Putting Art into SmArt Nation
As our social landscape swiftly becomes digitalised, new mediums of expression emerge entwined in technology. Coding and physical computing have become tools for artists to create art with an interactive inflection - art that requires stimulation, participation from “someone and somewhere else”. Betwixt Festival attends to this form of art. We hope to enkindle this community of digital, interactive art makers, plus anyone who is interested to be a meddler, interpolator, and tinker in this changing landscape.
SPANG&LEI is Serena Pang and Ng Wen Lei. Serena Pang is currently a performance studies researcher. A theatre actor by training and profession, Serena is making her forays into performance research. She was awarded the “2014 Performance Studies Emerging Scholar Award” by NYU’s Department of Performance Studies. Serena endeavors to be a perceptive performer-archivist; unpacking everyday performativity as a reification of the socio-political Self.
Ng Wen Lei is an artist & educator, and a graduate of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Wen Lei was awarded the Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship from NYU, New York from 2012 to 2014. Wen Lei hopes to initiate a dialogue between the state of Singapore’s digital art and technology with participatory politics. Her current interests include storytelling through food and data, and developing miniaturization and mobility as design methodology for minoritarian empowerment.
SPANG&LEI explores interdisciplinary collaboration as a precarious methodology; “analogue”/traditional modes of performance making such as corporeal embodiment, puppetry and performance-art with technology and experiential design. SPANG&LEI has identified and is committed to three core areas of interest; first, archival & research into performance of everyday life. Second, sensorial formation through participatory encounters and lastly, the study of participation as form mediated through technology.
[MADE IN SINGAPORE] GA + BETWIXT Present: Art + Tech: How Tech Is Disrupting The Art World
Exchange ideas with creative individuals on how technology is transforming the way we perceive and define art, providing new opportunities for creation and innovation, and shaping