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Biography

HO RUI AN is an artist and writer working in the intersections of contemporary art, cinema, performance and theory. He writes, talks and thinks around images, with an interest in investigating their emergence, transmission and disappearance within contexts of globalism and governance. He has presented projects at the 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Haus de Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries (Annandale-on-Hudson), NUS Museum (Singapore), Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center (Manila), Serpentine Galleries (London), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and Para Site (Hong Kong). He is the Singapore desk editor for ArtAsiaPacific and has contributed to numerous publications. He lives and works in Singapore.

Select Exhibitions, Festivals and Performances

 2017 DASH, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Modes of Liaisons, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand
A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at, Beijing Commune, China
Almost There, Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Manila, The Philippines
The Making of an Institution, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
DASH, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
 2016 From Bandung to Berlin: If all the moons aligned, S A V V Y Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Public Spirits, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Qidian, Zendai Zhujiajiao Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Screen Green, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China
Trans-Pacific Transmissions: Video Art Across the Pacific, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada
Frontier Imaginaries: The Life of Lines, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia
DASH,  Australian Cinémathèque at QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia
Solar: A Meltdown, NUS Museum, Singapore
Solar: A Meltdown, TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, Japan
2015 Filter Bubble, LUMA/Westbau, Zürich, Switzerland
What It Is About When It Is About Nothing, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore
A Luxury We Cannot Afford, Para Site, Hong Kong
Take Me (I’m Yours), Monnaie de Paris, France
On Sweat, Paper, and Porcelain, Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA
Potong Ice Cream $2, Art Stage Singapore
2014 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India
Countershadows: tactics in evasion, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore
11th Singapore Short Cuts, National Museum of Singapore
Fieldworks: Animal Habitats in Contemporary Art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Ireland
The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part of Something Else, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Poetry will be made by all!, LUMA/Westbau, Zürich, Switzerland
2013 Tara’s 10 Years – Views of 20 Artists, agnès b. Headquarters, Paris, France
2012 Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Sapporo, Japan
Someone Singing Like Calling Your Name, Saamlung Gallery, Hong Kong
Sintok Singapore Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan
2010 4th Cairo Video Festival, Medrar for Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt
2009 6th Singapore Short Cuts, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

Select Published Work

2016 “Solar: A Meltdown.” In MARG: The Kochi-Muziris Biennale (Dec 2016 – Mar 2017): 100-3.
“Dash, Crash, Dash: Horizon Scanners, Black Swans and Capital’s Futurecraft.” In Frontier Imaginaries Edition No 1 FRONTIER, edited by Vivian Ziherl, 111-27. Amsterdam: Frontier Imaginaries, 2016.
“Photographies of Trees.” Antennae 36 (Summer 2016): 64-80.
“Speaking Still.” In Left to Right, edited by Geraldine Kang and Kenneth Tay, 61-2. Singapore: Left to Right.
“An Accident: Two Views from the Dashboard.” In Concrete Island, edited by Kenneth Tay and Luca Lum, 60-9. Singapore: NUS Museum, 2016.
“Nature’s Draw.” LEAP Singapore Supplement (2016): 8-11.
2015 “Outside the World Interior or the Light on the Writing Desk.” Stationary 1 (2015): 126-39.
2014 “Regions of Distance: An Interview with June Yap.” Issue 03: Port of Call (2014): 79-85.
2013 “The Region Unviewed.” Article: The Singapore Biennale Review (Dec 2013): 18-9.
“Outing Cinema: Four Short Films by Ho Tzu Nyen.” In Pythagoras, 21-4. Singapore: Michael Janssen Singapore, 2013.
“The Orient that May or May not Arrive: Yang Fudong’s The Fifth Night.” In Yang Fudong, edited by Philippe Pirotte and Beatrix Ruf, 135-38. Zürich: JRP-Ringier, 2013.
“Dwelling in the Off-Modern.” In There Can Be No Better World, edited by Joselina Cruz, 13-27. Manila: Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, 2013.
“From Gong Li to Ming Wong, or from the Face that Does Nothing to the Face that Does Too Much.” In Corridors, No. 1: Solitude, edited by Michael Lee, 44-9. Berlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2013.
“Structures, Narratives and Mediations: A Conversation Between Genevieve Chua and Ho Rui An.” In Disappearing Moon, edited by Tolla Duke, 62-4. Singapore: Singapore International Foundation & British Council, 2013.
“Making Live Again: Between Josef Ng’s Brother Cane (1994) and Loo Zihan’s Cane (2012).” In Archiving Cane, edited by Louis Ho and Loo Zihan, 73-85. Singapore: The Substation, 2013.
2012
“Documenting Affect: Yangtze Scribbler, Jalan Jati and All the Lines Flow Out.” Cinémathèque Quarterly 5 (Oct-Dec 2012): 24-39.
2011
Several Islands. Singapore: The Substation, 2011.

Select Presentations, Dialogues and Panels

2017 “Artist Talk: Ho Rui An” (Presentation), Tentacles, Bangkok, Thailand
“(Un)Doing Democracies in Asia: Performance, Narratives and Silence” Interview Marathon (Dialogue), Scene/Asia 2nd Annual Event, with Luca Lum, Hong Kong Arts Centre
“Who Speaks the Smart Nation?” (Panel), with Aaron Maniam and Stephanie Chok, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
“Horizon Scanners” (Presentation), 11th Shanghai Biennale, China
2016 “Reading a Wave” (Presentation), TBA21-Academy: The Current Convening #2, Kochi, India
“Unpredictable Oceans and the Monstrosity of the Sea” (Panel), with Tanya Abraham, Natasha Ginwala, Joan Jonas, Filipa Ramos, Vivek Vilasini, Daniela Zyman and Ute Meta Bauer, TBA21-Academy: The Current Convening #2, Kochi, India
“Horizon Scanners” (Presentation), Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, USA
“Horizon Scanners” (Presentation & Panel), with Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Rashid Rana and Omar Berrada, FIELD Meeting Take 4: Thinking Practice, Asia Contemporary Art Week, Asia Society, New York, USA
“Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Ho Tzu Nyen & Ho Rui An” (Dialogue), Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, USA
Looking ahead: The role of ML in the wider cultural eco-system” (Panel), with Chris Michaels, Sheldon Brown, Hannes Koch, Diann Bauer and Kathryn Hume, Arts & Machine Learning Summit, Google Cultural Institute, Paris, France
“Artist Talk: SLIDESHOW” (Presentation), School of the Arts Singapore
“Conspiracy of Files” (Presentation), Asiatopia Performance Conference, Bangkok, Thailand
“Lecture as Locale” (Presentation & Dialogue), with Zian Chen and Huang Kuan, Dinghai Qiao Mutual-Aid Society, Shanghai, China
“Economy of Need: Artist-Writers of Singapore” (Panel), with Megan Miao, Susie Wong, Jason Wee and Michael Lee, SCOUT, Singapore
2015 “Prognostics Lecture: SLIDESHOW” (Presentation), University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland
“Nuance in the Age of Global Citizenship” (Panel), with Michael Lee, Adeline Kueh, Jennis Li Cheng Tien, Homa Shojaie and Amelia Abdullahsani-Gerick, Mizuma Gallery, Singapore
“The Solar Queen” (Presentation), Poetry will be made by all!, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
“Workshop with Tan Pin Pin” (Dialogue), Media Working Group, Columbia University, New York, USA
“Sun, Sweat, Solar Queens: An Expedition” (Presentation), Factory/studio/tumblr, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
“Exhibition (De)tour for Yang Fudong’s Incidental Scripts” (Presentation), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
2014 “Hans Ulrich Obrist: Ways of Curating” (Presentation), Swiss Institute, New York, USA
“We Need to Talk About the Slide” (Presentation & Panel), with Liz Magic Laser, Brandon Labelle, Roxana Fabius, Elizabeth Larison, Robin Lynch and Wang Jing, Out of Writing: Evocation, Action, Territorialization, Judd Foundation, New York, USA
“Being 89plus” (Presentation), The O.P.E.N., Singapore International Festival of the Arts
“The Waves” (Presentation), Singapore Art Museum
 2013 “The Waves” (Presentation), 89plus Marathon, Serpentine Galleries, London, UK

Curatorial Projects

2014 89plus in Singapore and Southeast Asia: Commentary (Conference), The O.P.E.N., Singapore International Festival of the Arts
89plus in Singapore and Southeast Asia: Local / Knowledge (Conference), The O.P.E.N., Singapore International Festival of the Arts
2013 The Artist, the Book and the Crowd (Exhibition), The Substation Gallery, Singapore

Select Residencies, Grants and Scholarships

2016 Residency, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore
Fellowship, Theaterformen, Braunschweig, Germany
2014 NAC Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate), National Arts Council, Singapore
Residency, LUMA/Westbau, Zürich, Switzerland
2013 Residency, Tara Oceans Polar Circle Expedition
2011 Loke Cheng-Kim Foundation Scholarship, Singapore