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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.


Otty Widasari

Residency period

5 October – 27 November 2015


Otty Widasari (b. 1973, Indonesia) was a journalist and art director for TV during 1999-2004. She is one of the founders of the Forum Lenteng, a community development project which uses media (video, photography and texts) as tools to unveil socio-cultural problems. Widasari has been coordinator for the akumassa program of Forum Lenteng as well as Chief Editor for it’s online community journal for the last three years. Since 2002, she has been making documentary films for non-profit organizations. In 2007, she was nominated for the Indonesian Art Award. A selection of exhibitions include TRANSLATED SPACE, Contemporary Art of Indonesia, in Kunstraum Krausberg, Berlin 2011AKUMASSA Images. Widasari also one of the founders Footage Journal ( a film and video journal in dual languages.


Otty Widasari will research the public memory of Southeast Asia and it’s residents imagination about Singapore. Historically, Singapore is a small island in the region of Southeast Asia and has been known, since the colonial era, as a trade and business center, a transit place, and the largest entertainment venue in Southeast Asia.

Since it’s independence in 1965, Singapore has become an important part of regional economic and also culture development. Widasari’s research will explore the nostalgia of places of Singapore, which will be recorded and transferred to a variety of mediums, such as: video, drawing, painting and photography. This memory is related to the history of Singaporean issues in the geopolitical map of the ASEAN community viewed through cultural, economic and political perspectives such as gender issues and freedom of expression.

Public programmes

Residencies: OPEN as part of Art Day Out! at Gillman Barracks
7 Nov 2015, Sat 2:00pm - 7:30pm

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Residencies: OPEN
Studios at Blocks 37 & 38 Malan Road, 2.00 – 7.30pm

This edition of Residencies: OPEN concentrates on the intertwined relationship between art making and text. Projects range from Artists-in-Residence Weixin Chong’s investigation into the domestic tropicality through a dictation exercise with visitors, contributions by Narawan Pathomvat’s collaborator of key texts and their online circulation, Shubigi Rao’s research on the history of banished books and Otty Widasari’s archival research into films from the colonial period.

Langkasuka, book launch
Foyer of Block 43 Malan Road, 2.00 – 7.00pm

Former Artist-in-Residence Ise (Roslisham Bin Ismail) (Malaysia) will launch the new and second edition of his cookbook Langkasuka published by ITBN Malaysia, based on old royal recipes excavated through oral histories in Kelantan, an area in Malaysia with historical links to Thailand. The artist will also serve one of the featured recipes!

Residencies: In The LabExhibit 101: Li Ran and Gary Ross Pastrana (Artists’ Workshop)
The Lab, Block 43 Malan Road, 2.30 – 4.00pm

Artists-in-Residence Li Ran and Gary Ross Pastrana will conduct a workshop as part of their project Exhibit 101 at The Lab. Li Ran will talk through the process of creating a new work in Singapore while Gary Ross Pastrana will work with participants to conceive a new artwork for his project An ASEAN Exhibition 1.

Residencies: Insights – Dictation with Artist-in-Residence Weixin Chong
Studio #01-07, Block 38 Malan Road, 6.00 – 7.30pm

Weixin Chong will host ”read –in’s” in her studio where visitors can take part in a dictation exercise around a text related to the tropical environment which will later be translated into artworks.