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1 – 31 July 2022
17 – 23 July 2022 Naresuan University, Thailand
BIOART WORKSHOP 15-19 March 2023 Singapore Art Museum
Intimacy with Nature explores our socio ecological system, as well as how human civilisation affects and changes biodiversity and climate. What role does biotechnology and life sciences play in protecting and restoring nature that has been lost or creating future nature?
Freaklab had hosted Hack Biodesign for Junior Science Talent Program in 2018, This residency and workshop program is a continue exploration into the potential of biotechnology that revolutionalize our future. How Art will propose and investigate this borderline and boundary of this fragility.
Singapore Art Museum invited Freaklab, represented by Henry Tan to join EX-SITU program. We aimed to create new form of public program and engagement overarching across countries, the program proposed by Freaklab has 2 phases
Phase 1 is a residency and workshop program co-hosted by Prof. Pakpoom Subsoontorn and BIPAM at Naresuan University in July 2022
Phase 2 is a workshop co-hosted by Adeline Seah, Georg Tremmel, Pakpoom, Lim Cheng Kai at Singapore Art Museum in March 2023
We join force with Global Community Bio Summit and share principle which is to fundamentally transform life sciences & democratize biotechnology to inspire creativity and improve lives by organizing life science change-makers and bio enthusiasts to build an inclusive global network, cultivate an accessible commons of knowledge and resources, launch community labs and projects, and enable local educators.
PHASE 2 : BIO ART WORKSHOP
Singapore Art Museum
15 – 19 March 2023
PHASE 1 : BIO HACKING WORKSHOP
Naresuan University, Phitsanulok
17-23 July 2022
THIS WORKSHOP IS FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE
The first international art+science residency program in Thailand to provide space and resources for discussion and collaboration between artists, scientists and locals on life sciences and culture hosted by Prof. Pakpoom Subsoontorn an expert in synthetic biology at medical science department, Naresuan University
Our 3 years pilot program will lead to an Integration of Art & Science into university curriculum
Chu Hao Pei (1990, Singapore)
is a visual artist whose works are primarily influenced by his long-standing interest in the interrelations between culture and the environment. Hao Pei’s practice explores the shifting physical, sociological and emotional connections with our natural and urban landscapes. His works shed light on the overlooked and accidental by interweaving the processes of engagement, documentation and research to examine the complexities of environmental and cultural loss (or resurgence) shaped by political, economic and social factors. Hao Pei uses certain methods of documentation and representation to reveal aspects of his subject, while also both concealing and drawing attention to what cannot yet be communicated or understood.
Georg Tremmel (1977, Tokyo)
is an Austrian artist who currently lives in Japan, working in a DNA analysis laboratory at the Institute for Medical Science at the University of Tokyo. Tremmel and the Japanese artist Shiho Fukuhara (1976) together form the art duo BCL. BCL explores the relationships between biological and cultural codes by means of artistic interventions and social research. They have created various works revolving around art and modification, including ‘Biopresence’: a proposal to insert the DNA of recently deceased loved ones into trees to turn them into physical memorials. Georg also hosted Biocamp Japan 2018 and Organizer at Global Bio Community Summit at MIT’s Media Lab.
Wave Pongruengkiat (Chiangmai)
is Thai Art-Sci enthusiasm. He graduated from engineering school. He was passionate in art and in 2019, he started his first art exhibition during Chiang Mai Design Week. The projects are mostly interactive and generative art. Where he collaborated with local artists.
Weed Day (Taipei)
is run by two foraging artists. They are conscious of the current city landscapes and the ways in which humans interact with nature. They make weed tea among other everyday essentials with the foraged weeds. When foraging they choose the more dominant and invasive plants leaving more space for native species resulting in a more biodiverse environment. To them, the weeds speak for the land. Tea is also a huge part of everyday life in Taiwan.
To them, weed tea is the start of the conversation to help people become aware of the environment and its diversity. Every time they make tea it is with a different combination of site-specific plants (usually more than 20 types of plants) thus for every tea they make they write the ingredients to show people the diverse amount of plants that surround us even within the city. They want people to understand that we all depend on microorganisms, insects, plants, and animals to continue to stay alive and healthy. Past projects have included calligraphy, installations, performances, community projects among others. The two of them believe that we all as humans need to become the protector of nature‘s biodiversity.
Hanna Saito (Tokyo)
graduated from Tama Art University (Craft Department, Glass Course) with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. After graduating, she joined metaPhorest (biological / bio-media art platform)in the Laboratory for Molecular Cell Network & Biomedia Art, at Waseda University as an artist and visiting researcher. Since 2021, she enrolled in the Doctoral Program in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo (Yasuaki Kakehi Lab.) She’s creating artworks using scientific glass production techniques, organisms, organic matter, image analysis, etc.. She’s main themes are to reconsider the borders of nature/society, human/non-human, and the indivisibility of the expresser and the object of the expression at the interdisciplinary viewpoint.
Mahyuddin Chan, or Din Chan (1989, Singapore)
is an interactive installation artist and art therapist. Using technology as his medium, his work engages not just the viewers’ gaze, but also their senses and the physicality of their bodies. Through such interactivity, viewers are invited to be collaborators in the art-making process, creating a multi-faceted and inclusive vision together.
Residency Manual for Artist
Intimacy with Nature playlist
Henry Tan (Bangkok)
Henry is an artist based in Bangkok, Co Founder of Tentacles Art Space in 2014, member of Freaklab, Thailand and metaPhorest, Japan, Biosummit Fellow 2019
Henry’s practice proposes and investigates socio ecological phenomena through understanding the advancement in technology, state ideology and policy
Pakpoom Subsoontorn, Phd. (Phitsanukok)
is a bioengineer, a lecturer at Naresuan University and former deputy director of the Lower Northern Science Park. He specialises in synthetic biology, an emerging research area related to design and construction of artificial biological devices and living systems. His work in synthetic DNA logic switching and data storage has been recognised as providing key innovations in programming life.
Beginning in 2016 as the Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting, Southeast Asia’s performing arts gathering and exchange platform, BIPAM has grown to become a performing arts management service organization based in Bangkok. BIPAM was founded by an arts manager collective with a vision to become the gateway for the world to take a step deeper into the various contexts of Southeast Asia where rich diversity in performing arts is ever-thriving, connecting Southeast Asian performing arts professionals with the international performing arts scenes. Moreover, BIPAM works to enhance the competence of local professionals through BIPAM’s own initiatives, collaboration projects with local and international art organizations, and other arts management services.
Singapore Art Museum
Austria Embassy Bangkok
Global Community Bio Summit