Project 6581 is a collaboration of INSTINC Singapore and Youkobo Art Space Tokyo. Gaining its name from the phone codes of Japan and Singapore, this project involves the exchange of 4 artists from each country in a collaborative residence program. Each pair of artists immersed themselves in the city for a period of one month and created works inspired by the city.
In this series of art residency exchanges, two pairs of Singaporean artists and two pairs of Japanese artists switch cities and explored art in a culturally displaced frame of mind, as they try to find a parallel in space and time of where they came from and where they were situated. The attempt to negotiate the differences of geography that result in differences in ways of life and ways of thinking in the two different countries give rise to a series of artworks that revealed a reconciliation or a resolution of the issues explored and exposed.
Project 6581 was exhibited in 4 parts over the course of 2013 to 2014:
Robotic Love – Justin Lee and Yeo Shih Yun (July 2013)
Mosaic Triangle – Aya Murakami and Kaoru Murakami (August 2013)
City Dwellers: Urbanites of Tokyo – Ade Putra Safar and Khairullah Rahim (September 2013)
Zone Eclipse – Chihiro Kabata and Yuuri Kabata (January 2014)
Project 6581 will culminate with a final group exhibition titled Parallel Perception & Counter Connection, featuring a range of installations, drawings, paintings and photographs by these eight artists. This exhibition also kickstarts INSTINC’s 10th anniversary celebrations (yes, we are 10!), reinforcing our key mission of encouraging collaboration, cultural exchange and sharing of ideas in contemporary art with local as well as international artists. This exhibition is curated by Kelley Cheng, creative director for The Press Room.