Noise x GIF Fest 2017

Adeline Tan

Ella Zheng a.k.a ellaisweird

Aik Beng Chia

Williem Siddik

(from the press release)

Presented by Noise Singapore and creative agency Kult, Noise x GIF Fest 2017 is billed as one of Singapore’s largest GIF events to-date. The Festival which caters to today’s technology-loving generation promises to capture the richness of the GIF (or graphic interchange format), an engaging medium which loops visual data, as an artistic medium and explore its role as a form of digital art, entertainment and creative communication.

The inaugural edition themed “Spellbound” will be held from 5 – 11 October 2017 at Block 7 of Gillman Barracks. The main event will feature an immersive exhibition of over 50 original GIFs, including selected works submitted by amateurs to professionals, 35 years and under, through the Open Call held last month. These specially commissioned GIFs will be showcased through projections, large screens including a mammoth LED wall, and secret rooms, all combining to create a spellbinding experience.

Programmed to captivate a broad range of audiences, Festival-goers can also look forward to curated fringe activities including workshops, live performances, creative dialogue sessions and more. Highlights include a workshop hosted by Aik Beng Chia, one of Singapore’s most followed street photographers on Instagram, who will share how to transform photos into dynamic cinemagraphs (animated photographs). A special edition of ‘Good Times’ featuring a live set between Kiat from Syndicate and Deborah Emmanuel, Singapore’s foremost spoken word poet. A performance by electronic duo .GIF, a GIF making workshop for kids, interactive art installations and inspiring talks by industry pioneers.

Over 500 GIFs were created by professional and amateur artists from across Singapore to the festival theme ‘Illusions’ and submitted to GIF FEST curators through the Open Call. 50 GIFs have been shortlisted and will be showcased at the Festival.

Entry to the family-friendly festival is free with pre-booking required for selected workshops and talks. Refer to the GIF Fest website for more details.

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Exhib! Creativity in Pulses

The Identity Gyroscope by Fiona Tan

The Identity Gyroscope by Fiona Tan.

Flow by Ong Kian Peng (Supported by Modular Unit)

Flow by Ong Kian Peng (Supported by Modular Unit).

In Between by Zulkifle Mahmod

In Between by Zulkifle Mahmod.

(from the press release)

Held in conjunction with the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s (SCCC) official opening, Creativity In Pulses aims to bring fresh perspectives to the way we look at Singapore Chinese culture. The theme evokes a culture that embraces both newness and tradition, showcasing fresh perspectives yet acknowledging a deep rootedness in our culture and heritage.

The 21 works by 19 artists speak of new interpretations and perspectives of seeing and understanding our culture, values, traditions and history through the “lenses” of the various artists.

The exhibition draws from a wide spectrum of artists at the cutting edge of Singapore’s creative scene. From filmmakers, product designers, graphic artists, photographers and installation artists, the works displayed at the exhibition hope to provoke thought and conversation through each artist’s unique parsing of aspects of local Chinese culture.

The exhibition runs until 30 September at SCCC Gallery (Level 2). There are complimentary Guided Tours on week-ends: at 2pm inEnglish) and at 2.30pm in Mandarin. Free admission (Last admission to the gallery is half an hour before closing).

Images © Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

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Spotted! Charlotte Lim

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We learned of Charlotte Lim at The New Now, a show at Gajah Gallery exhibiting the work of seven emerging artists.

Speaking to Culturepush, the Fine Arts Diploma student explains that her work revolves around the human body, its ornate form, its placement, its existence in a space shared amongst other matter.

“As an art form, I believe the human body and its different parts can be dismantled and remodeled; and be grounded in new meaning. The themes my works revolve around are space, power, and conversely, vulnerability and fragility.

All my works are derived from personal experiences, such as addiction, mental illnesses, being institutionalised – and thus attempts to physically manifest individual solace.”

The New Now runs until 17 September at Gajah Gallery. Check it out!

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Exhib! The New Now @ Gajah Gallery

Gabrielle Tolentino, 2017, Untitle, White Cement, Silicone, Oil paint, 44.5 x 17.8 x 21.6 cm, Edition of 2 (low res)

Gabrielle Tolentino, Untitled

Kayleigh Goh, To Be Hidden Away, 2017, Cement, Graphite & Acrylic on Wood, 100 x 210 cm (low res)

Kayleigh Goh, To Be Hidden Away

Wong Jia Yi, 2017, Duality, etching and aquatint on copper, dimensions variable (8) (low res)

Wong Jia Yi, Duality

Benedict Yu, 2017, (Untitled) 望子成龍, UV paint on collaged newspaper, stretched on canvas, 122 x 102cm

Benedict Yu, (Untitled) 望子成龍

(from the press release)

From 26 August to 17 September, ‘The New Now’ will be on view at Gajah Gallery, exhibiting a unique selection of works in various mediums by 7 emerging artists, most of whom recently graduated from respected art institutions.

Through a distinct and diverse practice, Benedict Yu, Charlotte Lim, Gabrielle Tolentino, Kayleigh Goh, Kuat Zhi Hooi, Leonard Wee, and Wong Jia Yi grapple with the common issues of coming of age as an artist and taking the leap towards practicing fine arts as a vocation. To each their own, they are expanding the boundaries of an artistic practice while maintaining a presence in an increasingly pluralistic environment.

At a period where socio-political issues seem to be the apparent norm in global contemporary art practices, and at a period where most seem to be looking out to the world and its grand narratives, these seven artists are instead looking into themselves and confronting their very existence in the society – one micro narrative at a time.

The exhibition, hence, aims to explore the way they present an abstract form of truth content – with references to the self, where they stand in society, and the space which surrounds them. It will also focus on the artist as a creator, their expressive minds, and the surroundings which nurture these minds.

Further, ‘The New Now’ will shed some light on how the uneventful and overlooked elements of the everyday are brought into visibility – expressing what is here, now, in all its banality, triviality, and monotony. They are a modest and sometimes ambiguous form of noticing and confronting the self, as opposed to just visually describing or depicting. Unnatural as it may seem for some, the subjects explored by these artists are familiar and relevant to many.

We too, perhaps, could discover some form of truth through reflecting on theirs.

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Spotted! Benedict Yu

Noise

Noise
As Taiwan has ended the martial law in the year of 1987, the freedom of speech has out-bursted. Social media without a strict restriction of its content, started to influence the way Taiwanese view their own country. As more and more news media competitors came to place, each company tried to get the most attention from the audiences. Eventually, this phenomena led to an excessive or rather, violent pressure to force the people to take in information. This work is referenced from the format of a TV news report, having multiple information shouting at the audience at once. Do we care about what information is true or we just take them all in?

望子成龍

Untitled (望子成龍)
The definition of inheritance is the transfer of materials, tangible or otherwise, to other counterparts. It is inevitable that the process of an inheritance may generate other issues, thus diverting it towards a more extensive phenomenon. As a young adult with dual citizenships, I have faced many challenges with regards to my parents’ expectations within the spectrum of education and nationality. All the questions and thoughts are concealed within the gesture of writing in luminous paint. The contrast in education systems and parents’ expectations compels me to reconsider my identity – what is my origin and what will I bring with me into my future?

焚山

Mountainscape of Void (焚山)
Political books, sacred writings, educational textbooks, when they are all burned down to ashes, they reach an equal state of neutralization. The color of grey from the ashes symbolizes equality and the idea of void. What is the value of writings when the fragility of paper looses to the consumption of fire? At the end they have turned into wordless vanity. I transform the variety of books by destructing through the ritual act of burning.

Desquamation of Once Where Life is Beautiful

Desquamation of Once Where Life is Beautiful
We study, work, talk to friends, family, lover, strangers, there are so much information coming in and out everyday. After a long tired day, we will reach home and release all of our stress from the busy life that traps us. This is the place where we shed our skins and emotion, hide them far away into the darkness. We don’t want to show this part to the public, however they will always be there glowing in the dark. The debris will slowly creep back and form into a living creature, await for us to come home and shed our skins and emotion again.

Coexistence-Nature, Religion, and Industry

Coexistence-Nature, Religion, and Industry
Growing up in the suburb area of my hometown in Taichung city, I experience the tranquility of a simple life. I used to run around the rice fields and play hide and seek with my childhood buddies. One of my favorite things is to submerge my body into the rows of crops. The feeling of running down the rice field and getting touched by the nature is just indescribable. Whenever we ride our bikes and pass by a small altar, we would stop and bow our heads to show our respect.

Benedict Yu has freshly graduated from LASALLE’s Fine Arts course. Born in Singapore but raised in Taiwan, the young artist explains that “having a dual-citizenship allows me to experience and explore the cultural differences”.

With an exposure to two different visual cultures, Eastern philosophy, aesthetic, psychology, sociology, and anthropology are a constant tone throughout Benedict’s portfolio.

“In my latest work, I’m re-evaluating some of the social values and problems hidden in Taiwan’s society. Having multiple identities, inevitably I will compare both countries under the microscope. Parts of what Singapore is doing well, are missed or neglected in Taiwan and the other way round. Both are post-colonised countries that have to work very hard to catch up with the globalised network.”

You can view Benedict’s work up close from 26 August until 17 September, at Gajah Gallery as part of the ‘The New Now’ exhibition.

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