Research

An Archipelagic AIR Podcast

Episode two
Sai Hua Kuan Chen

“Sometimes I’m like water…working around questions, I manoeuvre around quite a lot with things…let’s take material itself. I will not force the material to work against their will. I will use the material itself to understand it before I work with it.”

This is the second in a series of conversations with artists-in-residence (AIR) linked by a wet wave of archipelagic consciousness at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. In this episode, host James Jack welcomes artist-in-residence Sai Hua Kuan Chen to discuss his artistic work and creative research. In conversation with art historian and curator Marc Glöde, they discuss collaborative frameworks, manoeuvring with materials, and Hainanese opera in Singapore.

 

Episode one
Andrew S Yang & Christa Donner

“I think one thing thinking expansively about the garden does is breaks down the very parochial notion that we’re somehow very exceptional and those kinds of social and communicative dynamics don’t happen in the non-human world.”  —Andrew S Yang

“A spiritual relationship with the land, and with the plants and animals, I think adds a really rich layer to things I will continue to think about. I think that really made a big impact on me and the way I approach nature with a different kind of reverence.” —Christa Donner

This is the first in a series of conversations with artists-in-residence (AIR) linked by a wet wave of archipelagic consciousness at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. In this episode, host James Jack explains the aims of the AIR programme followed by inaugural artists-in-residence Andrew S Yang and Christa Donner discussing their artistic work and creative research during the pandemic. In conversation with art historian and curator Michelle Lim, topics include botanical invitations, thinking expansively with gardens, the texture of time and ethical cohabitation.

Stay tuned to the Archipelagic AIR Yale-NUS College podcast to hear upcoming conversations held biannually with artists in the studio.

Public Lecture Series

Why Not? – October-November 2020

In this Yale-NUS Library exhibit, Maquettes for Artworks by Chen Sai Hua Kuan are displayed alongside a portfolio slideshow and a selection of publications from the Yale-NUS Library relevant to his practice and the module entitled Sculpting Movement that Sai is teaching as part of his residency.

 

Library Leaves – January-May 2020

In their studio art module, Culturing Nature: Gardens in Ecological Art, students worked with Yang and Donner to create annotated bibliographies on ecological and aesthetics themes of their own choosing as a way to highlight remarkable books that might otherwise evade casual notice in the stacks, and whose topics connect to other books in the library in unexpected but potent ways. They then created leaf-shaped bookmarks that could be inserted directly into the library stacks as a way to flag these selected books in an intervention entitled ‘Library Leaves’. Find out more about Library Leaves here.

Photos: Tom White