Everything That Has a Point Makes a Circle

4 November 2020 (Wed), 7:30 PM
At Live Streaming from Yale-NUS Performance Hall

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Singaporean artist Chen Sai Hua Kuan is the second artist of Yale-NUS College’s Artist-in-Residence programme. His residency follows that of Andrew S. Yang and Christa Donner from the Chicago Art Institute who were in residence from January-July 2020,

Join us via Zoom for a live-streamed event where Sai will discuss his practice, the Sculpting Movement module at Yale-NUS and his residency project; a video art research project that investigates the roots and development of Singapore Chinese opera as a way of making sense of the present identity of Southeast Asian Chinese.

As the first Artist in Residence programme positioned within a liberal arts and sciences college in Asia, the programme brings in both local and international artists to nurture a vibrant and diverse artistic community within the College. Supported by the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation through the Tan Chin Tuan Chinese Culture and Civilisation Programme, the artists will teach a class in the College and work on projects that reflect on the notions of Chinese culture in different contexts.

Sai is no stranger to Singapore’s art scene, having exhibited his works at the Singapore Art Museum, the Esplanade and the Singapore Biennale, amongst other local and international institutions and festivals. Alongside curator, artist and educator Dr. Wang Ruobing, Sai currently runs Comma Space, an experimental project space that seeks to be a hub for creativity and criticism, demonstrating the vital role of the arts in society.

At Yale-NUS College, Sai is teaching a module entitled Sculpting Movement, in which students are invited to explore kinetic art. Through a hands-on approach, students experiment with materials and embark on a series of studio exercises, developing ideas and concepts to create their own works.

Sai has been developing a body of video art research investigating the roots and development of Singapore Chinese opera through the lens of Southeast Asian Hainanese diasporas. He is using this work to make sense of his personal identity and family histories.

The Artist-in-Residence programme is a three-year programme that will run through the end of 2022. Upcoming artists include those working in media such as painting, film, photography, installations, and theatre. Yale-NUS College supports meaningful community engagements with artists to contribute towards nurturing a vibrant arts community in Singapore.