Lina Adam


Ring around the rosy, pocketful of posies…'
A multi-disciplinary exhibition by a group of young artists from Singapore & China opens at new art space instinc located at 271C New Bridge Road, from 9 AUG 2005 to 26 AUG 2005.

This exhibition expresses the thoughts and emotions of young visual artists, investigating popular culture and its influence on youth and young adults as well as the response of youth to media bombardment.

The eight artists participation in this project come from a variety of backgrounds sharing one thing in common - the location context of Singapore. This exhibition presents the exploration of the term ‘culture’, as well as the various ways in which media and culture intertwines.

Presented through paintings, silk-screen on canvases, relief prints, comic books from wood-cut prints, T-shirts, sculpture, installation and performance, eight artists - Aidah Dolrahim, Cheng Guang Feng, Dan Lim, Jeremy Hiah,
Lina Adam, Marienne Yang, Warren Khong and Yeo Shih Yun - will express their thoughts on popular culture in Singapore.

‘Ring around the rosy, pocketful of posies…' will be exhibited at instinc at 271C New Bridge Road (Chinatown) from 9 AUG 2005 to 26 AUG 2005. For gallery information, please call 6536 1739 or visit

Viewing hours: Tuesdays to Fridays, 12pm to 7pm, Saturdays by appointment only, Closed on Sundays & Mondays.
Directions: (include map on next page)
By MRT - Chinatown (NEL) or Outram Park
By Bus - SBS 2, 12, 33, 54, 61, 62, 63, 80, 81, 124, 143, 147, 174, 197 TIBS 190, 520, 851, 961, 961C, 970

About instinc

instinc is located at the attic of a conservation townhouse that has been carefully restored, originally built in the 1800s. Creating an inspirational environment to work in, instinc has a pointed roof with high ceiling and a large patio natural lighting, adding to the character of the space.

Started in November 2004, instinc is an artist-run space that aims to foster friendships and collaborations with other artists. instinc is a dynamic space in continuous process of creation and is committed in exhibiting all forms of contemporary art.

The objectives of instinct are:
To provide an exhibition space managed by an artist in order to establish a vibrant environment for creative practice and dialogue.
To provide a space to exchange ideas and interaction for artists in the community.

About the artists

Lina Adam (Singapore) Established project ‘a fraction of mad lynette’, a series of ongoing art projects, website, a mail art project featuring young Singapore artists, an online magazine featuring young Singapore artists and others, still in progress of conceptualization and work in collaboration with alternative art gallery ‘Your Mother Gallery’ and its director Jeremy Hiah, since 2004/2005.


asiatopia 4/2002 The Artists Village
Producer: AboutTV
Length: 00:28.57
Date: 24.11.2002.
Starttime: 00:00 Local time Thailand

Performance by The Artists Village
at Santichaiprakarn Park, Pra-Meru Fortress, Pra-Athit Road, Banglumpoo, Bangkok, November 24, 2002.

The Artists Village'Singapore :
Lina Adam ,Juliana Yasin ,Agnes Yit ,Woon Tien Wei ,Jeremy Hiah & Kai Lam.

Artists Village was founded as an alternative art practice group, led by Tang Da Wu in mid 80s. Since then the group has been actively organized international artists run festivals in Singapore, as well as many public art events. It is rather recognized as a movement rather than a group, as it has transfer the spirit of changes to today's generation of Singapore art practices.

The performance by this new generation of artists village at Asiatopia 4/2002, is a multicultural identity of Singapore's social context (Chinese,Malay,Indian,Others)will be portraye by the performers during the dance. This performance will be a 'social dance' in the sense that audience will be invited to participate in dancing together with the performers.

The 4th Asiatopia 2002
International Performance Art Festival:
20-24 November 2002
Santichaiprakarn Park, Banglumpoo
28-30 November 2002
Chiangmai University's Art Center

Organized by Concrete House, Center for Arts and Community Action, Nonthaburi, Thailand.

A year end show organised by the Artists Village at The Substation, Singapore

The Artists Village have been around for ten years and have always been defined by architecture, in the sense that it was always about the physical place where artists are able to produce works. But often we are asked what have we got now that the physical working space of ‘The Village’ is gone. What is our direction in terms of working as artists in the contemporary society of Singapore? We have thus decided to collaborate in a process work among the current members by turning The Substation’s Gallery into a working studio for three weeks. This short time span of dwelling place can spark off a series of action\project based work that the public can interact with and also proceed with some more future projects.

The title 'Post-Ulu" is a departure point from the original Artists Village at Lorong Gambas, Jalan Ulu Sembawang in relation to the function of the present group. Ulu in Malay definition means seclusion or an isolated place. So as the title suggests an 'after-isolation' period, it is vital for the present group to identify it's function as an art group. In this show, the function of Artists Village is questioned by the methodology of artists negotiating spaces and artists' idealogies of functioning in Singapore's social context. It is not a comparison of past-present, but the past is being integrated as a reference to the current situation of the group. In ‘Post-Ulu’ we hope to define some issues that have surfaced over the past years: what is the fuction of The Artists Village as an art society and Contemporary art practices in Singapore.

"Post-Ulu" will open on 28th Dec 1999 to 16th Jan 2000.

The artists involved with organising the events of "Post-Ulu" will be Jeremy Hiah, Dennis Tan, Tien Wei Woon,
Lina Adam, Green Zeng and Lam Hoi Lit.

Dennis Tan and Lam Hoi Lit will be the spokespersons for The Artists Village in regards to press matters.

The organisational work will be distributed among the artists and it will cover these events:

1) Gallery turn Studio space:

coordinated by Lam Hoi Lit.

Participating artists will meet constantly prior to the show to discuss individual ideas and make possible collaborations that will be presented in The Substation's gallery. The skeleton of the show, the gallery will be converted to a work-in-process studio space where artists will be able to go into this space to work constantly for a period of 3 weeks. There will be a drawing workshop/collaboration by a few artists and the public to do 2000 pieces of drawings to anticipate the new milleinium. this drawing collaboration will eventually develop into object-based and eventually time-based works. The purpose of this method is not to exhibit end-products but to create a continuation of individuals' processes with the reminder that this show is a departure point to future projects. Among Artists Village members there will be a collective effort to present a collaborative video work at The Singapore Art Museum for Nokia Art 99. This will take place for one day only.

2) Collaboration with the White Cane Society of Singapore: organised by Green Zeng  and Chng Seok Tin

Artists and the members of the White Cane Society will collaborate in a workshop of making paper boats. This will take place during two weekend afternoons at the classroom and Gallery/Studio. After which the last weekend will see the group proceed to an outdoor event where the paper boats will be released into a river, the location of this event will be confirmed later with more meetings with the White Cane Society.

3) Informal dialogues / seminar:

coordinated by Dennis Tan.

The Artist Village will be organising an informal dialogues that will take place in the classrooms of The Substation. It will preferbly held in the evening and kept in a small, unitimidating size. We will touch on specific art discourse that are relevant to art practice in Singapore. here is a list of the speakers that will be involved.

Koh Nguang How /art researcher on The Artists Village and Art Practice in Singapore. Date :1st Jan 2000,Saturday Time :6pm-9pm

Amanda Heng/ artist and Felicia Low/ Perspective on Ten Years of The Artists Village. Date :2nd Jan 2000,Sunday Time :6pm-9pm

Lee Weng Choy/ critic On Asia Pacific Triennal 3, 1999. Date : 5th Jan 2000, Wednesday Time : 6pm-9pm

ARX5 artists Jeremy Hiah and Jason Lim on ARX 5 1999. (videos and slides presentation) Date : 7th Jan 2000, Friday Time : 6pm-9pm

Lee Wen/ artist on Performance Art:The Local and the Global. Date :8th Jan 2000, Saturday Time :6pm-9pm

Jay Koh/ artist on Engaged Art and Critical Art practice. Date : 9th Jan 2000, Sunday Time :6pm-9pm

the Spirits Dusting for Dummies on Festival der Geister, Berlin Date: 12th Jan 2000, Wednesday Time:6pm-9pm

Woon Tien Wei/ artist Reflection on Danger Museum (The concept) and Dreamplan project, Korea. Date :14th Jan 2000, Friday

Chng Ting Art and Jewellery Date :15th Jan 2000, Sunday Time :6pm-7.30pm

Lee Mei Ling Art and Fabric Date :15th Jan 2000, Sunday Time :7.30pm-9pm

4) Post-Ulu Gig: starts 6pm 31st Dec,1999 ends 6am 1st Jan, 2000 coordinated by Lina Adam

This event will take place from New Year's Eve to New Year's Day (from 6pm to 6a.m.)

The event will cover expressions like music, poetry, time-based art, video and slide presentations.

5) Invited artists from overseas: coordinated by Jeremy Hiah and Tien Wei Woon

2 artists from Japan and 2 artists from Australia will be invited to take part in this show and they will collaborate with local artists. The organising artists will accommodate these overseas artists for the duration of this show. The Two Japanese artists are: Shimizu Miho and Iduka Yousuke. One Australian artist is Ben Taylor.

The exhibiting artists involved will be: Rainer Geburzyk, Alan Oei, Ida Lee Mei Ling, Jeremy Hiah Buang Hoe, Lina Adam Lam Hoi Lit, Koh Nguang How, Lee Wen, Terence Yong, Dominic Fenandez, Chua Chye Teck, Lee Mei Ling, Green Zeng, Tan Boon Wee, Yit Mun Khwan, Josef Ng, Tien Wei Woon, Dominique Hui, Chng Seok Tin, Foo Ai Wei, Miho Shimizu, Ben Taylor, Iduka Yousuke, Irene Wong and Benjamin Puah.

Public Art Library@ Singapore Art Museum Courtyard

Source: The Artist Village Press Release

The Public Art Library is a follow-up and development from the TAV project, B.E.A.U.T.Y., which was presented at Utterly Art Gallery in 2002. B.E.A.U.T.Y. was a project cum exhibition to find a good home for challenging artworks. These were two- and three-dimensional art pieces that the artists may never have dared to exhibit before for various reasons.

Given overwhelming public response to B.E.A.U.T.Y., Singapore Art Museum (SAM) approached TAV to develop a similar project that promotes art appreciation amongst the general public and art collectors.

The Public Art Library functions like any public library. The collection on loan consists of multi-disciplinary works and works in various media. These artworks are contributed by TAV members and other local and international artists of different practices.

The aim of the Public Art Library is to benefit and gain a wider platform and for TAV to seek a more central and regular feature at SAM going beyond challenging works.
Artworks submitted for the Public Art Library's collection will gain wider recognition in the local art scene for the participating artists. It will provide better exposure for the audience to know the artists as well as their works and art practice. Archived works in Public Art Library's collection will offer a wide variety of medium/content/artists which will cater to a wider spectrum of audience. This will be interesting for Public Art Library as it will have a growing and ever-changing collection.

The Public Art Library will encourage art appreciation amongst its audiences where they are able to take the artworks on loan home for a certain period of time for their viewing pleasure. This exercise encourages the audience or members to be 'art-custodians'.

The Public Art Library is located in an accessible venue, which is a public space in the central area of Singapore. This project also aims to support and promote the local arts scene and helps to cultivate art culture and encourage local art appreciation.

Participating Artists
Jeremy Hiah
Kai Lam
Woon Tien Wei
Lina Adam
Jennifer Teo
Juliana Yasin
Claire Lim
Leo Ong
Chng Seok Tin
Rizman Putra
Agnes Yit
Wilkie Tan
Lee Mei Ling
Nuradiah Ali
Harezam Abdul Rahman
Cheong Kah Kit
Ong Ghim Chuan
Edwin Lim
Angie Seah
Shin Tohana
Alan Oei
Ng Joon Kiat
Yeo Shih Yun
Colin Sai
Wang Ruo Bin
Danger Museum collection


Fusion Strength, Installation by Grp 1

Fusion Strength 2001 at Plastique Kinetic Worms was curated and organized by Juliana Yasin. The exhibition involved artists practicing in Singapore; Tang Da Wu,
Lina Adam, Jeremy Hiah, Kai Lam Hoi Lit, Aleksander Obradovic, Karee Dahl, Juliana Yasin, Josef Ng & Colin Reaney.

There were be several groups of artists where the first group collaborated to present one installation, setting a foundation for artists from the next group to work on. Artists from the second group will collaboratively intervene by working over the installation by adding on the work. Then followed by the third group of artists, which will later intervene by working over the installation worked on by the second group and so on and so forth. In the final stage, the first group who set the foundation of the work in the first stage returned to work over the installation intervened by the last group.

Some of these artists each presented individual or group live performances on the opening and in the duration of the exhibition.
The process of intervention of the installation, from the beginning to the final stages, as well as the performances were documented on video and photographs.