Moderated by Darryl Wee, Head Visual Arts, BLOUIN ARTINFO
Zul Mahmod, Artist
Rodion Trofimchenko, Curator, ENTOMORODIA Curatorial net/work, Frantic Gallery
Vanessa Fernandez "Vandetta", Artist & Musician
Dr Khor Chiea Chuen, Senior Research Scientist A*Star
This event is organized in conjunction with the New Sensibilities in Sculpture and Painting exhibition, held at Yeo Workshop.
DARRYL JINGWEN WEE, BLOUIN ARTINFO
Darryl Wee is Head of Visual Arts, Asia for BLOUIN ARTINFO. He has previously written about contemporary art for Artforum, Art Asia Pacific, LEAP, Bijutsu Techo, the Japan Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and has translated catalogues and essays on numerous Japanese artists and artist groups including Gutai, Makoto Aida, Tadasu Takamine, and Koki Tanaka.
ZULKIFLE MAHMOD, Artist
Zulkifle Mahmod (b. 1975) is one of Singapore’s leading sound artists. ZUL has been at the forefront of a generation of sound-media artists in Singapore’s contemporary art development – one of the genres of international contemporary art-making that has been garnering interest for its inter- disciplinary approach and experimental edge. ZUL represented Singapore with a Sound Art Performance at the Ogaki Biennale in 2006, and was Singapore’s first sound artist with a full-on sound sculpture at the Singapore Pavilion of the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007. An Associate Artist at the alternative art space The Substation, ZUL has cut a reputation for integrating 3-D forms with ‘sound constructions’ and ‘sound-scapes’, often crossing genres and collaborating with other artists. ZUL is also the designer for the first Singtel F1 Grand Prix Night Race trophy in Singapore.
ZUL’s practice has been marked by diversity, with the artist exploring various media and platforms. Adopting a multi-disciplinary/multi-genre approach, that also include drawings, prints, sculptures and ready-mades, ZUL has exhibited in Singapore, Thailand, Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, Moscow, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Norway and Finland. His "Stilt" series forms part of The Swissotel Stamford Singapore’s permanent art collection. His notable initiatives include an industrial- sound inspired soundtrack in conjunction with an Antoni Tapies exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum and winning Singapore Straits Time Life! Theatre Award 2010 for Best Sound Design (RPM by Kafai/Theatreworks).
RODION TROFIMCHENKO, Curator, ENTOMORODIA Curatorial net/work, Frantic Gallery
Frantic Gallery was founded in 2007 by Yasunobu Miyazaki, a devoted collector of photography and contemporary art. It was originally named "art project frantic". The first "frantic" location was in Nihonbashi district in Tokyo not far from Ginza. At that time, the growing gallery created a profile of new generation artists whose vision and works could be perceived and presented in the context of world art history. “Frantic” cautiously avoided the art with links to fashionable trends or popular culture. Instead, the gallery invited young artists with unique visions and independent thinking. In 2009 Miyazaki met Rodion Trofimchenko, an active young curator who was developing his “ENTOMORODIA curatorial net/work”. Together they managed to generate permanent foreign activities such as participating in numerous international art fairs and special projects that were parallel to the constant gallery shows in Japan.
In 2010 "art project frantic" was renamed to "Frantic Gallery”. Currently, the gallery is situated in a reconstructed elementary school not far from Shibuya district, surrounded by numerous studios of artists and designers. While insisting on personal values of its artists, aesthetic qualities of their works and thoughtful attitude towards contemporary Japanese art, Frantic Gallery has a clear strategy for exhibition program with permanent and intensive foreign shows and struggles for international recognition of Frantic Artists.
FERNANDEZ “VANDETTA”, Artist & Musician
Vanessa Fernandez a.k.a Vandetta is a Singaporean artist/musician.Vanessa’s foray into the world of music and entertainment began when she was just 12. AT the age of 16, Vanessa became part of the Singapore Repertoiry Theatre Young Company, performing in various plays and musicals. At 18 she became part of one of Singapore’s most successful groups, Urban Xchange, fronting Coca-Cola’s “Life Tastes Good” campaign. In the early 2000s, Urban Xchange led a hip-hop rennaissance in the local music industry and were nominated for Best Singapore Act at the 2002 MTV Asia Music Awards.
After completing a diploma in Mass Communication at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2006, she was asked to join Mediacorp Radio’s 987fm. For several years she helmed the morning drive time show while pushing local music forward through her acoustic live weekend show, 987Stripped. At the end of 2010, Vandetta left 987fm to return to her first love of music. She became part of audio-visual collective, Syndicate, performing with veteran hip-hop producer/DJ, Kiat, at the opening day of the infamous Gilles Peterson Worldwide Festival 2011 in Sete, France. In September that same year, she performed with veteran producer Jason Tan at the Singapore leg of the Worldwide Festival. The duo, known as Octover, released their album on the Syndicate imprint in January 2013.
DR KHOR CHIEA CHUEN, Senior Research Scientist A*Star
Dr Khor Chiea Chuen, Principal Investigator at the Genome Institute of Singapore, is a merit awardee in the Scientific and/or Technological Development category of The Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Singapore Awards 2013. The award, given by the Singaporean chapter of Junior Chamber International (JCI), a worldwide association of young people between the ages of 21 and 40, serves to recognise young people who create positive change and inspire others in their chosen fields, endeavours, and commitment to their communities. Dr Khor’s research spans many areas of human genetics studied across diverse human traits and disease conditions, with the long term goal of translating genetic findings into predictive medicine to improve healthcare in Singapore.
Dr Khor Chiea Chuen was awarded the 2013 Young Scientist Award for his research on genetics and heredity.