Singapore Contemporary Young Artists

Playing With & For The Community

Connected : Contacted


By Singapore Contemporary Young Artists (SCYA)
29 March 2013 to 29 April 2013

Benedict Chen // Billy Soh // Deusa Blumke // Foo Wen Xin // Giada Tagliamonte // Homa Shojaie // Jacquelyn Soo // Rachel Elffin // Safrie Effendi
Curation // Daryl Goh
Writers // Melanie Chua // Ruyi Wong // Reena Devi // Bruce Quek

 >>The Exhibition<<

Connected : Contacted examines the use of technology in shaping the way we communicate through physical dialogue as people. It studies the negotiation between the utilisation of technological communication devicesand the loss of emotional literacy present in physical interaction.
Technological devices keep us unceasingly connected to everyone while physical contact during face-to-face interactions provides a more accurate representation of affection. This exhibition takes us into the middle of both forms of communication by understanding the reasons we choose to talk to each other, how they influence our choice of communication, and what is produced in the process.
The works by the members of Singapore Contemporary Young Artists (SCYA) address this discourse with core sentiments and personal encounters. By placing these works in the Reading Room Gallery, Connected : Contacted provokes questions about the relationships cultivated through effective communication, and explores at the disparity between both modes of communication that occurs when we are near, yet far from each other.

>>Opening Hours and Venue<<

Connected : Contacted runs from 29th March 2013 to 29th April 2013
Opening: 29th March, 7pm – 10pm

Viewing Hours:
Weekdays 9am – 6pm
Weekends 12pm – 7pm

Venue: The Reading Room

Reading Room is a full service digital agency that provides everything under one roof, from dazzling creative design to tight technical services.
Reading Room started in 1997 and the company’s mission then was to help its clients understand the potential of the web. That mission remains the same, and it now includes harnessing the incredible benefits of Web 2.0 and social media.
We’re now providing the best digital communications to clients around the world with a staff of more than 180 working from offices in Singapore, London and Manchester in the UK, and Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra in Australia.

Presented By: SCYA
SCYA is the acronym for Singapore Contemporary Young Artists, a society that aims to
generate interest in Contemporary Art and Art by Singaporean/PR Young Artists to enable
further discussion and practice of Art in Singapore.
SCYA’s objective is to encourage relationships between Young Singaporean/PR Artists
with communities, schools, corporate and government sectors to increase appreciation of
Contemporary Art by Young Artists in Singapore, via the platforms of exhibitions,
research, education and commissioned artworks.

>>Artists & Artworks<<

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Benedict Chen – Untitled
‘The digital age of communication creates and deconstructs barriers between people, time, and place. How we relate to one another is being filtered through pixels, and the reliability of technology. Just like a glass that separates us, its reflections and clarity amalgamate into one. It complicates our perception of sight but makes it all the more intriguing.’ – Word from Curator, Daryl Goh

Benedict Chen is a photographer. He makes pictures to feel his home, understand himself and express his sensibilities. His subject matter is Singapore’s people; in the streets, gardens, dark places, and bright places. This is not random but tied to an emphatic sense of morality.

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Billy Soh – Anything but the conversation

SMS. Phone calls. Emails. These have invaded physical communication. This installation documents explores among others what a connected conversation generates and my response towards communication via technology.As part of the process I am capturing connected conversations without intruding into the privacy of closed communication.

Billy Soh is a photographer who specialises in portraiture, animal portraiture, food styling and photography as well as fine arts photography. He has been independent since 2006.


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Deusa Blumke – Bonding Time

In today’s society humans are exposed to infinite ways of information, technology and communication devices. Yet, although contact is right at our fingertips, we are receding from direct human connection. We are physically together, but our minds and thoughts are far away. This project focuses on the issues of family bonding time and its societal representation.

Deusa Blumke is exploring her private environment, observing human interactions in public spaces through outings and reunions with family and friends. Her research focuses on her surroundings, photographically documented, which are then used to support her painting projects.

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Foo Wen Xin – Schadenfreude

What happens if you can do things to your Facebook friends that you can’t do on Facebook like a “dislike” button or “I don’t give a fuck to your status” button? Welcome to the diabolical side of Facebook.

Schadenfreude comprises of a mash of artists who are passionate in communicating their vision through the digital medium. The artists are namely Hafi (flash coding & art direction), Ryan (connects Facebook information to our website), Wen Xin (flash character design & project manager) and Diana Toh (research).

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Giada Tagliamonte – The Bee One

Simple and yet extremely important for the continuity of life on earth, the existence of the bee appears to be strictly mechanic, lacking gratitude for the constant and intense work. Its social life instead appears to be complex, purely driven by the innate behavior for specie continuity. With this work the artists explores the human identity through its mere facade. The vision of contemporary life and relationships is developed into a metaphor rigorously in touch with reality: we lose our identities searching for acceptance, trapped in our golden beehives.

Giada was born in Italy into a family of international artists. After graduating from the Venice Academy of Fine Arts in 2008, she moved to Hong Kong where she worked tutoring, lecturing and creating with different schools, institutions and galleries including the Hong Kong University. She moved to Seattle in 2011 and currently lives in Singapore reconnecting herself with the colors, inspirations and multiculturalism of South East Asia.

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Homa Shojaie – Skype Portraits

Slipped instances of utter beauty and intimacy on Skype captures the closeness of a space or a relationship. The camera alters setting, mood and awareness, turning an otherwise ordinary situation into a ‘moment’, something general yet quintessential. Painted screenshots of such occurences show the layered frame becoming hazy in memory but ever present.

Homa Shojaie was born in Iran in 1967. She studied painting at Atelier Aydin Aghdashloo prior to moving to United States in 1985.  She studied Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York City. 
She has been Practicing Art in Chicago and teaching Architecture at IIT and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for the past eight years. She was a 2011-2012 participant at Bolt Residency in Chicago. She lives and works in Singapore.

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Jacquelyn Soo

“Any system of communication must, in order to be meaningful, include some way to represent the truth accurately… In order to be perfectly accurate in representing the truth, language must conform to a certain set of specifications designed to prevent it from wandering into speculation, and under which it becomes possible to ascertain absolutely the truth of any statement.” Ludwig Wittgenstein

‘Tongue-tied’ twists and distorts the conversation between two artists conversing about their art practice. Social media, however advanced, is still restricted by the limits of language. Context, body language and the exchange of questions and answers are fundamental to obtaining the crux of every conversation topic, be it personally or digitally transmitted.

Jacquelyn Soo is a graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts with a Degree (Hons) in Fine Art, and a certified Indonesian gamelan musician. She has performed and exhibited art internationally the past decade in Southeast Asia, America and Europe. Her works are multi-disciplinary and deal with cultural complexities affecting the social, psychological and multi-identities of the individual. Soo is currently the chairperson and curator of Singapore Contemporary Young Artists.

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Rachel Elffin – Letter-worthy

This work involves searching for strangers and asking to sit down while something is written while looking at them. The content of the text is not of the observed, nor feelings about them, but depends on free association. The strangers read a text. Words that strike them as significant in the text are highlighted. Portraits of the strangers are subsequently taken.

Rachel Elffin is currently doing her Diploma year at LASALLE College of The Arts majoring in Fasion Media and Industries. She believes that fashion takes all forms and is highly experimental. Experimenting with film, collage and styling resulted in the debute of her first fashion film at Vue Prive’s Extreme Beauty exhibition. She likes to reenact her dreams and communicate those lost memories.

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Safrie Effendi – The Abyss

The Abyss illustrates Man’s endless torture since the beginning of the world, long before digital technology. This narration is purely about the process of people in higher classes with wealth, fortune, and power with disregard for their own people. People are connected in an endless life cycle of torture and abuse, and the implications of blind greed and thirst for power.

Safrie’s expression is a culmination of east and west, tattoo and Javanese traditional art. His dedication to expressing through storytelling resulted in a 10 meter scroll which was selected by LASALLE College of Arts during his graduation as a feature. He draws his inspiration from his travels, life in different countries, and search for spirituality and music. He is a full time artist and musician.

Jacquelyn Soo (Chairperson) 97569247
Daryl Goh (Curator) 97598570
Melanie Chua (Writer) 96938131
Address: 90, Goodman Road, Blk B, #03-08 S(439053)

About scyablog

Singapore Contemporary Young Artists Project (SCYA) is a non-profit Art Society that highlights Contemporary Art by Young Artists in Singapore through several platforms in exhibitions, websites, talks, workshops & commissioned services. SCYA was initiated by Jacquelyn Soo who is an artist, curator and director for SCYA. SCYA has over 10 members in the society contributing ideas, activities to support the organisation. SCYA represents up to 70 Singaporean/PR Artists in their works. SCYA launched their first project in Nov 2008 with a website collaboration with FIVEFOOTWAY that featured 23 Contemporary Young Artists Portfolios on an interactive website. Since then, SCYA have had several collaborations and events organised with corporations, government institutions, NGOS and education institutions, Please visit our website for more details: Like us on Facebook! Thank you!

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