About ArtsXplore

ArtsXplore is a youth-centric arts incubation programme that runs from January to March 2021. ArtsXplore believes we can change and influence issues that we care about through art-making. Our programme is open for all youths in Singapore, aged 15 to 35 years old.

The central focus of this programme is to explore peer-to-peer forms of creative play and art-based collaboration with the combined strength of individual youths.

OPEN CALL FOR
ASPIRING YOUTHS NOW

If you are passionate about the following social issues,
register today to explore how to have your voice heard through arts!

Send us your application here!

OPEN CALL ending 10 JAN 2021

TEMPORALITY
IN MOTION

How can time be transformed in a work? How does the
manipulation of time create different
atmospheres, states and emotional resonances?

Through the sharing of two works, ‘Endless
Fragments of Time’ (2019), which melds pottery and
contemporary dance, and ‘Take Pause’ (2020), a
choreographic film, dance artist Ma Yue Ru unpacks
the theme of temporality and shares her
experiences in creating interdisciplinary work.

The Four Themes

Mental well-being
  • Reducing stigma
  • Enhancing peer support
  • Normalising help-seeking behaviour
  • Addressing shortfall of support avenues
  • Addressing mental health stressors due to COVID-19
Support for vulnerable groups
  • Helping vulnerable families/individuals affected by COVID-19
  • Support for migrant workers
  • Appreciation for low wage workers
Jobs & future of work
  • Jobs and career guidance
  • The future workplace
Environment & sustainability
  • Food security
  • Zero Waste (reduce waste, encourage use of reusables and recycling)
  • SG Clean (fostering good hygiene habits and culture of keeping surroundings clean)

ArtsXplore provides a fully virtual incubation studio for the duration of the programme, for each individual participant. There will be curated workshops to inspire your creativity hosted by a panel of professionals and seasoned arts practitioners.

Participants will receive guidance in their exploration and learning of new skills, learn from others’ talents through team collaboration, and jointly bring their artistic concept to fruition.

PROGRAMME TIMELINE

Ideation
SAT, 16 Jan 2021 1st Meet-up: Introduction
SAT, 23 Jan 2021 Talk: Fiction of Knowledge with Debbie Ding
SAT, 30 Jan 2021 Talk: Do It Together with Han Xue Mei
Experimentation
SAT, 6 Feb 2021 2nd Meet-up: Work in progress sharing
SAT, 20 Feb 2021 Talk: A Report on Life Circuit and Other Works with Urich Lau
SAT, 27 Feb 2021 Talk: Temporality in Motion with Ma Yue Ru
Reflection
SAT, 27 Mar 2021 Final presentation & Sharing

KEY
TAKEAWAYS

1. Project funds

Need a little support to get things going? A small project fund, subjected to approval, will be provided for each team to help them to start that first step.

2. DIWO e-Playbook

We have prepared a guide book containing all the knicks & knacks of the DIWO techniques and other inspiring material.

3. Vision objective

ArtsXplore is a journey that continues beyond the programme. Throughout the incubation programme, we will help to explore new skills and knowledge.

4. Knowledge of arts process and subject matter

A panel of experts and professionals have been specially selected to help your team with the subject or arts discipline in your works. Learn from them on how they do what they do best.

5. Establish a strong network

Throughout the programme you will meet other creatives, an array of professionals to discuss your selected social issue, and artists that will deepen your skillset. ArtsXplore provides a space to exchange ideas and the opportunity to build long-term, beneficial relationships.

6. Gain exposure for what you do best

You could be beatboxing while a poet recites, or strutting a fashion show with art installations. We’ve created an environment for you to flourish relationships with other creatives with complementary strengths.

1. Project funds

Need a little support to get things going? A small project fund, subjected to approval, will be provided for each team to help them to start that first step.

2. DIWO e-Playbook

We have prepared a guide book containing all the knicks & knacks of the DIWO techniques and other inspiring material.

3. Vision objective

ArtsXplore is a journey that continues beyond the programme. Throughout the incubation programme, we will help to explore new skills and knowledge.

4. Knowledge of arts process and subject matter

A panel of experts and professionals have been specially selected to help your team with the subject or arts discipline in your works. Learn from them on how they do what they do best.

5. Establish a strong network

Throughout the programme you will meet other creatives, an array of professionals to discuss your selected social issue, and artists that will deepen your skillset. ArtsXplore provides a space to exchange ideas and the opportunity to build long-term, beneficial relationships.

6. Gain exposure for what you do best

You could be beatboxing while a poet recites, or strutting a fashion show with art installations. We’ve created an environment for you to flourish relationships with other creatives with complementary strengths.

ORGANIZERS

SPANG & LEI

Spang & Lei is Serena Pang and Ng Wen Lei. They are digital art advocates and educators who explore interaction as a form mediated through technology. Spang & Lei are Artistic Director for Noise Metaverse, National Arts Council's first immersive media and tech youth incubation programme. They have also developed a collaborative artwork with residents of Punggol to visualise neighbourhood environmental data into "Data Sculptures". They are founders of Betwixt Festival, Singapore's first home-grown digital interactive art festival created with the purpose of putting Art into Singapore's Smart Nation endeavour.

RESOURCE PANELISTS

SPEAKERS

DEBBIE DING

Debbie Ding, who also goes by DBBD.SG, is a visual artist and technologist who researches and explores technologies of perception through personal investigations and experimentation. Prototyping is used as a conceptual strategy for artistic production, iteratively exploring potential dead-ends and breakthroughs–as they would be encountered by amateur archaeologists, citizen scientists, and machines programmed to perform roles of cultural craftsmanship–in the pursuit of knowledge.

Explore art through her lens here

HAN XUE MEI

Han Xuemei (韩雪梅) is a theatre practitioner based in Singapore. She believes in socially engaged practice, and imagines the arts as an integral ingredient for beauty and hope in society. Her artistic practice involves designing experiences, spaces and conditions for people to exercise their right to be creative, disrupt routines and deconstruct paradigms.

Her recent explorations FLOWERS (2019), The Gift (2018) and MISSING: The City of Lost Things (2018) are multi-disciplinary experiences that engage the audience in deeply visceral and personal ways.

She has been a resident artist with theatre company Drama Box since the end of 2012, and was most recently invited to be on the curatorial team for the upcoming 2021 ADAM (Asia Discovers Asia Meeting for Contemporary Performance) Artist Lab by the Taipei Performing Arts Centre.

URICH LAU

Urich Lau, born 1975, is a visual artist, independent curator and art educator based in Singapore. Focusing in video art, photography media art, his works have been presented in Singapore and other countries including Argentina, Australia, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Serbia, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Uzbekistan. His exhibitions include Singapore Biennale 2013, VII Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art, the 7th Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, Pyeongchang Biennale 2017, Drawing Biennale 2004 (Wakita Museum Of Art - Karuizawa, Japan) and the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in 2014, 2016 and 2019 in Hong Kong.

His curatorial projects include SUPER–TRAJECTORY at Tainan Art Museum (Tainan, 2019) and ArtScience Museum (Singapore, 2020), Sim Lim Square Art Residency (Singapore Art Week 2018), METAGRAPHY at DECK (Singapore, 2017) and MEME Space (Taipei, 2017), Singapore Open Media Art Festival 2015 at Gillman Barracks (Singapore, 2015); The Third Print at Total Museum of Contemporary Art (Seoul, 2014); Videologue at Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2012); Videology at The Substation (Singapore, 2008) and Displacement Project: Bandung–Singapore 2006.

Graduated with a Master of Fine Art from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2004, he is a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts. He is the founding member of the art collective INTER–MISSION and the studio Hothouse.

MA YUE RU

A company artist with Frontier Danceland since 2019, Ma Yue Ru began her formal dance education in the pioneer batch of School of the Arts Singapore, and later graduated summa cum laude from The Boston Conservatory.

She has worked professionally in the United States and Spain, in companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2, Danza Organica, Present-Day Dance Theatre, among others. As a choreographer, she is interested in explorations of somatic and socio-cultural practices, particularly around themes of empathy, memory and language, often through interdisciplinary elements and collaborations.