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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.


John Torres

Residency period

8 January – 28 March 2019


John Torres (b.1975, the Philippines) is an independent film director, producer, and writer widely acclaimed for his highly personal and poetic style. Weaving together archival clips, found footage, and visually powerful imagery, his films unfold narrative structures, often with strong autobiographical references, that defy conventional tropes and genres. Torres has received solo retrospectives at The Reading Room, Bangkok, Thailand (2015); Vienna International Film Festival (2013), and the 12th Seoul International New Media Festival, South Korea (2012). His most recent feature film People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2016 and received Special Mention at the 6th Curitiba International Film Festival, Brazil in 2017.


During the residency, John Torres plans to experiment with “parasitical filmmaking strategies” as the starting point of a series of works he intends to realise throughout Southeast Asia. By positioning himself at the periphery of ongoing film productions, Torres will collect their multiple “excesses:” spillages in light, sound, props, furniture, scenic design, and everything that may linger outside the perimeter of the main set. Tapping onto other directors’ scraps and making use of resources that have already been paid for to create his own separate narrative, the artist aims to test out a playful method for bypassing the financial limitations of independent film productions. In light of his recent role as father, this work will be developed within the framework of Remote Daddy Project: a way of structuring the artist’s work schedule around his daughter’s sleep and feeding schedule so as to strike a balance between making art and raising a family.

Residencies brochure (January – March 2019)

Public programmes

Residencies OPEN
25 Jan 2019, Fri 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM
26 Jan 2019, Sat 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artist studios. Through showcasing discussions, performances, installations, and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice from around the globe and the divergent ways artists conceive an artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.

Come meet our current Artists-in-Residence in their studios! Featuring Francisco Camacho Herrera (Colombia/Netherlands), Daniel Hui (Singapore), Soyo Lee (South Korea), John Low (Singapore), Tan Kai Syng (Singapore), and John Torres (Philippines).


Image caption: Residencies OPEN, January 2018.