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International artists participate in Art/Science Residency Programme

29 Aug 2013

Ms Young (left) and Mr Doherty’s residency term began on 12 August
Two international artists – Mr Michael Doherty and Ms Catherine Young – have been chosen for this year’s Art/Science Residency Programme, which seeks to actively involve students, faculty and researchers in specific creative projects exploring and making connections between art and science. For this latest edition of the Programme, NUS has partnered with the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory, as co-hosts and co-sponsors.

“This Programme at the intersection of art and science situates Singapore prominently on the map of innovation in the arts. The combination of commercial and university support also speaks volumes about the real-world impact art is having on our lives and in society,” explained Associate Professor Lonce Wyse, who founded the Programme, and is also the Director of the Arts and Creativity Laboratory at the Interactive and Digital Media Institute at NUS.

Guided by the themes “Climate Change and Environmental Futures” and “Contemporary Asian and Future Cities”, the two artists will be spending four months working on projects involving students as well as researchers. Mr Doherty, a Brooklyn resident who is the co-founder and lead hardware engineer of Bitponic, is working on a project titled “Urban Food Technologies Lab”. As for Ms Young, who is from Manila and has just completed a residency at the National Art Studio of Korea in Seoul, her project is titled “Senseapocalypse.”

Both Mr Doherty and Ms Young are currently residing at the Tembusu College at NUS University Town. In fact, the themes of their projects coincide with two Senior Seminars which are part of the college’s core curriculum, offering students the opportunity to coordinate projects with artistic work carried out during the residencies.

“Tembusu College is so pleased to be co-sponsoring this initiative with ArtScience Museum and Future Cities Laboratory. We are committed to weaving the arts into our formal and informal academic programmes, and it’s a milestone for us to have two visiting artists in residence here at the same time,” said Professor Gregory Clancey, Master of Tembusu College.

In terms of research, The Future Cities Laboratory will provide the artists with the facilities to craft their artwork in a transdisciplinary research centre and in an environment where research scientists and artists can interact with each other. They will be able to exploit research technologies, expertise, methods and equipment of the laboratories to develop and present their artworks.

Both Mr Doherty and Ms Young will have the opportunity to exhibit their works on 10 November 2013 as part of the ArtScience Museum’s “Sunday Showcase” series as well as share insights during the museum’s “Conservations” series.