performance, installation and video artist


Kai Syng was named The Most Promising Young Artist at the age of 17 at the UOB Painting of the Year Award. In 1994, armed with the Shell-NAC Arts Scholarship, she pursued her studies at the Slade School of Fine Arts and graduated with first class honours.

Having started off with painting and sculpture, she now experiments with audio-visual forms and writing. Her works have been showcased at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, OuterLimits in New York City, USC's Art in Motion Festival, transmediale 0.1 in Berlin, Video Take in Brussels, the British Short Film Festival, Singapore Art Museum, Jubilee Hall, Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institute and Earl Lu Gallery.

One of her works won the 3rd prize (Certificate of Merit) in the New Visions category at the 42nd San Francisco International Film Festival's Golden Gate Awards in 1999. 5 of her video works were bought and collected by the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan in 2000.

She taught Film History &Theory Criticism at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film & Media Studies before being awarded the Japan Cultural Foundation’s Scholarship in 2001 to pursue a Masters of Art at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

Source: Flying circus Project 04


International Seminar
Asia & Contemporary Art

September 20th 1-4 pm
The seminar will be held in English.

Video Programme New Asian Video Art September 14, 15, 22 12-5 pm September 19, 20, 21 12 noon - 12 midnight

In connection with the exhibition "Text & Subtext" with 22 Asian artists, a video programme with the newest video art from Asia will be shown.

Artists: Zhao Liang, Wang Jianwei, Wu Weng Guang, Wu Er Shan, Zhou Xao Hu, Mu Yuming (China); Akiko Ikeda, Hiroyuki Matsukage, Miho Hagino, Suzuki Atsuki, Yuiko Matsuyama (Japan); Bu-rok Lee, Se-jin Kim (Corea);Umesh Maddanalli (India); Arahmaiani, Popi Primadevi (Indonesia); Tad Erminato, Ronald Anading (Philippines);
Tan Kai Syng, Heman Chong (Singapore), Michael Shaowanasai (Thailand); My Lethi (Vietnam)




Purchase of copies of 5 video tapes: ALL CHANGE!!!, High Resolution, Low Resolution, Alien Nation and Vertigo, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan, 2000.

42nd San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Awards: New Visions category: Certificate of Merit (3rd prize) for ALL CHANGE!!!, USA, 1999.

Winner in the 8th Panasonic Video Awards with stop-motion animation, The Creation, Singapore, 1994.

The Most Promising Young Artist Award, United Overseas Bank (UOB) 12th Painting of the Year Art Competition with mixed-media painting Sams, Singapore, 1993.

Certificate of Distinction with water-colour painting Nirvana II, Phillipe Charriol Contemporary Art Competition 1992/1993, Singapore, 1993.

Cities. To speak at the AVICON 2003 (Asia Video Art Conference) organised by Video Center as well as to conduct a workshop for participating artists. Premiering a new live collaboration with Butoh dancer and musicians. Tokyo, Japan, 2003.

Windy Small Heart Attacks, a new work performed with live video mixing in a live collaboration with renowned concert pianist Keiko Sato on piano, Christophe Charles on computer, hearing-impaired Mr Yonoiyama with body, Visual Music for the Deaf, Sony Building, Tokyo, Japan, 2003.

Dying For?, a new collaboration with Christophe Charles, also a performance of a new 40-minute work at an Art & Environment Symposium in Iwaki, 2003.

Invited to perform live: PRE-TEXTS, with live audio mix (by Christophe Charles) video at the Tokyo Designers Week. Tokyo, Japan, 2003.

Open 2003, 6th International Exhibition of Sculpture and Installations with FEELING SO WHAT (CONTRADICTORY IN TERMS), Venice, 2003. http://www.artbox.gr/open_2003.htm

One of 4 artists selected to participate (erected 2 installations) in the bi-annual Presidents Young Talents Exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore, 2003. http://www.theartsmagazine.com.sg/current/reviewart2.html

Sonic Process, a 'mixer' in a European-Asian collaborative exhibition held at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 2002.

September 6 & 13: Talks & screening of Chlorine Addiction, "Yamagata in Tokyo" Festival, POST-FICTION!, Box Higashi Nakano, Tokyo; Chlorine Addiction tours “Yamagata in Kansai” Festivals in Osaka & Kyoto. Japan, 2002.

Speaker in a round table discussion on Asian documentary in POST-FICTION!, Box Higashi Nakano, Tokyo. New Work, TOKYO TREMOUR TRIPLET,  premiered to enthusiastic response. Japan, 2002.

Talk and Screening of Chlorine Addiction, Parthenon Tama Asian Documentary Festival, Tama Center Cultural Complex, Tokyo, Japan, 2002.

Installation MOBILITY at Site & Sight, as part of the Singapore Arts Festival, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore, 2002.

60s Now!, an exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) in conjunction with the Heritage Festival. 3 new works commissioned including a ‘wall collage-installation’. Singapore, 2002.

I Am Fit For Life, a 4-projection video installation as part of the Nokia Singapore Arts 2001, Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Singapore, 2001.

Premiering SPRING.BEAUTY.LOVE., a 3-projection video installation. One of 4 artists in Shot In The Face, Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore, 2001.

Chlorine Addiction competes at Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival’s New Asian Currents, Japan, 2001.

Open Singapore Arts Festival 2001 with Ivan Hengs production of Ovidia Yus Woman On A Tree In A Hill as visual / video artist, with Koreas Gong Myong percussion band and others. Jubilee Hall, Singapore, 2001.

A Blue & A Yellow Movie, a segment from Chlorine Addiction, is screened at the Transmediale.01, an international media art festival in Berlin, Germany, 2001.

A showcase of international new media works organised by A Prior, the artist has several works exhibited at Video Take in Brussels, Belgium, 2000.

D E N S E, a joint video exhibition at The Alliance Française de Singapour, Singapore, 2000. Premiered Chlorine Addiction, the 1st video-art exhibition with an interactive DVD! Thereafter the work was to be shown in several parts of the world including the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan in media festivals, film festivals and galleries.

PARDON MY FRENCH, a solo exhibition of works at The Alliance Française de Singapour, Singapore, 1999.

Slade School Summer Degree Show. 5 sets of works exhibited: Trilogy of 'visual essays' (47minutes), 4 audio pieces as installations, a 23-page satirical questionnaire with 400 questions regarding the politics of the 'art world' and an installation of large hypertextual website & online videoworks. UK, 1998.

Short structuralist-ic film Brookfield Zoo screened during the British Short Film Festival at the Empire Leceister Square, UK, 1997.


Source: WITAS