Sessions 2011

ART FOOD Sessions
Tropical Lab 5

Presented and hosted by Singapore-based guest artists and arts professionals, a series of interactions has been organised for Tropical Lab participants to discover and experience local Art/Culture/Food in a meal setting. These sessions are strictly for Tropical Lab participants and invited guests only. Click here for the schedule overview.

Each ART FOOD Host will conduct their session as follows:

Alvin Chia
Fri 16 Sep 2011, 12.00pm
LASALLE Staff Lounge
Welcome Lunch: The first ART FOOD Session will be hosted by Alvin Chia, President of the Southeast Asia Ceramic Society. As the Welcome Lunch for Tropical Lab 5, the featured cuisine is Peranakan – meaning “born of the soil, native, locally-born”.

Zaki Razak
Sat 17 Sep 2011, 12.00pm -1.30pm
ICA Gallery 2
As an artist and curator, Zaki is interested in the human consciousness, the hermeneutics of art, and often employs wordplay and games in his works; some of which investigate the relationship to our self-/assigned roles during food experience and consumption. For Tropical Lab, Zaki will serve a typical Malay meal, during which the food sharing itself becomes the art performance, and questions of identity, conformism and naturality are challenged.

Steven Lim
Sun 18 Sep 2011, 12.00pm
Seafood Restaurant
Pulau Ubin
Artist/Lecturer Steven Lim will take you through the laid-back nostalgia of 1960’s rustic Singapore on Pulau Ubin – a fishing island-village considered as Singapore’s last rural community preserved from urban development, concrete buildings and tarmac roads.

Salleh Japar
Mon 19 Sep, 12.00pm
HJH Maimunah Restaurant
Salleh Japar’s (b. 1962, Singapore) sculptures, installations and paintings draw inspiration mainly from Islamic thoughts, in particular, Sufism, as well as the process of learning and the stifling conditions of education in the country. Recipient of many grants and scholarships for his art and discipline, Salleh has participated and exhibited in more than 60 programmes and exhibitions in Singapore and internationally; most notably, he represented Singapore for the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. After extensive education overseas, teaching, and gathering curatorial experience at the National Museum of Singapore, he has been lecturing at LASALLE since 1996. Salleh was a consultant for many advisory boards and committees and has been developing many exhibitions as an independent curator in Singapore and beyond. During our Malay lunch, Salleh will join us for sharing and discussion about his artistic practice and current artistic and sociological conditions in Singapore.

Amanda Heng
Mon 19 Sep, 4.00pm
Staff Lounge
Born in 1951 in Singapore, Amanda adopts an interdisciplinary approach to art-making, whilst often collaborating with both artists and non-artists. Her recent works discuss the issues of communication and human relationships in urban condition. Amanda was involved in the founding of Artists’ Village, the first artists-run space in Singapore in 1988, and WITA (Women In The Arts), the first artists-run women collective in Singapore in 1999. Her work has been exhibited extensively internationally, including the 1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan (1999), the 3rd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia (1999), the 7th Havana Biennial in Cuba (2000). She is also active in curating and organising shows, forums, and workshops and lectures on contemporary art. She was a former civil tax officer. Amanda will present her iconic bean sprout conversation/performance piece, involving the ritual removing of the bean sprouts’ tail-ends/roots in preparation for cooking.

Mike HJ Chang
Tue 20 Sep 2011, 1.00pm – 1.30pm
LASALLE Campus Green
Mike HJ Chang is an American-Taiwanese artist whose performances, drawings and sculptures deal with evolution, language, and body. His most recent performance involved carrying all his generated waste with him at all times for 60 days; waste which notably consisted mainly of food packaging. Mike will engage our Tropical Lab participants to contribute to a communal art project, which will cumulate in a public trial on the crimes of our food, staged at the Campus Green.

Henri Chen KeZhan
Tue 20 Sep, 7.30pm
Artist’s Home
Henri Chen KeZhan (b. 1959) is one of Singapore’s most established artists and a pioneer in contemporary Chinese painting; using abstract ink and wash. Thriving on the border of Chinese and Western art, he is a internationally recognised painter and has held numerous overseas exhibitions since the late 1970s in the United States, Europe and Asia, including at the Venice Biennale in 2001 . Until his mid-20s, Henri was engaged with extensive Chinese painting and calligraphy training in Singapore and Hong Kong, followed by international travels. Subsequently he settled in Paris, France, to study music and train under expressionist oil painter Professor Jean Berthole. In Singapore, Henri has been recognised by being awarded the Young Artist Award in 1993 and the Patron of the Arts Award in 1999. His artwork is held in many national, corporate and private collections worldwide. For Tropical Lab, Henri will hold a private dinner with a menue awashed with Chinese and Western food at his private residence and studio in Singapore’s outskirts.

S. Chandrasekaran
Wed 21 Sep 2011, 12.00pm
LASALLE Campus Green
Born in 1959, Singapore. S.Chandrasekaran completed his Doctor of Creative Arts at Curtin University, Western Australia in 2007. He graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore in 1985 and was awarded the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 1992. He has presented his works in major exhibitions, such as Havana Biennial (Cuba), Asia-Pacific Performance (Canada), 1st Asia-Pacific Triennial (Brisbane), 49th Venice Bienale (Venice), World Sculpture Park (China), Sharjah International Biennial (UAE), National Review of Live Art (UK), Lulea Biennial (Sweden), Documenta City (Kassel), APBF Signature Art Prize 2008 (Singapore) and Festival of Contemporary Arts (Slovenia). His research interest is in post-humanism, and he is concerned with investigating bodily presence in relation to life sciences through performance art. For Tropical Lab, Chandrasekaran will host an Indian picnic lunch, served traditionally on banana leaves and eaten with hands.

Marjorie Chu
Thu 22 Sep 2011, 1.00pm
Marjorie Chu was born in Shanghai, China in 1940 and is now a Singapore citizen. She has been an art dealer and gallery owner since 1971. Marjorie has organised field trips with artists to Ubud, Bali; Outback Australia (camping); Yunnan, China; the desert towns of Rajasthan, India; Glenlivet, Scotland; Xinjiang, China; and Umbria, Italy. She is a Founder Member of the Art Galleries Association of Singapore; Lecturer to Friends of the Museum, Singapore; and External Lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. She established the National Museum Shops, Singapore. She was also the Fair Organiser of ARTSingapore 2002 & 2004, and was also one of the Fair Directors of ARTSingapore in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2005, she was President of the Art Galleries Association, Singapore. From 2005 – 2007, she was President of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society (Singapore). Marjorie Chu is the author of Understanding Contemporary Southeast Asian Art published in Singapore, 2003. Marjorie will be hosting lunch with chicken rice – a dish sometimes referred to as “Hainanese chicken rice” but debated as having come from Singapore, Malaysia and/or Thailand.

Milenko Prvacki
Sat 24 Sep 2011, 7.00pm
Artist’s Home
Farewell Dinner: The Tropical King hosts the final ART FOOD Session at his forest-home amidst one of Singapore’s nature reserves. Born in Yugoslavia, Milenko’s move to Singapore in the early 1990s was marked by a discovery of the tropics; and living living among pythons, bats, monkeys, frogs and crickets has led to his self-coined alter-ego, the Tropical King.