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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.


Souliya Phoumivong

Residency period

6 February – 28 April 2017


The artistic practice of Souliya Phoumivong (b. 1983, Laos) radically shifted from painting to photography, video art, and stop motion animation as a result of a residency at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, in 2010 during which the artist experimented with new media art and created his first Claymation work. In 2012, Phoumivong established Clay House Studio which focuses on video and stop-motion works, and is the first of its kind in Laos. The studio is responsible for an array of projects, including the production of the first clay animation TV show in Laos which has reached its 4th season. Phoumivong is currently a lecturer at the Department of Communication Design at the National Institute of Fine Art in Vientiane and Junior Curator for “Condition Report” in 2017, a collaborative project by Japan Foundation Asia Centre, featuring emerging curators from Japan and Southeast Asia. His work has been included in exhibitions such as Missing Links, The Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand (2015) and Cross+Scape, ASEAN-Korea Contemporary Media Art Exhibition, Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (2011).


During his residency, Phoumivong will continue to experiment with stop-motion animation, working on a project entitled The Emotion. The 10-minute video installation, produced using locally sourced clay, is an experiment in time and texture. The work is part of the artist’s ongoing investigation into alternative forms of artistic creation, which inform his practice as an artist and educator and are especially significant in Laos, a country where visual art is focused mostly on painting.

Public programmes

The Making of an Institution — Artistic Research. Prelude of short films by Souliya Phoumivong (Laos), Artist-in-Residence and talk by Rodolfo Andaur (Chile), Curator-in-Residence
5 Apr 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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As part of The Making of an Institution, Artist-in-Residence Souliya Phoumivong will introduce and show his first claymation short film as a prelude to the talk of Curator-in-Residence Rodolfo Andaur.

Originally trained as a painter, Phoumivong will speak about how he first came across the universe of new media to introduce his first claymation film, Big World (2010), realised on occasion of a residency at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan. Delving into his own subjective encounters with modernity outside of Laos, the artist will also show snippets of the work he is developing in Singapore.

Rodolfo Andaur’s talk Exposed Territories interweaves narratives collected and accumulated over the last few years about historical and anthropological reflections on the landscape and the borders of the Atacama Desert in South America. Andaur will also discuss how his research aims to reassesses socio-cultural aspects and expose contemporary art experiences into multidisciplinary platforms.

This talk is part of the public programme of The Making of an Institution.

NTU CCA Singapore at the Singapore Art Book Fair 2017
27 Apr 2017, Thu 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
28 Apr 2017, Fri - 29 Apr 2017, Sat 10:00 AM - 08:00 PM
30 Apr 2017, Sun 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM

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NTU CCA Singapore is participating in the 2017 edition of the Singapore Art Book Fair (SABF). The Centre will present its recent and new publications and will launch a new series of limited edition merchandise made in collaboration with our past and present Artists-in-Residence.

Image credit: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (Presenting Institution); Singapore Art Book Fair 2014, 14 – 16 November 2014, Organised by HJGHER and BooksActually. Photography by Colossal Photos.