We are happy to have artist Godwin Koay from Singapore joining us for September 2015 as Things that can happen’s first artist-in-residence.
Through our residency programme, we aim to support the furthering of discussions and aesthetic experiments in Hong Kong while connecting them to conversations and contexts beyond.
In the following month, Godwin will spend time with people in various communities with two broad areas of inquiry in mind. One is the organising of affinity groups and autonomous communes – how they materialise as spaces and are sustained, especially in the context of a city-territory with obvious parallels to Singapore. Questioning anomalous potential, whether anti-capitalist resistance and a radical politics (of rage, of love?) can too exist here, and what forms it can take. A second research interest a follow-up on the Umbrella Movement, the effects and affects of a mass protest movement, the material and connections generated, as well as the language and logic that nativist and nationalist groups use in pursuing democracy and universal suffrage. At the same time how xenophobia surfaces through that and how localness is defined. On both layers, there is a sense of looking into possible future scenarios for Singapore as the social and political landscape develops and gains complexity.
Apart from his research focus, Godwin has also contributed to the library of Things that can happen texts that take into account art, aesthetics, anarchism, in the vein of anti-racist, feminist and queer politics and theory. Using it as a conduit to connect bodies of knowledge across time, space and borders, Godwin also takes this as an opportunity to exchange and catalyse conversations and ideas for things to happen.
Godwin Koay is an artist and art worker based in Singapore. Using visual and textual media of physical, digital, found and fabricated states, his work explores possibilities of an artistic practice that intersects with anarchist ideas of social and political praxis, engaging tensions between autonomy and authority while examining thematics of fiction, imagination, precarity, anxiety, urgency, and counterhegemony.
Godwin Koay in conversation with Qinyi Lim In collaboration with Para Site in conjunction with Para Site’s upcoming exhibition ‘A Luxury We Cannot Afford’ curated by Qinyi Lim Date: Thursday, 24 September 2015 Time: 7pm - 9pm Venue: Para Site, 22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
This talk will look at issues of permissibility and slippages practiced as strategies by practitioners, in a time of excess. Taking into account the heavily institutionalised cultural landscape of Singapore, Para Site Curator Qinyi Lim and Things that can happen artist-in-residence Godwin Koay will explore how antagonism can be applied in a time of wealth and contentment in Singapore.
‘A Luxury We Cannot Afford,’ an exhibition at Para Site curated by Qinyi Lim, reflects on the formation, development, and paradoxes of the national ideology in Singapore as a statist ‘capitalist democracy’. The exhibition runs from 19 September – 29 November.
Conversations with Godwin Koay Organised by Things that can happen Date: Thursday, 1 October 2015 Time: 5pm - 6pm Venue: Things that can happen, 1/F, 98 Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong