October I: Tropical Lab

Sept 20 – Sept 29 2010 was Tropical Lab 4

a workshop organised by the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lasalle College of the Arts. Practically, it consists of putting together, for 10 days, a handful of young artists recommended by their school (Masters candidates mostly), adding 3 guest artists, preparing a loose program of 1 visit to a quaint place in Singapore, presentation talks, and putting the whole school at their disposal to paint, build, film, edit,  all for an exhibition to be set up at the end. I was lucky enough to be among the participants.

You could call it a boot camp. The 12 foreign students were housed in a cheap but decent hostel, sharing a room at 3 or 4. Some were jet lagged. Most were eager to discover Singapore. None really knew what to expect. And that’s the beauty of it. Leave your expectations behind. Some came with ideas of what they would produce, but in the end, the works were inspired by all the above-mentioned circumstances. Clean slate. Open mind.

I enjoyed particularly seeing such a wide variety of artists at work, using totally different processes. There were videos, graffitis, events, stickers, 3-d cutting, video-sound-fabric installation, publications, maps, scientific-looking installations. I enjoyed observing how different people get what they need/want to produce their artwork, from material to crew in a foreign environment and under pressure. Most people embarked on collaborations. I was at first puzzled that people that had just arrived and jet-lagged, were ready to collaborate so fast. Then, all was revealed: forced intimacy at the hotel makes for fast communication.

The result was an exhibition, that opened on the 29th of September, and will run until the 12th of October at the ICA Gallery 2, Lasalle College of the Arts.

My own works consist of:

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Believe I and II. Video (2010), made in collaboration with Yusuf Ismail.

Science as a Strange Scientific Object I: Peridinea hominis, 2010. Recycled deseased eye images, recycled paper, recycled metal rod, heritage wood, acrylic, sticker.

The Machine That Never Fails: Blueprint and Produced Machine, 2010. Digital print, wood, steel wire, plastic tubing and feather.

You can view pictures of my work on display in my gallery.

Participating artists:

Marissa Benedict, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Rosalie Schweiker University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts, UK

Rachael House, University of the Arts London, Camberwell College of Arts, UK

Monica Rodriguez Medina, California Institute of the Arts, USA

Rohini Kapil, California Institute of the Arts, USA

Laura Grillo, Plymouth University, Contemporary Film Practice, UK

Yusuf Ismail, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

Heidi Kristina Lampenius, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Finland

Çağrı Küçüksayraç, Sabanci University, Turkey

Steph Bolt , , RMIT, Australia

Kate Geck, , RMIT, Australia

Matthew Sleeth, RMIT, Australia

Isabelle Desjeux, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

Michael Timothy, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

Invited Artists:

Shi Qing, China

Aiko Miyanaga, Japan

Shinji Ohmaki, Japan

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One Response to “October I: Tropical Lab”
  1. BlogEmpress says:

    Hi Isabelle – Greetings from Tropical Lab! We have created a blog for all lab participants, past and present, to connect and re-connect with each other. We like your blog and have added a link to it from our page. Do visit us and share your comments to the incoming participants for the 5th Tropical Lab (starting this Thurs 15 Sep 2011). http://tropicallabsingapore.wordpress.com/ Cheers!

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