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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.


Manon de Boer

Residency period

3 July – 15 September 2017


Personal narration and/or musical interpretation define both the method and the subject of Manon de Boer’s practice. Working primarily with the moving image, over twenty years she has composed a series of “portrait films” that explore the intimate relationship between language, memory, sound, and time while continuously interrogating truth claims, biographical narratives, and the medium of film itself.

Manon de Boer (b. 1966) is a Dutch artist based in Brussels. She completed her artistic education at the Akademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam, and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Her work has received wide international recognition. Her most recent solo shows include presentations at Secession, Vienna, Austria (2016), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2013), Philadelphia Museum of Art, United States (2012); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, United States (2011).


In the past four years, de Boer has been questioning her practice and the impact that critical recognition and the professionalization of her work as a practicing artist has made upon her creative process. At this self-reflective juncture, the artist is interested in the conditions for thinking and inspiration, investigating notions of open-ended time and of personal and societal rhythms. In her view, to place aimless, untroubled” time in relation to creativity, research, and production offers a political counterpoint to the outcome-driven model that rules the art world and our contemporary life, opening up a space for creation that allows for experimentation, boredom, and failure. During the residency, de Boer plans to further develop this research engaging in conversation with a variety of experts that can help her reframe the question of time.

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: An Experiment in Leisure
Film Screening and Conversation with Manon de Boer (Netherlands/Belgium), Artist-in-Residence
6 Sep 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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The latest film produced by Artist-in-Residence Manon de Boer, An Experiment in Leisure (2016, 35 min) whispers a collective reflection on the rhythms of creation and on the relationship between free time and creativity. Drawing on the theories of British psychoanalyst Marion Milner (1900-1998) about the dynamics of concentration, daydreaming, and open-ended time, de Boer collected the voices of several artists reflecting upon their creative processes and weaved them together with the sounds a Norwegian seascape. Capturing the images of the artists’ empty workspaces and those of the deserted marine landscape, the film slows down the process of perception and composes a lyrical essay on leisure as a condition for inspiration.

Held in The Single Screen, the screening will be introduced by a conversation between the artist and Dr Anna Lovecchio, Curator, Residencies.