ECHO – The Poetics of Translation Artist Sessions
Tropical Lab 7

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/Land/Culture over a meal or during a field trip. These sessions are strictly for Tropical Lab participants and invited guests only.

Temenggong Artists-in-Residence with Henri Chen KeZhan

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 menu awashed with Chinese and Western food at his private residence and studio in Singapore’s outskirts.

Milenko Prvacki

Welcome BBQ: The Tropical King hosts a welcome BBQ 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 among pythons, bats, monkeys, frogs and crickets has led to his self-coined alter-ego, the Tropical King.

Glen Goei

Glen Goei is one of Singapore’s leading film and theatre directors. His broad ranging body of work embraces the full gamut of performing and visual arts; film, theatre, musicals, large scale shows, World Expos, dance, music, and architectural design. Glen Goei was the Artistic Director of Mu-Lan Arts in London from 1990 to 1998. It was the first Asian theatre company to be established in the United Kingdom. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Singaporean theatre company, W!ld Rice. Goei’s film, Forever Fever was the first Singapore film to achieve a worldwide commercial release. The film was distributed in America and the UK by Miramax, which then signed him on an exclusive three-picture deal. In 1994, he received the National Youth Award for his contribution to the Arts from Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. Glen will host the Tropical Lab students for a Peranakan style private dinner and dialogue.

Prof. Steve Dixon

Prof Steve Dixon is a world-renowned academic, researcher and interdisciplinary artist with a distinguished career in both higher education leadership and the professional creative industries. Following a successful career as an actor and award-winning director of film and digital media productions, Steve became an academic in 1991. He quickly established an international reputation for his research in the use of media and computing technologies in the performing arts. Prof. Dixon will be hosting a private cocktail evening for Tropical Lab students in his home.

Joyce Teo 

As an arts critic and educator, Joyce has conceptualised and coordinated numerous performing arts activities for schools and arts companies. In Feb 2010, she conducted training for preschool teachers in world music and also conceptualized a series of rhythm workshops for children as part of Act3 International’s Childsize Festival. She is currently on the People’s Association Talent Advisory Panel and National Arts Council External Assessor for Music. She is also a founder member of the SEAsian chapter of the International Council of Traditional Music. Her current area of research interest is on the teaching of Asian music and revival of traditional arts. Joyce will be giving a talk on Gamelan and also host a Gamelan workshop for Tropical Lab students.

Alan Oei

Artistic Director/Curator of Sculpture Square, Alan is an artist-curator whose work and projects focuses on art history, politics and community. He has a BA in Art History from Columbia University and a Diploma in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts and has exhibited in Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne and New York. Oei has also attempted to reconstruct the life and conserve the works of the post war painter, Huang Wei, in collaboration with other artists and academics, most recently in After Velazquez: by Huang Wei, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur, 2012. As a curator, he has initiated public creative projects in Singapore such as Blackout, 2009, a warehouse exhibition in the dark that drew 3000 people to an industrial estate, and OH! Open House, an annual walkabout that also began in 2009, featuring art inside real life in neighbourhoods such as Marine Parade and Tiong Bahru. Alan will be giving a historical tour of Tiong Bahru for the TL students.