Video | Interactions with R.E. Hartanto

Note: This post is part of the online series Interactions with R.E. Hartanto: A Series of Scenarios, Schemes and Stories. This series documents the artistic process and development of Hartanto's latest series of works to be featured at NUS Museum in January 2012. It documents his visits to Singapore, the workshops he conducts and feature writings, photographs and notes from his earlier exhibitions. Acting as a conduit between the artist and the audience, the series provides insights into the artistic and curatorial processes of the project.

As part of the development for R.E. Hartanto's exhibition at NUS Museum next year, NUS Museum and the University Scholars' Programme co-organised a workshop from 14-16 Sept 2011 at USP Cinnamon College. The workshop called for Hartanto along with a group of NUS students and staff to confront the other self as a subject and material that would transverse the boundary terrain of self and society, perception and memories that are entangled inside the surface of the body.

During the three-day workshop, Hartanto and the participants engaged in discussions of his artistic process, the capturing of expressions of anxiety and a collaborative art-making activity.   On the second day, the participants were asked to relieve a moment of anxiety while being photographed. Hartanto then chose the photograph that he thought embodied the theme of anxiety the best, rendering it into a sketch which was then divided into grids. During the art-making activity on the third day, each participant was given a few grids and asked to sketch what they see on each grid. They had no idea which photograph had been selected as they sketched their respective grids. After each piece was completed, they were pieced together and slowly the photograph-sketch was revealed...

Much thanks to USP for hosting the workshop and Hartanto and all the students who participated so enthusiastically in the workshop! We will be blogging more about the workshop in the next few days, so do look out for them!


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