GIVE PEACE A CHANCE
by Lee Wen, with Kai Lam
September 11-15, 2006
11 am to 8pmSingapore Management University
(Shop space between Kopitiam and Biotherm)
In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono made use of their highly publicized wedding to stay in bed for a week in protest against the ongoing war in Vietnam. The “bed-in” was enacted twice, and became a prime example as non-violent actions in promoting peace and protesting against war.
Although we in Singapore may live in relative calm and peace, ours is a world fraught with wars and conflicts. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 sent a shock wave around the world, which accentuated the reality that not all is well. It stressed the need for more mutual awareness of the nature of international conflicts, be it economic, cultural or political. However such a violent act should not be reciprocated with more violence but we would like to reciprocate and instigate with inclination towards peaceful actions and a call for more shared understanding.
As part of “Ctrl+Alt+Del”, the Singapore Management University Arts Fest 2006, we propose to enact a situation as homage to the John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Bed-in” for peace from September 11 to 15, 2006. Come join us and stay in bed for peace. For 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour or even more. Give us whatever time you have to spare, drop by at Singapore Management University (SMU) concourse and let us once again “Give Peace A Chance!”
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Lee Wen was associated with Artists Village, Singapore activities since 1989, and later forged a distinguished individual practice. Lee’s installations and performances often expose and question the ideologies and value systems of individuals as well as social structures. working into different environments, countries and testing shifting contexts. He is an Associate Artist with the Substation and an Honorary member of the Artists Village. Since 2000, he has been participating with Black Market International, an international perform! ance art group. In 2003 Lee started to organize “The Future of Imagination”, an international performance art meeting which includes forum, documentation and presentation of performance art in Singapore. Lee was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 2005 in Singapore.
kAI Lam (b. 1974, Singapore) was trained in sculpture in 1993, practices installation, video, and sound art and has started making performance art since 1999. In 2005, He started performing as “Singlish Punk”. His work is a respond to the identity of being a ‘global citizen’ in the city where he lives and work as a visual artist. “Singlish Punk” is a critical inquiry into the ideas of cultural appropriation and the assimilated ‘global’ identity. This work is a manifestation of the artist’s intent to understand the var! ious ways of presenting performance art as well as a contradictive analogy of the artist’s role towards his immediate social environment. Art making is an approach for kAI to understand the human conditions surrounding him and through his personal experiences, realized as a social commentary and a creative exploration of the urban pluralistic society. Kai is one of the co-organizers of critical artists-initiated projects like “Artists Investigating Monuments”, a public art project and “Future Of Imagination”, International Performance Art Festival and an active member of The Artists Village and Sculpture Society, Singapore.
Studio: 19 Tay Lian Teck Drive