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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.


Tan Pin Pin

Residency period

9 May – 9 September 2016


Tan Pin Pin (b. 1969, Singapore) is a film director from Singapore. Her films are explorations of Singapore, her histories, contexts and limits. They have found loyal followers in different contexts and have screened at Berlin, Busan, Cinema du Reel, Visions du Reel, Lincoln Center and at the Flaherty Seminar. In Singapore, her films have received sold out theatrical screenings and toured schools. Meanwhile, her video installations were shown in the President’s Young Talent Show, Singapore Biennale, p-10 and at IFA Gallery, Berlin.

She has won and been nominated for more than 20 awards, most recently for To Singapore, with Love (2013) from Dubai International Film Festival. This film was banned from public screenings in Singapore for “undermining national security”. Meanwhile, the citation for the award from Cinema du Reel for Invisible City (2007) reads, “A witty, intellectually challenging essay on history and memory as tools of civil resistance”. Singapore GaGa (2005) voted the Best Film, 2006, The Straits Times is described as “One of the best films about Singapore”. Moving House (2001), her thesis film, won the Student Academy Award for Best Documentary. Her short film Pineapple Town (2015) was one of seven in the 7 Letters omnibus which garnered unanimous rave reviews when it was released in Singapore.



Tan Pin Pin will use her time in residence to read as well as continue her practice of walking around Singapore, taking photos to gather material for future projects. She will also be exploring the idea of performance in documentaries and how this form may bring us closer to the truth.

Public programmes

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 Insights: Tan Pin Pin, Artist-in-Residence, in conversation with Dr Hong Lysa (Singapore), independent scholar
5 Oct 2016, Wed 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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Tan Pin Pin, accomplished filmmaker and Artist-in-Residence, will be in conversation with Dr Hong Lysa, historian, independent scholar and author of The Scripting of a National History: Singapore and Its Pasts (2008). This dialogue will revolve around their influences, motivations, and also discuss the overlap in their work on non-mainstream Singapore history.