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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.


Julian ‘Togar’ Abraham

Residency period

4 April – 24 June 2016


Julian ‘Togar’ Abraham (b. 1987, Indonesia) is an artist, musician and pseudo scientist. Words like generative, manipulating, dematerialisation are often used to identify his work. Connecting one thing to another, expressed in complex algorithms, have enabled his experiences in how art, the environment, science and technology relate to one another to provide new tools to educate and engage both the artist and the society.



In line with Julian 'Togar' Abraham’s multidisciplinary practice, Togar will develop DIABETHANOLa hybrid of the word “diabetes” (a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood) and “ethanol” (a colourless volatile flammable liquid C2H5OH that is the intoxicating agent in liquors and is also used as a solvent and in fuel. The artist project begins with a curiosity in the possibility of converting diabetic urine into a renewable energy source—bioethanol and increase in the prevalence of diabetes in Singapore and Asia. While in residence, Togar will conduct field research with diabetes related organisations in Singapore, from conducting laboratory experiments to analytics and interview. 

Public programmes

Residencies: Studio Sessions | Fermentation Madness, Parts I & II: Workshop by Julian ‘Togar’ Abraham (Indonesia), Artist-in-Residence
14 May 2016, Sat 4:00pm - 6:00pm
28 May 2016, Sat 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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As part of Julian ‘Togar’ Abraham‘s (Indonesia) artist project, he will conduct a two-part workshop inviting participants to experiment with the fermentation process and brew their own alcohol using their chosen combinations of fruit. In Part 1 of the workshop on 14 May, Togar will walk participants through the process of fermentation and its relationship to his pseudo science-based practice that aims to democratise the laboratory and liberate the knowledge of science to a wider society. Whilst in residence at NTU CCA Singapore, Togar is conducting research into the process of fermentation, which is key to his research into diabetes and the conversion of bio-fuel.

Part 2 of the workshop on 28 May will involve the post fermentation, drawing attention to the production process and effect of variables such as temperature, sugar levels and quantity of yeast. Participants will be invited to taste test and take home their own brews.

Please RSVP to and bring some fruit that you would like to ferment.

Image credit: Julian ‘Togar’ Abraham, Kapitän Biopunk: Fermentation Madness (2010), Installation view at Transmediale Festival (2011), Berlin, Germany. Courtesy of the artist.

Residencies: OPEN as part of Art Day Out!
14 May 2016, Sat 2:00pm - 7:00pm

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Residencies: OPEN offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artists’ studio. Through showcasing discussions, performances, research and works in progress, OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice and the divergent ways artists make artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and contemplation.

Julian ‘Togar’ Abraham (Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-02)

Oscillating between the position of an artist, musician and pseudo scientist, the work of Julian ‘Togar’ Abraham – often expressed in complex algorithms – challenge the experiences in how art, the environment, science and technology relate to one another and our understanding of these usually distinct fields.

Togar will conduct Fermentation Madness, a workshop that experiments with the fermentation process inviting participants to brew their own alcohol using their chosen combinations of fruit. More information here.

Kray Chen (Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-03)

Kray Chen’s (Singapore) practice brings attention to the certain behaviours in society, tapping into their absurd and futile characteristic to discuss progress, value and pleasure in contemporary society. While in residence, Chen will continue this line of research into the specific threads of absurdity such as ‘Waiting’ by examining the equation between labour and gratification in different activities, and in turn on reflecting social, cultural and political performativity In relation to the absurd.

Svay Sareth (Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-06)

Svay Sareth’s (Cambodia) works in sculpture, installation and durational performance are made using materials and processes intentionally associated with war – metals, uniforms, camouflage and actions requiring great endurance. While his critical and cathartic practice is rooted in an autobiography of war and resistance, he refuses both historical particularity and voyeurism on violence. Rather, his works traverse both present and historical moments, drawing on processes of survival and adventure, and ideas of power and futility.

Tan Pin Pin (Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-07)

Tan Pin Pin (Singapore) is an award-winning director of To Singapore, with Love, Invisible City and Singapore GaGa. She is interested with how we became who are, how our Singapore identity is constructed, the importance of memory, archives and documentation in the formation of that identity.

Image credit: Saleh Husein, Residencies: OPEN as part of Art Day Out!, 19 March 2016. Courtesy of NTU CCA Singapore.

Residencies: Studio Sessions | Spatial Trichotomy with Artist-in-Residence Julian 'Togar' Abraham (Indonesia) and collaborators Bani Haykal (Singapore) and Wu Jun Han (Singapore)
15 Jun 2016, Wed 7:30pm - 8:30pm

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One perceives their position in a spatial structure through sight and sound. Beginning in darkness, this audio-visual performance will gradually emerge through the initiation of light. Situated between the realm of light and sound, Spatial Trichotomy will provoke a reconsideration of space through the codependency of our senses.

NTU CCA Singapore at Art Day Out! x The School Holidays
25 Jun 2016, Sat 2:00pm - 7:00pm

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We have an array of exciting activities planned for the upcoming Art Day Out! x The School Holidays at Gillman Barracks on Saturday, 25 June. From exhibition tours of SEA STATE, animation screenings by NTU ADM students, to creating your own fizzy drinks in a workshop by Artist-in-Residence Julian ‘Togar’ Abraham – there is something for all ages!

2.00 – 7.00pm
The Seminar Room, Block 43 Malan Road

For Gillman Barracks’ Art Day Out! x The School Holidays, NTU CCA Singapore presents a variety of short animations made by the students of Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media (NTU ADM), selected by Kathrin Albers, Assistant Professor, NTU ADM.

Screening list:

1. Princess (2014)
2D Hand-drawn Animation, Mandarin with English Subtitles, 7:07 mins.
By Andre Quek, Abdul Hadi Bin Abdul Wahab and Vivien Tan. Courtesy of the artists and NTU ADM.

2. MiMo (2014)
Abstract Animation, No Dialogue, 1:43 mins.
By Chang Pei Yee and Oon Qian Yi Shannon. Courtesy of the artists and NTU ADM.

3. Hand-Made (2012)
Stopmotion Paper cut Animation, No Dialogue, 2:18 mins.
By Goh Wei Choon and Jiahui. Courtesy of the artists and NTU ADM.

4. Innocent Memory (2012)
2D Hand Drawn and Painted Animation, No Dialogue, 3:24 mins.
By Nguyen Thi Nam Phuong. Courtesy of the artist and NTU ADM.

5. Bubble (2014)
3D Animation, No Dialogue, 5:40 mins.
By Lam Yee Shing, Quek Yu Lin and Poh Ya Ching. Courtesy of the artists and NTU ADM.

6. 1997 (2014)
2D Flash Animation, No Dialogue, 7:32 mins.
By Goh Wei Choon and Jia Hui Wee. Courtesy of the artists and NTU ADM.

7. The Octopus Lady (2015)
2D Animation, No Dialogue, 3:34 mins.
By Amanda Wang Ziyan. Courtesy of the artist and NTU ADM.

8. La Laine Des Moutons (2012)
2D Animation, French with English Subtitles, 5:53 mins.
By Kapie and Tran Nguyen Tuan Anh. Courtesy of the artists and NTU ADM.

9. Autogenic (2014)
Abstract 3D Animation to music, 3:45 mins.
By Prakash. Courtesy of the artists and NTU ADM.

Curator Tours of SEA STATE
2.00pm: Led by Syaheedah Iskandar, Curatorial Assistant, NTU CCA Singapore
4.00pm: Led by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, curator, SEA STATE and Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore
The Exhibition Hall, Block 43 Malan Road

Join our curator-led tours of the exhibition SEA STATE by artist Charles Lim Yi Yong. Commissioned for the Singapore Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale, SEA STATE examines the biophysical, political and psychic contours of Singapore through the visible and invisible lenses of the sea. It is an in-depth inquiry by an artist that scrutinises both man-made systems, opening new perspectives on our everyday surroundings, from unseen landscapes and disappearing islands to the imaginary boundaries of a future landmass.

Workshop for kids and teens: Make your own Soda Pop
3.00 – 4.00pm
Studio #01-02, Block 37 Malan Road

Learn to make your own Soda Pop in a workshop with Artist-in-Residence Julian ‘Togar’ Abraham. Open to ages nine and above, concoct your very own fizzy drink using fruits in a healthy, organic fermentation process!

Please RSVP to and bring some fruit to flavour your Soda Pop!

Image credit: Charles Lim Yi Yong: SEA STATE, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, 30 April – 10 July 2016, installation view. Courtesy of NTU CCA Singapore.