R.I.T.E.S #4

Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak (R.I.T.E.S) Presents
Cai Qing, Zai Tang, Debbie Ding, Marc Chia (One Man Nation), Tengal Drilon (SABAW Media Kitchen)

Sunday 2 May, 3.30pm & 7.30pm
The Substation Theatre
Admission: Free
Supported by The Substation

For more information, please email op_out@yahoo.com (Kai Lam) or wen.lila@gmail.com (Lee Wen)

R.I.T.E.S is an artists’ initiative organised as a non-profit event to showcase 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 are informed by visual aesthetics, technological integration and conceptual integrity, at the same time involving art making and the social and cultural contexts that are related to performances.

The event 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 explores how all these elements can be bounded to the global, technological, cultural and economic shifts in our daily life.

3.30pm: Introduction by Lee Wen
4.00pm: “Father and Son – return to circle” by Cai Qing
5.00pm: “Introducing Acoustic Ecology and Soundwalking” by Zai Tang
7.30pm: The Sound Gig #02 featuring:
1) Debbie Ding
2) Marc Chia (One Man Nation)
3) Tengal Drilon (SABAW Media Art Kitchen, Manila)
Artist Biographies:
Cai Qing (Qing Sonnenberg) has been living and working as an independent artist in Europe and New York City since 1989. In September 2007 he accepted a job offer from School of Art, Design and Media, NTU and relocated his family to Singapore.

As a contemporary artist, he uses performance, installation, video and pictures to reveal his feelings and explain his ideas. The concept in most of his art is “Observer and be observed”. He is mostly interested in people of various backgrounds in different societies. He enjoys the interaction with different people and is often inspired by them. While Cai Qing remains highly productive and creative throughout these years, he also curated several important art shows with the same degree of novelty. In 1998 he has co-curated China’s first contemporary art exhibition in a private space “Trace of Existence”, where he also showed his performance “cultivating”. “Long March trough Europe” in 2005, Kassel, Germany was a collaborative efforts between several artists who utilized the “Red Army” to symbolize the revolutionary Chinese spirit in western contemporary art world. “Drift” in 2005, New York was a show dealing with homeless people and refugees. Recently, in 2008 he curated the “Construction before Destruction”, the last performance show in Sifo art village before it’s modernization by the local officials.
Zai Tang studied BA Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University, and completed his post-graduate in Digital Arts at Camberwell College of Arts. He currently lives and works in London. Since 2006  Zai has been exhibiting work in Singapore, London and most notably Venice; collaborating with artist Tang Da Wu in creating a multimedia sculptural installation at the Singapore Pavillion for the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). Drawing influence from acoustic ecology and psychogeography, Zai’s work explores the relationship between the soundscape and our perceptions of the urban environment.
Marc Chia aka One Man Nation (b.1982, Singapore) is a musician with a background in media and sound art.  Graduating in 2009 with a masters in Media Design from the Piet Zwart Institute in the Netherlands, he investigates social and psychological situations related to tradition and its progression, the future through the eyes of history, and spirituality in technology through the medium of sound and performance.  He currently splits his time between Europe and Indonesia where he is researching and developing The Future Sounds Of Folk in collaboration with Steim as well as co-directing The UnifiedField collective and art space with Marta Moreno Munoz.
One Man Nation – http://www.onemannation.com
The Future Sound of Folk -http://www.onemannation.com/thefuturesoundsoffolk
The UnifiedField – http://www.theunifiedfield.org

Tengal Drilon is an inter-media artist working with sound art and design, video art, music composition, filmmaking, computers, text-based, internet networks, interactive design, and performative and installation art. He is the founder, director of SABAW Media Art Kitchen – a not-for-profit, artist-run initiative and network platform for all kinds of information and communication carried via modern electronic media focused specially in the region of South East Asia. In 2009, he started ASEUM, an international network of new media art practitioners pushing for cultural, educational, and technological exchange on emerging new media art practices in South East Asia and Europe. Initiated by SABAW Media Art Kitchen (Philippines) and Multimedia Center KIBLA (Slovenia), ASEUM hopes to draw attention to artists, their work, their perspectives and the complex interrelationships between technology, art and culture through various symposia, workshops, and collaborative endeavors. 
www.tengalgorhythm.blogspot.com  ASEUM – http://aseum09.tk/


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