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PerForm Digital keynote: A Land Imagined: A Transnational Framework on Land Reclamation and Labour

A Land Imagined: A Transnational Framework on Land Reclamation and Labour
Digital Keynote by Dr Jerrine Tan
Hosted and Moderated by Dr. Ong Keng Sen
Thu, 22 Sept 2022
Zoom Webinar
8pm (SGT/HKT) | 8am (EDT) | 2pm (CEST)
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T:>Works features PerForm Fellow Dr Jerrine Tan, a researcher, writer and assistant professor in the English department at City University Hong Kong, in the next PerForm keynote, A Land Imagined: A Transnational Framework on Land Reclamation and Labour. Referencing Yeo Siew Hua’s neo-noir mystery thriller film A Land Imagined, as well as Saidiya Hartman’s work on the fungibility of bodies and Lisa Lowe’s writings on immigration and citizenship, Dr Tan brings together a lecture that allegorises the movement of land across bodies of water for the similar movement of indentured labourers. It further unpacks the film’s imaginative and responsible form of transnational assemblage which connects cultures and people not through labour or even soil, but through art. 

Image credits: Akanga Film Asia 

PerForm Programme – A World of Lines: From Third World Solidarities to Postsocialist Globalism

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Date: 13 August 2022, 10am to 5.30pm
Venue: T:>Works, 72-13
Registration Fee: $15 (Includes lunch)
Limited spaces available.

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PerForm returns with a one-day discursive programme by Fellow Ho Rui An – A World of Lines: From Third World Solidarities to Postsocialist Globalism.

We invite you to join us for a day of presentations, workshops and focused conversations. Invited speakers working across the fields of artistic, curatorial and historical research will share their research and facilitate a collective process of thinking, amidst the intensification of unresolved Cold War-era tensions, resurgent ethnonationalisms, and widening socioeconomic inequalities that have come to disrupt the lines of labour, technology, and capital in the prevailing global order.

Read more on A World of Lines: From Third World Solidarities to Postsocialist Globalism here

24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2022

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16-17 July 2022
11am-11am (24 hours)
Registration fee: $55 (including transport to the tour sites and morning tea)
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Youth Category: 15-18 years old
Open Category: 19 years and above

The annual 24-Hour Playwriting Competition invites you to its first hybrid edition in 2022!

Kick off your journey with site visits to Green Circle Eco-Farm or Magorium and end the day by completing your scripts in the comfort of your home. Join our Telegram community to stay in touch with us, other participants, and even connect with our mentors/judges to bounce ideas!

In classic competition tradition, the themed element will be revealed on the day of the competition and various stimuli will be provided throughout the 24 hours. See you there!

More information and registration can be found here.
If you have any enquiries, please write to us at 24pwc.tworks@gmail.com

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project SALOME

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Friday, 27 May 2022, 8pm
Saturday, 28 May 2022, 2pm & 8pm
Victoria Theatre
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A T:>Works (Singapore) production
Conceived, Written and Directed By Ong Keng Sen (Singapore)
In collaboration with Camille Lacadee (Berlin), Elizabeth Mak (Singapore), Heman Chong (Singapore), Janice Koh (Singapore), Kaffe Matthews (Berlin), Michael(a) Daoud (Berlin) and Shahrzad Rahmani (Berlin)

Salome is a larger-than-life character who has from time immemorial horrified and fascinated all. Who is SALOME in our contemporary times, who attempts to transform their position of no-power into some kind of power?

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Digital Lecture: Image, Data, Actor: Unpacking Images of Muslim Women By Nurul Huda Rashid

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31 March, 8pm (Singapore) on Zoom Webinar
8am (New York), 2pm (Berlin)
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T:>Works’ PerForm continues with its third fellow, researcher-writer Nurul Huda Rashid, currently pursuing her PhD in Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on images and narratives, visual and sentient bodies, feminisms, and the intersections between them. Her digital lecture, Image, Data, Actor: Unpacking Images of Muslim Women will be moderated by T:>Works’ Artistic Director Dr. Ong Keng Sen.

The Muslim woman has been a consistent subject of representation across regimes of historical colonialism and Orientalism, in events such as the Arab Spring and post-9/11, and mediated widely via news and social media. These have included variegated representations from the odalisque to the ‘oppressed’ which have converged the identity of the Muslim woman to the single image and symbol of the hijab (veil). Spanning across different bodies of work, this lecture will introduce and plot Nurul’s photographic, annotative, and participatory research that has engaged with representations of Muslim women from the daguerreotype to data. These projects will be discussed alongside the medium of photography and the data shift, which transforms the self into data, rendering those in the margins as ‘absent data’. Through self-reflexive means and methods, the context of ‘absent data’ will become the site for artistic explorations and aspire towards a recalibration of Muslim women identities via the role of the Muslim woman as ‘actor’ in rethinking processes of image-making.

How To Break A Window II

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15-19 February 2022 | 7.30pm
Live tickets at $25 each or $50 a pair
Live-stream on Zoom tickets at $10 each
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Youth Forum
19 February 2022 | 3.00pm
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How To Break A Window II is the second showcase of the brilliant winners of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition. After a mentoring programme, the winners’ productions will be staged in February 2022. How To Break A Window is a nod to the ingenuity of the featured playwrights, who approached the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition’s 2021 stimuli with such pathos and creativity, akin to breaking a window in order to discover a new world.

This year also includes an afternoon focused specifically on young writers aged 18 to 25 years old. Two winning scripts from the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition Youth category will be staged as readings — Effets de soir (Effects of the Evening) by two-time champion Sarah Zafirah and 80s Power Hour by Tania Lam. Alongside the staged readings are presentations of youth writing development and discussions led by Ang Kia Yee. Ang had participated in the same competition, in the youth (2013, 2015) and open (2018) categories, and is now an emerging playwright and artist.

The Swimming Pool Library Exhibition

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6 – 20 January 2022 | Tuesday to Saturday: 1 – 8pm ; Sunday: 12 – 6pm. 

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The multi-sensorial exhibition is part of Brian Gothong Tan’s artistic atelier with T:>Works, and is the final chapter of its namesake project. The exhibition is an invitation to audiences to journey with the artist in the making of his works, which includes paper sketches, 3D printed sculptures, 3D film photography, and DIY books that will jigsaw the pieces of Tan’s creative imagery of a boy’s rite of passage, while rethinking conventional definitions of masculinity, queer bodies and representation.

A highlight of the exhibition is a series of ‘live sculptures’ by selected members of the public, presenting a blend of personal and universal experiences in all its diverse ways. At a time where politics divide and social norms collide, these sculptures give us a perspective of diversity as queer communities carve a space for themselves.

There will also be guided tours by members of the queer communities organised during selected dates of the exhibition. The tour will provide a fresh perspective to the exhibition. Each tour guide will share their experiences, melding the historical with the personal, as they traverse and respond to Tan’s exhibition.

T:>Works’ PerForm returns with Ho Rui An and a critical perspective on the Asian “miracle”

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PerForm: Ho Rui An & Shubigi Rao

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Asia the Unmiraculous by Ho Rui An (2018–20, 71 min), and The Pelagic Tracts by Shubigi Rao (2018, 25 min)
26 November to 5 December 2021 at 72-13.
Free admission on hourly timed entries

Tue – Sat: 12pm – 7.30pm (Closed on Mondays)

Sun: 12pm – 6pm

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Ho’s video installation Asia the Unmiraculous seeks to diffuse the aura of a “miraculous” Asia by examining the entirely profane conditions that set the stage for the first large-scale crisis of globalisation. Ho considers the conditions that made possible the “Asianisation” of the miracle and the crisis that followed.

Accompanying the video installation are fourteen digital prints in the style of real estate listings. One such example is a poster detailing the construction of high-speed rail networks as part of China’s ongoing Belt and Road initiative, revealing a juxtaposition when one recalls the history of Chinese immigrants’ labour and involvement in the First Transcontinental Railroad of the United States back in the 1860s.

Hosted in conjunction with Ho’s work, we see a return of Shubigi Rao as she presents her film, The Pelagic Tracts. Shubigi, visual artist, writer, and theorist is no stranger to PerForm having been its inaugural fellow presented in May 2021. The Pelagic Tracts brings to focus her concern with lived histories of painful destructions and challenges the way we view what is worthy of preservation. In this film, she charts the history of lost and damaged books through a mythical history of book smugglers who used Kochi as one of their bases. She constructs this mythical world from existing letters and records from the libraries, archives, and her interactions in Kochi with local librarians and paper pulpers, as well as the libraries devastated by floods in 2018.

This is the first time that both works will be exhibited in Singapore.

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Digital Keynote: From Crisis to Value* by Ho Rui An

25 November, 8pm (Singapore) on Zoom webinar

11pm (Sydney) / 3.30pm (Tehran) / 1pm (Berlin) / 11am (Cape Verde) / 7am (New York)

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After a successful inaugural keynote in May 2021 by PerForm fellow Shubigi Rao, T:>Works’ PerForm returns with a second fellow, artist and writer Ho Rui An. He will deliver a two-part programme beginning with a digital keynote, From Crisis to Value*. The keynote draws from his in-situ research in multiple Asian countries investigating the effects of globalism on Asian financial capitals. Following the keynote is a video installation of his Asia the Unmiraculous which opens in artspace 72-13, Singapore.

In the digital keynote From Crisis to Value*, Ho discusses his recent and ongoing bodies of work exploring the material networks and geopolitical imaginaries that have animated the regions of East and Southeast Asia. He will guide us through his research trajectory that began with his investigation of the so-called Asian financial crisis of the late nineties, to the political economy of post-reform China, and is now focused on the impact of the pandemic and the new socioeconomic realities it presents us with. Spanning the mediums of performance, film, and installation, the works produced from this research have variously examined the relationship between race and financial capitalism, the student as a figure of capitalist modernity and radical culture, the displacement of class politics by a discourse of anti-corruption amidst the systemic crises of late capitalism, and, most recently, the textile industry and its many afterlives within the Greater China region.

Othering in Gender and Sexuality

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Bridging the performance with the exhibition are the conversations on “Othering in Gender and Sexuality” with invited speakers, artists and advocates from the LGBTQ+ communities. We engage in intimate and open dialogue, and raise questions on expected ways of behaving, representing, as well as belonging to a community as well as society. Each conversation identifies a specific knotty issue on othering that heightens the complexities of identities where society’s sexual and gender labels do not apply. Learn more here.

Talk #1: Negotiating Gender Fluidity Wednesday, 10 November, 8pm 
with Anthropologist, Ad Maulod, Brand Strategist, Rain Khoo & Digital Marketer and Drag Artist, M Ezekiel

Talk #2: Different/Deviant Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 8pm
with Alfian Sa’at, Amanda Lee Koe and Carissa Cheow

Talk #3: Coming Out Wednesday, 5 January 2022, 8pm
with Alan Seah, Prashant Somosundram, Yensuthantharasenan and Zuby Eusofe   

The Swimming Pool Library

Reflecting an unconventional rite of passage where society’s labels of gender and sexuality may not necessarily apply, The Swimming Pool Library is an immersive, multi-sensorial production that looks at the relevance of society’s definitions of masculinity, and explores how feminine traits such as tenderness, kindness and vulnerability can also be part of masculine identity. Learn more here.

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The Digital Young Curators Academy (YCA)

The digital Young Curators Academy (YCA) is here! The digital YCA is an artistic and activist platform to discover alliances, research affinities, and consolidate solidarities. Starting from 10 August, the extensive digital programme of lectures, videos and discussions will be open to everyone.

Learn more here.

Festival of Women: N.O.W. (July 2021)

This July, N.O.W. 2021 returns as a completely digital experience for the second time. This year, N.O.W. promises to be a unique gathering in the online space, as each event is designed with the aim of creating an environment for communality: the spirit of convivial gathering, and of being together within a shared digital space. Explore the different facets of the taboo and the experiences of women who have transgressed, embraced their fears, and got to the heart of intimacy. Learn more here.

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Open Call: Digital Young Curators Academy 2021

The open call for the Digital Young Curators Academy (DYCA) 2021 is now on! DYCA 2021 is an artistic and activist platform for discovering alliances, exploring affinities, and consolidating solidarities in the course of the 5th Berlin Autumn Salon at Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin.

Learn more here.

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PerForm Inaugural Digital Lecture by Shubigi Rao

PerForm begins with the inaugural digital lecture by artist Shubigi Rao on 6 May 2021. The lecture will focus on three main areas of Shubigi’s practice – as a writer, an artist, and as an artist-curator for the 5th edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2021, and the overlaps and tensions between them. Learn more here.

T:>Works 2021/2022

T:>Works is excited to share our 2021/2022 season!

+ Share knowledges with the inaugural digital lecture of our fellowship programme PerForm
+ Engage with art history with our T:>Archive
+ Be inspired by the third iteration of Festival of Women N.O.W. 2021
+ Witness the new wave of digital playwriting with our 24-Hour Playwriting Competition

Learn more here.

How To Break A Window (Dec 2020)

From 16 – 19 Dec 2020, T:>Works presents How To Break A Window. Expect a series of digital and hybrid productions, live staged readings and conversations on digital performance, featuring the brilliant winners of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2020. Learn more about the programme here.

Announcing the Winners of 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2020

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In July 2020, our 24-Hour Playwriting Competition premiered its first digital edition on Zoom, with over 80 participants gamely taking on the challenge of writing a performance piece for the virtual stage in 24 hours. After much deliberation, we are now ready to announce the winners of this year’s 24-Hour Playwriting Competition! Read more about the winners here!

Festival of Women: N.O.W. (July 2020)

N.O.W. 2020 returns in July as the first virtual performance. Undaunted by the pandemic which has disrupted many industries including the arts, N.O.W. reclaims the space to unite the public with new creations. Catch N.O.W. 2020 from 15 July to 2 August. Learn more about the 2020 iteration here.

Curating No-thing (May 2020)

Copyright Patricia Bateira commissioned by Maxim Gorki Theater

In May, T:>Works initiates its first virtual event, a series of alternative training and a shared space led by its Artistic Director, Dr. Ong Keng Sen for the Curators Academy. Titled Curating No-thing, it is the first thought leadership programme by an arts company. This programme looks at activating one’s communities through art and rethinking our relationships with money and production. Beginning with lectures, the series will culminate with consultations and clinics in June 2020.

Individuals who are interested in becoming or who are already: artistic directors, artists, arts engagement facilitators, producers, arts managers, freelancers, writers, journalists, educators, festival directors and of course curators are welcome to participate.

“I never use the term programmer as I would like to think uou are a curator and I hope you can own your work, or your institution can embrace the reality of what you do.”

– Dr. Ong Keng Sen

Learn more about the programme here.

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