R.I.T.E.S. #06-2011

Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak


Zihan Loo (Singapore)

Gisela Hochuli (Switzerland)

Francis O'Shaughnessy (Canada)

7.30pm, Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Gallery, Block B, Goodman Arts Centre
90 Goodman Road Singapore 439053

This is a free event, donations are welcomed.

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*Advisory: Some violence (16 years and above)

Artists Biography:

Zihan Loo (born in 1983) is a Singaporean moving-image, performance and installation artist. He was valedictorian for the pioneer batch of undergraduates from NTU’s School of Art, Design and Media in 2009. Zihan was given a full trustee scholarship to pursue his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was awarded a Graduate Fellowship upon completion of the program in May 2011. His films have been screened in various film festivals including AFI Fest (L.A.), Pusan International Film Festival and Singapore International Film Festival. He has had recent exhibitions at NEXT / Art Chicago and Valentine Willie Fine Art (Singapore). His work confronts the performance of ethnic and gay self-shaming with the intent to co-opt and re-purpose its power for alternative ends. By exposing himself in and through performance to transactions and relations of power, sexuality, and voyeurism, he offers viewers a means to circumvent assumptions they bring to the otherwise private content of sexuality, shame, and personhood. http://www.loozihan.com/


Gisela Hochuli (born in 1969) lives in Bern/Schalunen (Switzerland) and works from a studio in the Progr in Bern (center for cultural production: progr.ch). She studied art at the "Zurich University of the Arts" at the department for visual arts (2001-2005). Since 2002 she has been showing her work at national and international festivals for Performance Art in Switzerland, China, Chile, Belgium, Germany, Egypt, and France. The artist’s performances are usually built around objects which the artist termed as “Materialuntersuchungen” (examinations of materials). Hochuli’s would work with improvisation in the sense that she predetermines a framework, within which she spontaneously develop the performance in reference to the object, the artist’s body, the room, and the audience. The artist’s performances are always about transformations, making the unfamiliar becoming observable. http://www.giselahochuli.com/


Francis O’Shaughnessy (born in 1980) lives and works in Quebec (Canada), is a visual artist with an accliamed international reputation. His work questions mutant images that, according to the body’s posture, may give rise to new interpretations. With various forms of animal and human matter, he studies the role of the destabilizing indetermination of the performer. He also questions the traces of the performative that materialize in the form of installations, photography and videography. Since 2002, Francis O’Shaughnessy has carried out more than 100 different performances in over 70 international festivals held in 17 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Francis has taken an interest in the organization of events since 2002. Presently, he is working as a curator-organiser in Art Nomade, International Metting of Performance Art in Chicoutimi a network linking together several artists’ centers, organizations and institutes throughout Quebec, Canada. www.wix.com/francisoshaughnessy/performance