"Conversation: Malaysia", RAP at p-10 Singapore"
RAP was invited for a residency in August 2005 in Singapore.
The residency project is titled 'Conversations: Malaysia ' which is
initiated by p-10, an artist curatorial project team, and funded by ANA.
Meanwhile Chai Chang Hwang and Phuan Thai Meng whom are also RAP members
were there for a longer individual artist residency under the same
The focus of the programme is on dialogue and exchange between the invited
artists and the art (and general) community in Singapore. It was the first
residency programme in Singapore and Malaysia that is specifically meant
to further interaction and networking between contemporary visual artists
in the two countries."
Reports by changhwang and thaimeng:
"1. Revisiting Singapore after 4 years since my last trip was a fruitful
one.(though only a two day trip as I had to leave because of emergency
Within the stay, some how I manage to have a quick glimpse on what is
happening in Singapore art scene in comparing to our local art scene,
particularly in the aspect of 'arts development in the support of
government funding (from top to bottom).
Among some exciting encounters are: Da Wu's chat at hawker center where he
shares his arts' projects n thoughts, Errata, casual meeting with p10
members at their studios and visiting STPI."
"2. Firstly, I would like to thank you P-10 for inviting me to take part
in such a great event. Through this programme, I learn some elementary
understanding on the efforts of Singapore government in developing itself
to become the Art Centre of the Asian region.
During this programme, a very tight itinerary has been arranged, though
tired, we managed to meet many art institutions and non-institutions of
different levels (such as National Art Museum, Artist Run-space, colleges
and independent researchers). Through the visits, the dynamic force of
artistic development in Singapore can be easily felt. Regretfully, due to
personal time limitations I cannot attend all but only a few dialogue and
exchange. In attending the tour by Koh Nguang How in "Errata Show" and
the lecture by Dang Da Wu, I learned lesson that personal effort is vital
In conclusion, I felt one week is too short for me to contribute and
conclude on the interaction and networking between contemporary arts in
Singapore and Malaysia and hence I sincerely hope that there will be more
future projects from P-10 on the artistic development.
Finally, again, I would like to thank you P-10 for inviting me to attend
this great event, without your arrangement, we might not be able to access
to many places such as STPI and etc.; besides that, also thank you P-10
for giving me a chance to exchange my video work with many Malaysian &
Singaporean artists; at last, special thank you to Jennifer Teo whom has
been a friendly guide to us during our stay in Singapore."