FFF5 | Lectures/Performances | 1st Day / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

FFF5 | Lectures/Performances | 1st Day

Ho Rui An, Ho Tzu Nyen, June Yap

Onassis Fast Forward Festival 5–Athens

12 ΜΑY 2018
Upper Stage
Misleading legends haunt recent history – whether we talk about Lebanon or Singapore. Armed with witty humour, the five FFF lectures/performances have a lot to say about fabricated narratives: from archaeological excavations and spy stories in Sidon and Tell Halaf, the genealogy of swamps and the geopolitical construct “Southeast Asia”, to the image of the sweaty colonial in Hollywood movies. At the end, there will be an open discussion with the artists.
Free entrance, on a first come first served basis.
Prebooking: infotickets@sgt.gr.
The distribution of entrance tickets begins one (1) hour before and during the symposium.
Singapore is much more than the most expensive city in the world to live in. Colonial memories are central to the ironically reflective lectures and performances by the two distinguished artists of this Asiatic island metropolis. At the end, there will be a discussion between the artists and June Yap, Director of Curatorial, Programmes and Publications at the Singapore Art Museum.

19:00 | Solar: A Meltdown (2014)
"Solar: A Meltdown is a lecture that takes off from the sweaty back of a mannequin of the
anthropologist Charles le Roux that the artist encountered in the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. From this image launches a series of investigations that attempts to get to the “behinds” of Empire and more crucially, the merciless sun behind it, beating down on the imperial back. Probing this “solar unconscious” underpinning the European colonial project, the lecture further considers the white woman and the punkawallah (manual fan operator) as figures constitutive of a “global domestic”— an all-encompassing, air-conditioned planetary interior. Spiralling into the contemporary moment of terrestrial meltdown, it finally seeks to reclaim sweat as a way of getting out of ourselves and in touch with the Solar."
Ho Rui An

Performed in English with Greek subtitles | 60 minutes | No latecomers will be admitted once the performance has started.

Concept, Direction & Performance: Ho Rui An
Dramaturgy: Tang Fu Kuen
Technical Design: ARTFACTORY
Production & Technical Management: Yap Seok Hui | ARTFACTORY

20:30 | The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia
"The term ‘Southeast Asia’ emerged at the close of the Second World War, a nomenclature invented by the Allied forces to describe a particular theatre of war. The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia begins as a question:  what constitutes the unity of Southeast Asia - a region never unified by language, religion or political power?  The Dictionary proceeds by proposing 26 terms – one for each letter of the English / Latin alphabet, each a concept, a motif, or a biography that suggests an approach to the thinking and imagining of the region.
In 2016, my collaborators and I created a platform for absorbing and annotating online audio-visual materials, which are in turn ‘fed’ into a specially created ‘algorithmic editing system’ that endlessly creates new audio-visual combinations according to conceptual parameters based on the 26 terms. The workings of this is visible on a website. I think of this as my working journal, and the film endlessly put together by the system, my journal’s animated dream."
The lecture takes us through the A, B, Cs of the Dictionary and the projects it has spawned.
Ho Tzu Nyen

Performed in English | 60 minutes

21:30 | After lecture performances a discussion will follow among the artists and June Yap, Director of Curatorial, Programmes and Publications at the Singapore Art Museum.


Curated by: Katia Arfara

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Ho Rui An (Singapore) is an artist and writer working in the intersections of contemporary art, cinema, performance and theory. He writes, talks and thinks around images, with an interest in investigating their emergence, transmission and disappearance within contexts of globalism and governance. He has presented projects at the 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries (Annandale-on-Hudson), NUS Museum (Singapore), QUT Art Museum (Brisbane), Serpentine Galleries (London), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, LUMA/Westbau (Zürich), Para Site (Hong Kong) and Witte de With (Rotterdam). He is the Singapore desk editor for ArtAsiaPacific and has contributed to numerous publications. He lives and works in Singapore.

Ho Tzu Nyen makes films, videos, installations and theatrical performances that re-construct and re-imagine philosophical and historical texts and artefacts. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Guggenheim Bilbao (2015), DAAD Galerie (2015), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012), the Singapore Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and Artspace, Sydney (2011). He participated in exhibitions such as the 6th Moscow Biennale (2015); the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014); the 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014); the 6th Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art (2009) and the 26th Sao Paulo Biennale (2004). His works have been shown at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2015); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2015); Guggenheim New York (2013); Witte de With (2013, 2012);  ZKM, Karlsruhe (2013, 2007); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2011, 2017).
His theatrical works have been presented at TPAM Directions, Japan (2018), Asian Arts Theatre, Gwangju (2015); Wiener Festwochen (2014); Theater der Welt (2010); the KunstenFestivaldesArts (2006, 2008); the Singapore Arts Festival (2006, 2008).
His films have been presented at the Berlin Film Festival (2015); Sundance Film Festival (2012); Cannes Film Festival (2009); Venice Film Festival (2009); Locarno Film Festival (2011) and Rotterdam (2008, 2010, 2013).
Ho Tzu Nyen was awarded a DAAD Scholarship in Berlin (2014 – 2015) and the Grand Prize of the Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize (2015).

Dr June Yap is Director of Curatorial, Programmes and Publications at the Singapore Art Museum, where she oversees content creation and museum programming. Her prior roles include Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator (South and Southeast Asia), Deputy Director and Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, and curator at the Singapore Art Museum.

13 May 2018

Upper Stage
Free entrance, on a first come first served basis.
Prebooking: infotickets@sgt.gr.
The distribution of entrance tickets begins one (1) hour before and during the symposium.


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