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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.



Residency period

1 November – 30 December 2016


SHIMURAbros are a brother/sister artist duo composed of Yuka (b. 1976, Japan) and Kentaro Shimura (b. 1979, Japan). While film is the catalyst of all their creations, the SHIMURAbros’ exploration of the moving image extends beyond the two-dimensional limit of film and investigates the shifting balance between light and matter. They incorporate elements of sculpture and avant-garde filmmaking in installations that articulate an intricate and playful re-interpretation of the cinematic language. Their films have received screenings at the Cannes Film Festival (2007) and the Berlinale Festival (2005). Their works have been exhibited at The National Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan (2011, 2010); NUS Museum, Singapore (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei, Taiwan (2011); Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Australia (2010). They have been awarded the TERRADA ART AWARD First Prize (2015) and received the Excellence Award in the Art Division at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival, hosted by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs (2010). They are currently researchers at the Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin, Germany.


During their residency, the SHIMURAbros will expand their previous research on Singapore’s archaeology and film history to explore the reverse trajectories and movements of various archaeological objects from Southeast Asia to Singapore. They aim at gathering relevant materials and scouting locations to produce ROAD MOVIE – Road to Singapore. Episode 2, as the second part of a work created on occasion of their residency and exhibition at NUS Museum (Singapore) in 2013.

Public programmes

Residencies OPEN: Art Day Out!
12 Nov 2016, Sat 02:00 PM - 07:00 PM

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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, Residencies:OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice and the divergent ways artists conceive artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.

This edition of Residencies OPEN features video installations and several book-related projects. Participants include Artists-in-Residence Heman Chong (Singapore), Ho Rui An (Singapore), Arin Rungjang (Thailand), SHIMURAbros (Japan/Germany), and Tamara Weber (United States).

Heman Chong Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-07
Ho Rui An Block 37 Malan Road, Studio#01-03
Arin Rungjang Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-05
SHIMURAbros Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-04
Tamara Weber Block 38 Malan Road, Studio #01-06