V.I.S.T.A Lab

TheatreWorks Presents
V.I.S.T.A Lab

14 & 15 December 2007,
8pm, 72-13

Tickets at $5
Call (65) 6737 7213 or email tworks@singnet.com.sg for reservations.

V.I.S.T.A Lab 2.0

A Process-Presentation by
Choy Ka Fai
In collaboration with
Joavien Ng, Mohd Fared Jainal, Patricia Toh, Ling Hock Siang, Ng Yi-Sheng, Zulkifle Mahmod, Khoo Eng Tat, Lim Woan Wen, GraceTan/kwodrent, and Torrance Goh/FARMWORK.

INTERFERENCE is about unwanted signals that disrupt or construct movements of nature. It is about the interventions of patterns in history, time, signal and noise.

INTERFERENCE explores the concept of listening to the noise of history: moments that are insignificant in our collective memory. This presentation researches our techniques of remembering and the recollections of irrelevant episodes of unrecorded history.

INTERFERENCE is a space as well as an organism. This mediated space functions as an interactive installation and a performance environment where moving bodies, electronic sounds, visual documents and light are interwoven into a constantly changing artefact of unhistorical events.

If history is signal, then time itself must be recognised as noise: an infinitely complex mess of data that resists interpretation.

Our project is therefore to listen to the noise of history, moments, which yield no discernible signal: the insignificant events.

Herein lies a paradox. As artists, as humans, we have a natural impulse to transmute chaos into art.

Is our goal then to reclaim the forgotten into the field of recorded time?

Or should we resist, in our representations of insignificant events, our instinct to render them significant?

INTERFERENCE is the second of three presentations of V.I.S.T.A Lab Cycle 1; the third presentation will be held in February 2008.
** There will be a Q & A session after the presentation.**

V.I.S.T.A Lab Presentations
V.I.S.T.A Lab Cycle 1 is a series of 3 presentations resulting from workshop and experiments with the 10 Singapore-based artists/designers across the wide spectrum of artistic discipline. The project is based on the central theme of re-looking at historical events that escape our people’s memories, seemingly deemed insignificant in our invention of a vibrant, global city. We are interested in the lapses of our recent histories and the understanding of the past to imagine the future.

V.I.S.T.A Lab 1.0: Impetus
21 & 22 Sep 2007

Impetus explores how insignificant events in our history are being recorded, forgotten and fabricated, focusing on the moments and impulses before they transpired. This presentation researches on the origin of data transmission and how information can be made consumable.

V.I.S.T.A Lab 2.0: Interference
14 & 15 Dec 2007

Interference explores the concept of listening to the noise of history, moments which are insignificant to our collective memory. This presentation researches on the technique of remembering and the re-collections of irrelevant episodes of unrecorded history.

V.I.S.T.A Lab 3.0: Insignificance
28, 29 Feb &1 Mar 2008

Insignificance is about events that history forgets.
Insignificant events commonly overlooked by historians often reflect the true character of our time, and promises of future drama. Based on the re-collections of events in Singapore from 1979 to 1991, in events that happen yet have become insignificant to our beings and becoming.

V.I.S.T.A Lab
Visual. Interactive. Sound. Text. Architecture

A laboratory for performative experiments
A multiform exploration of aesthetics, forms and possibilities
A space for artists to interact, create and present ideas


V.I.S.T.A Lab focuses on the experiential interactions, the potential of live performance and the interplay between image, sound and space.

V.I.S.T.A Lab employs a modular workshop structure where the diverse energies of the various artists are engaged in the same space. These incubation spaces open up at irregular intervals, inviting the public for process-presentations. The modular cells may coalesce into a full-scale multimedia production. However, the modular workshop structure encourages a continuing growth beyond any product that may arise out of these interactions. V.I.S.T.A Lab curates ten artists who work unconventionally in their realm. Each of these artists work across disciplines, creating work that defies classification, in turn casting fresh perspectives onto conventional forms.

V.I.S.T.A Lab series
is conceived and directed by
TheatreWorks Associate Artistic Director Choy Ka Fai
in collaboration with

1. Zulkifle Mahmod (Sound Artist)
2. Ng Yi-Sheng (Writer/Performer)
3. Torrance Goh (Spatial Designer)
4. Patricia Toh (Actress/Performer)
5. Joavien Ng (Choreographer/Performer)
6. Mohd Fared Jainal (Graphic Designer/Performer)
7. Khoo Eng Tat (Interaction Engineer/Designer)
8. Lim Hock Siang (Musician)
9. Grace Tan/kwodrent (Clothing Artist/Designer)
10. Lim Woan Wen (Lighting Designer)

From 1990, TheatreWorks has committed to its central philosophy of processes and research as the route to art. V.I.S.T.A Lab is TheatreWorks Associate Artistic Director Choy Ka Fai’s second project after the successful Drift Net.  Harnessing new talents in the Singapore scene, it is an indication of the curiosity of young artists and their exciting visions.

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