11 August – 30 October 2015
Yan Jun (b. 1973, China) is a musician, born in Lanzhou in 1973 and based in Beijing. His activities involve improvised music, field recordings and site-specific sound works/events. His feedback improvisation set always follows the unstable relationship between microphones, speakers, the space and his own body movement. He often plays with the environment and found objects at audiences’ homes, along or with other artists, through the Living Room Tour project.
He is member of FEN, Tea Rockers Quintet and Impro Committee. He has performed in more than 20 countries in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia. As a poet and artist he has attended Rotterdam International Poetry Festival, Berlin International Poetry Festival and Shanghai Biennale.
Yan Jun will recreate his Living Room Tour project, initiated in 2011,the project was developed as a solo project and later with guests to become the Impro Committe collaboration project (2014, Beijing).
The Living Room Tour project has to takes place at someone’s home, a place while he/she lives. whatever the size is, with or without speakers, has or has no electricity; at least one audience is required and the owner of the home is encouraged to invite audiences. The performers may use furniture, kitchenware or anything available. The initial idea of this project came from feeling tired about low-end speakers and wanting to create a sonic space without the expense or formalities which go with this. He says the concert is a temporary mandala, a metaphor for the world. Within this environment is a destabilisation of hierarchy and there is no difference between large and small or professional and amateur. The quality of listening is from participants’s devotion.
In August, we welcome Artist-in-Residence, Yan Jun who will expand on his Living Room Tour project during his residency. As a musician of electronic music, he always felt disappointed with sound system environments and venues in China. To face the reality of society, economy and culture, he creates nomadic sound environments of his own. Yan will invite musicians, artists and people with or without any “talent” to join with to create a platform in which “music should sound on its social pedestal”.
Yan Jun works with sound and text. He has been presented at the Shanghai Biennale (2014) and received an honorary mention by Ars Electronica. As a poet he participated in the Rotterdam International Poetry Festival and the Berlin International Poetry Festival. He is the founder of subjam label.
This edition of Residencies: OPEN will highlight NTU CCA Singapore’s Artists-in-Residence who focus on performance in their practices. The performances will take place outside Block 37 Studios, accompanied by activities happening within this remote block. Performances will range from live sonic hypnosis from Yan Jun, a collaborative performance from anGie seah looking at the sensation of “butterflies in the stomach”, a ceremonious ritual of conviviality with Amanda Heng and a special installation and screening of work by Li Ran. These four artists mutually share an interest in performance as a visceral medium to experience contemporary art.
Amanda Heng | 6.00 – 10.00pm
Block 37 Malan Road, #01-03
Through her exchange of everyday rituals with various people in September, Amanda Heng’s (Singapore) presentation looks at the meditative, poetic and performative qualities in ceremonies, everyday life and public spaces. Visitors will be invited to experience the exchange of rituals through participation.
Li Ran | 6.00 – 10.00pm
Block 37 Malan Road, Studio #01-04
Li Ran (China) presents two works that blur everyday life and performance, including Beyond Geography (2012), which looks at the role of performing the “native” within a fabricated jungle environment.
Yan Jun | 8.00 – 9.00pm
Exterior of Block 37 Malan Road
Yan Jun’s (China) performances often incorporate improvisations and everyday objects. He will create a sonic device based on his experimentation of being situated in the jungle, drawing attention to the environs of Block 37, Gillman Barracks.
anGie seah | 9.00 – 10.00pm
Exterior of Block 37 Malan Road
anGie seah (Singapore) will present Part 1 of A Thousand Horses Running in my Head (2015), a mash up of bass droning, poetic gestures and erratic voice-works combined with everyday sounds.