28 - 30 july 2021

Nanyang academy of fine arts

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Day 2Thursday 29 July 2021, 14:35

Object Making In The Digital World And Contemporary State Of Pandemic

Chen Sai Hua Kuan

Digital technology has transformed not only our way of life but also the way of artmaking. Today, artists have access to a wider variety of tools, materials and processes than ever before. Coding, digital fabrication and data have become an important process for many artists. The presentation invites four young practitioners of 3D art and one senior artist in a conversation about the current state of object making in the artworld and the meaning of the "touch".

How has technology affected the artists' relation with their material and in their object making process? How does COVID-19 pandemic affect their work and what are their artistic responses? Did it make digital technology more relevant or is it a threat? Are we losing "touch" and is object making getting outmoded?

Presenters will introduce their own artistic practice in general, including their artistic ambition, key themes and concepts, main choice of medium, etc. before getting into the conversation. Gin Ming will be the host/emcee.

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Sai (aka Chen Sai Hua Kuan) (b.1976) lives and works in Singapore. Sai is interested in the notion of play within daily life. His practices often challenge the habituated eye by deconstructing and transforming everyday objects, found materials and situations, so as to invite fresh interpretations of them. Sai sees his art as the outcome of conditional activities determined and enabled by site and context, which go beyond object-making and conventional studio practice. His work has been included in numerous reginal and international exhibitions, including Comma Space, Singapore (2020), Creative Center Osaka, Japan (2019); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2016); and 4th Singapore Biennale (2013) etc. Sai received an MFA in sculpture from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2007).