Saturday, January 09, 2010

CONTENT: navigating a point

Curated by

Audrey Wong
Khairuddin Hori

Featuring SMU-ASEAN Artist
Residency Programme participants

Dani Iswardana (Indonesia)
Eko Nugroho (Indonesia)
Rich Streitmatter-Tran (Vietnam)
Som Sutthirat (Thailand)
Shahrul Jamili Miskon (Malaysia)
Kai Lam (Singapore)
Sookoon Ang (Singapore)
Zack Razak (Singapore)
Ming Wong (Singapore)

and SMU student artists

Joyce Koh Bao Zhu
Ooi Tong Si
Sara Ang Mei Xin
Teng Dong Hao
Ephraim Loy Suan Je
Lin Dingxiang
Daniel Yu Wenjie

Content: navigating a point is the visual arts feature for SMU's Arts Festival in 2010. Crafted in partnership with our neighbour and contemporary arts center The Substation, the exhibition highlights are artworks from a selection of nine contemporary artists from Southeast Asia. These artworks were developed after the artistsí participation in SMU's first ever residency programme, the SMU-ASEAN Artist Residency Programme.

Derived from the Latin 'navigare' meaning 'to sail', to navigate is fundamentally to locate one's own position against other known locations. In the context of the exhibition, this refers to the artists' navigation to Singapore which is commonly marked as a dot or a 'point' on world maps due to its small size. It also alludes to the artist's personal negotiations and necessary journeys in achieving various objective/s through their art.

Amongst the artists represented at the exhibition are Ming Wong, whose solo installation Life of Imitation at the 53rd Venice Biennale received a Special Mention, Rich Streitmatter-Tran, co-curator of The Mekong at Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane in 2009, and Eko Nugroho, comic book and street artist who is now amongst Indonesiaís pool of internationally prominent contemporary artists.

Exhibition opens on 15 Jan 2010, 7 pm
Venue: SMU T-Junction
Please RSVP by 11 Jan 2010 via email to

Exhibition continues:16 Jan - 12 Feb 2010, open daily except public holidays
Venues: SMU Gallery & SMU-ASEAN Artist Residency Studio
Time: 12pm to 8pm