Lim Kok Boon

Born 1978

A former student of the Chinese High Art Elective Program, Lim Kok Boon received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Arts History at Goldsmith College, London in 2001. On his return to Singapore, he received accolades from his painting at the Philip Morris Competitions in 1999 and 2000. He was selected for the President's Young Talent show in 2001. He showed Unpacking London and McDonald’s As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Local Artist. He was active at the Danger Museum, The Aritst Village, and Perumal Studios. He was a co-curator of Deriving Spaces. He contributed articles to the local art sites and publications, such as Vehicle. He serves at the National Institute of Education from 2001.


McDonald’s As Seen Through The Eyes Of A Local Artist

Source: Press Release

Singaporean artist, Lim Kok Boon, will be showcasing his collection of artworks which are inspired by McDonald’s and the fast food culture. Titled ‘Fast Food, Fast Play’, the exhibition will be held at the Tunnel of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay from April 7 to May 31 2003.



Source: Press Release

The participating artists include some of Singapore's most prominent emerging practitioners such as Ye Shufang, Lim Shing Ee, Tan Wee Lit, Lim Kok Boon, Adeline Kueh and Shirley Soh as well as several exciting artists from abroad, Wolfgang Muench/Kiyoshi Furukawa, Damien Lock and Ana Prvacki.

One of Lim Kok Boon works included Apache Toy, a large image of the helicopter ominously straddling pancakes in a Macdonald's. This was shown at Substation at the Singapore Arts Festival.

Unpacking London: London's Finest TakeAway

A new exhibition by Woon Tien Wei, Lee Sze-Chin and Lim Kok Boon

Source: Press Release

Venue: 12A Perumal Road, Singapore 218778
Date: November 6 – 29, 2003
By appointment only

Supported by TAV: City as a Canvas programme

Text by Lim Kok Boon

With all scepticism accorded to young artists returned from an overseas art education, Unpacking London aims to look at the value of collected things, and sojourning in London, within the context of conceptual art and a private celebration of the opening of a new artist studio.

The exhibition starts with unopened shipping cartons neatly stacked in a room, with receipts of shipping and rough inventory lists and ends with photographs of visitors, catalogue of items, and a nifty catalogue of this event. An audio guide will be made available to private visitors.

Through the procedural action of unpacking, sorting 20 odd tea chest and bookcases, Tien, Sze-Chin and Boon will re-discover their personal belongings encased between one and a half year to two and a half years. This show is about a classification of objects with a measurable monetary exchange value and functional value, its shift towards a non-quantifiable sentimental value. It is also a presentation of documents, photographs, records of sojourn in London for 4 years respectively.

This show also alludes to passion and dilemmas of collecting. Walter Benjamin describes in Unpacking my Library: ‘…(Every) passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories’.

This collaborative exhibition is site specific and crosses the threshold of public viewing and private space. What will be interesting is how each of these artist deal with their accumulated possessions, surmounting storage woes, to the ‘closure’ event, or the ‘end of unpacking’ on November 29.

Please call Tel: (65) 9238 6609 or 9479 4908 for details. Catalogues only available from November 29.

Event Catalogue
Unpacking London: London's Finest Takeaway

View Exhibition Visitors' Special Price: $25.00
Normal Price: $30.00

A beautifully bound catalogue that explains the show from the perspective of the artists Woon Tien Wei, Lee Sze-Chin and Lim Kok Boon. It provides an insight into the impetus behind this independently self-curatored exhibition as well as images from an event that unfolds. This catalogue is easy to read, self-reflective and plays around the notion of reading as a form of mental unpacking (from the moment you unwrap the book, you are physically unpacking it...). It includes an email correspondent with Singapore Artist Cheo Chai-Hiang addressing the dilemmas and scepticism towards young artists outlined in the press release. Also included are images of the boxes being packed and in their storage locations over the past years.

A good souvenir of the show.

Product Details:
Unique Soft Bound 80 pages (November 2003)

Publisher: The Artists' Village; ISBN: XXXXXXXXXX
Printed by Independent New Media Art Center, Singapore. First Print run at an edition of 150.
also available from The Artists' Village

Art in Conversation with Technology
Source: Press Release

Singapore may well be one of the most wired cities in South East Asia, with ever increasing wireless LAN networks in workplaces, Singapore ONE potentially linking all homes to the information highway. The IT Master Plans launched by the Ministry of Education, assembling impressive IT infrastructure, of different scale, into all schools, promises engaged learning in an IT culture. With an increasingly techno-savvy, techno-oriented audience, does it change expectations and perceptions of art in Singapore?

Art and Technology are often seen as two different disciplines but with convergent ideals, functions and audience. They can be said to hold the principle that they are made by people, for people. ‘new’ Art or new ways of seeing art and technological advances pushes set boundaries, questions the way societies, communities and nations think and behave, or make money. Some live on, for one or the other. Whilst the current generation of students in Singapore are more IT-savvy, because of a greater promotion in the arts they may have had more exposure to visual art than the previous generation did.

The relationship is symbiotic; art offers new or different perspectives of looking at people and things, while technology enables artists to use new media to express these perspectives. One may be specific and read the terms to refer to contemporary art and contemporary Technology. The former will remind us of artworks that are explicit to our socio-cultural context, the latter referring to skills or equipment that are the epitome of our age: cloning, the Internet, et al. One such intersection, we get cyber-arts. Where the two disciplines fail to meet or are incompatible, we have possibly 3 scenarios. Firstly, artists in caves; secondly, artists whose lives are engaged by technology but not necessarily making works criticising modern technology since there is so much to life; and artists with gadgets.

How one sees artists ‘engage’ technology in the process of art making is purely a question of taste whether one likes or dislikes the technique.

Text: Lim Kok Boon
Concept: Vincent Leow

PKW is proud to present “Art in Conversation with Technology” as part of its multi disciplinary talk on contemporary art in Singapore. Consisting of 3 sessions various practising artists will be presenting their works followed by floor discussion. The focus will be on how and why artists engage or disengage with technology in the process of art making.

The talk is free but limited seats available. Please call or email us early for reservations to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the invited artists, please contact the Gallery at: T +65 6292 7783 : F +65 6292 2936.

060903 Saturday

10.00 am
Introduction by Lim Kok Boon

Session 1 (10.15 am - 12.15 pm)
Does technology enable artists to express their art better?
Margaret Tan, Wil-kie Tan, Lim Kok Boon (moderator), Cheo Chai-Hiang and Cecily Briggs

12.30pm–1.30pm LUNCH

Session 2 (1.30pm. – 3.30pm)
Is contemporary art defined by the usage of technology?
Lim Shing Ee, Ye Shufang, Venka Purushothaman (moderator), Colin Reaney, Michael Lee

3.30pm. – 4.00pm TEA AND COFFEE BREAK

Session 3 (4.00pm – 6.00pm)
Do artists engage technology in their works, a question of choice or trend?
Lee Sze-Chin, Paul Lincoln, Pwee Kheng Hock (moderator), John Low, Khiew Huey Chian


Curated by Ong Keng Sen

1 to 3 October 2004 | The Arts House

Source: Press Release

Insomnia48 is a non-stop 48-hour event of performance, clubbing, music, happenings, videos, installations, ateliers, workshops and social interactions. The audience is invited to join the completely free event (there are no catches!) from friday 8 pm to sunday 8 pm.

Insomnia48 also happens to be the opening event of SENI!
Make The Arts House your new home for 48 hours, dream new dreams, be part of a bold relaxed community.

As the hours unfold, the myriad colours shift from fashion to hard-core tattoo artists [Jogjakarta's Venzha and The House of Natural Fiber] who generate soundscapes through electromagnetic waves while tattooing (not for the faint hearted!).

Come midnight, visit the eerie video retrospective of Chiangmai's Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook who reads to corpses in mortuaries; as the first rays of sunlight appear the video exhibition will fade away.

Make your own Music Videos with Singapore's very own KYTV [Kill Your Television], record your own song or choose from a template of indie music, you will be taught how to sing the songs and then you will be filmed in your fantasy environment, chill out in the early morning hours to your own music video.

Stumble into a river cruise or yoga at 6 in the morning and be rewarded at Break Fast with nasi lemak and steaming hot coffee.

Follow special guests Jogjakarta's Teater Garasi/Jompet as they end their trilogy of performances in the sunset.

At 8 pm Sunday, join all artists for The Insomnia Banquet by the Singapore River with Bandung's video and sound artists Biosampler who not only creates total environments but also makes super cool music videos.

Everybody is invited.

Visual artists who began from painting but are now exploring different communication strategies with their audience, searching for interactions, which transcend ART. Sign up early for workshop communities.

Absorb video gaming with Singapore's Tsunamii or ancient technologies with Bangkok's classical thai painter Sakarin Krue-On. Mod or d & d or meditate away with thai classical painting.

Be a part of the gaming community in Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s old office (presided over by a new painting by Singapore’s Lim Kok Boon).

Track Bandung’s pop icon Ripple Magazine as they make their 48-hour magazine of insomnia48: photos, merchandise, reportage – with you in it.

Visit artist's ateliers as they intimately share their work with you: Jogjakarta’s Agung Kurniawan. Discover Singapore's hot new talent who is taking the painting scene of New York City by storm: Su-en Wong.

Or stretch your creativity in creative 3D exploration sessions led by renown Singapore architects like Richard Ho.

Best of all, occupy The Arts House, it is your house for 48 hours.

Revel in plasma screens in The Arts House – re-imagine Jakarta with its youthful inhabitants, our neighbouring world megapolis, a city with over 20 million people. Through the video art of Ruangrupa, Jakarta remains ever fractured, glorious, tortured and fascinating.

Visit the Joei Apichatpong Focus, winner of this year's Cannes Special Jury Prize. This Bangkok film-maker's work and vision crosses often into visual arts and draws strength from its hybrid identity.

Curate your own film festival in The Public's Choice in the Screening Room. Fantasize in The Arts House’s gallery with Strictly Ballroom. Here, professional ballroom dancers will teach you how to dance for free. Bring your heels and join the public ball.

For once, the public is king in Insomnia48, curated by Ong Keng Sen and produced by TheatreWorks.


Hwa Zhong 80

Source: Chong Jin Yi

As part of the year-long celebration for the school's 80th anniversary, The Chinese High School put up "Hua Zhong 80" Art Exhibition on 21-24 August 1999 in our school at the Oei Tiong Ham Memorial Hall.
Organised by Hwa Chong Seniors Club, Hwa Chong Alumni Association, and the school and held once every decade, this year's exhibition showcases more than 140 art works... There are also installation works by many young and promising artists such as Heng Yew Seng, Lim Kok Boon and short films by Wilkie Tan. These artists are graduates of the school's Art Elective Programme (AEP) which has been offered by the school since 1984...

One of the big attractions of his work during the exhibition was a short video clip, 'How to eat an orange', which features how different people have their different ways of eating an orange.