Adriena is an illustrator recently graduated/evacuated from university. After leaving the UK to move back to Singapore, she is currently finding herself floating between multiple places and concepts of ‘home’, never really settling on any particular headspace. She specialises in narratives for a young audience, in which she also tries to reconcile her own sentimentality and nostalgia for a simpler time. She loves working with both digital and traditional media, mixing gouache, colour pencils and textured Photoshop brushes. Her other interests include animation, video games and reality TV shows.
To Alexandra, time passes in strange ways. As an English Literature undergraduate, she spends most of her time sieving through books. Her time is always shaped by the ever-shifting temporal and spatial zones of narrative spaces. She absolutely adores contemporary writers like Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson because of their self-reflexive narrators. Currently, she’s doing research on contemporary writing in the context of aesthetic analysis. In particular, on ekphrasis, beauty and form. She thinks about what beauty is and how we come to recognize it, such that with certain relations to forms, our aesthetic emotions are stirred.
Annice considers herself as an aspiring writer, currently devoted to dabbling in various literary mediums from poetry to screenwriting, with a rule never to write about personal histories (she breaks this rule constantly). Call it contemplation or broodiness, but her undivided attention in ruminating on her sensibilities stems from the desire to chase away the clouds of incomprehension and unknowingness. Her recent projects reveal her fixation with certain failures in our contemporary condition, that is, disconnect between people and within the self. When her eyes are not glued to paper or screen, her body receives pain and pleasure from her former lover, dance.
Based in Singapore and Toronto, Benita is a photographer and videographer whose art practice spotlights the gap between reality and popular representations. Mediating through the effects of this gap on our sense of self and communal identification in repurposing the mundane, soft dreamscapes are fashioned as uncannily reminiscent, though frustratingly only a simulacrum of our world.
Joell is an illustrator and graphic designer that loves drawing bold shapes and silly faces. He is greatly influenced by video games, old cartoons and pattern-making. Currently, his illustration work attempts to contrast the discomfort of dark imagery with the use of whimsical cartoons. In his free time, Joell enjoys pondering about existential crises and doodles as a coping mechanism.
Khairullah is a multimedia artist working across painting, assemblage, video and photography. His practice is concerned with the stories and experiences of marginalised communities whose identities do not subscribe within societal normativity. Incorporating everyday and found objects from spaces in which these specific communities inhabit, his works allude to the veiled and lived experiences of his varied subjects.
Kimberly is a Singapore-based visual artist, using photography as her primary medium. Her practice revolves around tactile processes that anchor her introspections to her physical reality. This is often done by manipulating images as a means of mark-making her explorations in materialising the visceral. She tends to explore emotional and intimate narratives that often go dismissed or overlooked at family dinner tables. Aside from working on the visual side of projects, she co-runs an art platform – Our Softest Hour.
Cally likes to consider herself a maker, not an artist. Currently based in Tokyo studying Textile Design, she tends to make things on impulse and out of sheer curiosity. She also has an inclination to analyse human relationships and reflect on the ones that she has formed on her own. As such, her creations often revolve around the theme of relationships — the 'individual' and how we position ourselves in the bigger sphere called 'society'.
Li Jia Cheng
Jia Cheng is an artist who is currently studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. The primary medium he works with is wood, but recently he has been experimenting with painting. He looks at themes that question the mundane — the beauty of things that are immediate to us, and reorientating their perceived mundane nature by creating something visually interesting.
Ethan currently studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He works with both traditional and new media — creating comics, prints and paintings that evoke artificial histories and enigmatic worlds that are uncanny, yet familiar.
Prof. Zhou Yanfei
Prof. Zhou Yanfei graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Master’s degree in ancient Chinese philology and Buddhist cultural studies, as well as a PHD in philosophy. He holds professional qualifications as a senior psychotherapist, a senior examiner of Chinese studies, and a public speaker of mental health. He currently teaches at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).
For more than ten years, Prof. Zhou has written ten publications where he integrates the teachings of Eastern philosophies and contemporary psychosomatic therapy. He has also given public lectures at the NUS East Asian Institute, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore Taoist College, and in various countries with the likes of Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau.
Dr. Li Ju Shang
Graduated from the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine with a Master’s degree, Dr. Li Ju Shang currently has around 40 years of medical experience. Registered as a TCM physician and acupuncturist of the TCM Practitioners Board in Singapore, he has worked at Raffles Hospital, Ma Guang Chinese Medicine & Research Centre, and the Science Arts Healthcare Centre; Dr. Li currently works at Tian Xing Jian TCM Clinic. He was also a TCM specialist physician at Nanchang 334 Hospital in China.
Rachael Cheong, Closet Children
Rachael Cheong is a “dollmaker”. Rachael’s fashion-based practice under the name Closet Children is inspired by artificial bodies: anime girls, taxidermy animals, latex-clad gimps, antique dolls and mannequins — what they represent as empty vessels on their own and what they mean to us. As the “dollmaker” her creations tell stories of the dark side of human nature, the distortion of the familiar and comfortable. Combining her fascination with the gruesomeness of original fairytales, she creates custom one-of-a-kind pieces for those who seek a dark fantasy. At Closet Children, darkness is deceptively colourful — the creation of a warped fantasy that juxtaposes “innocent”, non-threatening fabrics such as gingham and floral prints with disturbing concepts and romantic, kinky aesthetics.
Dr. Hong Yan
Dr. Hong Yan is a plant biologist and plant biotechnologist. He moved from the US to Singapore in 1993, and has conducted independent Research & Development projects in the Institute of Molecular Agrobiology (IMA), Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) and presently with Nanyang Technology University (NTU). He primarily does research on horticulture, herbal medicine, plant metabolites, sustainable food, wood and bioenergy.
Dr. Hong has written more than fifty peer-reviewed research papers, several book chapters and has ten patents to his name. The technologies that were developed in his group of researchers contributed to the inception of two biotechnology companies, both of which he also helped to manage. He has been with the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) since 1999 and currently serves as the vice chairman.