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This 24-hour virtual programme — commissioned by the National Arts Council (Singapore) in partnership with so-far, AORA and Metis Art — allows for a long-haul trip from Singapore to Guatemala, Istanbul to Dhaka, Jogjakarta to London, and beyond. HORIZONS, by its very title, widens our sense of latitude — emotional, social and geographical — and furthers horizontal, collaborative, sensual and interdisciplinary crossovers. Through the moments of this programme, seeds are planted for many possible futures. Ones that are glocal, human, connected and filled with new propositions of what is and can be.

Four Themes


Art and Technology
Synchronicity

The conditions of inhabiting the future, beyond the blockchain or AI, chance and serendipity instead of disruption, undoing dystopias and proposing better alternatives. Visualising the unexpected that is to come by breaking down concepts of space and geographical time zones.


Art and the Senses
Synaesthesia

A fresh discovery of synaesthetic healing through the different senses and the mediums of music, dance, performance, wellness and cuisine.


Art and Business
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The future of technology, art, and business, building a new, interdisciplinary, connected yet conscious and caring world. Looking towards a more ethical approach to the digital arts ecosystem.


Art in the World
Beyond & Across Borders

Upending national and regional boundaries, surprising points of intersection between far-flung regions, building bridges between indigenous and hybrid identities, latitudes that exceed themselves and exist concurrently. Exploring ideas of multiplicity beyond the norm, destroying parochialism and reconnecting.

Core team


Christina J. Chua
Project Lead/Curator

Jenn Ellis
Curator

Benni Allan
Curator

Jing Yi Teo
Producer
Sophia Olver
Communications

Sharmini Aphrodite
Curatorial Assistant

Shona Findlay
Advisor

Michael King
Advisor

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Art and Technology
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Art and Business

Programme Overview

Awakening the Senses in Latin America
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Elena Saraceni
Sofia Clausse
Karen Paulina Biswell
Clemencia Labin
Momo Magallón
Adeline de Monseignat
Jordan Amirkhani

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The Kadist Video Library, Part 1
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Shona Mei Findlay
Jackie Karuti
Basma Alsharif
Connie Zheng
Sky Hopinka
Elena Damiani

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Untold Stories with Eastern Standard Times
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Keshia Hannam
Stephanie Tangkilisan
Silas Lee

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The Red Pill: Curating and Navigating Web 3.0
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Trent Elmore
Christopher Fussner
JPG
Tropical Futures Institute

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A Healing Tour with Hospital Rooms
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Jen Cheema
Hospital Rooms

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Insights: On Capital
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Holly Herndon
Mat Dryhurst
Emily Segal
Interdependence

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At the Crossroads, or Curating Cuisine
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Ivan Brehm
Sarp Özer
Appetite

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Mapping Memories, Cartography & Place
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Gerhard Marx
Vladislav Sludskiy

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Memories of a Place
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Shiraz Bayjoo
Nora Razian

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Art and Technology: Synchronicity
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K. Allado-McDowell
Julia Kaganskiy
Shumon Basar
Christina J. Chua

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Art and Business: Bleeding Edges
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Leigh Tanner
Elliot Safra
Noah Raford
Emrah Yayıcı

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Art and the Senses: Synaesthesia
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Dr. Helen Pheby
Ruxmini Choudhary
Fatoş Üstek
Benni Allan

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Art in the World: Beyond Borders
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Dr. Valentina Locatelli
Ying Tan
Benedicta M. Badia-Nordenstahl
Jenn Ellis

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Insights: On Foundations
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Leeza Ahmady
Barbara Pollack

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Algorithmic Life: Mind and Movement
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Christiane Peschek
Jasmine Wang
Lawrence Lek
Zoë Marden

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From Papua New Guinea to Almaty
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Shiva Lynn Burgos
Maia Nuku
Vladislav Sludskiy
Yeldā Ali

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Insights: On Collecting
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Jon Sharples
Kimberley Cunningham
Kimiya Minoukadeh
Sylvain Levy
Jenn Ellis
Benni Allan

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Art for the Mind
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Leann Dzemske
Michael King

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Beyond Virtual Space, with Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Gonzalo Herrero
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Jakob Kudsk Steensen
Gonzalo Herrero

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A Day in the Life, with AORA
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Jenn Ellis
Benni Allan
James Wilkie
Inji Kim

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A Sense of Ourselves, with Alex Mills
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Alex Mills
Lara Jokhadar
Stephen Upshaw
Harm van den Dorpel
Jess Dandy
Tromarama

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The Kadist Video Library, Part 2
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Shona Mei Findlay
Marie Martraire
Karrabing Film Collective
Iván Argote
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

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Coast to Coast
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Stefan Benchoam
Edgar Calel
Marco Weibel
Yeldā Ali

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A Day in the Life, with so-far and Trapeze
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Gayle Nerva

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Awakening the Senses in Latin America

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As we warm to the fullness of synaesthesia, curator Elena Saraceni presents on an awakening of the senses and her nomination of 4 representative artists: Sofia Clausse (Sight), Karen Paulina Biswell (Sound), Clemencia Labin (Smell) and Momo Magallón (Taste). Following this introduction, each artist will share her respective “awakening”.

Artist Adeline de Monseignat and curator Dr. Jordan Amirkhani introduce their respective their respective work and dialogue about the fifth sense, touch.

Contributors


Elena Saraceni


Elena Saraceni is a Curatorial Director and Special Projects Consultant based in London, UK. With many years of experience in art, design, fashion and tech, she focuses on creating meaningful and memorable initiatives through exchange, mutual support and collaboration with artists and art organisations. She is founder of Voices of Latin América, an initiative amplifying the voices of artists from the region, and curatorial director of the inaugural Female Voices of Latin América, the largest ever presentation of work from living Latin American female artists.


Sofía Clausse


Sofía Clausse is an Argentinian multi-disciplinary artist currently based in London. She completed her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design (2014), and is now doing a postgraduate at the Royal Academy Schools (2022). She follows the labyrinthic path of her practice, in which works transform into other works, creating a knotted mesh where playing becomes thinking becomes making.


Karen Paulina Biswell


Karen Paulina Biswell is a French-Columbian artist who explores the role of photography in the construction of subject and object. Biswell was born to Colombian parents who emigrated to Paris escaping the extreme political violence of the early 90’s. She constructs a visual universe through her amphibious experiences between western European and Indigenous cultures, revealing the tension between the historical and contemporary. Committed to capturing the invisible and defiant elements of society, Biswell explores human vulnerability, femininity and womanhood.


Clemencia Labin


Clemencia Labin is a Venezuelan contemporary artist based in Hamburg, Germany. She holds degrees from Columbia University, New York and the Hamburg Academy of Art. She is the founder of the annual arts festival Velada Santa Lucia in Maracaibo and has represented Venezuela at the 54th Venice Biennale. Labin’s work offers a suggestive Caribbean reinterpretation of traditional Western art history. Substituting classical mediums in painting with less solemn materials, she breaks through the frame with immersive installations, sculpture and performance.


Momo Magallón


Momo Magallon is a Panamanian painter and performance artist that explores mundane objects and their relationship with space. She holds a BFA in Studio Art and is part of the Panamanian feminist collective Panama Fem Art Coalition (PFAC) as the youngest member of the group, and is the most recent grant recipient by the Contemporay art Museum of Panama. Her work has been exhibited and shared by galleries, foundations and museums worldwide from Latin America through the US to Europe.


Adeline de Monseignat


Adeline de Monseignat is a Dutch-Monegasque artist based in London. Her sculptural, installation-based and paper work comes from her interest in making the familiar strange and retaining tensions between the threatening and the safe, the animate and inanimate, while remaining on the threshold between the known and the strange. She holds a BA in Language and Culture from UCL (2009), and an MA in Fine Art from City & Guilds of London Art School (2011).


Dr. Jordan Amirkhani


Dr. Jordan Amirkhani is Curator of Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought — a non-profit institute for research, publishing, and exhibitions of contemporary art based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Recent curatorial projects include Yto Barrada: Ways to Baffle the Wind at MASS MoCA, and The 2021 Atlanta Biennial: Of Care and Destruction for the Atlanta Contemporary. Armikhani has been published widely and was a recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation “Short Form” Writing Grant in 2017.

The Kadist Video Library, Part 1

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Curator Shona Mei Findlay gives an introduction to the selection of eight films from the Kadist Video Library: Part 1 and Part 2.

Part 1:

Jackie Karuti’s “The Planets, Chapter 32” (2017) is a short video that depicts the world at a time of great anxiety. Basma Alsharif’s “Deep Sleep” (2014) is a poetic, sound-based meditation filmed among abandoned ruins in Malta, Athens, and Gaza. Connie Zheng’s “The Lonely Age” (2019) is the first chapter in a trilogy of experimental films about the complex temporalities of navigating ongoing disaster, hope amidst ecological crisis, and myth-making. Sky Hopinka’s “Dislocation Blues” (2017) is a portrait of the 2016 Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in South Dakota. Elena Damiani’s “Intersticio” (Interstice) (2014) traces the topography of a non-specific site, an in-between zone.

Contributors


Shona Mei Findlay


Shona Mei Findlay is the curator for Asia Programmes at KADIST, San Francisco. She is a curator and writer with over 8 years of experience working with non-profit art organizations in Asia, Europe, and the US. She specialises in contemporary art from Asia. Her exhibitions and writing have been featured in art publications including ArtAsiaPacific, Hyperallergic, and Mousse, amongst others.


KADIST


KADIST believes contemporary artists make an important contribution to a progressive society, their work often addressing key issues of our time. KADIST, a non-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting the work of artists represented in its collection, encourages this engagement and affirms contemporary art’s relevance within social discourse. KADIST’s local hubs in Paris and San Francisco present exhibitions and events, and organize residencies and educational initiatives, as well as producing projects online and via social media. Concurrently, KADIST is actively establishing networks across five areas—North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia and Latin America—inviting new artists into the collection and initiating collaborative programs, especially exhibitions with museums of each region. Together, they aim at facilitating new connections across cultures and creating vibrant conversations about contemporary art and ideas.


Jackie Karuti


Jackie Karuti is an artist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her practice employs new media through drawings, video and performance art. Her work is founded on ideas around knowledge production, accessibility, and the depths of possibility enabled by radical imagination. Karuti is an alumnus of Àsìko, a roaming Pan African art school established by the late Bisi Silva. She has participated in several multidisciplinary projects such as In The Case of Books, Out Film Festival-Nairobi and her online workspace, beenworkingonsomemagic.com.


Basma Alsharif


Basma Alsharif is an artist and filmmaker of Palestinian origin, born in Kuwait. Currently based in Berlin, her practice sits at the intersection of cinema and installation, focusing upon the human condition as it relates to various landscapes, environments, and geographies. Having been raised between France, the US and the Gaza Strip, her practice and work reflects a deterritorializing of singular viewpoints, and a questioning of colonial legacies in the present.


Connie Zheng


Connie Zheng is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and budding field recordist based out of Oakland, California, in the United States. Her multidisciplinary practice examines diasporic memory, ecological elegy, and divergent articulations of hope from an environmental justice perspective, with particular attention to assemblage-based moving image practices and nonlinear temporalities. Her artistic process often begins with creative writing which she employs as a means to create the worlds and realms that later emerge in her work.


Sky Hopinka


Sky Hopinka is a Native American visual artist and filmmaker whose work centers around personal positions of homeland and landscape, designs of language and facets of culture contained within, and the play between the accessibility of the known and the unknowable.


Elena Damiani


Elena Damiani is a Peruvian artist, whose work considers the significance of archives and the persistence of memory in a society fearful of forgetting. Damiani transforms found materials into collages, sculptures, videos, and installations, critically addressing an understanding of the present via the potentiality of images from the past. She is interested in revising subjects such as geology, archaeology, and cartography, as ways of staging fictions where multiple topographies and times unfold together, hovering between an indeterminate past and present.

Untold Stories with Eastern Standard Times

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Untold Stories with Eastern Standard Times:

Hear the greatest untold stories from Asia to the world with Eastern Standard Times’s managing editor Keshia Hannam. This one hour screen features a taste of EST Media’s documentaries and includes two short documentary screenings: one on Hong Kong Triads and the artist who told the world about their secrets through comics, and the second on the 24 year old Crypto Crook who scammed 140 million from investors and family alike. Q&A with directors Silas Lee & Stephanie Tangkilisan immediately follow each screening.

Contributors


Keshia Hannam


Keshia Hannam has been formally and informally studying culture, climate and connection for over 12 years. Her work and exploration into social impact has spanned five continents, building on degrees in sociology, communication and international commerce. Through her work creating communities that engender creativity, cultivate connection and nurture activism, Keshia learned how to integrate diverse audiences and form more meaningful connections, skills she now uses to build bridges between people, within businesses and across cities.


Stephanie Tangkilisan


Stephanie Tangkilisan is an award-winning filmmaker born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. The first film she directed was distributed by The Intercept and earned acceptances from 7+ film festivals. Prior to EST Media, Tangkilisan worked for ViceTV where she produced long form documentary series. The latest series she worked on was Black Market Season 2 with the actor Michael K. Williams. She is currently a Senior Producer at EST Media.


Silas Lee


Silas Lee is a Creative Director and Photographer with experience at HYPEBEAST, Highsnobiety, XO Records, CLOT and 88Rising. He has been on the pulse of youth culture and streetwear for over 15 years. He is the Creative Director at EST Media.


EST


EST Media aims to redefine modern media for Asian youth by providing users a global platform through which they can express their unique cultural identity.

The Red Pill: Curating and Navigating Web 3.0

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As we slow-dose on the so-called “red pill” of Web3.0, Trent Elmore, Co-Founder of curation protocol JPG, provides an overview of the dynamics, challenges and new models for curating and collecting NFTs. Curator, gallerist and DAO labourer Christopher Fussner gives a workshop on navigating, joining and contributing to Discord servers and DAOs, from Fingerprints DAO to MetaFactory.

Contributors


Trent Elmore


Trent Elmore has worked cryptocurrency since 2019, building DeFi applications and systems including a yield optimization protocol, proprietary trading business, and an algorithmic stablecoin DAO. Trent received his Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, forming a background that ignited his interest in NFTs in 2020. Trent is currently the CEO and cofounder of JPG, an NFT curation platform that seeks to improve discovery, education, and context in NFTs.


Christopher Fussner


Christopher Fussner is a design strategist, cultural laborer and founder of Tropical Futures Institute rooted in Cebu, Philippines. Chris studied Design Strategy and Research at Parsons School of Design and is currently based in Milan/Discord. His interests lie in innovation cycles, post planetary design, cryptocurrency and NFT. He is currently the curator of Art Dubai’s Digital section, presenting a solo exhibition of Tammy Nguyen at S.E.A. Focus as well as doing general DAO labor.


JPG


JPG brings together curators, collectors, and creators through a protocol focused on NFT curation. Users can create their own exhibitions of any Ethereum-based NFTs, forming a network of cultural relationships aiding in discovery and context.


Tropical Futures Institute


Tropical Futures is a leading design strategy studio that elevates early stage web3 tech startups and artists creating fertile conditions to support long term sustainable growth through co-creation, early stage investment, and strategy. Alongside client work, Tropical Futures deploys self initiated projects that explore decentralized technologies, geo-strategic futures, design fictions, and cultural explorations.

A Healing Tour with Hospital Rooms

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Jen Cheema introduces us to the Hospital Rooms charity, as well as their award-winning Digital Art School. Viewers will get an insight into the types of artists involved, the purposes of the workshops, how Service Users engage, and why it has been important for Hospital Rooms to build a rich, creative community – in the UK and beyond.

Contributors


Jen Cheema


Jen Cheema is a Creative Producer at Hospital Rooms, a London-based arts and mental health charity who work to transform inpatient NHS mental health units with contemporary art. She is responsible for managing and running the award-winning Digital Art School, where world-leading artists lead virtual creative workshops suitable for mental health services, every week.


Hospital Rooms


Artist Tim A Shaw and curator Niamh White founded Hospital Rooms after a close friend was admitted to a mental health hospital. On visiting her, they were shocked to find that the environment was cold and clinical at a time when she was so vulnerable. Having worked in the arts for 10 years each, they felt they had the skills and community to be able to transform these spaces with art. In 2016, Dr Emma Whicher gave them the opportunity to run their first project at the Phoenix Unit. They commissioned Nick Knight, Gavin Turk, Assemble among other artists to work with patients and staff to create site specific artwork for the ward. The project received national press attention and Hospital Rooms has been inundated with requests for projects ever since.

Insights: On Capital

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Artists Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst, who lead the cult Interdependence podcast, invite artist and author Emily Segal to speak on her debut auto-fictional novel “Mercury Retrograde”. The novel tells the story of a young artists’ attempt to reconcile the abstract landscape of overfunded startups and the art world, set in New York between Occupy and the Trump Presidency. They discuss what can be learned from the post-Internet era as we stand at the precipice of a new Internet, the tensions created by the meeting between financial and social capital, and “what the hell an artist is anyway now?”

Contributors


Holly Herndon


Holly Herndon is an American composer, musician, and sound artist based in Berlin, Germany. She holds a Ph.D. at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, and pursues a music career internationally. Herndon’s music is computer-based, incorporating vocals and the visual programming language Max/MSP to create custom instruments and vocal processes. She has released music on the labels RVNG Intl. and 4AD. Her most recent full-length album Proto was released on May 10, 2019.


Mat Dryhurst


Mat Dryhurst and Holly Herndon are artists working from Berlin Germany. They develop new technological approaches to making art across a variety of media, with a focus on digital signal processing and the voice, machine learning, and decentralized protocol development. The influence of their work and research can be felt across contemporary art and music, and the bleeding edge of the tech industry. They have taught at Stanford University, NYU, Strelka Institute and The European Graduate School. They make their research process public through the Interdependence podcast.


Emily Segal


Emily Segal is an artist, writer, and creative director. She is a founding member of the art collective K-HOLE, a trend forecasting group. She has lectured on branding and consumer culture at the DLD conference, MoMA PS1, the Serpentine Gallery, and TEDxVaduz and writing has been featured in e-flux, Frieze, Texte zur Kunst, Flash Art, Dazed, Mousse, and 032c. Her first novel, Mercury Retrograde, was published in 2020.


Interdependence


Interdependence is a podcast by Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst, covering the people, projects and technologies shaping 21st century culture.

At the Crossroads, or Curating Cuisine

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Chef Ivan Brehm of Appetite and Nouri presents a dish called “Not a Ceviche” that represents “crossroads cuisine”. His version brings together Austronesian, South American and Southeast Asian culinary histories. Ivan delves deeper into his various inflections and inspirations for this dish. Curator and cultural producer Sarp Özer virtually visits the Appetite kitchen and holds a conversation with Ivan on “crossroads thinking”, the appropriation of ingredients, and the archival and social elements of dining.

Contributors


Ivan Brehm


Ivan Brehm is the chef-owner of one Michellin-starred restaurant Nouri (Singapore). The Brazilian chef honed his skills in some of the world’s greatest kitchens, including Per Se in New York and The Fat Duck in London. Before opening Nouri in 2017, Ivan helmed the kitchen of Bacchanalia from 2013 to 2016, earning the renowned local restaurant a Michelin star during his last year there. He is a Generation T 2018 Honouree.


Appetite


Appetite brings together an R&D kitchen, art gallery, and record bar to create a new kind of community across boundaries, led by Ivan Brehm. Our kitchen is a centre for culinary research as well as an intimate and experimental dining experience, rooted in Crossroads Cooking, a culinary philosophy rooted in research and transculturalism. Appetite’s art program brings the experience of an art gallery to an informal and relational space. During Singapore Art Week 2022, Appetite will be presenting Singapore’s first Robert Mapplethorpe solo exhibition, in collaboration with Xavier Hufkens and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.


Sarp Özer


Sarp Özer is a curator working in the field of contemporary art. He is the director of programs at AVTO, a cultural organization located in Istanbul. His research focuses on the uses of digital means in engineering public opinion. Özer has been a contributor to publications of L’Internazionale, SALT, Arter, and Institute of Network Cultures. He also co-produces the Ahali Conversations, a podcast series inquiring on the future of cultural production hosted by artist Can Altay.

Mapping Memories, Cartography & Place

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An introduction to the work of renown South African Artist Gerhard Marx followed by a thoughtful exchange with curator Vladislav Sludskiy around the shifting movements of place, cartography and how that relates to memories. Join us for a tour of the relationship between moving boundaries, fictions, identities and realities drawing on references from the South African art scene to the Higgs Boson.

Contributors


Gerhard Marx


Gerhard Marx develops his projects through an engagement with pre-existent conventions and practices. This process entails careful acts of dissection and rearrangement, which allow Marx to engage the poetic potential and philosophical assumptions of his chosen material, developing original drawing, sculptural and performative languages. Marx completed his undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT and received his MA (Fine Art) (Cum Laude) from Wits School of Art, Johannesburg.


Vladislav Sludskiy


Vladislav Sludskiy served as a Director and Curator of Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York, where he organised solo and group exhibitions featuring artists such as Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing, Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Qiu Zhijie, Zhang Huan, and many others. As a native of Almaty, Kazakhstan, Vladislav’s so-founded ARTBAT FEST, an annual international festival serving the Central Asian region since 2010. He is also Co-Founder of the Eurasian Cultural Alliance (ECA), presenting exhibitions at PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art in Russia, the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCS) in France, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, and the National Museum of Kazakhstan in Astana, among others.

Memories of a Place

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Watch a screening of “Ile de France”, a film by acclaimed artist Shiraz Bayjoo, followed by a conversation between the artist and curator Nora Razian. “Ile de France” is a non-narrative film, focusing on objects, architecture and environments that act as historical images or documents revealing encounters between Mauritius and its colonial past. Mauritius was originally an uninhabited island, and its people can be traced almost exclusively to the exploits of European colonists. During French then British colonial rule, Mauritius was pivotal to the slave trade as a strategic trading port, bringing Chinese and Arab merchants and trafficking slaves from India, East Africa and Madagascar.

Contributors


Shiraz Bayjoo


Shiraz Bayjoo is Mauritian artist based in London, whose practice spans painting, photography, and video. Bayjoo studied at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. His recent solo exhibitions include ‘Rome being the centre’, Operativa Arte, Rome, 2016, ‘A land of extraordinary quarantines’, Greenlease Gallery, USA, 2015, and ‘Ile-de-France’ residency and exhibition at the Institute for International Visual Arts, UK, 2015, and 198 Gallery, UK, 2015. Group exhibitions include ‘Homelands’, Artsadmin, 2015, ‘Illuminating Cultures’, Tate Britain, 2010, and New Contemporaries, 2001.


Nora Razian


As head of exhibitions, Nora Razian has been in charge of programming at Jameel Arts Centre since it opened in November 2018, working with its extensive contemporary art collection to present solo shows by artists including Mounira Al Solh, Farah Al Qasimi and Chiharu Shiota. Razian’s curatorial practice has often focused on artists’ responses to the climate crisis; in 2016, she curated the exhibition “Let’s Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis” at the Sursock Museum in Beirut, where she was head of programmes and exhibitions from 2015–17. For six years before that she was the curator of public programmes at Tate, London.

Art and Technology: Synchronicity

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Our first anchor talk — “Synchronicity” — addresses the conditions of creating within, surviving and inhabiting the future. We propose portals and practices of undoing platform dystopias, and examine the contradictions of Web3.0 within artistic practices. Writer and musician K. Allado-McDowell leads with a metaversal sound meditation session, and is joined by curators Julia Kaganskiy and Shumon Basar for a conversation moderated by Christina J. Chua.

Contributors


K Allado-McDowell


K Allado-McDowell is a writer, speaker, and musician. They are the author, with GPT-3, of the book Pharmako-AI, and are co-editor, with Ben Vickers, of The Atlas of Anomalous AI. They record and release music under the name Qenric. Allado-McDowell established the Artists + Machine Intelligence program at Google AI. They are a conference speaker, educator and consultant to think-tanks and institutions seeking to align their work with deeper traditions of human understanding.


Julia Kaganskiy


Julia Kaganskiy is an independent curator and cultural strategist working across art, design and technology. She was founding Director of NEW INC, and founding Editor-in-Chief of The Creators Project, an international cultural platform co-created by VICE Media and Intel dedicated to art and technology. She has been profiled as an influential woman in technology by Fast Company (2011), the AOL/PBS series “MAKERS” (2012), and Business Insider (2013) and named to Crain’s New York Business’s 40 Under 40 list (2015).


Shumon Basar


Shumon Basar is a writer, editor and curator. He is co-author of “The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present” with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist. His edited books include “Translated By”, “Cities from Zero” and “Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews Volume 2”. He is Commissioner of the Global Art Forum in Dubai; Editor-at-Large of “Tank” magazine and Contributing Editor at “Bidoun” magazine; Director of the Format programme at the AA School; a member of Fondazione Prada’s Thought Council and Art Jameel’s Curatorial Council.


Christina J. Chua


Christina J. Chua is Co-Founder and Director of Education and Consultancy of Metis Art. Christina has travelled to art fairs from the Middle East to East Asia dealing in blue-chip masters like Yayoi Kusama and Georg Baselitz, producing exhibitions for ascendant mid-career artists like Yeesookyung and Marcin Dudek, and supporting rising Singapore stars like Zai Kuning. Christina is also Chief Editor of so-far, a web publication and hybrid platform for experimental art practices, and Strategic Advisor of innovation consultancy ArtBizTech.

Art and Business: Bleeding Edges

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Our second anchor talk — “Bleeding Edges” — concerns the future of technology, art, and business. We question how to build new, interdisciplinary methodologies to sustaining museums and the digital arts ecosystem. Leigh Tanner, Elliot Safra and Noah Raford come together in a conversation moderated by Emrah Yayıcı.

Contributors


Leigh Tanner


Leigh Tanner is Head of Global Partnership for HTC VIVE Arts and founder of Museum 2050, a platform for exploring the future of institutions, especially in the context of China. She has previously served as the Deputy Director of Yuz Foundation and worked in the Research and Exhibitions Departments of the Shanghai Project, an interdisciplinary ideas platform launched in 2016 at the Shanghai Himalayas Museum. Tanner completed her BA in Art History from Stanford University and MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University.


Elliot Safra


Elliot Safra is a partner at AndArt Agency, a creative agency focused on unleashing synergies between global brands and the art world. He has been involved in the crypto-art world since 2018 when he created the Art+Tech Summit at Christie’s — an annual conference focused on the impacts of emerging technologies on the art world. Since then he has advised numerous museums, auction houses, galleries, art fairs and artists about their potential NFT strategies and helped put together the world’s first institutional crypto-art exhibition at the UCCA museum in Beijing. Safra is also Vice-Chair of the Board of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.


Noah Raford


Noah Raford is the Futurist-in-Chief of the Dubai Future Foundation. He was a former advisor on futures, foresight, and innovation in the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, and is currently the Acting Executive Director of the Musem of the Future. Raford is part of a team that identifies emerging opportunities, strategic partnerships, and future initiatives for the Government of Dubai. He oversees the Dubai Future Foundation’s thought leadership activities, and oversees many of its initiatives and projects, such as the Museum of the Future, the Dubai Future Academy, and the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Accelerated Research.


Emrah Yayıcı


Emrah Yayıcı is a thought leader and best-selling author in the fields of software engineering, innovation and design thinking. He is Co-Initiator of ArtBizTech, an innovation consultancy and incubator and Chairman of bang. Prix, its non-profit arm that supports practices that intersect art, technology and science. He is also a Partner at BA-Works, Explori, UXservices, Keytorc and Continium. He contributes to IIBA® (International Institute of Business Analysis) as Istanbul Chapter President.

Art and the Senses: Synaesthesia

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Our third anchor talk — “Synaesthesia” — provides a fresh discovery of synaesthetic healing through the different senses and the mediums of music, dance, performance, wellness and cuisine. The session is introduced through a meditative walkthrough Yorkshire Sculpture Park, followed by a walk through the streets of Dhaka with Ruxmini Choudhary. Curators Ruxmini, Fatoş Üstek and Dr. Helen Pheby join in a conversation moderated by Benni Allan.

Contributors


Dr Helen Pheby


Dr Helen Pheby is the Head of Curatorial Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Co-curator of the new entrance to Selfridges’ flagship London store, and Chair of UP Projects. Helen’s research and practice is rooted in the belief that creativity is central to humanity, and a motivation to understand the potential of art and its institutions in the world. Her offsite projects include A Place in Time (2016) at NIROX Sculpture Park in the UNESCO Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, and the Kyiv Sculpture Project (2012), the first open-air display of contemporary sculpture in Ukraine.


Ruxmini Choudhary


Ruxmini Choudhary is a curator, art writer, researcher, and bilingual translator. Currently she works as the Assistant Curator of the Samdani Art Foundation. She has led the first Art Mediation Programme in Bangladesh at the Dhaka Art Summit in 2018. Additionally, Choudhury has also done extensive research on the artist initiatives from all over the country and curated exhibitions in and out of Bangladesh.


Fatos Ustek


Fatos Ustek is a curator and writer. For over 20 years she has worked with large scale international organizations, biennials and festivals, and commissions in the public realm. She has run the Liverpool Biennial and Roberts Institute of Art in the UK. She sits on selection and award committees including Scotland and Dutch Pavilions in the Venice Biennial 2022, Turner Prize 2020, and boards of art organisations in the UK and in Europe. She writes regularly for academic publications, art magazines, artist monographs, and exhibition catalogues.


Benni Allan


Benni Allan is an award winning architect, educator, designer and co-founder of AORA, as well as Founding Director of EBBA Architects – winners of Young Architect of the Year 2021. Allan has substantial knowledge of experimental new technologies in architecture and construction practices and has led social/cultural projects from China to London. Benni’s forward-thinking practice has attracted international attention since he graduated from UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, earning him the award of ‘One to Watch’ from the British Design Council in 2015 and the RIBA-J’s Rising Stars Award 2019.

Art in the World: Beyond Borders

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Our final anchor talk — “Beyond Borders” — upends national and regional boundaries, pointing to surprising crossroads between far-flung regions, building bridges between indigenous and hybrid identities. We traverse latitudes that surpass themselves in an effort to destroy parochialism, and connect again. This dialogue is held with curators Dr. Valentina Locatelli, Ying Tan, and patron Benedicta M. Badia-Nordenstahl, moderated by Jenn Ellis.

Contributors


Dr. Valentina Locatelli


Dr. Valentina Locatelli is an independent curator and writer based in Berne, Switzerland. She is the Co-founder and President of the association art+château. She has worked both as an independent curator, developing international exhibitions and artistic projects, and at museums in Switzerland, including Fondation Beyeler, Kunstmuseum Bern, and MASI Lugano. In addition to several catalogs for Fondation Beyeler, she has edited, written, and published books, such as Kunstmuseum Bern: Masterpieces (Hirmer Verlag, 2016) and Cybèle Varela: Tropicalismo Remixed (Silvana Editoriale, 2018).


Ying Tan


Ying Tan is Senior Programme Manager, Collections at the Art Fund where she leads on all acquisitions including the development of new funding streams and commissioning projects as well as managing areas of Art Fund’s diverse portfolio of programmes. Previously, she was Curator in Visual Arts at the British Council in London, UK from 2018-2020 and served as Curator at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, UK. She has been a visiting lecturer for Christie’s Education on the MA Art of Asia course as well as the Curating the Contemporary MA course at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently a trustee of Liverpool Biennial.


Benedicta M Badia Nordenstahl


Benedicta M Badia Nordenstahl is an art advocate and collector who has developed a personal collecting method that she uses as an excuse to understand cultural production’s role in transforming collective thought. She has lived in Puerto Rico, Mexico, United States, and Singapore. Driven to nurture deeper cross-cultural connectivity, she builds narratives and platforms that strengthen human connections in areas of the world that share emerging and vibrant contemporary art ecosystems.


Jenn Ellis


Jenn Ellis FRSA is a curator, founder and patron from Colombia, Switzerland and the UK based in London. Over the last decade Jenn has built innovative businesses and projects across the public and private art sector that have been featured in the Evening Standard, BBC, ArtReview, Financial Times, and others. Jenn is the founder of curatorial studio APSARA, which has collaborated with leading galleries and museums globally including Lehmann Maupin, Tate, and South London Gallery. Jenn is equally the co-founder of AORA, the space for your senses. She also co-hosts podcast Between Two Curators, lectures at various institutions including Sotheby’s Institute of Art, collects contemporary art, mentors, and sits on the committee of Chisenhale Gallery.

Insights: On Foundations

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An insightful conversation between two well-known New York based curators, Leeza Ahmady and Barbara Pollack on Asia’s representation in the West, and their advocacy for artists through their respective projects and organizations. Including, ArtAtATimeLikeThis, Asia Contemporary Art Week, and Forum, the Arts for Afghanistan initiative in support of cultural workers at risk, as well as recently established Foundation for Spirituality and the Arts.

Contributors


Leeza Ahmady


Leeza Ahmady is a New York based independent curator and educator born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is recognized for organizing large-scale festivals, exhibitions, artistic collaborations, and experimental forums revolving around contemporary art practices from across all regions of Asia. She is the founder of AhmadyArts and director of New York’s curatorial and educational platform Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) since 2005.


Barbara Pollack


Barbara Pollack is an award-winning journalist, art critic, and curator who is one of the world’s leading authorities on contemporary Chinese art. Pollack’s writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, Departures, ARTnews, Art and Auction, and Art in America, among many others. She has also written several ground-breaking monographs on young Chinese artists, including the first published artist profile of Ai Weiwei for ARTnews in 2005. She lectures regularly across the United States and Asia.

Algorithmic Life: Mind and Movement

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Multi-sensory artist Christiane Peschek brings us on a guided virtual retreat into “EDEN”, where we are prompted to imagine and expand our virtual beings. Web3.0 writer and poet Jasmine Wang reads an extract from her essay “Attending to the Other” to Lawrence Lek’s “Temple Lily”, an NFT video artwork of a flower that blooms in darkness and draws on the vibrational energy of sound rather than light. Artist Zoë Marden showcases a performance exploring ecological hybridity titled “Marine Lovers…their fishy beginnings”.

Contributors


Christiane Peschek


Christiane Peschek is an artist, researcher and digital native. In her multi-sensory works she creates dialogues sculpted by virtual exhaustion, intimacy and idealisation between body and screen, and between on- and offline representations. Peschek’s works are found in numerous international exhibitions and collections. She was awarded with several international prices such as the Anne-Goldenberg-Fonds, the Austrian State Scolarship for Art and Photography and the UNSEEN Tesla Art Award. She is based in the cloud.


Jasmine Wang


Jasmine Wang is a writer and technologist interested in phenomenology, myth, and ethics. She is core steward of Verses, a new cultural collective, and the editor-in-chief of Kernel Magazine. She has published poetry with Sine Theta Magazine, and her collaborative poetry collection, “What Makes Us Human”, is forthcoming in Fall 2022. Jasmine is a technologist by training, and has worked at organizations including OpenAI, Microsoft Research, Lyft, and Square.


Lawrence Lek


Lawrence Lek is a London-based filmmaker, musician, and artist who unifies diverse practices—architecture, gaming, CGI, music and fiction—into a continuously expanding cinematic universe. His debut feature film ‘AIDOL’ (2019) was presented at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020, and transmediale 2020 festival at Volksbühne, Berlin. Lek composes soundtracks and conducts live audio-visual mixes of his films, often incorporating live playthroughs of his open-world video games. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Ghostwriter’, CCA Prague (2019); ‘Farsight Freeport’, HeK, Basel (2019); ‘Nøtel’, UKR, Essen (2019); and ‘AIDOL’, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2019).


Zoë Marden


Zoë Marden is an artist, curator and writer. Zoë works with performance, video, text, sound, sculpture and installation to create alternate worlds and speculative futures. She is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art’s Moving Image MA. Her works are research-focused and are concerned with Posthuman feminisms and where they overlap with the postcolonial. Her intimate performances play with the voice, activating soundscapes of desire and vulnerability, while recent projects have investigated the mythologies of witches and mermaids and their resonance within contemporary culture.

From Papua New Guinea to Almaty

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A journey from Papua New Guinea to Almaty. We are first introduced to “Connecting Contemporary Indigenous Voices and Visual Arts” with artist and founder of the The Mariwai Project, Papua New Guinea, Shiva Lynn Burgos. This is followed by a conversation with curator Maia Nuku as they discuss their ongoing research, responsibilities and locality. Then we travel across oceans to Central Asia. Curator and Metis Art Senior Consultant Vladislav Sludskiy provides online notes on his favourite artists from the region of Central Asia, who thrive despite a challenging time politically. Creative and DJ Yeldā Ali shares a selection of Afghan poetry to the backdrop of key scenery from her native country.

Contributors


Shiva Lynn Burgos


Shiva Lynn Burgos is a contemporary artist and photographer from New York currently living and working between Paris, London and Papua New Guinea. Her conceptual and collaborative practice unifies concepts of evolution, competition, natural and social selection. Burgos runs The Mariwai Project, an arts project and cultural exchange with Indigenous artists, as the first international contemporary artist to work in Mariwai. Her work is in the permanent collection of The Ethnologisches Museum, Humboldt Forum, Berlin.


Maia Nuku


Maia Nuku was born in London, and is of English and Maori (Ngai Tai) descent. Maia has completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Cambridge University (2008-2014), where she researched eighteenth century collections of Polynesian art as part of an international research team exploring Oceanic collections in major European institutions. Her curatorial approach is driven by an ambition to distill core ideas pertinent to the arts of Oceania, and drawing out the distinct themes and cosmological connections.


Vladislav Sludskiy


Vladislav Sludskiy served as a Director and Curator of Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York, where he organised solo and group exhibitions featuring artists such as Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing, Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Qiu Zhijie, Zhang Huan, and many others. As a native of Almaty, Kazakhstan, Vladislav’s so-founded ARTBAT FEST, an annual international festival serving the Central Asian region since 2010. He is also Co-Founder of the Eurasian Cultural Alliance (ECA), presenting exhibitions at PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art in Russia, the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCS) in France, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, and the National Museum of Kazakhstan in Astana, among others.


Yeldā Ali


Yeldā Ali is an Afghan artist and activist based in New York City, known for women’s rights and mental health advocacy. In her commitment to creating self-sustaining safe spaces, she has produced over 200 educational experiences internationally. Founder of Camel Assembly – a womxn’s organization that now comprises thousands of womxn globally – in 2015, author of Outlet (2020), a poetry collection, and creator of hashtag #MarchingDaily, Ali is a leading voice for womxn’s empowerment, mental health, and lasting social change.

Insights: On Collecting

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An inquisitive exchange between leading figures around collection-building with art lawyer and patron Jon Sharples, art advisor Kimberley Cunningham, collectors Kimiya Minoukadeh and Sylvain Levy, moderated by AORA co-founders Jenn Ellis and Benni Allan. Ranging from personal to corporate collections, real life to digital artworks, and emerging to established artists, the internationally-ranged panelists will share their unique viewpoints that guide their cutting-edge approach to building collections.

Contributors


Jon Sharples


Jon Sharples is an active figure in London’s contemporary art scene and is a leading advocate for artists’ rights. Jon advises on litigation and dispute resolution involving art and the art market, as well as on agreements and collaborations within the sector. His advice is highly sought for creating the conditions in which experimental and new media art practices can thrive, from performance and installation, to NFTs, VR, AR and AI. Between 2013 and 2019, Jon was Chair of the Simmons & Simmons Art Network.


Kimberley Cunningham


Kimberley Cunningham is a leading expert in Contemporary Art from Africa and the diaspora. After six years working as a dealer with Gagosian and Goodman Gallery, Kimberley launched her own advisory and independent curatorial agency, Cunningham Contemporary. Founded in 2020, the independent art consulting agency combines Cunningham’s curatorial and advisory roles to create a new model through which to champion art from Africa and beyond.


Kimiya Minoukadeh


Kimiya Minoukadeh is a collector of emerging and contemporary art based in London. She currently serves as Strategic Advisor to Delfina Foundation and is a member of the Council at Chisenhale Gallery. She has been a patron of various art institutions across London including Royal Academy of Arts and Serpentine Galleries and was a member of the Future Unit Committee at Parasol Unit. She’s helped to cultivate a new generation of collectors during her career at UBS.


Sylvain Levy


Sylvain and Dominique Levy have been drawn to the vibrant Chinese contemporary art scene since 2005. Their collection is acknowledged as an innovative collection of cutting-edge Chinese art, not only for choice of artworks, but also for its experiential exhibitions. Since its inception, the collection has been bridging art, humanities and science, and more recently VR and AR technology, to open new spaces and experiences for people to connect with art, and has been a leading nomadic and virtual collection.


Jenn Ellis


Jenn Ellis FRSA is a curator, founder and patron from Colombia, Switzerland and the UK based in London. Over the last decade Jenn has built innovative businesses and projects across the public and private art sector that have been featured in the Evening Standard, BBC, ArtReview, Financial Times, and others. Jenn is the founder of curatorial studio APSARA, which has collaborated with leading galleries and museums globally including Lehmann Maupin, Tate, and South London Gallery. Jenn is equally the co-founder of AORA, the space for your senses. She also co-hosts podcast Between Two Curators, lectures at various institutions including Sotheby’s Institute of Art, collects contemporary art, mentors, and sits on the committee of Chisenhale Gallery.


Benni Allan


Benni Allan is an award winning architect, educator, designer and co-founder of AORA, as well as Founding Director of EBBA Architects – winners of Young Architect of the Year 2021. Allan has substantial knowledge of experimental new technologies in architecture and construction practices and has led social/cultural projects from China to London. Benni’s forward-thinking practice has attracted international attention since he graduated from UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, earning him the award of ‘One to Watch’ from the British Design Council in 2015 and the RIBA-J’s Rising Stars Award 2019.

Art for the Mind

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Art therapist Leann Dzemske introduces us to the importance of mental health advocacy and art therapy in this workshop. Audiences are invited to participate in experientials such as a bilateral simulation so they can continue to use elements of Leann’s practice after the broadcast for their own personal therapy and development. The workshop is followed by a Q&A session between Leann and art advisor Michael King.

Contributors


Leann M. Dzemske


Leann M. Dzemske holds a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from a nationally accredited program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She works at Teton Behavior Therapy in Jackson, Wyoming and has extensive experience working with the 65 and better population, children 16 and under, and individuals struggling with identity formation, behavior and attention challenges, depression, anxiety, breaks in reality, self-esteem, existential issues, and trauma. Leann values cultural humility, mindfulness practices, psychodynamic, CBT, gestalt, and narrative therapeutic approaches.


Michael King


Michael King has built significant global relationships with private collectors, museums, auction houses, galleries, artists and private dealers over the past 20 years. He has been a Patron of the Serpentine Gallery, V&A, Contemporary Art Society, supporter of the Tate, and the Royal Academy. In addition to creating bridges for his clients, and developing key artists in the secondary market. Parallel to his activity as art advisor, Michael is coordinating events with RAUF & the RIBA and is the founder of Quantum Mass.

Beyond Virtual Space, with Jakob Kudsk Steensen and Gonzalo Herrero

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Artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen presents new footage from AR and spatial audio work “The Deep Listener”, commissioned by Serpentine Augmented Architecture in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture and Sir David Adjaye OBE. Following the presentation, architecture curator Gonzalo Herrero joins Jakob for a discussion on space and extended reality.

Contributors


Jakob Kudsk Steensen


Jakob Kudsk Steensen is a Danish artist working with environmental storytelling through 3d animation, sound and immersive installations. He creates poetic interpretations of overlooked natural phenomena in collaborations with field biologists, composers and writers. Jakob has exhibited major solo exhibitions “Berl-BerI” in Berlin at Halle am Berghain, and at Luma Arles with “Liminal Lands” for the “Prelude” exhibition. He was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize at the 2019 Venice Biennale, and received the Serpentine Augmented Architecture commission (2019) to create The Deep Listener with Google Arts and Culture.


Gonzalo Herrero


Gonzalo Herrero is an architect, curator and educator based in London whose work explores ecology and digital culture through the lens of design, architecture and art. He is Curator of the Museum of the Future in Dubai and Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins. From 2016 to 2021, he was a curator at the Royal Academy of Arts in London where he curated Eco-Visionaries (2019-2020) and Invisible Landscapes (2018-2019), among many other exhibitions, displays and public programmes.

A Day in the Life, with AORA

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AORA co-founders Jenn Ellis and Benni Allan take us on a journey: “A Day in the Life” of AORA. They start at one of London’s absolute gems: the Orozco Garden at world-leading museum South London Gallery, one of their main sources of inspiration, and the area where their friendship and joint venture began. They use it as a point of departure to explore how AORA is The Space for Your Senses and pioneers a culture of care through its acclaimed virtual gallery, world-ranging artistic collaborations and active community. For the first time, they describe the origins of AORA, take us on a tour of the last 5 shows and chat about their plans for the future. This is followed by a meditative tour of their current exhibition centred on “nature/nurture” with music by composer James Wilkie and a text by Inji Kim.

Contributors


Jenn Ellis


Jenn Ellis FRSA is a curator, founder and patron from Colombia, Switzerland and the UK based in London. Over the last decade Jenn has built innovative businesses and projects across the public and private art sector that have been featured in the Evening Standard, BBC, ArtReview, Financial Times, and others. Jenn is the founder of curatorial studio APSARA, which has collaborated with leading galleries and museums globally including Lehmann Maupin, Tate, and South London Gallery. Jenn is equally the co-founder of AORA, the space for your senses. She also co-hosts podcast Between Two Curators, lectures at various institutions including Sotheby’s Institute of Art, collects contemporary art, mentors, and sits on the committee of Chisenhale Gallery.


Benni Allan


Benni Allan is an award winning architect, educator, designer and co-founder of AORA, as well as Founding Director of EBBA Architects – winners of Young Architect of the Year 2021. Allan has substantial knowledge of experimental new technologies in architecture and construction practices and has led social/cultural projects from China to London. Benni’s forward-thinking practice has attracted international attention since he graduated from UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, earning him the award of ‘One to Watch’ from the British Design Council in 2015 and the RIBA-J’s Rising Stars Award 2019.


Inji Kim


Inji is Curatorial Assistant at AORA. Inji’s academic and professional career investigates ways in which art implements the harmony between people and matter. She has held internship positions in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Georgetown University Art Galleries, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Pera Museum.  Inji holds an M.A. in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University, where she took courses in Modern and Contemporary Asian Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She is currently a PhD student in Art History at the University of Washington.


James Wilkie


James Wilkie uses the openness of sound making and listening to connect stories, places, and people. James has created ambient music design for film composers Hans Zimmer and Geoff Zanelli at Remote Control Productions to designing immersive sound installations for OPPO Phones and media artist, Jiayu Liu’s Future Everything work. James has produced Soundwalk apps for Lewisham Council and Beckenham Place Park, and collaborated as a sound artist on many installations including FUBUNATION’s immersive film “Ruins” premiered at the Roundhouse, and Lisa Chang Lee’s Serenade of the Woods, an installation which uses computer vision to compose music from the movement of plants and trees, and has been shown internationally. Connecting stories is at the heart of James’ work using the openness of sound making and listening to map new perspectives on narratives, places, and people, for the imagination to mediate and explore through sound.


South London Gallery


The South London Gallery was established on its current site in 1891 by philanthropist William Rossiter to ‘bring art to the people of south London’. Today the gallery comprises its original site at 65 Peckham Road; the Fire Station; and Art Block. The Gallery’s emphasis is on presenting new work by British and international artists, often by those who have rarely or never had a solo show in a London institution. Group shows bring together works by established and lesser-known British and international artists, whilst an ongoing residency programme provides opportunities for artists to develop new work and exhibit at the SLG.

A Sense of Ourselves, with Alex Mills

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Heighten your senses with a unique pairing of music, art and emotion with leading composer Alex Mills. “Hurrian Meditations”, with Lebanese soprano Lara Jokhadar and viola player Stephen Upshaw, is inspired by ancient source material. The composition is paired with media artist Harm van den Dorpel’s “Lirice”, one of his series entitled “Mutant Seeder Garden” (2021), which are 512 time-based, responsive, generative and unique Ethereum NFTs. Alex Mills then opens a conversation with singer Jess Dandy where they discuss music, healing and leaning into ourselves. This is followed by “Bardo”, their recent collaboration, which includes breathwork. This composition is paired with Indonesian collective Tromarama’s work “Madakaripura”, a waterfall in East Java that is a pilgrimage site, which undulates in response to variations in weather channels.

Contributors


Alex Mills


Alex Mills is a London-based composer. His work has been performed globally and spans opera, orchestral, choral, chamber music, as well as music for dance, art installations, film and advertising. Alex has a particular interest in how music expresses emotions and how it can impact our emotional wellbeing. He studied music at the University of Cambridge and a Master’s in composition at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, for which he obtained a distinction.


Lara Jokhadar


Lara Jokhadar is a Lebanese/Canadian soprano born in Lebanon. After long years studying chemistry, earning her diploma, teaching math and science and working in life skills education, she decides to dive deep into the music world. She finishes her studies in classical singing at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music in Beirut, in 2014, then participates in numerous masterclasses in Lebanon and Europe; notably with Madame Montserrat Caballé in Spain, Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz in Italy and Simone Alaimo in Italy. She has completed advanced opera studies at the University of Rome Tor Vergata with the Roma Sinfonietta in June 2018.


Stephen Upshaw


American violist Stephen Upshaw regularly appears in festivals around the world including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, IMS Prussia Cove, Lucerne, Brighton, Huddersfield, Aix-en-Provence, Wien Modern, Donaueschingen and the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival. Much in demand as a chamber musician, he is a member of the Solem Quartet and has also shared the stage with artists such as Tai Murray, Gary Hoffman, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Philippe Graffin, Jennifer Stumm and Garth Knox. Recent recital and chamber music engagements have taken him to Boston’s Jordan Hall, London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Tokyo Opera City, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus.


Harm van den Dorpel


Harm van den Dorpel is an artist dedicated to discovering emergent aesthetics by composing software and language, borrowing from disparate fields such as genetics and blockchain. He is Co-Founder of left gallery.


Jess Dandy


Jess Dandy is a Cumbrian-born, London-based artist, whose practice draws on her training as a classical singer at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the University of Cambridge. Nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award, Dandy opened the BBC Proms 2021 and has performed internationally at venues as Carnegie Hall, New York and Palau de la Musica, Barcelona. Jess is co-founder of the mental health initiative, SongPath, which encourages creative and restorative connection on therapeutic walking trails in beautiful surroundings.


Tromarama


Tromarama is an art collective consisting of Febie Babyrose, Herbert Hans, and Ruddy Hatumena, whose artistic interests ilie within hyperreality and interrelationships between the virtual and the physical. Their art often combines video, installation, and customized computer programming. They have participated in major international and regional survey exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria Triennale, Melbourne, Australia (2020), the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD), Manila (2018), Singapore Art Museum (2017), Jakarta Biennale (2017), and 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016).

The Kadist Video Library, Part 2

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Curator Shona Mei Findlay presents Part 2 of the KADIST:

Karrabing Film Collective’s “The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland” (2018) is about the future present of climate change, extractive capitalism, and industrial toxicity from the point of view of Indigenous worlds. Iván Argote’s “As Far As We Could Get” (2019) comprises a series of video chapters made in Palembang, Indonesia and Neiva, Colombia. Beatriz Santiago Muñoz “La cabeza mató a todos” (2014), or “The Head that Killed Everyone”, is a mixing of indigenous mythologies with present-day characters, geographies, and culture in Puerto Rico. Director of Collections, Marie Martraire concludes by speaking about the Kadist Video Library.

Contributors


Shona Mei Findlay


Shona Mei Findlay is the curator for Asia Programmes at KADIST, San Francisco. She is a curator and writer with over 8 years of experience working with non-profit art organizations in Asia, Europe, and the US. She specialises in contemporary art from Asia. Her exhibitions and writing have been featured in art publications including ArtAsiaPacific, Hyperallergic, and Mousse, amongst others.


Marie Martraire


Marie Martraire is a curator and the Director of Collections & Special Programs of KADIST. She was the former Director of KADIST San Francisco, curator in residency at Hotel Maria Kapel in Hoorn, and program manager at the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium in San Francisco and has worked and co/curated exhibitions at various institutions such as the Orsay Museum (Paris, France), Institut Lumiere (Lyon, France), and Para Site (Hong Kong). Her writings have been published in various journals. Martraire serves on the board of the San Francisco Film Cinematheque.


KADIST


KADIST believes contemporary artists make an important contribution to a progressive society, their work often addressing key issues of our time. KADIST, a non-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting the work of artists represented in its collection, encourages this engagement and affirms contemporary art’s relevance within social discourse. KADIST’s local hubs in Paris and San Francisco present exhibitions and events, and organize residencies and educational initiatives, as well as producing projects online and via social media. Concurrently, KADIST is actively establishing networks across five areas—North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia and Latin America—inviting new artists into the collection and initiating collaborative programs, especially exhibitions with museums of each region. Together, they aim at facilitating new connections across cultures and creating vibrant conversations about contemporary art and ideas.


Karrabing Film Collective


Karrabing Film Collective is an award-winning group of filmmakers and artists, most of whom are Indigenous to the lands and coasts along northwestern Australia. They approach filmmaking as a mode of self-organization and a means of investigating contemporary social conditions of inequality. Through the collective’s inventive artistic language, their work challenges historical and contemporary structures of settler power. Their films and installations have been exhibited at Contour Biennale, Mechelen, Belgium; Berlinale Forum Expanded; Hallucinations, documenta 14, Athens, among others.


Iván Argote


Iván Argote is a Columbian artist and film director, exploring the relationship between history, politics, and the construction of subjectivity. His films, sculptures, collages, and public space installations attempt to generate questions about how we relate to others, to the state, to patrimony, and traditions. He develops strategies based on tenderness, affect and humour through which he suggests critical approaches to dominant historical narratives and attempts to decentralise them. In his interventions on monuments, large-scale installations and performances, Argote proposes new symbolic uses of public space.


Beatriz Santiago Muñoz


Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is a film and video maker based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work stems from intensive research, observation, and documentation, and she is deeply concerned with the tension between the documentarian’s desire for truth and the artist’s aesthetic concerns. She invites participants in her work to reenact their own lives, or an aspect of their cultural history. Her work traces the contours of cultural memory and frames political and social issues, blurring together documentary record, indigenous historical memory, participatory inflections, chance discovery, and fictional explorations.

Coast to Coast

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We conclude our whirlwind trip around the globe with a pluralistic exploration of performance. First, gallerist and artist Stefan Benchoam introduces the work and video by indigenous Guatemalan artist Edgar Calel who explores ritual in collaboration with Fernando Pereira dos Santos. This will be followed by an invitation to move your bodies via an eclectic mix presented by DJ Marco Weibel at The Lot Radio, Brooklyn and DJ Yeldā Ali, New York.

Contributors


Stefan Benchoam


Stefan Benchoam is an artist and exhibition maker with a strong interest in collaboration. As an artist, he has had solo-shows in La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2013), The White Cubicle Toilet Gallery (London, 2011) and La Loseta (San Juan, 2011), and has participated in numerous international group exhibitions. As an exhibition maker, he has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions in a variety of alternative project spaces and institutions. He is the co-founder and Director of Proyectos Ultravioleta– a multifaceted platform for experimentation in contemporary art, based in the heart of Guatemala City. He is also co-founder of the Buró de Intervenciones Públicas, a collective which develops low cost high impact interventions in various cities worldwide and of the NuMu which opened in 2012 and is Guatemala’s first, and only, contemporary art museum. Additionally, he has written texts for Mousse Magazine, South as a State of Mind, and others.


Edgar Calel


Edgar Calel, born in 1987, is a Mayan Kaqchikel visual artist from San Juan Comalapa, a town of 40,000 people in the department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. This is where he lives and works when he is not traveling, in residences or exhibiting his works abroad. Through various art forms, including painting, installation and performance, Calel has concentrated his work on the notion of migration and how it mutates memory and culture.


Fernando Pereira dos Santos



Marco Weibel


Marco Weibel is an NYC based DJ / radio host / music curator, who spearheads the US operations for global record label Darker Than Wax. His deep palette of eclectic sounds have seen him hold residencies / DJ across cultural institutions in NYC such as Soho House, Le Bain at The Standard, Potatohead Beach Club in Bali, Art Basel in Miami (2020), Art Dubai (2019) to name a few. Marco is best known for hosting his 6 year strong award winning radio show ‘DTW FM’ via The Lot Radio, recorded live every Saturday 12pm – 2pm EST.


Yeldā Ali


Yeldā Ali is an Afghan artist and activist based in New York City, known for women’s rights and mental health advocacy. In her commitment to creating self-sustaining safe spaces, she has produced over 200 educational experiences internationally. Founder of Camel Assembly – a womxn’s organization that now comprises thousands of womxn globally – in 2015, author of Outlet (2020), a poetry collection, and creator of hashtag #MarchingDaily, Ali is a leading voice for womxn’s empowerment, mental health, and lasting social change.

A Day in the Life, with so-far and Trapeze

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Finally, we restart the clock by spending a day with Co-Founder of so-far, Christina J. Chua, as she speaks about how the practice of presence has informed the growth of her global, hybrid art and tech platform, from its headquarters in Singapore. Christina recounts how so-far has been involved in behind-the-scenes experimentation with visits to art collective Hothouse, Boedi Widjaja’s home studio, the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art artist residency and the ArtScience Museum. We end with a revitalising Sound Bath and Meditation session by Gayle Nerva at wellness studio Trapeze. If you have journeyed with us all along this 24 hours, allow yourself to slip into a deep state of relaxation coupled with waves of soothing, echoing sound from traditional wind and percussion instruments.

Produced with thanks to (in order of appearance):

Hothouse
Urich Lau
Boedi & Audrey Widjaja
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art
Ana Lovecchio
Chua Chye Teck
teamLab
“Virtual Realms: Videogames Transformed” at ArtScience Museum
“FUTURE WORLD: WHERE ART MEETS SCIENCE” at ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

Contributors


Christina J. Chua


Christina J. Chua is Co-Founder and Director of Education and Consultancy of Metis Art. Christina has travelled to art fairs from the Middle East to East Asia dealing in blue-chip masters like Yayoi Kusama and Georg Baselitz, producing exhibitions for ascendant mid-career artists like Yeesookyung and Marcin Dudek, and supporting rising Singapore stars like Zai Kuning. Christina is also Chief Editor of so-far, a web publication and hybrid platform for experimental art practices, and Strategic Advisor of innovation consultancy ArtBizTech.


Gayle Nerva


Gayle Nerva is a music lover, vegan food junkie and flower child, who enjoys guiding fun and yet challenging classes, filled with love and gratitude. After exploring various styles of movement, she discovered Yoga and its uplifting, transformative and healing wisdom, and knew she had to share her experience. She believes that the only limitations in life are the ones we put on ourselves. She aims to create a safe space for everybody in her classes, without judgment or comparison.


TRAPEZE REC. CLUB


TRAPEZE REC. CLUB is a holistic wellness club created for a new generation seeking wonder, balance and connection. Set in a beautifully restored pre-war art deco shophouse, the club features programming that spans over 8,000 square feet.