ISEA2008 Closing Performances

29 July, 7.30pm
Singapore Management University, Li Ka Shing Library Concourse
Free admission

Venzha + House Of Natural Fiber;
Choy Ka Fai /TheatreWorks
Zulkifle Mahmod

To mark the closing of ISEA2008, we present audio-visual performances from three of the most innovative and exciting sound artists working in the region.

reject <fictive parallel> technology_0.3 by Venzha + HONF

Venzha live in Interstice#02 Festival, Station Mir, Caen, Normandie, France, 2007
Photograph by Mathieu Marguerin, mains d’oeuvres, Paris, France

This sound performance plays with signal and frequencies around the space and all of us. Venzha will bring lots of analog electronic circuit to build, compose, and create atmospheres, even putting some circuits on his body. These instruments connect with a million possibilities in the middle of <fictive parallel> electromagnetic spectrum where we all live. “Direct format into pure data to generate those noise possibilities as visual performance. Mix – Analyzed – Erase – Delete – Combining – Unfinished.”

Venzha (Indonesia) is a composer, programmer, and noise maker.
The House of Natural Fiber, Yogyakarta, is a New Media art laboratory, founded in 1999 that concentrates on the principles of critique and innovation.

RESIDUE by Choy Ka Fai / TheatreWorks

RESIDUE investigates the ruins of the Syonan Jinja Shinto Shrine buried in the heart of MacRitchie Reservoir in Singapore, built by the Japanese during World War II. The physical remains and the surrounding forests are explored using multi-media. Data from sound waves, electromagnetic signals and radio frequencies are also collected and transformed into audio-visual content. Mapping the forgotten inhabitants of nature and reflecting on the silent subsistence of the Syonan Jinja.

Choy Ka Fai
(Singapore) is a video artist and Associate Artistic Director of Theatreworks. RESIDUE is a collation of the on-going research for RESERVOIR, a Theatreworks’ production to be staged in their space 72-13 in August 2008.

Theatreworks is an independent, non-profit Singaporean theatre company that develops and nurtures professional arts skills. It supports Singapore artists, and articulates the Singapore arts through its various productions and developmental programmes.

Madman in the Temple by Zulkifle Mahmod

A live sound performance about a journey of a madman in the temple. He asks questions about his existence and what he is looking for in the sacred space. “For this performance, I will be doing an analog set comprising of modified toys and my DIY sound instruments. No laptop.”

Zulkifle Mahmod’s (Singapore) work is multi-disciplinary, ranging across sound, installation, drawing and sculpture

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