R.I.T.E.S. #02-2013




Date & Time: 11th April 2013 (Thursday), 8:00pm
Venue: The Substation Theatre, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
Entry: by donation

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Artists' biography:

Agnes Yit (Malaysia / Singapore)

Agnes has obtained AA-The Architecture Association Diploma in Architecture from The Architectural Association School of Architecture London and the ARB/ RIBA Part 2, specialized in Architecture, Architectural studies and its discourses in 2011. She has also obtained the 1st Class Honours degree in Interior Design from U.C.E. Birmingham Institute of Art & Design in 2002.

She is one of the active members of Post-Ulu group of The Artists Village Singapore since 1998, initiated and involved in many performance art/video events/festivals/projects from 1999 to 2008, before moving to London in 2008. Before 2008, she has worked as an Interior Consultant for 11 years while actively continue to engage herself in performance art practices in Asia and various European cities.

Agnes is a multi-disciplinary art practitioner, Architecturally-trained and a design practitioner who has been consistently-involved and participated in many regional and international performance art events/festivals in Asia and Europe for the past 12 years. As an artist, she often engages herself spatially with her surrounded environments to generate relationships between the body, people, space and time at a moment of instant specifically relevant to the present. She has consistently been exploring various aspects of expressions and mediums in the experimentations of her works. Most often to communicate and connect with audiences through gestures through performance art-making and also to create spatial awareness in her installation works. She believe in making direct engagement with people/ audiences as they are the 'platforms' which allows her to explore further beyond the body, people, space and time allowed. It is important for her to make awareness to the general public through these engagements as the moments of engagement processes is necessary in performance art. Art-making is linked to her design and architectural practices and through art exchanges with the International Art circuit, has provided many opportunities for her life pursues.

Title: Drift

Things that were once directly lived are now lived by proxy. Once an experience is taken out of the real world it becomes a commodity. As a commodity the spectacular is developed to the detriment of the real. It becomes a substitute for experience. Defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals." The Performance idea aimed to have no boundaries, to de-centralizing one‟s instructed route which then aim to further centralized one‟s mind away from demarcated zones & sets of system, to figure-out a new personal existence in physical spaces in accordance to a time factor set-up. Where „zones‟ explained any area distinguished in some way from those around it. „system‟ is explained as a set of things or ideas working together as a whole; an orderly method of classification, procedure; the theory or practice of religion, government; the political or social order, seen as oppressive or to free yourself of a desire or anxiety. The duality of physical working & living conditions particularly dealing with the entire notion of systematic procedures in my working environment, at the same time detaching from it, has a mental effect on daily life. As-if, two distinct elements act in such close proximity that they cannot be distinguished, except with precise measurements, for example, the high and low pressure areas in atmospheric, climate patterns of the clouds or the barrier between fresh and salt water of the ocean or Life and death, mind and matter, space and time, subsistent forms and spacio-temporal objects, subjective ideas and objective reality, good and evil, yin and yang, the list is endless. The instinctiveness is intended to be blurred, spontaneously-driven, situational-driven, initiative-driven, self- driven & so on & on, till an endless list of ways of moving forward for moving on, is experienced and derived.


Farah Ong (Singapore)

Farah Ong is a performing artist whose background derives strongly from theatre. She performs for the theatre and television, and also within her own performance art creations. Apart from performing, she is also a speech and drama trainer, emcees for corporate events and also a photographer. To date, Farah has done performances in Singapore as well as in Malaysia, Jakarta, Cairo, Dubai, Qatar and also Brunei.

Farah studied Drama in LaSalle SIA College of the Arts and recently furthered her studies again and graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in Fine Art Photography.

She now juggles her time with performing, teaching speech and drama and conceptualizing and creating photographic images embedded with social and/or religious issues. Although her experience lies strongly within performing, she enjoys the different pockets of creative expression within various disciplinary practice. Her current endeavor is to seek her own performative language by combining the two-dimensionality of photography and the three-dimensionality of performance within performance art and theatrical presentations.

Farah enjoys scooting around Singapore on her Vespa and she also would like to venture riding more within this region. She aspires to travel the Hippie Trail to film a documentary when she hits 40- preferably on an Enfield.

Title: Tudung

Tudung will be a performative work in progress that include the exploration of movement and silence within individual and the spiritual embodiment of matters.


Rudi Abdalah (Indonesia)

Rudi Abdalah, born in Jakarta on April 15th. Graduated from Visual Communication Design of Sekolah Tinggi Desain Indonesia (STDI) Bandung. Since 2003 participating in diverse local / international workshops, visual art exhibition & performance art event.

The themes he use to put forward in performance art ranged in social issues, particularly on social inequality and politics, especially of the government policy. Later, he represented a response to criticism, comment and complaints. While in visual arts, the tendency of his artwork is about daily life that’s absorbed through many things that sometime very trivial.

Title: S.H.A.R.E (Sentimental Harmony, Arrogance, Response & Empathy)

Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some lost in goods or lives or the fruits(of Your toil). But give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere” (H.Q. Al Baqarah: 155)