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SEAspotlight | Off the Walls
Collecting art is conventionally regarded as having a trove of fine art and artefacts, such as paintings, sculptures, or perhaps installation or video. Yet artistic practice has long transcended narrow definitions, and crossed over to other creative fields such as architecture, design, fashion and wearables, visual culture, tech and others. Such cross-disciplinary projects and collaborations also increasingly feature in major commissions. In an expanded field of artistic and creative practice, what might collecting ‘look’ like? How can one collect, support and be a patron of artistic production ‘beyond’ walls?

Speakers include collector Michelangelo Samson, art and design collective PHUNK Studio’s Jackson Tan, and Programme Leader of Diploma in Creative Direction For Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts Ginette Chittick. Moderated by Tracy Phillips, Director of PPURPOSE.

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Jan 30, 2021 03:00 PM in Singapore

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Michelangelo Samson
Michelangelo Samson has worked in banking for nearly three decades, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Together with his wife, he collects contemporary art from Southeast Asia. He is active in the Singapore art community and is involved with the Singapore Art Museum and the Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art.
Jackson Tan
Founding Partner @PHUNK Studio
Jackson Tan is a Singaporean artist, designer and curator (Born in 1974). He is the creative director of BLACK, a multi-disciplinary creative studio (2002 - present) and founding partner of PHUNK, a contemporary art collective (1994 - present). Creator of Art-Zoo (2016-present) . He is also the co-founder and director of METHODOLOGY, collaborating with global leaders at the forefront of design, craft and innovation to develop education programs, workshops, conferences and media. As a visual artist, his works are based around his personal fascination with "finding meaning" through signs and symbols. He was awarded 'Designer of the Year' in 2007 by the President's Design Award, the highest accolade for designers in Singapore.
Ginette Chittick
Design Lecturer and Visual Artist
Hailing from an underground music background, Ginette Chittick is a member of one of Singapore’s pioneer ArtRock/Shoegaze bands, Astreal, a DJ and was a prolific punk musician and zinester of the mid 90s punk scene. Starting her graphic design exploration with grimy photostating machines, dot matrix printers, typewriters and cut-up-&-paste techniques, Ginette delved into the themes of sexual identity, Riot Grrrl, punk rock ideology and feminism in one huge slugfest of personal narratives. Originally trained as a web/graphic designer, her exploration into the realms of music, fashion, art and textiles/fibre has led her to work on the themes of love, memory and experience, and the blurring of lines between the worlds of the craft, design and art. The DIY ideology still pervades her process of making. She holds a Master of Art (Design) and leads the Diploma in Fashion at the School of Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts.