Data Entries: Heman Chong in Conversation with Selene Yap
What constitutes a performance, photograph, sculpture or text? Focusing on the processes used in his artmaking, Heman Chong will reflect on ideas of data collection, performance and politics in our everyday lives.
Heman Chong is an artist whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. His practice can be read as an imagining, interrogation and sometimes intervention into infrastructure as an everyday medium of politics. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Weserburg Museum, Jameel Arts Center, Swiss Institute New York, Art in General, Artsonje Center, Rockbund Art Museum, South London Gallery, NUS Museum, amongst many others. Chong is the co-director and founder (with Renée Staal) of The Library of Unread Books, a library made up of donated books previously unread by their owners.
Selene Yap is Assistant Curator at the Singapore Art Museum. Prior to SAM, she has held research positions at the Future Cities Laboratory and Singapore University of Technology and Design. She was also programme manager for visual arts at The Substation where she provided research and curatorial support for the exhibitions Each Blade of Grass (2016), Is That All There Is? (2016) and Discipline the City (2017). As an independent curator, she has co-curated the projects opening day (2017-2018), browsing copy (2019), and State of Motion 2020: Rushes of Time with the Asian Film Archive.