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MA (Research) AY 2020 – Graduate Profile

Hong Chu Yu Grace
             

​Curatorial Narratives of Contemporary Southeast Asian Art

Examining the presentation of Singapore and Southeast Asian contemporary art in major group exhibitions and curatorial strategies employed

Research Areas

  • Contemporary Southeast Asian Art
  • Curation of visual art exhibitions
  • Southeast Asian art history
  • Western models of framing and narrative-writing
  • Voice and Identity
​Supervisor

Asst Prof Michelle Lim



Hera
             

In the Spaces of Exhibition History: Art Exhibitions in Singapore from the 1950s-1990s

This research studies exhibition history in Singapore from 1950s to 1990s, with a focus on the exhibition spaces as a both a source of historical enquiries as well as an inherent discourse. The decades between the 1950s to the 1990s is selected as a period in local art-historical context that marks the transition between the modern to the contemporary. The thesis consists of a two-part investigation: firstly, a contextual study of the historical impulses and changing tendencies of exhibition spaces in the selected period and place, secondly a closer grained study of three selected exhibitions using archival materials, interviews and research drawings. The exhibition space is a fundamental aspect of an exhibition, yet it is rarely discussed with ample emphasis. In the Spaces of Exhibition History aims to throw light on how the study of space in exhibition history can present its own challenges, but also be productive in revealing the complex narratives, collaborations and processes inherent in exhibition making and discoursing.

Research Interest Areas:

  • Exhibition History
  • Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art History
  • Spatial Studies
  • Design Research​

​Supervisor
Assoc Prof Laura Miotto



Li Yihan

             
teamLab and Their Digitised Nature

A study of the cultural specificity of new media art collective, teamLab’s nature-related artworks.

Research Areas:
  • New Media Art
  • Emerging Technologies in Visual Arts
  • Japanese Aesthetics
  • Mediatised Culture and Society
  • Cultural Transformations
​Supervisor

Asst Prof Kristy Kang




Tan Ming En Melvin 
             
Approaches to visual identities for Large-scale International Contemporary Art Exhibitions: Art Biennales in Singapore from 2006–2016

A study into visual identities for the the Art Biennale of Singapore. Given visual identity’s common use, this area has been over-looked and under researched in such exhibition events, until recently. The report aims to be a beneficial frame of reference through Singapore’s exemplification of the burgeoning independently-funded curated model of large scale international contemporary art exhibitions (LSICAEs) across the world, particularly in Asia. At large, the paper demystifies the roles and processes of visual identities for LSICAEs, substantiating the possibility of a specialisation for cultural identities. Contextually, the case study considers local and ideological inclinations that would inform the outcome of visual identities.
​Supervisor


Asst Prof Laura Miotto
Assoc Prof Danne Ojeda


Teo Sie Peng

             

Neo-Nanyang : Art in Singapore through the Eyes of Artists (1970-2018)

This research proposes a critical reexamination of art in Singapore through various tropes and strategies employed by local artists, traversing and intersecting the city’s key developments, post independence till today. In a transnational world, the dilemma of situating regional art remains elusive. As such, what does art mean in Singapore? How can artists and their practices, against the city’s inherent multi-ethnic landscape, contribute to constructing different frameworks for art in relation to society; here and elsewhere? Currently, much of the data generated is institutionally driven, consisting of museum catalogues, artist directories, a few monographs and economic reports. They tell part of the story.

Artistic Research, by nature subjective and interdisciplinary, may offer a more insightful tale. Through Narrative Inquiry with interviews, texts, images and artworks, it is proposed that the content generated will help shape new form, against the backdrop of coexistence. Within those coordinates, new modes of perception may emerge, inclusive of and beyond current conceptions of art and aesthetic in Singapore. Neo Nanyang denotes that experience, in and outside the places of art.

Research Area(s)

  • Modern and Contemporary Art in Singapore
  • Southeast Asian Aesthetic
  • Art and Transnationalism
  • Artistic and Art-based Research

​Supervisor

Asst Prof Sophie Goltz​

Muhammad Faisal Bin Husni​
             

An Art Historical Research into Keramat Grave Worship in Singapore

Keramat graves may be found in many parts of the Malay Archipelago. The Malay word keramat signifies venerated objects; an appropriation of the Arabic word karamah, which means the gifts or miraculous abilities of Muslim saints. These venerated objects include Malay or Muslim graves of significant and holy persons which have become sites of worship. Although the practice is forbidden in orthodox Islam, it still persists in the region. This paper examines the remaining keramat graves in Singapore through the lens of art history by focusing on their objectness. It aims to add to earlier more ethnographic and anthropological studies on the topic. It also aims to highlight a gap in the study of Islamic Art—religious objects that are Islamic in nature yet unsupported by orthodox Islam.

Research Areas

·       Art History

·       Religious Art

·       Social Lives of Objects

·       Materiality and Material Culture

·       Interreligious and Intercultural Religious Practices

Singapore Heritage​
​Supervisor

Asst Prof Sujatha Arundathi Meegama


Peh Yang Yu

             

​The Making of Kusu Island: Deconstructing an Illustrated Folktale from Singapore

In the region of Southeast Asia, little scholarship has been done involving the study of the myths of island-creation, unlike the ones in East Asia, North America, Oceania, and even North Atlantic. This research will thus investigate the evolution of an illustrated Singapore folktale of Kusu Island over the past decades, both in terms of narratives and visual representations with references to the changes in society of the time.

Research Areas

·       Island-creation Stories

·       Illustrated Folktales of Singapore

·       Oral History

·       Art History

·       Visual Language

·       Multicultural Literature

·       Singapore Heritage​

​Supervisor
Co-Supervisor

Asst Prof Sujatha Arundathi Meegama
Asst Prof Bacsal Rhoda Myra Garces


Audrey Ng

             

​Exploration of new textile application in the area of design

This research aims is to experiment and explore the possibilities that can be achieved through a new form of material application for fashion and product design field. A new form of material that could be explored and shaped by patterned textile integrated structural folds with a touch of cultural element.

Research Areas

·       Textile

·       Folds

·       Material

​Supervisor

Asst Prof Galina Mihaleva


Alan Chong Wei Lun
Brief introduction

My name is Alan Chong and recently embarked on a journey to learn the ropes in Chong Tuck Tong Chinese Temple, at the same time, I am also practicing pottery with my own little workshop at home complete with a potter’s wheel.

In retrospect, there are various factors that attracted me to ADM when I applied. To name a few, it was the position of the school within a technical environment which gave me the impression that art can be pursued anywhere by anyone. Secondly, the chance at experiencing varsity life and culture within an art school was something that I could only dreamed about. Last but not least, being able to express myself artistically with different medias.

My most memorable moments in ADM was meeting new friends, burning midnight oils to rush deadlines. On the other hand, the architecture of the school is something that I am proud of whenever my friends talk about it. The most important lesson I have learned only came to me during my FYP - that I am not restricted and defined by our vocation but by our ability to adapt flexibly. On this vein, the soft skills that I picked up when studying in ADM could be adaptively applied in the Temple environment that I am working in right now. In sum, my journey has been filled with ups and down always be ready to work on it persistently, eventually there will be a better path ahead.

Masters thesis title

The Metaphysical Symbolism of the Chinese Tortoise

Research Areas
  • Visual language
  • Symbolism
  • Chinese cosmology
  • Geomancy
  • Parallelism
  • Taoism and Buddhism
​Supervisor Asst Prof Nanci Takeyama


LIEW KONG MENG
Brief introduction

I’m currently a PhD student in the Cognitive and Behavioural Science programme at the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University. Before this, I completed my Bachelors’ degree in Music Composition at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS, and my Masters’ in Research here at ADM. Coming from an interdisciplinary background, I’m interested in understanding how aesthetic experiences, such as watching a movie or listening to music, shape our feelings, thoughts and behaviour, and most of my research work is dedicated to that.

Masters thesis title

Meaningful Noise: Auditory Roughness and Dissonance Predict Emotion Recognition and Cross-Modal Perception

What are you working on at the moment?

Right now, I’m working on a couple of research projects as part of my PhD- I’m running a multinational study looking at how cultural thought patterns, such as holistic or analytic thinking styles, influence the way music contributes to our overall well-being. I’m also developing a Japanese version of the Aesthetic Emotions Scale, which aims to measure and sort the emotions one feels during an aesthetic experience, which could be from activities such as appreciating art, watching a movie, or simply listening to music. Finally, I’m also researching the neurobiological foundations of emotions, by studying brain activity during movie-watching.

What was it that attracted you to the ADM when you applied?

There were a number of reasons - the beautiful campus, the diverse facilities, but I’d say the deciding factor was being able to work with my then-supervisor, Dr. PerMagnus Lindborg, as we had several overlapping interests and really hit it off.

What’s the best thing about studying at the ADM?

Again, so many great things! If I had to give just one thing, it’s definitely the freedom to research what I wanted to research. Having just come out of an undergraduate programme in music, I was lost as to what to do, how to do it, and even what it meant to do research. Thankfully, the faculty at ADM were all patient and supportive, and I was always given the freedom to try out new ideas or explore new areas, even if they were outside the traditional research domains at ADM. I was also encouraged to have a co-supervisor from outside of ADM, Dr. Suzy Styles from the School of Social Sciences, who helped tremendously in the interdisciplinary research that I was doing. Over the course of the MA programme, as I gradually stumbled my way along researching all sorts of strange perceptual phenomenon, the environment at ADM was always conducive and generous, be it with logistical support from facilities or equipment, to simply having many opportunities to bounce ideas off faculty and peers.

What’s been the biggest highlight of your career so far?

It would have to be my final research project at ADM, which was also my most ambitious project - I had planned out a new composition to be performed at a concert of electroacoustic music, and as the culmination of the research I had been doing thus far, combined art and science in performing dual roles: as a creative expression of art, and also as a perceptual experiment. The premiere was a success and the results of that experiment were published in Frontiers in Psychology, a major peer-reviewed psychology journal. Personally, it marked the intersection of where I had come as a composer and where I was headed as a researcher, and it would not have been possible without the support given by ADM in terms of advice and technical assistance.

Do you have any advice for current or future students?

Find a supervisor that can help you grow. I’ve been blessed to be able to work with fantastic supervisors, and they have played an instrumental role in helping me grow as a researcher. Sometimes the advice can be a little confusing, but there’s much to be learnt by understanding where they’re coming from.
​Supervisor
Co-Supervisor
Asst Prof PerMagnus Lindborg
Asst Prof Suzy Styles​
Websites https://twitter.com/itskongmeng
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kongmeng_Liew


Muhammad Noor Iskandar Bin Othman
Masters thesis title

​Aesthetics of Losing : The Islamic Image

A study of the poetics and politics behind the mosque architectural evolution in Singapore

Research Areas
  • Islamic art and architecture
  • Aesthetics​
  • Loss and death
  • Spaces
  • Spirituality, faith and art
  • Visual culture
  • Singapore heritage​
Supervisor Dr Gul Inanc

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Nicholas Ong Thian Chai
Masters thesis title

​Lighting Design for Paintings with Selected Artefacts from Nanyang Style Paintings as case studies

Research Areas
  • Lighting design
  • Exhibition design
  • Art history
  • Architectural Lighting
  • Perception and psychology
  • Physics of light
​Supervisor
Co-Supervisor
​Assoc Prof Andrea Nanetti
Martin Reiser​


Tengku Kamiliah Binte Tengku Bahdar
Masters thesis title

​Launch Pads into the Field: Art Residencies and Social Engagement in Indonesia

Research Areas
  • Contemporary art ecology in Indonesia
  • Residencies and artists
  • Art and social engagement
  • Conditions of art production​
Supervisor Prof Ute Meta Bauer


Zann
Brief introduction

A self-taught and self-funded photographer, Zann began her first serious foray into photojournalism after the tsunami in January 2005. Since then, she has covered humanitarian and socio-political issues in the Middle East & Asia. Her works have been published in Time magazine, Le Monde, Geo Italia, L’expresso and other publications in the US, Europe and Asia.

Zann’s works have been exhibited in various prestigious photo festivals such as Noorderlicht 2006, Visa Pour L’image 2007, Reportage Australia 2010, Angkor Photo Festival 2011 & 2013, Arles Photography Salon 2012, Chobi Mela 2013, Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013, Copenhagen Photo Festival 2013, Obscura Photo Festival 2013, Pingyao Photo Festival 2015 and the National Museum of Singapore 2014 among others.

She has also covered “Mental Health Issues” in Singapore and was featured in the Asia Exposed 2 series in late Sept 2011 on Channel News Asia which won a silver medal in the Best Social Issues/Current Affairs category at the New York Festival International TV and Film Awards 2012.

Zann has also spoken about her self-initiated and self-funded projects at TEDx Singapore 2012 and her photo documentation of Iran at TEDx Kuala Lumpur 2012. She is also a judge for NOISE Singapore 2013. In 2014, Zann received the Magnum Foundation Emergency Award for her work on “Remember Shatila”. She was appointed as a cultural ambassador for the Singapore Internationale in 2014.

Zann embarked on her second MA in Journalism in Aarhus Universitet, Denmark under the Tan Kah Kee Scholarship from 2016-2017. *Zann funds her work by teaching English.

Masters thesis title

Ethical Issues Concerning The Photo-Documentation Of Palestinian Refugees in Shatila Camp

What are you working on at the moment?

Freelance Photojournalist/Writer

What was it that attracted you to the ADM when you applied?

The fact that I can combine my research which spans two diverse faculties – ADM (Visual Arts) and RSIS (Middle Eastern Politics)

What’s the best thing about studying at the ADM?

Meeting the BEST supervisors – Kenneth Feinstein (ADM) and James Dorsey (RSIS). They are both amazing people and highly professional and knowledgeable mentors. I still remain in close touch with them and will always do. (It is a huge shame and loss that Assoc. Prof Kenneth Feinstein is no longer with NTU)

What was the most important thing you learned whilst you were at the ADM?

Be very careful who you choose as your supervisor. The wrong one will ruin your thesis. Assoc. Prof Kenneth Feinstein kindly took me under his wings in the final 8 months prior to the thesis submission deadline (in which I almost completely changed and overhauled my work). He was absolutely instrumental in ensuring that my 2 years of research was not conducted in vain. BRAVO to Ken and James!

What’s been the biggest highlight of your career so far?

None, I never rest on my laurels.

Do you have any advice for current or future students?

Pick your supervisor wisely!
​Website(s) https://www.instagram.com/zann_huizhen_huang/


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