibition and an art installation that utilises repetitive motifs from the natural environment to propagate Ernest's eco-utopian vision of the world.

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    BMW and Art Basel send Hong Kong artist on a journey of creative discovery across five continents

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    Grey Projects is inviting applicants for a month-long residency exchange with Maczul Studio at the Zulia Museum of Contemporary Art, located in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

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    We live in the times of ‘Liquid Modernity’ (Bauman 2014). The preservation of privacy is a hallmark of such times, to protect individuals and elite communities against the risk of unpredictability and calamity. Gated communities keep danger at bay. Danger at bay is a distant image on cable TV, or the equally distant image that emerges every now and again in the local newspaper. Exclusion ensues as gated communities, from the secure position of distant critic, disengage with others not like them and engage in the safety of liquid global connections instead. The Art of Anti-exclusion seeks to preserve a connection between the excluded and the gated, between the spaces of no-man’s land and spaces of high value. It seeks to establish communication across spheres that otherwise never collide and as a result, miscommunicate towards further segregation, separation and conflict. Across the world, artists have sought to do this, in varying capacities, with limited resources. The Art of Anti-exclusion aims to present a range of excellent artistic endeavours, which have sought to level the field of communication and as a result have eradicated a distinction of value in favour of only one side. As a symposium, it seeks to  assess [...]

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  • 06/03/15--15:25: TORCH UP!
  • If you’ve been walking around Orchard Road, Bras Basah, Sports Hub, and Marina Bay district recently, you might have chanced upon some new outdoor sculptures and installations. These are all part of the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Torch Up!, organised in conjunction with the 28th Southeast Asian Games, which will run from from the 5th to the 16th of this month. When the visual arts collides with the realm of sports, it usually conjures up images of classical representations of peak human physique. However for Torch Up, its official community arts partner (The Living! Project) has taken a more inclusive approach, by giving artists and the wider community the perfect opportunity to create their artworks in a collaborative manner. Lim Mui Hoon Amanda, Fighting Flying Flight – Location: Opposite Bras Basah MRT Station Take for example the piece Fighting Flying Flight. For this piece, artist Amanda Lim has collaborated with students (from Spectra Secondary School) and persons living with disability (from Bizlink Day Activity Centre) to collect, fold, and fuse together plastic bags, culminating in an installation which drapes gracefully across from Bras Basah MRT Station. Furthermore, within each of the birds are handwritten messages, expressing the hopes and [...]

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    Feathers were ruffled in the Singapore arts community when a circular Ping Pong table (aka Table Tennis), similar to Singapore artist Lee Wen’s art, PingPongGoRound, was spotted at the Singapore Sports Hub. The artist was alerted by another fellow artist who took a photo of the table tennis table. Apparently, that said table was not by the artist nor was the artist commissioned nor credited for it. Ping Pong Hustle, the name of the 300˚ interactive copycat table, was put up by the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (Singsoc). Singapore Sports Hub denied any knowledge of the artist’s works and promptly removed the table when the media started highlighting it. PingPongGoAround first debuted in 1998 in “Construction in Process VI – The Bridge” in Melbourne Australia and later toured several times around the world. Two versions of the art installation was recently re-enacted in 2012 in the exhibition, “Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams In The Reverie Of The Real” at the Singapore Art Museum. This incident has shown how ignorant our government sectors and public are about our art scene. And by being “ignorant” many claimed innocence and try to get away with rights and crediting the artists for infringing their works. Through decades, artists have been used and abused many times. Not just [...]

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  • 06/12/15--11:04: TORCH UP! A Look Back…
  • As the 28th SEA Games begins to wind down in Singapore, do take this weekend to check out Torch Up!, which will run until the 16th of this month. Apart from celebrating the medal-hauls of our athletes, let’s look back on the collective efforts put in by the artists who’ve created their public artworks for the event, all in collaboration with the wider community. Richard Koh captures in his photographers of the installation, the exuberance and communal jubilation that often accompanies sportive public spectacles. For more information on the locations of the installations, do visit The Living Project!‘s facebook page for Torch Up!. Khor Tuck Kuan, Metamorphosis   Andrew Loh, See Feel Dream Again   Kenneth Lee, Dreams   Daryl Goh, Ogle   Vellachi Ganesan, Journeys   Angie Tan-Burns, Bells of Inspiration   Erwin Lao, Circle of Inspiration   Christopherson Ho & Jerome, Let it Roar!   Teo Huey Ling, Continuity of the spirit   Tan Sock Fong, 薪火相傳 II   Ng Yang Ce, Previous Touch   Nana & Khairul, Sports on Loop   (Photo credit: Richard Koh) Read about the other artist and their artworks, featured on TORCH UP!

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  • 06/22/15--09:22: Working Over/Time
  • Over/Time, a solo exhibition by May Oon. The exhibition runs from the 3rd to the 17th of July 2015 at The Private Museum.   The backdrop of history has always been the fertile bed upon which May Oon draws inspiration from for her works in oils or charcoal. Oon has previously tackled representations of Peranakan culture, the early political life of Lee Kuan Yew, and 9/11. This time round, her references stretch further back to the coolie trade in Singapore. May Oon, Chinatown, 2014, Charcoal and pastel on mounted cartridge paper, 150 x 135 cm Compared to Oon’s previous work, the artist’s figures this time take on a more hard-edged quality, with their defined musculature etched against the street scene. The coolies and tradesman recede into the background, blending in with the visual rhythms of the buildings and infrastructure surrounding them. Gone also are the luxurious swathes of painterly coats, replaced instead with dry-brush underlayer or marks and erasures made through rigorous hand-rubbings. One of the roots of the word “coolie” itself comes from the Urdu word “Kuli”, which itself could be from the Turkish word for slave, qul. The position of the slave has been a vexed figure in [...]

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  • 06/30/15--01:36: Best of Best Show 2015
  • This exhibition will showcase a curated selection of the best ideas and works by the graduating  diploma and degree cohorts from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' School of Art & Design.

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  • 06/30/15--02:13: RENDEZ-VOUS
  • Rendez-vous is an international platform organised by the Biennial of Lyon; the Museum of Contemporary Art Lyon; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes; and the National School of Fine Arts in Lyon.

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    Now in its third edition, this year’s Aliwal Arts Night Crawl: Don’t Give Face is loosely inspired by the mask cultures of Singapore. Crawl through Kampong Gelam for a night of free performances in unexpected locations! Multiple activities for all ages.

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    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) launched a Call for Proposals to invite consulting experts specialised in international media to prepare, facilitate, and report on the 8th ASEF Editors’ Roundtable and its preparatory journalists’ seminars. Tasks Research Concept Paper Programme of the three events, to establish the connections among them and with the final publication Online survey (conceptualisation, analysis and report) Moderation of the 3 events Report of each Seminar (2) Discussion Paper for the Editors’ Roundtable Final Publication Deadline The call for proposal will remain open until Wednesday, 15 July 2015 at 17:00 hours (GMT+8). More Information http://asef.org/

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  • 07/13/15--20:52: Paul Husner on Bali
  • In his second solo show with One East Asia, Husner will show 17 new works featuring select scenes of Bali. Among others, this collection portrays images of Jatiluwih, known for its beautiful rice terraces, and the Beringin tree (‘weeping fig’), another fond subject of his.

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    Steinway Gallery Singapore announced the launch of the Steinway Spirio in Asia.

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    Ink Art, which encompasses both calligraphy and ink wash painting, is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and tradition. It has developed and evolved over a period of more than a thousand years and is still vibrant in the art practice of contemporary artists. During the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE), the literati, who were highly educated scholars, praised unity between the three art forms of painting, poetry and calligraphy, referred to as the Three Perfections. Although the Western and Eastern philosophies are drastically different, with the humanist perspective in the West, and the Buddhist and Taoist influences on Chinese aesthetics in the East, there is more in common between the literati painters and the Renaissance artists than it is usually acknowledged. As opposed to craftsmen, the literati had the freedom to experiment new styles. Likewise, it is during the Italian Renaissance that the intellectual nature of the work of the artist was proclaimed. Hélène Le Chatelier, Cambrure 3, 2015, Chinese Ink on Paper, 100cm X 67cm Beyond the East/West dichotomy, this exhibition strives to highlight some bridging elements between Eastern and Western ink wash painting as they appear in the work of Hélène Le Chatelier, a French artist living and working [...]

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    REDSEA Gallery is proud to present award-winning fine-art photographer, Peter Steinhauer, in a solo exhibition showcasing the artist’s Singapore ‘Number Blocks’ and Hong Kong ‘Cocoons’ series. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 18th November and will run through to 31st December 2015 at REDSEA Gallery, Dempsey Hill. Peter Steinhauer @ Redsea Gallery The recipient of numerous international photographic awards, including finalist in the coveted 2014 Lucie Awards, photographic artist Peter Steinhauer’s focus lies in documenting a city through the unique architecture of its’ urban landscape. This exhibition presents new works from series based on both Singapore and Hong Kong, two cities which American-born Steinhauer lived in during 21 years of residing in Asia. Singapore ‘Number Blocks’ is a series that captures the bright colourful number markings found on the sides of HDB buildings of Singapore. For Steinhauer the interest lies in the unusal colour schemes and deliberatly scripted fonts used on these government housing blocks; buildings that are found across the whole of Singapore and that are the very heart of the multi-cultural integration that is Singapore. Meanwhile Steinhauer’s ‘Cocoons’ series documents the surprising beauty of a construction technique native to Hong Kong; the bamboo and fabric nets that encase the [...]

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    Former Singapore based British Artist, Clare Haxby, launched 2 new studios in Singapore and London. And her online holiday art gifts collection.

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