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Residencies Insights: Models of Organisation. Images as Comrades, Film screening and discussion with Irina Botea Bucan and Jon Dean (Romania and United Kingdom), Artists-in-Residence

10 Dec 2019, Tue 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Irina Botea Bucan and Jon Dean’s artistic collaboration is based upon an interest in the decentralization of cultural discourse and the possibility of sustaining creative differentiation outside of a dominant hegemonic system of values and critique. Through merging various roles (visual artists, filmmakers, educators, community workers), they have developed a ‘three-way’ symbiotic artist-educator-research methodology that they apply in various socio-cultural contexts, and seek to place people’s experiences as the central ‘vehicle of meaning’. Combining reenactment strategies with auditions, elements of cinéma vérité and forum theatre, they look into the role conflict, history, language and music play in the formation of the individual and the community. In Singapore, the artists are continuing their long-term comparative research into the history, usage, and the possible imagination of cultural houses/community clubs as places where “culture” can be authored collectively. During this programme, they will present previous films and discuss their collaborative practice.



Irina Botea Bucan (b. 1970, Romania) and Jon Dean (b. 1966, United Kingdom) have been working together on film-based projects since 2013. Their artistic collaboration unfolds through filmmaking enquiries premised on the close scrutiny of and active engagement with specific social contexts. Their works have been shown internationally at several venues including Art Encounters Biennial, Timisoara, Romania (2019), The Paintbrush Factory, Cluj, Romania (2019), Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland (2018); Loop Barcelona, Spain (2018), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (2017); The Phillips Museum of Art, Lancaster, United States (2017), Columbia University, New York, United States (2018), ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany (2017), Centrala, Birmingham, United Kingdom (2016), Pompidou Center, Paris, France (2016), Film Society, Lincoln Center, New York, United States (2015), International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (2015) , EMAF Osnabruck, Germany (2015), among others.


Image: Irina Botea Bucan and Jon Dean, A Cultural Hearth, 2018, film still. Courtesy the artists.