R.I.T.E.S #02-2011

14 04 2011

Date: 29 April 2011

Time: 7.30 pm to late

Venue: The Substation, Theatre and Random Room

Address: 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

1. Andre Stitt (Wales/UK)

2.Verena Stenke (DE) & Andrea Pagnes (IT)

3. Xing Xin (CN)

4. Jason Lim (SG)


1. Andre Stitt (Wales/UK)


Born in Belfast, N. Ireland in 1958, Stitt is considered one of Europe’s foremost performance and interdisciplinary artists. He has worked as an experimental artist since 1976 creating hundreds of unique works at major galleries, festivals, alternative venues and sites specific throughout the world. Recent work includes: Venice Biennale 2005, Baltic Contemporary Art Centre, England 2005, The Drawing Centre, New York, 2006, Artspace, Sydney 2007, Asiatopia, Bangkok 2008, Spacex Gallery, England 2008, The Lab, New York, 2009, MCAC, Northern Ireland 2009. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Creative Wales Award. He is Professor of Performance and Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and is the director of the Centre for Fine Art Research at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Wales, and UK. In 2000 he opened trace: Installation Artspace in Cardiff initiating a robust programmed of international time based work

Title: Amnesia [Cluster Overdrive]

“The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary.”


Through spoken word, text, sound and projected image Stitt will reflect on the place of performance and art making in his life. From his childhood, and the civil conflict in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to a life spent traveling and making art around the world, Stitt considers how memory and recall, allegory, communal narrative, conflict, codes and myth inform the present.

Estimated Duration: approx: 45mins

2.Verena Stenke and Andrea Pagnes


Verena Stenke and Andrea Pagnes have been working together since 2006 as VESTANDPAGE mainly in the fields of Performance and Video Art. They found within these disciplines the perfect common ground to investigate topics they are concerned: impermanence, fragility, transformation, memory activation and a translative poetry.

The Venetian born ANDREA PAGNES achieved his Master Diploma in Art Critic and Museology and his Degree in Modern Literature and Philosophy in Venice, the Diploma of Social Theatre Actor from Isole Comprese Teatro Florence, and in Creative Writings in method by Raymond Carver, Rome. He published art essays, prose works and poetry and worked as translator, journalist and independent curator and coordinator for site projects for several Venice Biennials. As visual artist, he exhibited his paintings, sculptures and installations on international level.

The German VERENA STENKE studied Fine Arts and Makeup artistry. She trained martial arts, Contemporary and Butoh dance during her living in Berlin. In Florence she studied in intensive laboratories with Kassim Bayatly theater and rites and dances of Sufism, as well as Social Theatre with IsoleComprese Teatro. She works in sound and video art, and evolved her personal way of performative expression integrating techniques of innovative mask- and make-up artistry.


The performance series BALADA CORPORAL consists of currently four parts. It speaks about the continuity of becoming, the difficulties of real encounters unleashing the physical boundaries of body surface, and transformation through concrete communication- physical, psychological, verbal and non-verbal. The visitors gather with the performers to re-awaken what is constitutional to all humans: the expressive power of body and language. These keynotes help to overcome the actual frozen state of being- not as a matter of nostalgia, but rather to ingrain pure poetry into life by re-evaluating the necessity of honest and sincere human interchange.

Part I: Solid Body – Emotional Body

Part II: Liquid Body – Political Body

Part III: Aerial Body – Spiritual Body

Part IV: Fragile Body – Private Body

Expected Duration: 35 minutes

3. Xing Xin

Xing Xin, born in 1981, Chongqing, China, graduated from Chengdu Academy of Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture. He currently lives and works in Chengdu, Sichuan, as freelance artist. Since the year 2003 when he started doing performance art gaining more exposure in China, Italy, and Belgium. Xin Xing’s performance works developed from his investigations as a sculptor into more complex installations to explore concepts of time, space and existence to express the human condition. He was given a Merit Award during the Inward Gazes: Exhibition of Documentaries of Chinese Performance Arts 2008, Macao Museum of Art.

Title: Playing with a Random Pinch of Hair of Mine Cut by Myself

This thought is derived from the personal memory of my childhood.

In the 1980s, the materials in China were still indigent, and the mass public wasn’t so well informed from the outside world. Everyone was living an ambiguous life in a slow pace, only to reach the Primary Stage of Socialism. And that’s when I was born and raised.

At that time, every morning from 7:30 to 12:00, every afternoon from 14:30 to 17:00, and every night from 19:30 to 21:00, I had to sit in front of the desk, pretending to be studying. Studying is good, but I didn’t know why I had to study, or why I had to study well, which made it very boring! Therefore, in those identical days of almost twenty years, I learned how to kill time by myself.

Duration: Xing Xin will perform in the Random Room from 7.30pm till late,

4. Jason Lim

Jason Lim’s practice transverses ceramics, sculpture and performance art and is regarded as a maverick in the ceramics field, Lim has radically shifted assumptions about ceramics as a discipline, pushing its potential as a media in installation and performance art. Lim’s performances often play on boundaries of risky precarious situations, teasing the audiences with a cheeky use of the materials and spaces. He has participated in various international performance festivals and had taken up residency programs in Japan, The Netherlands, Australia and U.S.A. Lim was involved in initiating “UTOPIA”, an alternative art gallery in 1996 and was co-Artistic Director of Future of Imagination 2, in 2004. In 2005, he organized StopOver – Singapore/Japan performance art meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore. In 2007, Lim presented his work in the Singapore Pavilion for the 52nd Venice Biennale in the same year he was awarded the Juror Prize in the 4th Ceramics Biennale in Incheon, Korea. In the following year, his work was shortlisted for the Grand Prize in the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 08.



Title: Toys, experiments and other accidents.

Description: This performance is the first of a new series of work that I have been researching and experimenting since the last few years. In my research I have been trawling through the internet to learn about home made scientific devices and experiments. In my research, I was fascinated by the element of sounds that were produced from simply made kinetic devices and sound making mechanics. I am also interested with the sometimes unexpected outcomes and visual effects that these objects and materials (simple household and consumption materials like, batteries, magnets, cloth hanger, soft drinks just to name a few). During the performance I will construct these devices live and generated will be amplified to create a soundscape during the performance.


The Sound Gig#3: Acoustic Imaginature

14 04 2011

Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak (R.I.T.E.S) presents

The Sound Gig#3: Acoustic Imaginature

Performances by

Mike Cooper (IT/UK)

Under the Velvet Sky (SG)

Duke Wen (SG)

Singlish Punk (SG)


7:30pm, Saturday, 7th May 2011

Entry: $15 + 1 drink

Venue:  Night and Day Bar

139 A/C Selegie Road

Singapore 188309


Artists’ Biography:

Mike Cooper

“For the past 40 years Mike Cooper has traced a path completely his own as an international musical explorer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of inspired groupings and a variety of genres. With his roots lying in acoustic country blues he has, arguably, stretched the possibilities of the guitar even more than his better known contemporaries, Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourne etc. by pursuing it into the more avant-garde musical areas also occupied by contemporary guitar innovators such as Elliott Sharp, Keith Rowe, Fred Frith and Marc Ribot, with an eclectic mix of the many styles Cooper has practiced over the years. Ranging freely through traditional country blues, folk, original songs, free improvisation, pop songs, exotica, electronic music, electro-acoustic music, and ‘sonic gestural’ playing utilising open tunings and extended techniques. He is also a soundscape artist and film and video maker and performs live music for silent classic and contemporary films. His favored instruments – a vintage 1930’s National tri-cone resophonic guitar played acoustically and/or ‘treated’ through a series of digital sampling and looping devices and his voice.




Under the Velvet Sky (UTVS) is a collective of multi-instrumentalists sharing a common passion for musical improvisation aspired by a diverse influence of music from Mozart to the avant-garde.  Sharing a common believe in expressive divinity, UTVS experiments music in altering spontaneity.

Under The Velvet Sky started out as a 3-piece jam band with Jordan, Reef & Din Morello in 1998. The band worked on a few things together; including an Electronic music project which carelessly went missing upon its completion sometimes in 2000. Having to go through their separate ways in life’s direction at some point, they disbanded.

Some years later, fate brought them back to making music together where they were occasionally joined by close friends and musicians sharing thoughts and ideas in music.

Though the band was actively playing music on their own at home, in studios, at haunted hospitals & houses, it took them quite a while before they came out with a demo CD (and this time making sure it doesn’t get lost!). In late 2008, they released a concept demo album, The Black Sea Sorcery (2008).

After the release of their debut demo album, UTVS have been actively performing live in Singapore. For their first live performance, they were chosen to close the Singapore Arts Festival 2009 open mic session at City Hall. UTVS gets regular invitation to perform at underground and alternative venues. They were invited by overseas artists as an opening act for their performances in Singapore. In 2010, UTVS performed in 2 music and arts festivals in Indonesia.

Early this year, UTVS has been selected to be an artist residency in Pulau Ubin, a project run by The Artist Village. UTVS proposed to release a music documentary about the residency with a soundtrack supporting the film. UTVS plans to collaborate with other musicians and artists in this project. To name a few of the artists that are invited for this collaboration are Lee Wen, Zai Kuning, Kai Lam, Jeremy Hiah, Zai Tang, B-Quartet (band), Observatory (band), I am David Sparkle (band), Mike Cooper, Mark Wong and other artists  under the Pulau Ubin residency project.

UTVS have been actively recording and been releasing new materials on MySpace.


Duke Wen (A.K.A Lee Wen) makes a full circle with a return to his earliest forays of poetry and singing. Besides the other influences it was through poetry reading and jamming at The Artists Village that started him on the road to performance art and other experimental practices. Duke Wen’s lyrics are gutsy and poignant, sometimes personal and other times more socially relating to current cultural climate both local and global. Songs like “Art is …Dead” deliver a punchy tune with simple lyrics warning us of the impending death trivializing our humanity by placing emphasis on market values and mindless consumer tastes for shameless repetition of tested formulas rather than research, innovations and explorations of new ideas or debate on social values.


Singlish Punk is a pseudonym started in 2005 by Kai Lam to conjugate

his sound projects and experimental music with his performance art practice.

Singlish Punk’s cross-disciplinary performances through electro-acoustic sets are made up of field recordings, an array of altered instruments and musical instruments, coupled with obsolete and hacked machines that are sampled and looped, manifesting into live improvised soundscapes. His deliberate alteration of the media technology is a means to re-examine consumerism and a challenge to the disposable nature of current media technology, re-utilising its limited shelf-life and intangibility as an alternative perspective towards our digital media-fixated society.


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