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Memorise a Short Story by Heman Chong

21 Sep 2018, Fri - 6 Nov 2018, Tue 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Foyer, Block 43 Malan Road


Be a part of Heman Chong’s durational performance as part of the exhibition Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II

Heman Chong’s A Short Story About Geometry is a transaction between an instructor and a participant, with the main “protagonist” being a short story written by the artist in 2009. It is the first of seven stories, each approximately 500 words long and specifically written to be transmitted via memorising the story, word for word. The story is taught only verbally by the instructor, who holds the text in her hands.

Participants are requested to not leave the room until the transaction is completed, and they have memorised the story by heart. Chong has promised that this story will never be published neither on paper nor digitally; the content remains known only to the instructor and the participants. As they offer their time and energy to receive the gift of the story, a unique way of ‘reading’ it emerges each time this situation occurs.

Transactions will take place Saturdays and Sundays over the course of the exhibition period, 21 September – 6 November 2018, starting each day from 1.00pm.

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Heman Chong’s (Singapore) practice is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations, and writing. He has held solo exhibitions at Art Sonje Center, Seoul; South London Gallery; Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; 72-13, Singapore; Calle Wright, Manila; Rossi & Rossi, Hong Kong; and the Swiss Institute, New York. He is currently working on a novel The Book of Drafts to be published by Polyparenthesis in 2019. He was an NTU CCA Singapore Artist-in-Residence from September 2016 to February 2017. 


Image caption: Heman Chong, A Short Story About Geometry, 2009. Photo by Ho Rui An. Courtesy the artist.