Salty Xi Jie Ng aka Sheralynne Dollatella-Wong Jia (Artist)
Art & Market
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‘A Performance Lecture: Dear Singapore Art Museum Acquisition Committee’ took place on 16 January from 2pm to 3pm at the Main Deck, Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, as part of SAW Dialogues 2022, presented by Art & Market in partnership with National Arts Council, Singapore. It explored the intricate relationship between museums and practitioners of social forms of art, as well as highlighting future directions for the progressive development of such a relationship. Conducted in a performance lecture format, the event was hosted by Salty Xi Jie Ng, Artist and Pilot Resident of Singapore Art Museum, in collaboration with Shayus Sharif, Bras Basah Open, current EX-SITU: Art Spaces Residents of Singapore Art Museum.
The performance lecture saw a lively presentation of Xi Jie’s research interspersed with dramatic elements, including a mock exhibition space outside the room. Audiences were also encouraged to participate in the performance lecture by casting votes during key points of the presentation. Towards the end of the event, the speakers laid out a budget red carpet – in the form of a red string – for Zarina Muhammad, art practitioner and lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts, to deliver an excerpt from her work, ‘9 Questions as Instructions to Construct Pragmatic Prayers for Peculiar Habitats’.
Salty Xi Jie Ng (SG) co-creates semi-fictional paradigms for the real and imagined lives of humans within the poetics of the interdimensional intimate vernacular. Often playing with relational possibilities, her transdisciplinary work is manifested from fantasy scores for the present and future that propose a collective re-imagining through humour, care, subversion, play, discomfort, a celebration of the eccentric, and a commitment to the deeply personal. Her practice dances across forms such as brief encounter, collaborative space, variety show, poem, conversation, meal, publication, film, performance.