Seminar 2011

“Food, Enjoyment and the Power of Control” – LASALLE Provost’s Welcome Speech at Tropical Lab 2011

To kickstart the lab, the participating artists were inducted in a seminar delivered by guest speakers on the designated theme for the year, “Masak-masak” (child’s play-cooking).

Date: Friday 16 September 2011
Time: 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: Room F208, Block F Level 2, LASALLE
Admission: For Tropical Lab 5 participants and all LASALLE students & staff

Seminar topics included the history of food in art, the historical context of play/masak-masak and Currygate, and artists’ talks on their practice as it relates to the theme of food/culture.

Dr Charles Merewether
Director, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
LASALLE College of the Arts

Dr Charles Merewether is an art historian, writer and curator who has worked in Australia, Europe and the Americas. He was Collections Curator at the Getty Center in Los Angeles from 1994 – 2004. Between 2004 – 2006, he was Artistic Director & Curator of the 2006 Biennale of Sydney and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Cross Cultural Research, Australian National University. In October 2007, he has been appointed Deputy Director, Cultural District for the Tourist Development and Investment Company, Abu Dhabi. He has taught at the University of Sydney, Universitat Autònoma in Barcelona, the Ibero-Americana in Mexico City and the University of Southern California, and has lectured at the Beijing Academy of Art, Lingnan University in Hong Kong and the Asia Research Center at the National University of Singapore. Merewether has published and been translated extensively while also curating over 20 major shows in Europe, USA, Latin America and Australia, as well as serving on the advisory boards of a number of biennales including Johannesburg, Istanbul and São Paulo. He is also this year’s curator of the Tropical Lab 5 Exhibition.

Adeline Kueh
Senior Lecturer – Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts
LASALLE College of the Arts

Rooted in cultural studies, Adeline Kueh’s research interests include architecture, fashion and the future of cinema, alongside notions of monstrosity in Southeast Asian contexts. She makes installations and objects that reconsider the relationship we have with things and rituals around us. With desire and longing infused in them, her works are modern-day totems that explore issues of sexuality, domestic objects and magic, linked with personal histories. Within the art collective MatriXial Technologies, Adeline has also produced installations and interventionist projects on assisted reproductive technologies. Besides her teaching appointment with LASALLE, she has chaired and presented at numerous cultural studies conferences in UK, Australia, Finland, Hungary, Singapore and Malaysia, and is also a consultant for various research, lifestyle and design projects. Through her consultancy with architecture firm CPG-TSS, they were the first runner-up of the Sentosa Boardwalk Competition (2009), and the winner of the Dubai International Financial Centre Competition (2006).

Hilary Schwartz
Lecturer – Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Fine Arts
LASALLE College of the Arts

Hilary Schwartz is a sculptor engaged with concepts of domesticity, displacement, temporality, and queer desire. She received her MFA in 2009 from San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from California College of the Arts. She has exhibited internationally. Most recently, her work has been seen in etiquette at the Substation Gallery in Singapore, feeding ghosts at Kitsch Gallery in San Francisco, and domestic materials at Playspace Gallery in San Francisco. Hilary’s work has been featured online on KQED, Art Practical, and SFGate.

Ye Shu Fang
Assistant Director, Education & Outreach
The National Art Gallery of Singapore

Ye Shufang’s art practice spans over 15 years, with a research focus on the ephemeral and the ‘ready-made’. She has participated in a number of exhibitions and forums in Singapore, Asia and Europe. Her exhibition credits include solo exhibitions at The Belgrade Cultural Centre in Serbia, Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta and Plastique Kinetic Worms in Singapore. Her curated exhibitions include Feminine Imaginare 2002 in Venice, Text and Subtext in Stockholm and World Exposition 2005 in Japan. In the education sector, Shufang led the Undergrad and Postgraduate Programmes in LASALLE College of the Arts (2002 – 2007) and headed the Visual Arts faculty in the School of the Arts (2007 – 2010).