A World of Lines: From Third World Solidarities to Postsocialist Globalism by Ho Rui An
13 August 2022
Registration fee: $15 (including lunch)
PerForm returns with a one-day discursive programme by Fellow Ho Rui An —
A World of Lines: From Third World Solidarities to Postsocialist Globalism.
We invite you to join us for a day of presentations, workshops and focused conversations. Invited speakers working across the fields of artistic, curatorial and historical research will share their research and facilitate a collective process of thinking, amidst the intensification of unresolved Cold War-era tensions, resurgent ethnonationalisms, and widening socioeconomic inequalities that have come to disrupt the lines of labour, technology, and capital in the prevailing global order.
24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2022
16-17 July 2022
11am-11am (24 hours)
Registration fee: $55 (including transport to the tour sites and morning tea)
Youth Category: 15-18 years old
Open Category: 19 years and above
The annual 24-Hour Playwriting Competition invites you to its first hybrid edition in 2022!
Kick off your journey with site visits to Green Circle Eco-Farm or Magorium and end the day by completing your scripts in the comfort of your home. Join our Telegram community to stay in touch with us, other participants, and even connect with our mentors/judges to bounce ideas!
In classic competition tradition, the themed element will be revealed on the day of the competition and various stimuli will be provided throughout the 24 hours. See you there!
T:>Works Annual Writing Workshop: Shifting Perspectives
9 July 2022
Can literature change the way we see and think, and in doing so, alter the way we live and be on Earth? In this eco-writing workshop, we ask ourselves essential questions about survival and sustainability, and what the writer’s role is in forwarding these conversations. How can literature help us imagine and create a more habitable world for ourselves and others on whom our survival depends? Can literature remind us of and restore forgotten kinships? This workshop, led by Esther Vincent, the author of Red Earth (Blue Cactus Press, 2021) and editor-in-chief and founder of The Tiger Moth Review, co-editor of Making Kin: Ecofeminist Essays from Singapore (Ethos Books, 2021) and two poetry anthologies, Poetry Moves (Ethos Books, 2020) and Little Things (Ethos Books, 2013), aims to engage participants in dialogue with reference to prescribed reading material, as well as challenge them to think and write in more ecologically-engaged ways.
This 2-hour online workshop is followed by a 30-minute chat with Esther Vincent, Ang Kia Yee and moderated by Noorlinah Mohamed. The conversation explores the translation of one genre’s writing perspective on other writing genres.
Reading materials will be emailed to participants prior to the start of the workshop.
Deadline for registration: 8 July, 6pm.
Enjoy a 50% discount to the T:>Works Writing Workshop, if you sign up as a participant of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition. U.P. $25; offered to the participants of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition at $12. To participate in the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition AND T:>Works Writing Workshop: Shifting Perspectives, please proceed to register at tinyurl.com/24hpwc2022.
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Friday, 27 May 2022, 8pm
Saturday, 28 May 2022, 2pm & 8pm
Tickets are now available HERE.
A T:>Works (Singapore) production
Conceived, Written and Directed By Ong Keng Sen (Singapore)
In collaboration with Camille Lacadee (Berlin), Elizabeth Mak (Singapore), Heman Chong (Singapore), Janice Koh (Singapore), Kaffe Matthews (Berlin), Michael(a) Daoud (Berlin) and Shahrzad Rahmani (Berlin)
Salome is a larger-than-life character who has from time immemorial horrified and fascinated all. Who is SALOME in our contemporary times, who attempts to transform their position of no-power into some kind of power?
Digital Lecture: Image, Data, Actor: Unpacking Images of Muslim Women by Nurul Huda Rashid
31 March, 8pm (Singapore) on Zoom Webinar
8am (New York), 2pm (Berlin)
Free with registration
Read more about PerForm here.
T:>Works’ PerForm continues with its third fellow, researcher-writer Nurul Huda Rashid, currently pursuing her PhD in Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on images and narratives, visual and sentient bodies, feminisms, and the intersections between them. Her digital lecture, Image, Data, Actor: Unpacking Images of Muslim Women will be moderated by T:>Works’ Artistic Director Dr. Ong Keng Sen.
The Muslim woman has been a consistent subject of representation across regimes of historical colonialism and Orientalism, in events such as the Arab Spring and post-9/11, and mediated widely via news and social media. These have included variegated representations from the odalisque to the ‘oppressed’ which have converged the identity of the Muslim woman to the single image and symbol of the hijab (veil). Spanning across different bodies of work, this lecture will introduce and plot Nurul’s photographic, annotative, and participatory research that have engaged with representations of Muslim women from the daguerreotype to data. These projects will be discussed alongside the medium of photography and the data shift, which transforms the self into data, rendering those in the margins as ‘absent data’. Through self-reflexive means and methods, the context of ‘absent data’ will become site for artistic explorations and aspire towards a recalibration of Muslim women identifies via the role of the Muslim woman as ‘actor’ in rethinking processes of image-making.
How To Break A Window II
15-19 February 2022 | 7.30pm
Live tickets at $25 each or $50 a pair
Live-stream on Zoom tickets at $10 each
Available on Peatix
19 February 2022 | 3.00pm
Free with registration on Peatix
Read more about How To Break A Window here.
How To Break A Window II is the second showcase of the brilliant winners of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition, After a mentoring programme, the winners’ productions will be staged in February 2022. How To Break A Window is a nod to the ingenuity of the featured playwrights, who approached the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition’s 2021 stimuli with such pathos and creativity, akin to breaking a window in order to discover a new world.
This year also includes an afternoon focused specifically on young writers aged 18 to 25 years old. Two winning scripts from the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition Youth category will be staged as readings — Effets de soir (Effects of the Evening) by two-time champion Sarah Zafirah and 80s Power Hour by Tania Lam. Alongside the staged readings are presentations of youth writing development and discussions led by Ang Kia Yee. Ang had participated in the same competition, in the youth (2013, 2015) and open (2018) categories, and is now an emerging playwright and artist.
The Swimming Pool Library Exhibition
6 – 20 January 2022 | Tuesday to Saturday: 1 – 8pm ; Sunday: 12 – 6pm
Free with registration on Peatix ; Guided tours with limited slots at $10
Read more about The Swimming Pool Library project here
The multi-sensorial exhibition is part of Brian Gothong Tan’s artistic atelier with T:>Works, and is the final chapter of its namesake project. The exhibition is an invitation to audiences to journey with the artist in the making of his works, which includes paper sketches, 3D printed sculptures, 3D film photography, and DIY books that will jigsaw the pieces of Tan’s creative imagery of a boy’s rite of passage, while rethinking conventional definitions of masculinity, queer bodies and representation.
A highlight of the exhibition is a series of ‘live sculptures’ by selected members of the public, presenting a blend of personal and universal experiences in all its diverse ways. At a time where politics divide and social norms collide, these sculptures give us a perspective of diversity as queer communities carve a space for themselves.
There will also be guided tours by members of the queer communities organised during selected dates of the exhibition. The tour will provide a fresh perspective to the exhibition. Each tour guide will share their experiences, melding the historical with the personal, as they traverse and respond to Tan’s exhibition.
T:>Works’ PerForm returns with Ho Rui An and a critical perspective on the Asian “miracle”
PerForm: Ho Rui An & Shubigi Rao
Asia the Unmiraculous by Ho Rui An (2018–20, 71 min), and The Pelagic Tracts by Shubigi Rao (2018, 25 min)
26 November to 5 December 2021 at 72-13.
Free admission on hourly timed entries
Tue – Sat: 12pm – 7.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Sun: 12pm – 6pm
Registration on Peatix at https://perform-tworks.peatix.com
Ho’s video installation Asia the Unmiraculous seeks to diffuse the aura of a “miraculous” Asia by examining the entirely profane conditions that set the stage for the first large-scale crisis of globalisation. Ho considers the conditions that made possible the “Asianisation” of the miracle and the crisis that followed.
Accompanying the video installation are fourteen digital prints in the style of real estate listings. One such example is a poster detailing the construction of high-speed rail networks as part of China’s ongoing Belt and Road initiative, revealing a juxtaposition when one recalls the history of Chinese immigrants’ labour and involvement in the First Transcontinental Railroad of the United States back in the 1860s.
Hosted in conjunction with Ho’s work, we see a return of Shubigi Rao as she presents her film, The Pelagic Tracts. Shubigi, visual artist, writer, and theorist is no stranger to PerForm having been its inaugural fellow presented in May 2021. The Pelagic Tracts brings to focus her concern with lived histories of painful destructions and challenges the way we view what is worthy of preservation. In this film, she charts the history of lost and damaged books through a mythical history of book smugglers who used Kochi as one of their bases. She constructs this mythical world from existing letters and records from the libraries, archives, and her interactions in Kochi with local librarians and paper pulpers, as well as the libraries devastated by floods in 2018.
This is the first time that both works will be exhibited in Singapore.
Digital Keynote: From Crisis to Value* by Ho Rui An
25 November, 8pm (Singapore) on Zoom webinar
11pm (Sydney) / 3.30pm (Tehran) / 1pm (Berlin) / 11am (Cape Verde) / 7am (New York)
Register at bit.ly/fromcrisistovaluezoom
After a successful inaugural keynote in May 2021 by PerForm fellow Shubigi Rao, T:>Works’ PerForm returns with a second fellow, artist and writer Ho Rui An. He will deliver a two-part programme beginning with a digital keynote, From Crisis to Value*. The keynote draws from his in-situ research in multiple Asian countries investigating the effects of globalism on Asian financial capitals. Following the keynote is a video installation of his Asia the Unmiraculous which opens in artspace 72-13, Singapore.
In the digital keynote From Crisis to Value*, Ho discusses his recent and ongoing bodies of work exploring the material networks and geopolitical imaginaries that have animated the regions of East and Southeast Asia. He will guide us through his research trajectory that began with his investigation of the so-called Asian financial crisis of the late nineties, to the political economy of post-reform China, and is now focused on the impact of the pandemic and the new socioeconomic realities it presents us with. Spanning the mediums of performance, film, and installation, the works produced from this research have variously examined the relationship between race and financial capitalism, the student as a figure of capitalist modernity and radical culture, the displacement of class politics by a discourse of anti-corruption amidst the systemic crises of late capitalism, and, most recently, the textile industry and its many afterlives within the Greater China region.
Othering in Gender and Sexuality
REGISTER FOR THE TALK SERIES HERE!
Bridging the performance with the exhibition are the conversations on “Othering in Gender and Sexuality” with invited speakers, artists and advocates from the LGBTQ+ communities. We engage in intimate and open dialogue, and raise questions on expected ways of behaving, representing, as well as belonging to a community as well as society. Each conversation identifies a specific knotty issue on othering that heightens the complexities of identities where society’s sexual and gender labels do not apply. Learn more here.
Talk #1: Negotiating Gender Fluidity Wednesday, 10 November, 8pm with Anthropologist, Ad Maulod, Brand Strategist, Rain Khoo & Digital Marketer and Drag Artist, M Ezekiel
Talk #2: Different/Deviant Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 8pm
with Alfian Sa’at, Amanda Lee Koe and Carissa Cheow
Talk #3: Coming Out Wednesday, 5 January 2022, 8pm
with Alan Seah, Prashant Somosundram, Yensuthantharasenan and Zuby Eusofe
The Swimming Pool Library
Reflecting an unconventional rite of passage where society’s labels of gender and sexuality may not necessarily apply, The Swimming Pool Library is an immersive, multi-sensorial production that looks at the relevance of society’s definitions of masculinity, and explores how feminine traits such as tenderness, kindness and vulnerability can also be part of masculine identity. Learn more here.
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ON PEATIX!
The Digital Young Curators Academy (YCA)
The digital Young Curators Academy (YCA) is here! The digital YCA is an artistic and activist platform to discover alliances, research affinities, and consolidate solidarities. Starting from 10 August, the extensive digital programme of lectures, videos and discussions will be open to everyone.
Learn more here.
Festival of Women: N.O.W. (July 2021)
This July, N.O.W. 2021 returns as a completely digital experience for the second time. This year, N.O.W. promises to be a unique gathering in the online space, as each event is designed with the aim of creating an environment for communality: the spirit of convivial gathering, and of being together within a shared digital space. Explore the different facets of the taboo and the experiences of women who have transgressed, embraced their fears, and got to the heart of intimacy. Learn more here.
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ON SISTIC!
Open Call: Digital Young Curators Academy 2021
The open call for the Digital Young Curators Academy (DYCA) 2021 is now on! DYCA 2021 is an artistic and activist platform for discovering alliances, exploring affinities, and consolidating solidarities in the course of the 5th Berlin Autumn Salon at Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin.
Learn more or register here.
PerForm Inaugural Digital Lecture: Registration NOW OPEN!
PerForm begins with the inaugural digital lecture by artist Shubigi Rao on 6 May 2021. The lecture will focus on three main areas of Shubigi’s practice – as a writer, an artist, and as an artist-curator for the 5th edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2021, and the overlaps and tensions between them. Learn more or register here.
T:>Works is excited to share our 2021/2022 season!
+ Share knowledges with the inaugural digital lecture of our fellowship programme PerForm
+ Engage with art history with our T:>Archive
+ Be inspired by the third iteration of Festival of Women N.O.W. 2021
+ Witness the new wave of digital playwriting with our 24-Hour Playwriting Competition
Learn more here.
How To Break A Window (Dec 2020)
From 16 – 19 Dec 2020, T:>Works presents How To Break A Window. Expect a series of digital and hybrid productions, live staged readings and conversations on digital performance, featuring the brilliant winners of the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2020. Learn more about the programme here.
Announcing the Winners of 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2020
In July 2020, our 24-Hour Playwriting Competition premiered its first digital edition on Zoom, with over 80 participants gamely taking on the challenge of writing a performance piece for the virtual stage in 24 hours. After much deliberation, we are now ready to announce the winners of this year’s 24-Hour Playwriting Competition! Read more about the winners here!
Festival of Women: N.O.W. (July 2020)
N.O.W. 2020 returns in July as the first virtual performance. Undaunted by the pandemic which has disrupted many industries including the arts, N.O.W. reclaims the space to unite the public with new creations. Catch N.O.W. 2020 from 15 July to 2 August. Learn more about the 2020 iteration here.
Curating No-thing (May 2020)
“I never use the term programmer as I would like to think you are a curator and I hope you can own your work, or your institution can embrace the reality of what you do.”
Dr. Ong Keng Sen, Artistic Director, T:>Works
Learn more about the programme here.