Interstice: Art & Technology
Beyond the Gap
by Professor Vibeke Sorensen
27 Feb 2016
10:45am – 11:10am
As we look toward the future, where do we go beyond present gaps surrounding art and technology.
Vibeke Sorensen is Professor and Chair of the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (NTU). An artist, composer, and professor working in digital multimedia and animation, stereography, interactive architectural installation, and networked visual music performance, her work in experimental new media spans more than four decades and has been published and exhibited worldwide, including in books, galleries, museums, conferences, performances, film festivals, on cable and broadcast television, and the internet. From 1984-94, she was Founding Director of the Computer Animation Laboratory in the School of Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and from 1994-2005 she was Professor and Founding Chair of the Division of Animation and Digital Arts (DADA) in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC). She is a 2001 Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Film/Video/Multimedia. In 2007 she was the Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery: Global Eyes. She has a long history of interdisciplinary collaborations, art-science and art-engineering interactions, including the development of new media technologies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Princeton University, the University of Southern California, the University of California, San Diego/San Diego Supercomputer Center, the Neurosciences Institute of La Jolla, and the California Institute of Technology. Her research and creative work has been supported by the USC, NTU, the New York State Council on the Arts, the US National Science Foundation, and Intel Corporation, among others. Her recent work Illuminations (2013) is a large scale interactive visual music installation incorporating plant biofeedback, ubiquitous computing, and electro-acoustic music. Vishwaroop (2014) is a 4K generative dome animation with live music by Sitar Virtuoso Kartik Seshadri, and Mood of the Planet (2015) is a kinetic light-sound sculpture incorporating global, real-time big data and Twitter. Mayur (2015) is a 4K computer animated visual music work inspired by Asian textiles and cosmologies and also features music by sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri.
Panel Discussion 1
Women, Art & Technology
27 Feb 2016
11:15am – 12:30pm
This panel opens up a dialogue on the institutional gaps in society, technology, economical systems, education, arts and culture.
Honor Harger is the Executive Director for ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. A curator from New Zealand, she has a strong interest in artistic uses of technologies and in science as part of culture. Honor brings with her over 15 years of experience of working at the intersection between art, science and technology. She is responsible for charting the overall direction and strategy for ArtScience Museum.
Prior to joining Marina Bay Sands, she was the artistic director of Lighthouse in Brighton, United Kingdom, from 2010 to 2014. In that role, Honor curated projects which showed the cultural impact of scientific ideas, such as Laboratory Life, Invisible Fields and Solar System. She also organised exhibitions by artists such as Trevor Paglen, Timo Arnall and David Blandy, commissioned new work by Semiconductor, Hide&Seek, The Otolith Group and James Bridle, and co-founded Brighton Digital Festival.
Denisa Kera (CZ, SG) connects philosophy with design to explore prototypes as objects, which mobilize entrepreneurial, aesthetic and activist fantasies and aspirations of the present hardware and software technologies. With her defense of tinkering and DIY cultures, she is trying to bridge the divides between humanities and engineering, critical reflection and making. She is recognized for her work on open and citizen science movements as models for science diplomacy. As an active member of Hackteria network, a community of scientists, designers and artists, she supports open science efforts in the Global South. Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore and Asia Research Institute fellow.
Debbie Ding (b. 1984) is a Singaporean visual artist and writer based between Singapore and London. She facilitates the Singapore Psychogeographical Society, which explores alternative archives of urban experience through public exchanges, thought experiments, and documentation of ludic adventures. As a writer and designer of fictions, she is also interested in developing prototypes for philosophical machines or objects which translate theory or phenomena into language or other experiential forms. She recently graduated with a Masters in Design Interactions from Royal College of Art. The Library of Pulau Saigon is currently being exhibited at the Archaeology Library at NUS Museum.
Installation artist Angela Chong has interest in creating ‘fiction’ in realities within her installations. Using with light and darkness in her installations, she entices her audience to question the emotional attachment between an object and its owner, in the context of history and site-specificity. She is currently developing ideas on interactivity to engage audience in her public works.
She had also created interactive works for Quite, an exhibition that she had initiated and in Singapore and Malaysia. She had done commissioned public works, for Art Around SAM, Zoukout 10th Anniversary Party 2010, iLight Marina Bay Singapore in 2010, 2012 and 2014, Palette of Local Delights for 49th National Day.
She had been actively going to several art residencies, in Iceland, Japan and Czech Republic. She had also participated in several international light festivals in Amsterdam, Sydney, and Melbourne, Australia. Her recent exhibitions included iLight Marina Bay 2014, Singapore Eye, and Festival of Light in Jerusalem 2015, Israel.
She works as a part-time Lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts.
Panel Discussion 2
Digital Art in Southeast Asia
27 Feb 2016
1:15pm – 2:30pm
This panel opens a discussion on curatorial practices, concerns and challenges in digital art, from the perspective of Southeast Asian curators. Where are the interstices of art, culture and digital in Southeast Asia?
Dr Adele Tan
Adele Tan studied English Literature at the National University of Singapore and received her MA and PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She is Curator at National Gallery Singapore, overseeing the Post-1970s collection and displays, as well as contemporary commissions for the museum. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art in Southeast Asia and China with a special interest in performative practices and new media. She was assistant editor at the British journal Third Text and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Singapore.
Dayang MNT Yraola
Dayang MNT Yraola is an independent curator from Manila. Her main curatorial platform, Project Glocal, founded in 2011, brought her to work with artists from Southeast Asia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US. Her projects and researches have been supported by the Singapore International Foundation, Japan Foundation and Asian Cultural Council. Dayang was also a lecturer at the School for Design and Arts, De La Salle University-College of Saint Benilde from 2000-2006 and Archivist/Collections Manager of University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology from 2007-2015. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Cultural Studies of Lingnan University (Hong Kong).
Since childhood, Suzy Sulaiman’s (b.1977) father discouraged her from art, “Don’t become an artist!” he bellowed, “That would be too easy!” Her father’s words terrified her because the artists’ life was all she knew. Born to a painter family, art galleries, studios and the art supply shop were part of her world. Her ‘career’ choice was decided by her father; that was to be an architect.
Since then, she has planted herself firmly on the border of these two worlds, art and architecture. Suzy is an educator, researcher and producer whose projects focus on community-building through education, architecture and digital technology. She is the co-founder/director of (Digital Art + Culture) Festival that promotes cultural expressions through commissioned technology-based artworks. Suzy co-curated the Japan Foundation project“media/art kitchen” which brought together media art works from ASEAN countries and Japan. Suzy is the co-founder/director of DAM Interactive, a Kuala Lumpur-based commercial practice that specialize in video works for stage, theaters and festivals. Currently, she lectures in the post graduate department of Limkokwing University.
Suzy relates with art implicitly yet expresses it architecturally. When she’s not confused, Suzy enjoys cooking, updating her blog (suzysulaimandotnet.wordpress.com) and catching up on sleep.
Pichaya Aime Suphavanij
Studied in museum planning and conceptual design in the US and Italy, her practice and working experience in the US from 1996-2004 led to cross-discipline of works through planning and designing various types of museums. Assuming position as a Head of Exhibitions at BACC since 2008 to present, her curated works focus on media and visual arts through multidisciplinary approach to explore new territory of thinking. Her recent projects include Hear Here, sound installation exhibition, Bangkok (2012), Resort, interdisciplinary exhibition, Bangkok (2012) Media Art Kitchen, Japan / Southeast Asia media art project of the Japan Foundation (2013), Proximity, media and contemporary art, Poland-Thailand (2014), Kuandu Biennale (2014), Taiwan, Drift, experimental sound project, Bangkok (2015), Urban Media: Live the City project, Bangkok in collaboration with Connecting Cities Network, Berlin (2015), Omnivoyeur, sound and visual art exhibition and electrical walks of Christina Kubisch, Bangkok (2016). Recently, she has received the grant from Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD (Curators-in-Berlin Program of the German Academic Exchange) to research on sound arts in connection with contemporary arts.
Michelle Ho is a curator and writer. Her past exhibitions include Image & Illusion: Video Works from the Yokohama Museum of Art (2014), Not Against Interpretation: Untitled (2013), The Collectors Show: Weight of History(2013), Amanda Heng: Speak to Me, Walk with Me (2011), Natee Utarit: After Painting (2010), and The Artists Village: 20 Years On (2008). Formerly a curator at the Singapore Art Museum, she oversaw the contemporary art collection of the museum, and was also in charge of its Thailand collection. Ho, who holds a Masters in Curatorship and a BA in Comparative Religion from the University of Sydney, Australia, was also a co-curator of the 2013 Singapore Biennale. She is presently Gallery Director at the ADM Gallery at the School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University.