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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.


Gary Ross Pastrana

Residency period

6 July – 2 October 2015


Gary Ross Pastrana’s (b. 1977, Philippines) art has been one of the most persistent in terms of combining concepts with objects. His conceptual pieces,although loaded with poetic intensity, remain unobtrusively subtle, almost quaint in its appearance. Coiled or folded photographs, his woven tales from found pictures in the internet, the sawed off parts of a boat shipped to another gallery, his shirt tied into a pole to commensurate a flag, these are the slightest of turns Pastrana has his objects make to create a new meaning. Pastrana received his Bachelor’s degree in Painting from the University of the Philippines (2000) and was recipient of the Dominador Castaneda Award for Best Thesis. In 2006, he received the Thirteen Artists Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He has also been awarded grants by the Asian Cultural Council and the Bangkok University Gallery. Pastrana has participated in numerous exhibitions in Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, and most notably in the New Museum Triennale, The Ungovernables, New York, United States (2012). He recently held a solo exhibition at the Vargas Museum in Manila. Pastrana is one of the co-founders of Future Prospects Art Space in Cubao, Philippines and has regularly curated for shows both in Philippines and abroad. Pastrana lives and works in Manila, Philippines.


Gary Ross Pastrana will collect “Fifty Shared Words” as a response to the overlaps in histories and languages in the various parts of Southeast Asia. With these words he will write short descriptions, musings, meditations or anecdotes about each word, comparable in format with Primo Levi’s Periodic Table. Research will be kept to informal conversations with  artists and other everyday people encountered during the residency to keep the whole experience direct, unmediated, and current. The aim is not to come up with an academic linguistic study but to encounter words in actual usage by real people and in the process learn through communication. Short stays in other neighboring countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, (to meet artists and visit artists communities) is also worked into the plan to expose to varying settings and the more subtle differences in context and usage of the words.

Public programmes

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

Residencies Insights: Circuits of labour, Gary Ross Pastrana in conversation with Sidd Perez
12 Aug 2015, Wed 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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Join NTU CCA Singapore Artist-in-Residence, Gary Ross Pastrana for a screening and discussion of selected work with Sidd Perez, Curator of NUS Museum. Gary Ross Pastrana looks at different mechanisms of labour: through the machine, through critiquing art world dynamics and through revealing the process of producing an art work.
Gary Ross Pastrana has participated in numerous exhibitions, most notably in the New Museum Triennale, The Ungovernables, New York (2012) and recently held a solo exhibition at the Vargas Museum in Manila. Pastrana is one of the co-founders of Future Prospects Art Space in Cubao, Philippines and has regularly curated for shows both in Philippines and abroad.

Sidd Perez is associate curator at the NUS Museum and the co-founder/editor of the independent collaborative, Planting Rice. She was curatorial associate to The Drawing Room (Manila/Singapore) prior to moving to the NUS.

Exhibit 101: Li Ran and Gary Ross Pastrana
2 Oct 2015, Fri - 29 Nov 2015, Sun

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Unfolding over two months, Artists-in-Residence Li Ran and Gary Ross Pastrana will develop projects for The Lab, NTU CCA Singapore’s space for experimentation, which are speculations on how an image is created and deconstructed.

Gary Ross Pastrana’s An ASEAN Exhibition 1 creates an artistic gesture around the idea of Southeast Asia as a reference with no visual referent. The artist engaged DSM Solutions, a young Singaporean creative collective, to stage a “Contemporary Southeast Asia Art Exhibition-Themed Event” and prototype props that could stand in for Southeast Asian artworks. In this manner, the artist has effectively outsourced the sometimes-problematic task of representing Southeast Asia, an implied obligation of artists invited to regionally themed group exhibitions within the region.

Li Ran presents a new project Waiting for the Fog to Drift Away, a collaboration with Singapore Management University (SMU), Assistant Professor Rowan Wang, a specialist in overall planning science. Li Ran will conduct interviews to gain planning advice from Wang in an attempt to define the most successful trajectory for the life of an artist as a business enterprise, estimating production levels and peaks and troughs in key life moments.

Li Ran currently lives and works in Beijing, China. He graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Oil Painting Department with a BFA and is both the founder and member of COMPANY. He has exhibited widely including the 1st Pierre Huber Prize Annual Exhibition of Emerging Media Artists, OCAT Shanghai.

Gary-Ross Pastrana lives and works in Manila, The Philippines. He recently held a solo exhibition at the Vargas Museum in Manila and is one of the co-founders of Future Prospects Art Space in Cubao. Pastrana has regularly curated shows both in The Philippines and abroad.

Image credit: Tropical Paradise, 2015. Courtesy DSM Solutions