Clara Chow

Clara Chow

Clara Chow (Singapore) is the author of two short-story collections: Dream Storeys (2016) and Modern Myths (2018). The former was born out of interviews with Singapore architects about their imaginary buildings, while the latter reworks Greek myths in Singaporean settings.

Her work has also been published in the likes of Columbia Journal, Asia Literary Review, Cha, Litro and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (QLRS). In 2018, she was awarded Prairie Schooner‘s Jane Geske Award for her story “Siren (Redux) by Haley Tien-Warrior – 25th Anniversary Oral History/DJ Cliffhanger Remix – MUST LISTEN! THE FEELS…Awesome…”.

A former journalist and arts correspondent, she has taught creative writing at Nanyang Technological University and English literature at the Singapore University of Social Studies. She co-founded the online literary and art journal WeAreAWebsite.com in 2015. 

Clara is a writer in our Southeast Asian Arts Residency program of 2018. At Rimbun Dahan, she is working on a joss-paper novel, meant to be burnt after reading. The work will explore taboos associated with book-burning, funeral rituals and Asian superstition.

Links to stories online:

“Bare Bones”

http://columbiajournal.org/fiction-by-clara-chow-bare-bones/

Excerpt from “The Wheel”

https://www.asiancha.com/content/view/3385/692/

Excerpt from “Siren (Redux)…”

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/686564/pdf

Residencies in Review – Malaysian Artists

Residencies in Review – Malaysian Artists

 

Rimbun Dahan’s permanent collection consists of selected works from all the residents artists who have stayed for a year long residency, and for whom Rimbun Dahan hosted exhibitions. The current show is exclusively works by Malaysian resident artists throughout the twenty-four years of Rimbun Dahan’s Residency program. As many of our artists have become important arts personalities, this exhibition is a journey through a crucial period in Malaysian art history.

DATES: 1 & 2 December 2018, Saturday & Sunday

OPENING HOURS: 10am-6pm on both days

Admission is FREE. Refreshments of homemade nutmeg sodas and crispy fried bananas will be served.

There will also be a free guided tour of Rimbun Dahan’s gardens and traditional village houses at 10am on 1 December conducted by Angela Hijjas. Please click here for our Facebook event page.

Rimbun Dahan is also a part of Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur (GWKL), 29th November – 2nd December 2018, a dynamic celebration of aesthetic and cultural diversity across Malaysia’s capital city.

 

 

Shermaine Heng

Shermaine Heng

Shermaine is a Singaporean contemporary dance choreographer. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Comm & Political Science) at the University of Melbourne before embarking on a full-time career in dance. She then studied a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Choreography) and subsequently, a Master of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia where she was awarded the 2014 Victorian Government Scholarship for Dance.

Throughout her postgraduate years, Shermaine was also funded by various arts organisations such as Creative Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council to create two works “Breathe, Woman!” (2015) and Things They Said (2016) as part of her arts residencies in Ballarat, Victoria. Her works have since been featured across various platforms such as The Courier, The Ballarat Miner and ABC Radio and News.

After nearly 10 years in Melbourne, Shermaine returned to Singapore to continue her work as an artist and choreographer. She staged a work-in-progress The Intimacy of Corners (2018) as part of the M1 Contact Festival in June. She also heads contemporary dance at Jitterbugs Swingapore, a musical theatre studio under the CSTD Jason Winters Contemporary Dance Syllabus. She has also cohesively worked as an associate choreographer for Singapore Repertory Theatre (The Little Company), for their re-staging of The Nightingale this year.

Shermaine is currently invested in the relationship between performer and viewer, particularly in understanding kinaesthetic empathy, which involves developing empathy through observing the movements of another. She is also playing with text and writing as a choreographic method for dance.

Shermaine is at Rimbun Dahan for three weeks as part of our Choreographers Residency. You can find out more about her works at her website.

Lily Yulianti Farid

Lily Yulianti Farid

Lily Yulianti Farid is a media, communication and gender & development specialist, researcher, trainer and translator with more than 15 years of experience in Indonesia, Japan and Australia. Lily has worked as a communication specialist, writer, radio journalist, producer, presenter, translator and interpreter (English – Indonesian Language). She holds a PhD in Gender studies at the University of Melbourne through an Australian Leadership Award scholarship. She is the founder/director of Makassar International Writers Festival in Indonesia and the co-founder of Indonesia’s first citizen journalism website. Lily has led media and communications training and capacity building workshops for Members of Parliament, government officials, Indonesian journalists, and community organisations, and has extensive experience designing media campaigns and engagement strategies for Indonesian women’s organisations. She is a professional translator and interpreter (Indonesian/English). In 2013 she translated Anita Roddick’s Book, Business as Unusual from English to Indonesia. Roddick is the founder of the Body Shop and a pioneer of social-entrepreneurship. She also produced monologue/play for women and produced Singing Your Poetry Program for youth in Indonesia.

Since 2011, Lily is the founder and director of Makassar International Writers Festival, co-founder and executive director of Rumata’ Artspace Indonesia, executive producer of Makassar South East Asian Film Academy, the producer for INDONATION (2011), Charity Concert in Melbourne in association with Indonesian Students Association, Deakin University.

Lily participated at Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (2008-2013), Singapore Writers Festival (2009), Word Storm Writers Festival Darwin (2010), Byron Bay Writers Festival Australia (2012), Melbourne Writers Festival (2013 and 2017), British Council Edinbrugh Festival (2016), Frankfurt Book Fair (2015), Europhalia Arts Festival (2017), George Town Literary Festival (2014), Indonesian International Book Fair Festival (2017), Winternachten Festival (2009), Pasar Malam Paris (2008).

Lily will be at Rimbun Dahan for one month under our Southeast Asian Arts Residency program. She is working to document and examine narratives and creative works in Malaysia and to interview Malaysian writers, publishers and literary communities during her residency.

Faizal Yunus

Faizal Yunus

Faizal Yunus (b.1989, Malaysia) is a Malaysian based artist who works mainly in printmaking, painting and installation. He graduated in Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mara University of Technology (UiTM) in 2012 majoring in printmaking. Faizal has been drawn towards nature as he grew up in such a surrounding that has helped him nurture his imagination and interpretation of the greenery around him. Autonomy has driven him to believe that an egalitarian society is vital which is where he adapts to the banal practices of everyday life into his abstract print paintings. He draws inspiration from nature, a familiar landscape of lush greenery from where all his imagination had began. He explores alternative print language outside the limitation of printmaking studio by expanding his ideations and limitations through various printmaking techniques and processes.

In his first solo exhibition Matrix, circa 2016 he started looking into his daily life essentials and gathering objects surrounding him for ideas and inspiration as he found limitations in available facilities and easily gathered materials. He felt that by using the objects that so much so associates with a layman’s daily routine, he could create artworks with a heightened sense of desolation in his own narrative. That is how he preempts life to be based on the things that are happening around him. The process of reiterating his thoughts and reflections into his artwork depicts his personality as well as his conviction on the way life looks around him. His solo exhibition – Vortex 2018, revolved around a journey of finding different perspectives and causes of the actions he chooses to make. He believes it is a journey where he unravels the truth where he challenges his capabilities to explore within his reach. Vortex is his poetic statement on the current state of pollution and our role in undoing the beauty of our landscape.

Joining Rimbun Dahan would help me immerse myself in nature. When I’m one with nature, I believe I can uproot my thoughts into my abstract print paintings.

Faizal will be at Rimbun Dahan as a resident artist from mid Oct to end of Nov 2018, via a collaboration with Richard Koh Fine Art. You can check out more of his works at his website.

Iliaeb Duo

Iliaeb Duo

The Iliaeb duo was founded by a choreographer, performer and visual artist, Ilia Gilbertas, and Etienne Bernardot, a visual artist using the digital tool. They gathered around the idea of confronting the body with the digital, to appropriate this tool through art, to get it out of an exclusively virtual world through the body. It is in this sense that the duo invests in a reflection on this medium to ultimately build a digital education. In addition to the performances of their creations, the duo hosts workshops around them. They also participate in Open Workshops. The duo believes in the need to develop a critical thinking about digital and its evolution, both on the side of Big Data and the commercialization of data, than on the side of the body and what it may involve.

The duo comes to Rimbun Dahan as Open Residency artists in October 2018 to work on the first stage of their project, [Substrat]. It is a performance in situ, visual and evolving, directly related to the geographical environment and the proposals of the musician / s, and performer / s. The essence of this project is the meeting of various artistic and cultural worlds. It is a piece destined to travel, to evolve, to grow as and when meetings and places. Beyond performance, [Substrat] is thought of as a means of exchange. Each city visited, each artist met, will leave a trace, a testimony for the following. That’s why the basic devices—one  computer, one camera, two video projectors and to pairs of hands—are so lightweight. Visual creation is done live by manipulating objects, materials, light and images generated by the computer. The camera captures this manipulation and projects it on screen, or video mapping on building.

You can check out more about their works on their website, Facebook or Vimeo.

Melanie Gritzka del Villar

Melanie Gritzka del Villar

Melanie Gritzka del Villar (b. 1982) is a transnational visual artist, born of German-Philippine parents, currently based on Boracay Island in the Philippines. Her practice is shaped by an ongoing exploration of ways in which disparate cultural, geographical and environmental elements can coexist. The artist is particularly concerned with the state of living in an increasingly fragmented and vulnerable world. This translates into a sensibility towards cast away objects, forgotten (hi)stories and overlooked surfaces as poetic portals and holders of latent possibilities for alternative narratives. Gritzka del Villar’s mixed media works are palimpsests traced from a dialogue with the stranded materials and the environments of which they are a product. The materials she uses include driftwood found on the shores of Philippine islands, collage, photography and maps.

This past year the artist has been working intensely with the theme of the Spanish galleon trade of the 16th to 19th century, which marked the birth of globalisation. During her 2-month residency at Rimbun Dahan she wants to expand this project and do research on the Asian spice trade in Pre-European era whilst at the same time looking at current waves of migration in Southeast Asia.

Her projects can be found on her website. You can also follow her works on her Facebook page and Instragam.

Open Call: Yearlong Visual Arts Residency 2019 [CLOSED]

Open Call: Yearlong Visual Arts Residency 2019 [CLOSED]

Applications are CLOSED for Rimbun Dahan’s Yearlong Visual Arts Residency for 2018. We are currently reviewing the applications and will endeavor to be in touch with all applicants by end-October.

Rimbun Dahan has hosted year-long residencies for more than 20 years, and we have seen Malaysian artists use their time with us to further their practice and become illustrious names in the local art scene like our most recent year-long resident artists — Wong Xiang Yi (2018), Zulkifli Lee (2017) and Azliza Ayob (2016).

 

We’re looking for artists interested in expanding their art practice, exploring new ideas/themes in their work, producing a new body of work, establishing themselves even further in the field of art, or all of the above. We’re looking for engaged and motivated artists who are looking to commit themselves to investing the time and resources provided by this residency into pushing themselves somewhere they couldn’t otherwise go. The year-long residency will culminate in an exhibition held at Rimbun Dahan’s underground gallery in November/December 2019.* Malaysian visual artists who are interested for a short-term residency of three months can apply to our Southeast Asian Arts Residencies program.**

* This exhibition could be a solo or could feature work by other artists in residency at Rimbun Dahan

** This short-term residency will not end with an exhibition but artists are encouraged to participate in Open Studio Days which are open to the public.

All applications are due by Monday, 1 October 2018

Eligibility criteria

  • Artists must be Malaysian
  • It is preferred that applicants have tertiary education in art from a certified institution and some studio experience
  • Former Rimbun Dahan resident artists are not eligible to apply
  • Applications from the former Hotel Penaga residency artists will be reviewed on a case by case basis

Expectations of the residency

  • The resident artist must stay and work on-site full time in the accommodation and workspace provided and are expected to engage with other resident artists
  • The resident artist should be available (to the best of their ability) for student groups visits, general visitors, and other outreach events (artist talks, showcases, etc) organized by Rimbun Dahan throughout the year
  • The resident artist must produce work for the exhibition and work together with Rimbun Dahan’s administrative and groundskeeping staff in putting together the show
  • The resident artist must leave behind 1-2 works at the end of their residency for the Rimbun Dahan permanent collection, chosen by Rimbun Dahan in consultation with the artist.

What’s provided by the residency

  • Private accommodation with access to a kitchen and private bathroom
  • A private studio
  • Monthly living and materials allowance of RM1000
  • Access to washing machine, exercise equipment, and our library and artist lounge (WiFi equipped)
  • Weekly grocery shopping trips
  • Administrative support

How to apply

Please submit an application containing:

  • Biodata/CV
  • A selection of images/samples of recent work (Please provide a curated selection and context for the works where applicable/necessary)
  • A residency proposal (maximum 1 page) telling us:
    • Who you are as an artist
    • How a year-long residency at Rimbun Dahan will benefit your art practice
    • Why we should consider you an appropriate choice as a resident artist

Please send in COMPLETE applications only. You can choose to send either an electronic application OR a hard copy application, please do not send both. All applications are due by Monday, 1 October 2018

Send electronic applications to:

Ms Xeem Noor, Arts Manager
arts@rimbundahan.org

Send hard copy applications to:

Ms Xeem Noor, Arts Manager
Rimbun Dahan
c/ Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn.,
23rd floor Menara Promet,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Please indicate if you’d like hard copy application material to be returned after selections are made.

 

 

Open Call: Southeast Asian Arts Residency 2019 [CLOSED]

Open Call: Southeast Asian Arts Residency 2019 [CLOSED]

Applications are CLOSED for Rimbun Dahan’s Southeast Asian Arts Residency for 2018. We are currently reviewing the applications and will endeavor to be in touch with all applicants by end-October. Artists who are NOT from Southeast Asia may apply to our Open Residency program which has rolling applications.

Rimbun Dahan is committed to investing in emerging/developing artistic talents in the region and furthering artistic exchange with our neighbours. We invite visual artists (of all disciplines), writers, arts managers, and researchers/curators from Southeast Asian countries to submit applications for residencies in 2019. Residencies can be minimum 1 month and maximum 3 months*. Spots will be limited as we are on a set budget for these residencies. Generally it is difficult to secure more than 30 days for a residency due to immigration restrictions over which we have no control;  however for strong applicants we would consider staggering a residency for a longer period. However, the artist is responsible for air fares and immigration compliance. It is best to plan ahead with our confirmation about longer periods.

All applications must be received by Monday, 1 October 2018.

*ASEAN nationals are given 30 days stay in Malaysia per visit – 30 days does not always equal one month, so be mindful of days and dates when booking flights. In our experience, Malaysian immigration prefers that ASEAN nationals have at least a week between their most recent departure date from Malaysia and their next re-entry date.

You can apply for an additional 30 day extension to your visa while in Malaysia before your initial visa ends by visiting an immigration office. Approval of extension is not always guaranteed. Processing can take anywhere from 2 days to a week, and it may require you to change the date of your original return ticket. So if you are planning to extend your stay, do be ready and make arrangements during your residency to go to the immigration office and go through the necessary processes OR to book multiple flights to renew your visa every 30 days during your residency.

Eligibility criteria

  • Artists must be nationals of these listed countries only: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
  • Former Rimbun Dahan and Hotel Penaga resident artists are not eligible to apply

Expectations of the residency

  • Resident artists must stay and work on-site full time in the accommodation and workspace provided and engage with the other resident artists
  • Resident artists should make themselves available (to the best of their ability) for student group visits, general visitors, and other outreach events (artist talks, showcases, etc) organized by Rimbun Dahan throughout the year
  • At the end of a residency, a visual work is provided for Rimbun Dahan permanent collection, the selection is made by Rimbun Dahan with guidance from the artist.

What’s provided by the residency

  • Accommodation and workspace is provided for all residents, including utilities
  • Monthly allowance of RM1000
  • Access to washing machine, exercise equipment, swimming pool, and our library and artist lounge (WiFi equipped)
  • Weekly grocery shopping trips
  • Basic administrative support

Please note that the following is not provided: travel funds, airport pickup and dropoff, meals, or materials.

How to apply

Please submit an application containing:

  • Biodata/CV
  • A selection of images/samples of recent work (Please provide a curated selection and context for the works where applicable/necessary)
  • A statement of why a stay at Rimbun Dahan would benefit your art practice and/or a project proposal for your time in residency
  • Dates for which you are seeking accommodation and the proposed duration of your residency. Please provide multiple options, if possible

Please send in COMPLETE applications only. You can choose to send either an electronic application OR a hard copy application, please do not send both. All applications are due by Monday, 1 October 2018.

Send electronic applications to:

Ms Xeem Noor, Arts Manager
arts@rimbundahan.org

Send hard copy applications to:

Ms Xeem Noor, Arts Manager
Rimbun Dahan
c/ Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn.,
23rd floor Menara Promet,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

Please indicate if you’d like hard copy application material to be returned after selections are made.

Ulrike Johannsen

Ulrike Johannsen

Ulrike Johannsen is from Vienna and our resident artist under the Open Residency Program for August 2018. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and have been actively creating and exhibiting works as well as receiving awards, grants and residencies all over the world. Ulrike is currently teaching in KunstModeDesign Herbststrasse and was a guest teacher and artist in several schools around the world.

In my installations, objects and paper works I question the promises of happiness and tempting offerings of our consumer oriented lifestyle. Quoting, processing and manipulating the language of our popular media and culture industry, I try to make the gap visible between our needs and desires and the seduction of consumer-capitalist promises. I am interested in how the collective construction of society and culture functions and how we negotiate and communicate these different perceptions.

Ulrike’s current work is a series of sculptures and small installations which are dealing with Love and Erotics in times of capitalism. Eva Illouz’s notion of sexual capital understandable as part of the economical capital as well as Pierre Bourdieu’s notion of Habitus and Byung Chul Han’s considerations about the idea of beauty do inform her work.

Ulrike runs her own art space called Clubclub and you can check out her website and instagram to learn more about her and her work.