INTRIGUING ARTIST FILMS, THE RISE OF ART INFLUENCER AND AN NFT SHOWCASE AT SEA FOCUS 2022
Centered on the theme of chance… constellations, contemporary Asian art goes beyond the limits of the gallery during the flagship event of Singapore Art Week.
SINGAPORE, January 12, 2022 / PRNewswire / – SEA Focus 2022, South East Asia contemporary art platform, explores exciting new frontiers in its fourth edition from January 15 to 23 January 2022.
As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing pandemic, SEA Focus 2022 is one of the few art fairs in the world to move forward. In its distinctive scaffolding space at Tanjong Pagar Distripark which evokes this year’s theme, chance … constellations, is a carefully curated exhibition. Showcasing more than 150 works of art from 50 artists and 24 galleries in the region, SEA Focus 2022 – the flagship event of Singapore Art Week 2022 – is set to become a springboard for a progressive glimpse into the future of the world. contemporary art from Southeast Asia.
Taking art beyond the limits of the gallery, SEA Focus 2022’s lineup includes its first NFT (Non-Fungible Token) showcase, engaging and insightful talks by industry leaders, and a dynamic program of films. and videos in its first pop-up screening room, Projector X – offering tantalizing glimpses of what’s to come for the region’s creative landscape.
“This year’s SEA Focus programming takes a bold step into the future while remaining very grounded in the ever-changing present,” said Emi Eu, SEA Focus Project Director and STPI Executive Director. “As Southeast Asia’s premier contemporary art platform, we can’t wait to see what lies ahead in a world where change is the only constant.”
FRINGE FILM PROGRAM IN THE X PROJECTOR
Making his debut as an Official Fringe Partner is Projector X at Riverside Point, a pop-up screening room of The Projector. The space will host the screening of 25 captivating short films, animations and videos produced by artists from Southeast Asia from January 19 to 21.
works by leading and avant-garde artists such as Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore/ Mizuma Gallery), Tromarama (Indonesia/ ROH Projects) and Jacques Clar (The Philippines/ Silverlens) offer provocative insights and commentary on the socio-political landscape and history of the region.
SEAspotlight TALKS: PIVOT TOWARDS THE FUTURE
A highlight for SEA Focus every year, SEAspotlight conferences is a specially curated series of panel discussions featuring industry experts. In partnership with the official media partner ArtAsiaPacific (AAP) and on the theme “Pivot to the Future”, six conferences from January 11 to 20 will explore a world of post-pandemic contemporary art.
The session “Pivot to the future: collaboration versus consolidation” (8 p.m., Jan. 11, via Zoom) sees gallery owners discuss the evolution of the global art market in a post-Covid world, while the growing importance of millennial art collectors is highlighted in ‘Age of Influencers “(8 p.m., Jan. 12, via Zoom). And in “Selling art in a virtual world” (8 p.m., Jan. 19, via Zoom), considerations when purchasing art in digital formats are just a starting point in the progressive realm of virtual art. For more information visit SEAspotlight online.
THE TEZOS SHOWCASE OF REGIONAL DIGITAL ARTISTS NFT
SEA Focus 2022 will also feature Tezos, an energy-efficient blockchain widely adopted by NFT artists and collectors around the world. TZ APAC, the leading Tezos blockchain adoption entity in Asia and CAWA (Crypto Art Week Asia), the largest crypto art festival in Asia, will present a Asia– Centered NFT showcase titled “Tezos NFTs: The New North Star”. This will be the first NFT exhibition presented by a public blockchain entity at SEA Focus.
“NFTs: The New North Star” will feature 15 digital artists from Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Korea who hit their art on the Tezos blockchain. They include Indonesian comic artist Tezos, Arya Mularama; Brunei-based generative artist, Yazid; and Singaporeabstract artist, warrragwag.
Similar to its NFT showcase at Art Basel Miami Beach last December, TZ APAC will also be hosting a live typing showcase that will allow viewers and visitors to experience firsthand the process of typing an NFT – allowing them to leave SEA. Focus 2022 with their owning a unique generative work of art.
“We are extremely proud to collaborate with SEA Focus and CAWA to present some of the asia pioneers in the world of blockchain art ”, says David Tng, Head of Growth, Tezos / APAC. “Inspired by the theme of SEA Focus 2022 chance … constellations, This Tezos-powered NFT art exhibition will showcase work by talented artists with distinctive styles that at first glance do not seem to be linked by a common thread. Upon closer inspection, one will discover that they are united by a common technology and geographic region that is constantly evolving and innovating. “
“We aim to shine a light on only a fraction of the incredible artistry that we see emerging through Asia and in the blockchain space “, adds George galanakis, founder, CAWA. “These artists have risen to prominence in a notoriously competitive space – a testament not only to their individual abilities, but also to the growing recognition of talent in this region.”
Complete press kit and visuals available here.
Focus MER 2022 from January 15 to 23 January 2022. For more information and tickets ($ 10), please go to www.seafocus.sg. Each ticket is valid for multiple entries.
SEA Focus 2022 Fringe official program at Projector X takes place from January 19 to January 21. Tickets ($ 8) can be purchased from Projector X.
About SEA Focus
SEA Focus is a contemporary art showcase of South East Asia. It aims to bring together a selection of some of the finest galleries to foster a better appreciation of contemporary art and artists from the region. A meeting point for artistic vision and vigor, SEA Focus provides a platform to propel various cultural exchanges that celebrate, promote and provoke dialogue about Southeast Asian art. SEA Focus is an initiative led by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore.
STPI is a dynamic creation workshop and a contemporary art gallery based in Singapore. Founded in 2002, STPI is a non-profit organization committed to promoting artistic experimentation in the mediums of print and paper and has become one of the most avant-garde destinations for contemporary art in Asia. STPI sits alongside the National Gallery Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum as part of the national visual arts cluster of the main institutions in the region.
About Singapore Art Week
Like that of Singapore An iconic season for the visual arts, Singapore Art Week (SAW) represents the unity and pride of a diverse and vibrant artistic community. In its 10e edition, SAW 2022 will be a celebration of the Singapore the visual arts in its decade of growth – in the practices of Singapore artists, in the presentation formats and in the spaces they will inhabit.
SAW 2022 will run from January 14 to 23 January 2022, with over 130 art events across the island and online, showcasing new works, transnational collaborations and a virtual art experience. Audiences all over the world can access and experience the exciting art of that of Singapore artistic and cultural institutions and beyond, or participate in enriching discussions, lectures, walks and public art tours. A catalyst for creativity, SAW 2022 continues to be a spotlight, gathering and launching pad for the arts community in Singapore.
SAW 2022 is a joint initiative of the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
About the X projector
Projector X: Riverside is a pop-up of that of Singapore leader of independent cinema, The Projector. It is the takeover of an abandoned girls’ dance club on the top floor of Riverside Point in Clarke Quay, transforming the space into a unique cinema, coffee bar and platform for the arts.
About ArtAsiaPacific (AAP)
Since 1993, ArtAsiaPacific magazine has been at the forefront of the powerful creative forces shaping contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. Covering the latest in contemporary visual culture, ArtAsiaPacific is published six times a year in Hong Kong, with editorial offices in more than 30 countries around the world, including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Our annual special issue, ArtAsiaPacific Almanac, published in January, covers the major artistic events of the past year and anticipates the major trends of the coming year.
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About TZ APAC
TZ APAC Supt. Ltd. (“TZ APAC”) is the leader AsiaBlockchain adoption entity based on the support of the Tezos ecosystem. He designs value-added blockchain transformation strategies for businesses and creators with a bottom-up approach, working closely with blockchain experts and other stakeholders in the Tezos ecosystem. TZ APAC is supported by the Tezos Foundation and is headquartered in Singapore.
About Crypto Art Week Asia (CAWA)
Crypto Art Week Asia (CAWA) was founded with the vision to support artists in Asia. It aims to strengthen and forge bonds within the Asian artist community, and to promote Asian artists by presenting them to galleries, platforms, collectors and potential patrons. CAWA is one of the largest crypto art showcases in the world, with over 300 of the biggest names in digital art in Asia, physical exhibitions in six cities and more than 50 virtual galleries, as well as an incredible program of exhibitions, conferences, events and week-long parties.
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