Chamber, The Arts House
1h, no intermission
Admission with O.P.E.N. Pass
Limited single entry tickets available at the door
Drawing out the ideas informing his curatorial premise for The O.P.E.N., Ho Rui An considers what it means to momentarily hold back so that one can continue speaking. What does it mean to insist on the act of deferral in a time when there is patience for neither false notes of civility nor critical nuance? Reflecting on the time of critique amidst the so-called 'crisis of democracy' as he moves from one speech act to another, Ho investigates how from 'telling where we’re coming from' we ended up grasping for 'a better word'.
Occupying the space of an opening address, the lecture Opening Draft turns this act of commencement into a performance of drafting—of words as much as the air between them. What happens when one holds a draft of air?
Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).
Join artists Ho Rui An, Lantian Xie and Zou Zhao as they discuss their practices and draw relations between the different contexts in which they work.
9 July, 3pm - 4.30pm, 72-13
ADMISSION with O.P.E.N. Pass
Limited single entry tickets available at the door.
For Lack Of A Better Word
Curated by Ho Rui An
For Lack Of A Better Word is a curatorial series by Ho Rui An, comprising of Unsettled Assignments by Sidd Perez and Vuth Lyno, The Unforgetting Space by Tan Biyun, Opening Draft by Ho Rui An, Sultan Ibrahim by Lantian Xie and On The Threshold Of Listening by Zou Zhao.
Committed to furthering the conversation with the next generation of artists, Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) has invited Ho Rui An, featured in the first SIFA 2014 edition in association with the 89+ project of Hans Ulrich Obrist, to return to the festival with his own curation centred on the enchantment of the spoken word, For Lack Of A Better Word.
In Ho’s words: “‘For lack of a better word’, we say, as the qualification we make to what comes after that may be too facile, crass or even vulgar to be uttered cold. The expression marks the moment when we provisionally simplify, only to later complexify. Engaging with this slippery ground of language, this curation series within The O.P.E.N. considers how the work of critique today likewise demands that we grasp at the limits of available idioms.”
What happens when we cannot find the right words? Are we still able to do things with words? These are questions posed by the shifting and emergent realities that characterise the complex and uncertain worlds in which we live. In response, the artists gathered in this section of The O.P.E.N. draw on their experiences in Singapore, the broader Southeast Asia region and the Gulf to show that from the lacuna also arises the possibility of speaking (and listening) otherwise.
Chamber, The Arts House is located at 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Ho Rui An
Singapore-based Ho is an artist and writer working in the intersections of contemporary art, cinema, performance and theory. He writes, talks and thinks around images, with an interest in investigating their emergence, transmission and disappearance within contexts of globalism and governance. He has presented projects at the Serpentine Galleries (London), LUMA/Westbau (Zürich), Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries (Annandale-on-Hudson), QUT Art Museum (Brisbane), 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Para Site (Hong Kong), NUS Museum (Singapore) and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. He is the Singapore desk editor for ArtAsiaPacific and has contributed to numerous publications.