This workshop will be held on Zoom. Register here to receive the link and password.
Are you a teacher who is intrigued by performance art, but not quite sure what it is? Curious about its educational potential? The workshop is exclusively offered to teachers in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Jointly organised by the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) and Asia Art Archive (AAA), this workshop begins with a short introduction to the development of performance art in Singapore and material in the Lee Wen Archive by researcher Chương-Đài Vo. You will explore the role of the body in performance art under the guidance of artist Priyageetha Dia, and uncover different perspectives about performance and its visual documentation with Kai Lam from Singapore’s pioneering contemporary art collective, The Artist Village. In addition, Engaging with Performance Art through the Lee Wen Archive – A Resource Guide for Educators, developed by NTU CCA Singapore and AAA, will be launched during this workshop. Taking the Lee Wen Archive as a point of departure, the Guide presents suggested approaches to using performance art in the classroom.
The Lee Wen Archive continues to be digitised through a collaborative project initiated by NTU CCA Singapore in 2017 with AAA, and National Gallery Singapore.
Workshop Fee: Free
Chương-Đài Võ is a Researcher at Asia Art Archive, where she is supervising the acquisition of three archival collections: Lee Wen, Green Papaya Art Projects, and Manila Artist-Run Spaces. Her research and curatorial work focuses on collective platforms, ephemeral practices, social movements, and marginalised genealogies.
Priyageetha Dia (Singapore) is an emerging artist whose practice lean towards public site-specific installations and is best known for her controversial work Golden Staircase (2017) and Golden Flags (2018). In particular, Dia is interested in bridging the banality of lived spaces and the act of subversion using the medium of gold. Presently, she is involved in research work on public space with American artist Martha Rosler and Thai artist Rikrit Tiravanija at Hong Kong. She graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore in 2016. Contributing to the discourse of what constitutes art in Singapore, Dia continues to push the boundaries with new perspectives of art in public spaces.
Kai Lam (Singapore) practices multidisciplinary art that is geared towards performative tendencies. Believing that an art practice should span across diverse mediums, he is versatile and prolific in skills of drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media installation, sonic art and performance art. His involvement in the arts began in 1995 when he majored in Sculpture at Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts. In 2001, he was awarded a study grant from Lee Foundation and an education bursary from National Arts Council to undertake his Bachelor of Arts at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where he majored in Sculpture. He has participated and collaborated in many multidisciplinary art productions and co-organised art-related events, including Artists Investigating Monuments (AIM) in 2000, under The Artists Village, which took place in various public sites in Singapore. Starting from 2003, he also co-organised a few editions of Future Of Imagination, an annual international performance art festival. In 2009, he initiated Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak (R.I.T.E.S), a platform to explore new ideas and cross-disciplinary presentations in sonic art, time-based and performance art-related practices.
Image: Lee Wen, Journey of a Yellow Man No. 11: Multiculturalism, 1997, The Substation, Singapore, performance documentation. Lee Wen Archive. Courtesy of Lee Wen Estate; courtesy of NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Asia Art Archive, and National Gallery Singapore.