A Freeze-Frame of the Sea: Charles Lim Yi Yong in Conversation with Kenneth Tay
The space between land and sea is constantly shifting in Singapore due to land reclamation. This talk will focus on Charles Lim Yi Yong's observation of Singapore's fluid territory, its surfaces and turbulence.
Charles Lim Yi Yong studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London. A former competitive sailor, Lim's practice stems from his bodily engagement with the natural world, mediated and informed by field research and experimentations with various media. Since 2005, he has developed a body of work entitled SEA STATE that explores Singapore's political, biophysical and psychic contours through the visible and invisible lenses of the sea. Lim has participated in numerous institutional and international exhibitions, including Documenta 11 (2002), Manifesta 7 (2008), Shanghai Biennale (2008) and Singapore Biennale (2011).
Kenneth Tay is Assistant Curator at Singapore Art Museum. His research and writings range across media histories, global infrastructures and urban spaces, but he is broadly concerned with the mediation and performance of the "global". He is the author of The Sea is All Highway: Singapore and the Logistical Media of the Global Surface (Temporary Press, 2019). Previous curatorial projects include FLAT.SPACES (2018) and CONCRETE ISLAND (2016). He holds a MA in Media Studies from The New School, New York, which was made possible through the support of NAC Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate).