Singapore Art Week 2014




In conjunction with ART WEEK 2014 organised by National Arts Council, Independent Archive & Resource Centre will be presenting a set of programmes to be held at its own space at 67 Aliwal Street. The programmes will be held between 15th to 18th January 2014. They comprise of performance art related film screenings, performance art event, and sound & music performance.

Venue for all programmes: 67 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199942

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15 January 2014 (WEDNESDAY)

7:30PM – 8:15PM


SIN FIN (THE MOVIE) – Performance at the core of looking glass


Featuring performance artists Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes, with music by Zai Kuning & Angie Seah. Sin Fin shows two characters moving through the deserted, icy vastness of an oneiric land, where they find themselves creatures being torn between life & death, absence & misleading mirages, fortune & emptiness…


16 January 2014 (THURSDAY)

7:30PM – 8:30PM


CHINA MOON – The 2nd Open Art Festival


Since 1990 China has seen rapid changes and was moving towards openness. The 2nd Open Art Festival was held in Pengshan County, Leshan and Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. It was at the edge of the before performance art became more accepted. It was held in 8 – 17 August 2001, organized by Chen Jin, Shu Yang and Zhu Ming. Documentary film by Lee Wen with the music of Yamazaki Kazuhiko.


17 January 2014 (FRIDAY)

7:30PM – 8:30PM


PAATA features LIVE art performances happening at Independent Archive & Resource Centre (IARC) in conjunction with Art Week 2014. Singaporean artists Arif Ayab (Reef) and Jason Lee will present individual performances that touch on the issues of culture and identity, capital and consequences.

Arif Ayab (Reef)

Title: New World Order Banking System

Synopsis : Reef questions the future of the global banking system.


Arif Ayab (Reef) is a Singaporean Malay artist of who has been active in both the local and regional arts scenes for the past decade. He graduated from the University of Bradford (MDIS) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management and holds a Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Oklahoma (MDIS). His immersion in the arts scene spans a range of genres, media, and causes. Reef is now the Programme Manager for The Artists Village’s Pulau Ubin Residency Program funded by the National Arts Council. Reef is a present member of The Artist Village.

Jason Lee

Title: Same fight in a different jargon

Duration: Approx. 20 – 30 minutes

Based of my knowledge and experience being invovled in the local hardcore punk community, there seem to be a certain level of similarity between punks and artists whether in terms of ideology in general, philosophical thinking or perspective towards our world. The difference, perhaps, lies in the manner in which their ideologies are presented – the way of writing, so to speak. Their surface identity may appear different but it is not a stretch to say that in actual fact, they face the same struggle and more often than not they are also on the same boat fighting for similar causes. By using a combination of sound, reference text, and visual, my performance aims to suggest the over-lapping of the two modern cultures; as well as the subliminal content in art contextual books, and sub-conscious minds that are hidden in us.


Born in 1985, Jason Lee graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 with Diploma in Visual Communication, specializing in photography design. In 2010, he obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts from the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Although his primary medium is photography, he also works with installation and performance. His current works deals with wide issues that revolve around the urban environment and contemporary society that inspires him. His artistic interest lies in the areas of urbanization, abandoned traditions, and sub-cultural lifestyle. Art to him is a platform to explore issues that are being misunderstood or overlooked. He has participated in group exhibitions, curatorial projects and collaborations with varying roles as artist, organizer, photographer, web publisher and designer. He is based in Singapore and is a present member of The Artists Village.


18 January 2014 (SATURDAY)

7:30PM – 9:30PM



67SOS | AWE [Sixty seven sensory of sounds] | Art Week Edition

SIXTY SEVEN SENSORY OF SOUNDS, or 67SOS is a series of experimental music / sound art event showcasing the works of experimental musicians and artist from in and out of the region, however mostly looking at local music groups and artists.

In conjunction with Art Week 2014, 67SOS returns in greetings to a new year featuring musicians Ryu Hankil (South Korea), Yan Jun (China), John Hegre (Norway) and Singapore’s own Leslie Low, Yuen Chee Wai & Jordan Johari Rais. This Art Week Edition of 67SOS will showcase the solo works of the foreign musicians, followed by pairing pieces collaborating with featured Singapore musicians.

The program’s format will present 3 different sets with each set lasting approximately 35 minutes long. Set One will feature a 20 minutes solo performance by John Hegre, with the remaining 15 minutes of his set seamlessly joined by Yuen Chee Wai. Set Two follows on after a 5 minutes change over with Ryu Hankil & Leslie Low, and Set Three with Yan Jun & Jordan Johari Rais.


About the acts:

Ryu Hankil is the founder of The Manual, an independent publisher in Seoul, Korea that hosts improvised music and experimental collaborative projects. He organized a monthly experimental sound improvisation project RELAY from 2005 to 2009, as a means to share his vision and enthusiasm for experimental sound art. He is also an active member of FEN (Far East Network), a musical collaborative project between Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore and Seoul.

 Yan Jun, musician and writer. born in Lanzhou in 1973. based in Beijing. involved in: improvisation, electronics, feedback, site-specific performance/installation, field recording, organizing, writing. He is member of: FEN (Far East Network), Tea Rockers Quintet, Impro Committee. He has toured in US, Australia, Europe and Asia. also performs at audiences’ home (“Living Room” project). his Micro Feedback project is a headphone hypnotizing for small amount of audience.

John Hegre (1967) has been an active performer and producer of noise, improvised music and new electronic music since the mid 1990s, with projects such as Jazkamer, NOXAGT, Golden Serenades, Kaptein Kaliber and duos with Bjørnar Habbestad, Nils Are Drønen, Jean- Philippe Gross and many others. He has collaborated with Maja Ratkje. He uses a computer, a guitar and some ‘small electronic devices’. Lives in Bergen, Norway.

 Leslie Low is no stranger to the music scene in Singapore. A music composer & sound designer by profession, Leslie was the former frontman of popular indie band Humpback Oak, and is currently fronting one of Singapore’s greatest musical efforts, The Observatory. Leslie’s first solo outing was an experimental instrumental album titled Volcanoes in 2005. He only released his first solo album of songs, Worm, in 2007. In 2008, Leslie made two recorded but previously unreleased albums available by web download, A Walking Purgatory and Black Book. Leslie’s last solo work, The Ground, a special album by order only, was released in Jan 2009. He has also released Triangular as a limited run live CD. Early 2014 sees the releaseof his second instrumental solo album, Longing, on vinyl only. Active in the experimental circuit, Leslie is one-third of free improvisation unit, Snake Blood Union, half of Magus with Canadian drummer Mark Dolmont, and a member of doom foursome Meddle, among other music groups and collaborations. A casual improv session with Norwegian noise artist Lasse Marhaug led to the duo’s first release as PAN GU in 2013. Their album, Primeval Man Born of the Cosmic Egg, made it to SPIN’s Top 20 Avant albums of 2013. PAN GU also recently toured Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore, and is currently working on a new album for 2014.

Yuen Chee Wai is a designer, photographer and sound artist. As a sound artist, he has performed extensively locally and overseas. He has designed and composed sound for dance, film and TV / radio. His sound explorations take the drone / ambient / field recording approaches. Chee Wai’s strong interest in Philosophy and Cultural Studies often finds him incorporating textual ideas and concepts in his sound work, with themes like memory, loss and invisibility as main thought trajectories. Chee Wai was one of the artists presented in the inaugural Singapore Biennale, exhibiting a work entitled The Fog Is Rising. Chee Wai is an active member of FEN (Far East Network) and also performs in the bands hellokittyriots and Light of the South. He is also a founding member of sporesac (Singapore Sonic Arts Collective), a collective of sound artists based in Singapore.

 Jordan Johari Rais is a Singapore based musician who is also one third of a team of artists running the Independent Archive & Resource Centre. Jordan also makes experimental films, writes scores for films, paints, & creates new forms of musical readings & conductions through various experimentations. He is the main founder of Singapore local groups Under the Velvet Sky & Gulayu Arkestra. In 2012, Jordan created a sound / music program called “67 Sensory of Sounds”, where he gathered a number of sound artists & experimental musicians to present and discuss their works in front of a live audience, while being documented as part of the Independent Archive & Resource Centre’s operations.


About Independent Archive & Resource Centre:

The Independent Archive & Resource Centre’s primary aim is to develop an archive of art and cultural practices for the purpose of maintaining an open resource center to encourage research, dialogue and discourse relating to art and cultural manifestations of the historical past and its current evolution in Singapore.

Over the past one year since the beginning of its operations in mid 2012, the Independent Archive & Resource Centre has formed a platform for artists to share their works through a series of events held at the centre. These series of programmes consists of artists’ talks and presentations, performance arts events, music & sound art events, film screenings, and collaborations with other artists-run collectives.