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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.


Alex Murray Leslie

Residency period

9 May – 7 August 2015


Alexandra Murray-Leslie (b 1970, Australia) is a researcher and pop-artformer working in the field of wearable musical instrument design for performance, PhD candidate, Creativity and Cognition Studios, The University of Technology, Sydney and founder and member of Chicks on Speed. Her current practice-based research project focuses on the development of interactive footwear designs for live-art with possible health applications. The BipedShoes are a joint research project between The University of Technology, Sydney, SymbioticA, University of Western Australia, Department of Kinesiology, College of Health & Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University and shoe-designer Max Kibardin. Alex has published her research widely, including Journal for critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference proceedings, Carol Rama, MACBA, 2015 and International Symposium for Wearable Computers 2014.


Alex Murray-Leslie is part of Chicks on Speed, a multidisciplinary art group and pioneers in the cross pollination of Pop Music, Performance Art, Fashion and New Media. Murray-Leslie will research into computational footwear in live art The BipedShoe Project, acoustic shoe tools for performance), through the production of new knowledge via experimental research and new collaborations with local Singaporean arts practitioners, curators and academics. She will integrate her experiences while in residence into a new body of performative work around the BipedShoes, which is at the core of her ongoing research into Objectinstruments and their effects on dramaturgie in artformances (live art performances).

Public programmes

NTU CCA Singapore Residencies: OPEN: Live performance by Chicks on Speed & Studio Installation by Jeremy Sharma
29 May 2015, Fri 7:00pm - 11:00pm

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Live performance by Chicks on Speed & Studio Installation by Jeremy Sharma

Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks is a bi-monthly, night arts festival that is open to the public.
This edition’s highlight is the Singapore Open Media Festival featuring media installations by
artists worldwide.

Join us for an electrifying night with a live performance by Chicks on Speed known for their cult status as catalysts of the musical genre, electroclash and collaborations with Julian Assange, Karl Lagerfeld, Peaches and Yoko Ono among others. One of its musical duo, Alex Murray-Leslie (Australia) will joins us as Artist-in-Residence in May.

Chicks on Speed is a music and fine art ensemble formed in Munich in 1997 working in performance art, electronic dance music, collage graphics, textile design and fashion.

As part of his research residency at NTU CCA Singapore, Jeremy Sharma explores ideas around information (its associated technologies) and distraction in his studio. Drawings, collages, photographs, chess boards and animation will be presented as strategies that occupy both physical and mental spaces.

Jeremy Sharma (Singapore) works primarily as a painter, his current multidisciplinary practice investigates art as a reflection of a conscious life that observes it in the age of mechanical, industrial digital reproduction and interconnectivity.

Art Day Out at Gillman Barracks, Saturday 25 July
25 Jul 2015, Sat 11:00am - 9:00pm

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For this special day event at Gillman Barracks, NTU CCA Singapore has put together a line-up of programmes encompassing open studios, film screenings and performances. For full details of Art Day Out, visit


Residencies: OPEN
NTU CCA Singapore, Studios, Block 37 & 38 Malan Road, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Featuring Artists-in-Residence, Yason Banal (The Philippines), Bani Haykal (Singapore), Amanda Heng (Singapore), Alex Murray-Leslie (Australia), Gary Ross Pastrana (The Philippines), Jeremy Sharma (Singapore), Shooshie Sulaiman (Malaysia) and Erika Tan (Singapore).


Artist Resource Platform
The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road, 11.00am – 9.00pm

Highlights include selected documentation from NTU CCA Singapore’s residencies.


Film Screenings in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Punggok Rindukan Bulan (This Longing) by Azharr Rudin (Malaysia), 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Return to Burma by Midi Z (Myanmar/Taiwan), 7.30pm – 9.00pm


Erika Tan, Halimah-the-Empire-Exhibition-weaver-who-died-whilst-performing-her-craft
The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Live “broadcast” debate


Special Project: Faculty of Listening, Bani Haykal – Performance #2
Block 38 Malan Road, #01-07, 5.00 – 7.00pm