Performance Lecture | Solar: A Meltdown (by Ho Rui An)

Performance Lecture by Ho Rui An

Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 
Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm 
Venue: NUS Museum

Solar: A Meltdown is a lecture that takes off from the sweaty back of a mannequin of the anthropologist Charles le Roux that the artist encountered in the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. From this image launches a series of investigations that attempts to get to the "behinds" of Empire and more crucially, the merciless sun behind it, beating down on the imperial back. Probing this "solar unconscious" underpinning the European colonial project, the lecture further considers the white woman and the punkawallah (manual fan operator) as figures responsible for constructing a "global domestic" as solar management devices. Spiralling into the contemporary moment of terrestrial meltdown, it finally seeks to reclaim sweat as a way of getting out of ourselves and in touch with the Solar. Solar: A Meltdown was first presented at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 and more recently, at TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2016.

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, investigating their sites of emergence, transmission and disappearance within contemporary visual culture. He has presented projects at the 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Serpentine Galleries (London), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Monnaie de Paris, Singapore Art Museum, LUMA/Westbau (Zurich), Para Site (Hong Kong) and Witte de With (Rotterdam). He is the Singapore desk editor for ArtAsiaPacific and has contributed to numerous publications. In 2011, his first novel, Several Islands, was published by The Substation (Singapore). He lives and works in Singapore.

This performance lecture is presented as part of NUS Museum's CONCRETE ISLAND. Periodically, the project will present panel discussions, lectures, screenings and readings as a means to continue engaging with the nine passwords guiding the project. Solar: A Meltdown is presented as a continued dialogue with the password "museum".


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