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Monthly Archives: August 2008

A longing to unlearn. To return to a state of clean. I long to relearn after.

The body is beside containment; its surface seeks to forget. It knows of no limitations and it ignores all contemplations of reality. Within the given space and time, it lies vacant yet full.

Ablution is an act of unlearning from beliefs one is subjected to – a possible purification, essentially emerging as a blank slate (tabula rasa). An attempt to return to the mother’s womb where the foetus is enveloped serenely in a volume of water, swimming serves as a state of comfort while I revel in the water.

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TIME
(21 August – 20 October 2008)

tickleart, a curated visual art event at CityLink Mall, attempts to encapsulate time as an omnipresence with three different takes by three Singapore visual artists on its ephemeral quality. Through videos and sound projections, the artists capture the “hangtime” of an experience. Time is the indefinite continuum of existence. A constant element that goes unnoticed, how does one quantify motion without measurement of hours, minutes or seconds?

Perception3 consists of artists Regina De Rozario and Seah Sze Yun. A submersion of unknown sounds and haunting shadows, their video Terminus features the void deck – an area often taken for granted. Dealing with ideas of memory and loss in the city, the imagination runs amok with the intriguing concoction of audio and visual elements.

Iranian Singapore artist Salehi Rahni Sima tackles a familiar topic of female issues reflected in her culture today. Her installation captures the essence of tensions felt by a muslim woman, trapped within the subversive notion of tradition and gender.

Questioning the limits of the body in relation to the spaces she is in, Kimberly Shen experiences a cleansing ritual in her video “Ablution”. Through swimming repeated laps in a pool, she creates gestural markings in a body of water and leaves temporal trails in her wake.

Curated by Susie Wong, Time, which interestingly coincides within the period of the Formula One and Singapore Biennale will run from 21 August to 20 October at tickleart.

OBLITERATE
Video Installation
Duration: 4 minutes
January 2007

Inky black fluids ooze sensually from the opening. Dripping, it clings onto the surface. As my fingers tantalisingly trace the contours of my face, I erase and dissolve my identity, fading into the darkness. Expressing ideas of consumption and regurgitation, my video works also seek to identify gender boundaries. The face acts as a tabula rasa, a blank canvas awaiting inscription. The perverse act of purging via the mouth, an orifice, aims to disgust yet sexually provoke.

An artwork in July 2006 saw me folding paperbags in the hundreds. These little bags eventually formed an installation during an exhibition.
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They’re fbags. In each one of them, I left an item that possibly defined female. Viewers of the artwork were encouraged to take a bag and throw in something of their own before adding their bag to the installation. Soon an accumulation of assorted female paraphernalia; from potpourri, a sticky note with a feminist quote and an extra safe condom surfaced in the bags.

Now that this project has been stalled for two years, I thought it might be fun to play with the fbags again. Maybe this would take on a larger scale? So to whoever you are, make an fbag, insert (or penetrate – kinky!) what you please. If you’ll like to take part in this project, leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you with the address to send your little bags to!

Just follow these illustrated instructions!

Materials:
A pair of scissors (or a penknife will do just fine)
A roll of scotch tape.

1. Print your fbag onto an A4 sheet. Cut along the dotted lines and throw excess strips away.
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2. Fold along the indicated pink lines for mark-making.
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3. Fold point 1 towards point 2, point 3 towards point 4.
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4. Fold on the required markings so your bag now looks like this:
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5. Flip to the back and seal the sides with some tape (as seen with pink strip). Proceed to fold bottom of the bag upwards.
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6. Do a little pocket thingy on both sides…
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7. Then fold the flaps inwards.
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8. Seal the bottom of the bag with a piece of tape.
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9. Your finished fbag should look like this! (Of course this is after tucking in the required folds!)
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Now to get started, drop me a comment and I’ll send over a high-resolution jpg of the fbag!

To me, Greyhound is the best thing to come out from Thailand. I still love my spicy tomyum, no doubt about that, but this brand encapsulates all things charmingly Thai – but with intrinsic, undeniable style.

My Greyhound jacket comes with a fascinating label; since growing up is optional, wearing this is definitely keeping me young at heart 🙂

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It just occurred to me that I find finely sharpened pencils an extreme titillation.

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So basic and so
sexy.

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