R.I.T.E.S. #03-2013



Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak presents:

R.I.T.E.S. #03-2013




Date & Time: 21st May 2013 (Tuesday), 8:00pm

Venue: The Substation Theatre, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

Entry: by donation

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R.I.T.E.S. is an artists-initiative organised as a non-profit event to platform new ideas and artists in sonic art, time-based and performance art-related practices. Its objectives are to present an eclectic mix of performances that is informed by visual aesthetics, technological integration and conceptual integrity involving art making and the social and cultural contexts that are related to performances. It explores art activities that are spatial, the way in which performance is linked to cultural, ethnic and geographical elements of the body, and at the same time exploring how all these elements can be bounded to the global, technological, cultural and economic shifts in our daily life.

Artists' biography:

Chand Chandramohan

Born in 1992, Chand Chandramohan is currently enrolled for a BA in Fine Arts in Lasalle College of the Arts. She has an inclination to paintings and 2D media with a surrealist bent. She is an active experimentalist and explores all facets of every medium she can get her hands on, from printmaking to installation. Chand has performed in many events, including R.I.T.E.S. Her main practice is in exploring the visual relationships of the body and space through performance. Her work also delves into the relationship between biology and psychology.


Proposed performance: For Ezzam

This piece will involve sculptures previously created by me. These sculptures represent a term Kastrationangst. Kastrationangst is the German term for castration anxiety, which refers to the fear of being degraded, dominated or made insignificant. In the first part of the project, it started from the aim to explore the notion of the body losing its bodily presence as a form of castration, using performance as the main medium. It developed into a series a sculptures which encapsulated a more literal visual sense of the word. The performance will be a direct continuation from the sculpture hence coming full circle.


Jason Lim

Jason Lim was born in Singapore in 1966. He studied at Central St Martins College of Art & Design, 1989-1992, graduated with a BA (Hons). Attained his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (LaSalle College of the Arts), 2001-2003. He’s repertoire of works encompasses ceramics, photography, video art, installation art and performance art. He has organized and created various platforms for alternative art practitioners to meet and collaborate. He was co-Artistic Director and Artistic Director of Future of Imagination 2 & 5 and 7 & 8 respectively, an international performance art event held in Singapore in 2004, 2008, 2011 and 2012 respectively. As a performance artist, he has been invited to present performances in many international performance festivals in more than 20 countries. In 2010, He was invited as guest artist to join performance art collective, Black Market International, in their 25th Anniversary celebration in a tour of Poland, Germany and Switzerland. In 2007, he presented his work, Walking Sticks, at the 4th World Ceramics Biennale in Korea winning the Juror’s Prize. In the same year, he presented Just Dharma and Light Weight at the Singapore Pavilion in the 52nd Venice Biennale. As a ceramist, he works has been collected and commissioned by various public museums, art institutions, corporate companies and private collections both locally and internationally. Jason’s artistic projects, residencies and travels, had been recognized, supported and awarded with numerous grants and awards from the National Arts Council since 1994.

Proposed performance: Duet (lights)

Stillness, risk and endurance were the common thread that runs through my performances.
These challenging gestures converged time, body and nature as a medium, transcending literal messages to provoke more personal and subjective responses.


Marla Bendini

Born Ong Boon Kok, Bendini Junior in 1986, "Marla Bendini" – artist.performer.visionary – is a transgendered identity created in 2007 as an amalgamation between art and life. Her multidisciplinary & highly personal works has become her signature via documentation and exhibition of real life experience both private and public, self-portraits, performance and social activism.

Her first self-titled exhibition "Marla." (2008) was presented in a transsexual bar in Pattaya, Thailand. Sponsored by Fridae.com, Asia's largest LGBT portal, she presented "Conversations between father and son" (2010), a multimedia installation- performance over 10 days, supported by The Substation Gallery, Singapore. She exhibited and performed in Supermarket 2012, Stockholm Independent Art Fair, sponsored by Riksutställningar / Swedish Exhibition Agency.


Proposed performance: Electricity made us angels

Electricity made us angels is a series of new media performances that I’ll be working on this year.