Singapore Art Week 2019: An artist residency will take place in Sim Lim Square
The seventh edition of Singapore Art Week returns in January once again with a host of old favourites such as National Gallery Singapore's Light to Night Festival and Art Stage as well as a couple of newcomers including homegrown art fair S.E.A Focus and Frieze Academy, a series of panel discussions led by the internationally renowned art publication.
What stood out of the chaotic programming was not any of the big names, but rather an intriguing three-week art residency held on the sixth floor of Singapore's musty electronic goods mall, Sim Lim Square in Rochor. The tired-looking tech mecca was in the news earlier this year in March when its owners began attempting to sell the property for a cool $1 billion in an en-bloc sale, and then again in August when police seized counterfeit electronic products worth over $1 million.
Set in tandem with Singapore's on-going Smart Nation conversation, the residency, which was organised by progressive art collective INTER-MISSION, aims to bring together the usually divergent art and technology communities from the mall's mature tenants and foreign shoppers to forward-thinking technologists and theorists. Four artists-in-residence were selected through an open call process that was conducted in September: Johann Yamin, President Young Talents' Weixin Chong as well as Eom Jeongwon from Korea and Ko Tzu-an from Taiwan. The four artists will be tasked with creating interventions in the former bitcoin mining lab using at least 70% of the products and services available in the mall.
Besides an opening night presentation, the artists will be working from 12 noon to 6pm on-site, conducting panel sessions and guided tours occasionally with the hope of engaging visitors and providing further contextualisation of their artistic practices and relationship with technology.