28 - 30 july 2021

Nanyang academy of fine arts

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Presentation (Live & Video on Demand)

Day 1 (Video on Demand)Wednesday 28 July 2021, 16:00

Day 2 (LIVE)Thursday 29 July 2021, 14:35

Materiality in the Digital Age

Ong Si Hui

This essay examines the significance of materiality in the aesthetic experience, by investigating the ways in which the trend towards digitalisation in art negates and exemplifies the importance of materiality. Through exploring the role of materiality in artistic intent and public perception, the goal of this research is to determine the place for traditional art making in the ever changing art landscape. By analysing a series of literary reviews, the essay will show that materiality will always be highly regarded, even as art trends shift towards virtual and augmented realities. This consequently proves that materiality cannot be replaced by other means, even as technological advancements attempt to emulate it.

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Ong Si Hui (b. 1993) is a visual artist based in Singapore. Working extensively in stones, she explores the spirit of the medium through slow and meticulous hand carving processes. The geometric forms and text-oriented works are often manifestations of her stream of consciousness.

Ong is a trained sculptor from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), and a recent graduate from Lasalle College of the Arts. In recent years, Ong is a finalist for the Visual Arts Development Association's 2017 Untapped Emerging Exhibition, and Affordable Art Fair Singapore's Young Talent Programme 2017/18. She has exhibited in Singapore, India, Japan, Taiwan, and New Zealand.