instincpoolhighAn artist-centred organisation, INSTINC was founded and established by artist Yeo Shih Yun in 2004 in the spirit of networking and collaboration. INSTINC is an artist-run institution that promotes a new language of art. Evolving from the tradition of painting, INSTINC has pushed the paradigm to realize a wide array of art forms, including but not limited to installation, performance and video art. One of INSTINC’s key mission is to encourage collaboration, cultural exchange and sharing of ideas in contemporary art with local as well as international artists.

In 2009, INSTINC’s international artist residency program was launched. The INSTINC Artist-in-Residence programme strives to provide artists with undisturbed, quality time and an inspiring environment for artistic creation. As the programme focuses on the art-making process and experimentation, artists are encouraged to come without a preconceived agenda. Through exhibitions, art workshops, artists’ talks & collaborations, INSTINC aims to establish an exciting platform where artists and public can engage with contemporary art and critical discourse. To further promote the contemporary art scene in Singapore, in 2011, INSTINC spearheads its inaugural “Squares Invasion” Painting Competition in search of artists in the forefront of contemporary painting. This year, in 2014, INSTINC will be celebrating its 10th anniversary.

A message from Yeo Shih Yun, Director of INSTINC:

I am thrilled that the opening of this exhibition is finally here! This is the first time INSTINC has collaborated with another micro-residency in this manner since INSTINC launched its Artist-in-Residence programme in 2009. This collaboration with Youkobo Art Space also kick-starts INSTINC’s 10th anniversary celebration (yes, we are 10!), reinforcing our key mission of encouraging collaboration, cultural exchange, and the sharing of ideas in contemporary art with local as well as international artists.

I see art as a powerful catalyst that can be used to express and transport ideas beyond borders. I believe that art illuminates the present moment and challenges us to think in new ways.

The idea of this collaboration with Youkobo was conceived in the winter of 2011 during my residency there in Tokyo. For two years, we worked hard to plan all of this: eight artists, four residencies, in two cities (Singapore and Tokyo), and four exhibitions, all of which leads up to this final exhibition here at Japan Creative Centre.

I believe this is how a residency should be, this kind of exchange where new ideas and free interactions flourish and deep friendships form. I strongly hope that friendships will blossom across borders and last a lifetime.

Thank you to each and every one for your support: Japan Creative Centre for believing in this project and generously providing us with this beautiful exhibition venue and much more; the directors of Youkobo Art Space and their artists for flying here from Japan and making this project a reality; and Kelley Cheng, creative director of The Press Room, for curating this exhibition.

I hope you will enjoy this exhibition! Stay tuned for other INSTINC events this year!

Yeo Shih Yun
Director, INSTINC, Singapore