Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rooted in the Ephemeral Speak

Rooted in the Ephemeral Speak


Performance Art in Singapore’s art history has spanned more than 20 years, since the documented happening of “Fire Sculpture” by Tan Teng Kee in 1979. Starting from the late 1980s, visual artists, from The Artists Village group, like Tang Dawu, Vincent Leow, Zai Kuning and Amanda Heng, have been presenting significant performance works in numerous exhibitions in Singapore and international events. In recent years, since 2003, local performance artists like Lee Wen, Kai Lam and Jason Lim has successfully and consistently organised “Future of imagination”, an annual international performance event that platforms local and international artists.

Despite, performance and time-based events occurring sporadically in Singapore, there is still a lack of substantial discourse, in practical and academia terms. There is a need to integrate performance art or live art form into the social structure and fabric more consistently. As the variable individual lifestyles that grow out of an urban society is constantly shifting, transforming at an increasingly erratic pace of change with its very own un-dreamed of social evolution.


RITES” as in traditional customs, social conduct is synonymous to a way of life; informing our everyday attitude towards practices, protocol, rituals, routines, decorum, etiquette, good form that is in need of review, re-examination and reiteration.

RITES” is a cross-disciplinary platform that presents time-based performances, electro-acoustics sound improvisations, experimental music, performative art projects, artists’ talks and workshops and discussions on performance-related activities. Its objectives are to present an eclectic mix of performances that is informed by visual aesthetics, technological integration and conceptual integrity involving art making and the social and cultural contexts that are related to performances. It explores art activities that are spatial, the way in which performance is linked to cultural, ethnic and geographical elements in identity, and at the same time exploring how all these elements can be bound and related to the global, technological, cultural and economic shifts in our daily life.

Artists and program:

RITES” hope to be a regular monthly event.

Wednesday 12th August 2009, 7 pm (first instalment)

Invited artists: Danny Devos, Chia Chu Yia, Marienne Yang, Yuzuru Maeda.

Venue: Old School
The Hall
11B Mount Sophia #B1-06
Singapore 228466
website - http://www.oldschool.sg

Artistic Directors/ Organisers: Lee Wen, Kai Lam
website - http://www.foi.sg