Events Talk
ICA Gallery 2, LASALLE College of the Arts | 7pm

Upgrade! Singapore #3 presents an evening with sound-media artist Zulkifle Mahmod (Singapore) and Angelo Vermeulen (Belgium/Philippines).


Zulkifle Mahmod Zulkifle Mahmod (b. 1975) is at the forefront of a generation of sound-media artists in Singapore’s contemporary art development. Zul is one of the participants for the 52nd Venice Biennale in Italy for the Singapore Pavillion in 2007 along with three other artists. An Associate Artist at the alternative art space The Substation, Zul’s practice signals a more encompassing and expanded visual arts sensory experience. Zul is also the designer for the first Singtel F1 Grand Prix Night Race 2008 trophy in Singapore.
Zul has frequently worked in the context of the artist collective – being the co-founder of Studio 19 and Pink Ark. Pink Ark, formed with fellow artist Kai Lam, in 2004 to pursue ‘experimental sound art’, marked a milestone as the first sound collective in Singapore. It subsequently organized Singapore’s first 24-hour Sound Art Festival (Una Voce, 2005).
Adopting a multi-disciplinary/multi-genre approach, that also include drawings, prints, sculptures and ready-mades, Zul has exhibited in Singapore, Thailand, Germany, Japan, Vietnam, Moscow, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Norway and Finland. His “Stilt” series forms part of The Swissotel Stamford Singapore’s permanent art collection. His notable initiatives include an industrial-sound inspired soundtrack in conjunction with an Antoni Tapies exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum and a series of 5 sound performances (False Securities, 2005) using binaural field recordings and digitally processed sounds.

Zul will talk about his past, present, and future work.

More info:  luzart + zulmahmod + facebook

Angelo Vermeulen_Biomodd  [LBA2]390

Angelo Vermeulen is a visual artist, filmmaker, biologist, and author. His research in ecology and environmental pollution informs his art, which includes bio installations, experimental setups incorporating living organisms. ‘Biomodd’ is one of his most well-known projects, and consists of a worldwide series of cross-cultural, symbiotic installations in which ecology, social interaction, and game culture converge. Next to developing ‘Corrupted C#n#m#’, an experimental cinema project, he currently also collaborates with the MELiSSA life support division of the European Space Agency. He co-authored the book ‘Baudelaire in Cyberspace: Dialogues on Art, Science and Digital Culture’ with philosopher Antoon Van den Braembussche, and lectures throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, and North America. He is currently a TED Fellow, Adjunct Professor at the University of the Philippines Open University in Los Baños, and Advisor at Sint-Lucas Visual Arts in Ghent, Belgium.

In this presentation Angelo Vermeulen will talk about his social and biology-inspired art works. He will focus on ‘Biomodd’, a worldwide cross-cultural installation project in which ecology, community building, and case modding creatively converge. The first version was created at The Aesthetic Technologies Lab in Athens, Ohio between 2007 and 2008. In October 2009, the project’s second iteration in the Philippines was finalized after an 8-month long collaboration with a team of over 50 Filipino artists, scientists, engineers, gamers, craftsmen, volunteers and students. During the talk, ‘Biomodd’ will be elaborated upon using video excerpts, photos, work sketches and participant testimonies. A brief overview will be given of the different Philippine spin-offs that were initiated after the project’s completion. Vermeulen will also introduce his recent collaboration with the MELiSSA life support division of the European Space Agency. In this research project he explores the integration of ecosystems in space design, and the future of space-based communities. This presentation is an extended version of the short TED Talk Vermeulen gave during TED2010 in Long Beach, CA.

More info: angelovermeulen + biomodd

This event starts at 7pm and it’s FREE

Lasalle’s campus at 1 McNally Street is located between Short Street and Prinsep Street.

Nearest MRT stations: Little India, Bugis and Dhoby Ghaut