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August - September 2012

Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore LASALLE College of the Arts

The ICAS presents the first edition of a 68pp full-colour publication featuring articles, visuals, dossiers, highlights and activities in 2011.

Some highlights: - Inkimage: an exhibition of works by Lim Choon Jin and 15 of his students - Foris exhibition: Interview with curators, and essay by Lawrence Chin - The Situation of Roberto Chabets Plywood Installations, essay by Isabel Ching - The Invisible Cosmology of Chihiro Kabata, essay by Julia Friedman - Interview with Otomo Yoshihide, major experimental Japanese musician, about his work and Japanese avant-garde music scene since the 1980s - Ian Woo: A Review, 1995 2011, a critical self-appraisal - Beyond Souvenirs, a review of the past 30 years in Indonesian art by Paul Khoo On sale for $10 at the ICAS Office.


Rhythm Section
7 August to 2 September 2012, ICA Galleries 1 & 2 and TriSpace
Opening reception: Monday, 6 August 2012, 6.30pm Performances: The Beautiful Formula Collective by Oleksiy Koval, Kuros Nekouian and Veronika Wenger 6 August 2012 during the opening reception Performance by Yuliia Koval and Petros Sianos 8 August 2012, time and venue TBC

Since the beginning of European modernism, the concept of rhythm has had a recurrent significance to art practice. The concept of rhythm is not only a sequence of signs but a sequence of actions. It is a structuring category that controls conscious perceptions and the reception of art as a whole. The group Rhythm Section is about the centrality of rhythm in contemporary art practice now, to explore as a collective a process of exchange about the issue of rhythm. The exchange and the dynamic that arise from research and the gathering of different approaches and media provide new starting points for the practice of art. Through presentations of different types of works in various sectors of the contemporary art scene, Rhythm Section seeks to stimulate an exchange between artists of different nationalities and help to form a network. The current list of artists who are part of the project is characterised by a variety of media and disciplines, including painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, digital, film, video, performance and music. Participating artists: Sofia Arvaniti, Liang Chen, Elisabeth Eberle, Fotini Gouseti, Gonghong Huang, Oleksiy Koval, Yuliia Koval, Peng Li, Zhanhao Li, Kuros Nekouian, Stefan Schessl, Xiao Tang, Petros Sianos, Veronika Wenger, Shih Yun Yeo.

Sponsored by Pro Helvetia and Lufthansa Cargo

Tropical Lab 6: LAND

8 to 15 August 2012, Praxis Space, Project Space, Earl Lu Gallery and Brother Joseph McNally Gallery [The exhibition remains open on National Day, 9 August 2012]
Opening reception: Tuesday, 7 August 2012, 6.30pm
Christine Rebet, Green Detachment of Women (2011)

Tropical Lab The International Art Camp is into its 6th year running at LASALLE College of the Arts. This intensive and highly engaging fourteen-day event will bring together more than 20 postgraduate students from leading art institutions around the world. Tropical Lab is a creative space for students to research and collaborate to create contemporary art works for the final exhibition curated by Dr. Charles Merewether, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore. The subject of this years Tropical Lab is Land. The subject of land has always been an area of exploration within artistic practices throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The students will be exposed to various concepts and interpretations of land such as an underground tunnel tour, visiting sustainable farms, and even a boat ride to explore Pulau Ubin.

To celebrate the sixth edition of Tropical Lab, a special publication ISSUE will be launched in October 2012. The inaugural issue will feature the following: Interview with filmmaker Werner Herzog on his 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011) about the recent discovery of the Chauvet Cave in southern France which contained paleolithic paintings Article by theatre practitioner Rachael Swain on the indigenous Australian peoples concept of land, as articulated through theatre performance Article on the work of London-based Iraqi artist Jananne Al-Ani about photographic mapping of land in the Arab world Photo essay by Andreas Schlegel and Vladimir Todorovic, derived from their travel to Mongolia Dossiers by contemporary artists, which include Choy Ka Fai, Debbie Ding and Charles Lim

Tropical Lab 5: Masak-masak (2011) at ICA Gallery 2

Tropical Lab has grown to include multidisciplinary artists working with various mediums, such as film, photography, painting, installation and performance art. The student-artists will attend a series of workshops and seminars guided by leading artists and opinion leaders to act as a catalyst between the students and the local arts and heritage community in Singapore.

The Winston Oh Travel Award 2012

25 August to 7 September 2012, Praxis Space and Project Space
Hedda Roterud Amundsen, Sometimes I Still Do... (2012)

Opening reception: Friday, 24 August 2012, 6.30pm

Initiated by Dr Winston Oh to help young artists travel abroad to expand their artistic experience, The Winston Oh Travel Award is an annual grant given to selected students from the Faculty of Fine Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts. This overseas experience, now in its 13th year, aims to support students in their formative years of art education by offering the opportunity to immerse themselves in a different environment and culture. To test their observational skills as they learn to assimilate new sensations and experiences, the students headed to various parts of Asia this year. Practice Award recipients: Luke Heng Jessica Gabrielli Bradley Foisset Karen Heng Gonzales Chen Shitong Research Award recipients: Hedda Roterud Amundsen Joshua Chan Lui

Sonorous Duration
27 August 2 September 2012, Earl Lu Gallery and Brother Joseph McNally Gallery
Opening reception: Monday, 27 August 2012, 7pm

render visible render duration sonorous To attempt to render visible what is unseen and to make audible, what cannot be heard through different plains of intensities and vibrations. Sonorous Duration continues in 2012 after the successful inauguration of this festival last September. This year will again feature installation and experimental music performances co-presented by the ICAS and the School of Contemporary Music, LASALLE College of the Arts. The festival features installations by Robbie Avenaim (Aus), Darren Moore and Brian OReilly (Sing) and a collaboration between Serbian/ Singapore artist Igor Delic and Timothy ODwyer (Sing) in addition to performances by local and international guests during the opening night of the festival. The festival seeks to articulate a common ground shared by contemporary sonic and visual art practice. The installation artists featured will present works using objects, video and physical space in combination with sound to re-position the discourse in interesting ways, while visiting and local performers will feature different types of interactive controllers using customized computer software.

Robbie Avenaim, Absolute Sudden (2012)


Encounter: The Royal Academy In Asia

14 September 21 October 2012, All gallery spaces
Opening reception: Thursday, 13 September 2012, 7pm

A Royal Academy exhibition in association with Fortune Cookie Projects and the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore The Royal Academy of Arts presents Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, an exhibition featuring 100 works of art in a wide variety of media by 25 Royal Academicians and 25 prominent artists from across Asia. Encounter enters into the spirit of engagement with the international art community and the general public by inviting these artists to exhibit side-by-side. The aim of Encounter is to provide a platform for dialogue amongst practitioners working in a wide range of media painting, sculpture, assemblage, photography and video. Curatorial Team: Prof. Paul Huxley, Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Wilson, Lisa Milroy, Dr. Charles Merewether, Josef Ng

Chen Chieh-Jen, Empires Borders II Western Enterprises Inc. (2010)

Participating Royal Academicians: Phyllida Barlow, Tony Bevan, Olwyn Bowey, Eileen Cooper, Tony Cragg, Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, David Hockney, Nigel Hall, Gary Hume, Paul Huxley, Albert Irvin, Christopher Le Brun, Richard Long, Lisa Milroy, Cornelia Parker, Grayson Perry, Fiona Rae, Jenny Saville, Gillian Wearing, Richard Wilson. Participating Artists from Asia: Chen Chieh-Jen, Tiffany Chung, FX Harsono, Ho Tzu Nyen, Chihiro Kabata, Kim Jongku, Udomsak Krisanamis, Dinh Q. Le, Lee Kit, Jose Legaspi, Michael Lin, Liu Xiaodong, Lani Maestro, Rudi Mantofani, Ng Joon Kiat, Om Mee Ai, Donna Ong, Sopheap Pich, Sudsiri Pui-Ock, Hiraki Sawa, Sun Xun, Ian Woo, Tintin Wulia, Yee I-Lann, Zhao Renhui.

Tacita Dean, Craneway Event (2010)

Supported by the British Council Major sponsor: Bank of Singapore Supporting sponsors: Billionaire, The St. Regis Singapore, Prudential Assurance, XL Group Logistics partners: Martinspeed, Rhema Events & Arts Services Media partners: Asian Art, Paddle8 There will be artist talks by the participating Royal Academicians and artists from Asia. A detailed programme will follow.

ICAS publications include an annual review of exhibitions (GLOSSARY), highlights of the LASALLE permanent collection and catalogues of individual exhibitions. A complete list of publications can be found at sg/ICAS/Publications/Catalogues.aspx Please contact +65 6496 5075 or for more information. All prices include GST. Inside The Collection A publication featuring highlights from the LASALLE Permanent Collection. Publication Date: 2012 Paperback, 55 pages Retail Price: S$15 ISBN 978-981-07-1748-3

Apropos: Jeremy Sharma Published in conjunction with the exhibition Apropos: Jeremy Sharma Publication Date: 2012 Paperback, 40 pages Retail Price: S$5 ISBN: 978-981-07-1948-7

Videologue Published in conjunction with the exhibition Videologue: Video Art Exhibition / Exchange : BeijingSingapore-Tokyo Publication Date: 2012 Paperback, 52 pages Retail Price: S$5 ISBN: 978-981-07-1149-8

Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

The Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (ICAS) is the curatorial division of LASALLE College of the Arts. It runs seven galleries, comprising some 1,500 square meters of gallery spaces dedicated to exploring new and experimental art across the Fine Arts, Design, Media Practices and Performing Arts. Its programme focuses on showcasing international, Asian, Southeast Asian and local contemporary arts. Its public programme includes regular publications, seminars and symposiums, visiting artists talks and events of contemporary performance, installation, design and music/sound practices. The ICAS is committed to providing a cultural and educational tool for students and the Singaporean audience to advance their knowledge and appreciation of the contemporary local, regional and international arts, that is not otherwise available in Singapore today. The staff include Dr. Charles Merewether (Director), Ramesh Narayanan (Senior Executive), Jessica Anne Rahardjo (Executive), Isrudy Shaik (Senior Exhibitions Officer), Redzuan Zemmy (Exhibitions Officer) and Hafiz Osman (Exhibitions Officer). Gallery Opening Hours: Daily 10am 6pm (except Mondays and public holidays)
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Cover Image: Michael Lin, After Sonia Delaunay (2011). Courtesy of the artist and Eslite Gallery.

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