Tuesday, 17 September 2013

SPORE Art Salon 34th Edition \\ MUSIC . POETRY . FILM !

Hello Salonistas! Here's what's up this September edition of the SPORE Art Salon! We have - 
POETRY : Open mic! This is the 2nd poetry open mic we're having in the history of the SPORE Art Salon editions! Here's what you do:
drop me a private message on Facebook to 'book' a 5 minute spot!
There are 4 slots only, fastest fingers first...
MUSIC : This month we welcome NeoDominatrix - a Noize Singapore initiative of 5 very talented musicians of diverse backgrounds, mentored by Bani Haykal!
They kicked some serious ass during the first debut at the Esplanade, and now they gear up for a 2nd performance at the SPORE Art Salon with a FULL, 45 minute set!
FILM : Are you curious about how dance could exist in an art installation of a film? If so, catch the screenings of documentary videos made of "U_R_NOT_ME" by local filmmaker Gek Li San!

WHERE : BluJaz Cafe (3rd Storey)
WHEN : Tuesday 24 September 2013 7:30PM onwards
$10 / guest --- includes 1 drink
proceeds benefit BluJaz and SPORE Art Salon featured artists



Photo by Melvin Wong
neoDominatrix is an experimental music project led by Andy Chong [nD]. Having acquired diverse musical experiences over a period of eight years, from studying Jazz at the LASALLE College of the Arts to creating live sonic atmospheres for theatre shows and producing short films, nD decided to bring together a group of musicians with similar visions to share their collective musical experience. Every song neoDominatrix writes has a question in mind, mostly controversial. The theme, approach, where the dynamics, orchestration, and length are determined by the band's judgement of time, space, mood, and audience reaction.
Featuring Anson on drums, NAz on keys, Intrigue on electronics, Tim on bass, and Andy himself on guitar, the boys of neoDominatrix love pushing boundaries of musical conventions and challenging each other when they write music together, both in terms of technical ability and, more importantly, idea generation. As such, it has become sort of a trademark to not be able to put a finger on genre or style when the music reaches the audience. Think crazy, think "out-there", or just don't think at all and let the music speak for itself. Welcome to the neoDominatrix.

U_R_NOT_ME | a dancefilm installation
An exploration of our inner conflicts, a fight with the deepest part of ourselves we wish to disown - U_R_NOT_ME unfolds like a personality profile test where you finally collide with yourself in a space between reality and delusion; life and death.
U_R_NOT_ME is a collaboration between filmmaker Gek Li San, cross-disciplinary artist Lim Chin Huat, and writer Wang Chu Qiao.
Screenings on 24 September :
1) Production Documentary | 7'59"
2) Post Show Documentary | 8'17"
There will be a Q&A session after the screenings.

About the team -

Filmmaker | Film/Video Editor | Lecturer
Formerly a business student, Li San has been actively involved in the local TV and film scene since 1993. An editor by on-the-job training, her work ranges dynamically from TV documentaries, reality shows, infotainment and trailers for both local and international channels.
Several of her edited shorts won awards overseas. Notably, Moving House (a documentary commissioned by Discovery Channel, directed by Tan Pin Pin) won a Student Academy Award (OSCAR) in 2002. Happy Birthday Sharon (An experimental short film) won the Best Short Film 2nd AFM/International Independent Film Fest in Istanbul, Turkey 2003. INNOCENT, (a short documentary) directed and edited by her won the Special Jury Prize and Special Achievement Prize at Singapore International Film Festival 2004. It was also screened at the Yamagata Documentary Festival, along side with many other internationally acclaimed documentaries. Her most recent film-editing projects included Gone Shoppingand Remember Chek Jawa.
A dance enthusiast and audience, Li San has been dancing since 2003 and performed twice with ECNAD dance company. Since 2005, Li San has been teaching Video Productions, Video Editing and documentary filmmaking in various institutions – NGEE ANN POLY, SMU, LASALLE, NAFA, ITE, and Objectifs.

ECNAD Artistic Co-Director | Cross-disciplinary Artist
A visual artist turned choreographer/dancer, Chin Huat is the main creator of ECNAD, which he co-founded with his Artistic Co-Director and long-term collaborator, Mr Tan How Choon. His choreographic works has often incorporated visual aesthetics and designs. He was the recipient of the Singapore 2000 Young Artist Award and Professional Artist Grant in 1999.
A prolific choreographer, he conceptualised and created works with multi-disciplinary, site-specific, collaborative and commissioned works. He won the President Design Award in 2008 with his collaboration in 0501production. Before turning to a performing artist, he received the Highly Recommended Award in UOB Painting of The Year competition in 1992. He was nominated for Best Costume Design in Life Theatre Award in 2006 & 2007.
As the Artistic Co-Director of ECNAD, Singapore’s first professional contemporary dance company, he has brought his works and collaborations to all over the world. Other than a performing artist, Chin Huat is also a prolific costume and set design consultant/designer for ECNAD and other theatrical productions. He is currently an adjunct lecturer for Theatre and Dance department at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He is also frequently invited by schools as guest instructor for workshops to share his experiences in theatre, dance training and creative designs.

Chu Qiao’s past research writing and curatorial work included the ‘Singapore Album Project’ at National Museum of Singapore (07), and ‘No Unsacred Places’ –a photo exhibition at 2902 Gallery (08), as well as the archival and oral interviews for the Ivan Polunin film collection (09).
Her directorial & screenwriting debut short film, 28 Days Later, was invited to be ‘In Competition’ as a finalist at the 9th WFFIS, Korea (07), while her stage directorial debut was placed 3rd (Judges’ Choice) in her competing category at the inaugural Short and Sweet Theatre Festival (07). She has art-directed short films and her screen-writing credits included the feature film, The Leap Years (08). Currently, she advises Mediacorp Raintree and Homerun Asia on their screenplays on an ad-hoc basis. She also served on MDA’s Arts Consultative Panel from 2003 to 2010.

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