Sultan Ibrahim

By Lantian Xie
Creation

7 Jul
8pm

Chamber, The Arts House

1h, no intermission

Lecture-performance

Admission with O.P.E.N. Pass



Limited single entry tickets available at the door

In this lecture, Lantian Xie speaks about precarity, temporariness, and mortality in the Arab Gulf.

Pulling variously from fiction, song, essay and film, Xie shapes an itinerary for places in which people have no more need for belonging and no want for assembly into land or country or fully-formed bodies.

Instead, these people go about their daily lives all the same, with elbows and knees scattered across many gulfs, islands and peninsulas. Ears are listening nonetheless. Toes are tapping. Teeth are biting. And tongues are busy shaping words borrowed from other tongues.

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


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    Lantian Xie

    Xie is an artist from Dubai who makes images, objects, stories and situations. Previous works include a taxidermy peacock, an ashtray stolen from an artist's studio, a collection of romance novels from a used book store, colour pencil drawings of bygone hotels and home delivery motorcycles parked outside. He holds an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and is editor-at-large at Dubai-based publishing practice The State.

7 Jul
8pm

Chamber, The Arts House

1h, no intermission

Lecture-performance

Admission with O.P.E.N. Pass

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