The Private Museum presents the first Kitakyushu Biennial in Singapore by the *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS. The Kitakyushu Biennial is a visual and musical multimedia art project featuring different collaborations with internationally established artists such as Charles Lim (Singapore), Takuji Kogo (Japan), Mike Bode (Sweden), Marc Voge (USA), John Miller (USA), Federico Baronello (Italy) and Young Hae Chang (South Korea). These collaborative projects are shown under the Kitakyushu Biennial for the first time ever in Singapore and there will be three changes throughout the duration of the exhibition (Full program can be found in Annex A).

Part I features the various collaborative works from KITAKYUSHU BIENNIAL 2007/2011, directed by Takuji Kogo, in collaboration with Charles Lim, Mike Bode, John Miller and Federico Baronello. These projections and music clips will be featured for the first time in Singapore and will discuss the “immigrant situations” under the global economy.

Part II presents a new experimental and collaborative work by Charles Lim and Takuji Kogo which was produced specially for this show. Titled Beaches, it is a new site-specific multimedia installation piece about the borders of Singapore, and is part of their long-term collaboration since 2005.

Part III exhibits music from the *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS directed by Takuji Kogo in collaboration with John Miller, Young Hae Chang, Marc Voge and Federico Baronello. The lyrics are based on fragments of found text extracted from various examples of mass media and performed by synthetic voices created under *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS.

The Kitakyushu Biennial is a bi-annual exhibition organized by the Art Institute Kitakyushu and directed by *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS, a Japanese based platform for international collaborative multimedia art projects curated by Takuji Kogo. In this display, moments of standardized everyday life and the distorted landscape of the global economy are transformed into digital kaleidoscopes and presented as pavilion sculptures using multi-computer projectors. These materials are used to provide visual information which affects the audience in a fundamental and basic manner by questioning how we perceive information through the distorted presentation in a gallery space.


Artist Biography

Charles Lim (b. 1973, Singapore)

Charles Lim is a Singaporean visual artist. He is the co-founder of the net-art collective, which was critically acclaimed and featured at Documenta 11 in Kassel in 2002. His works have also been featured in the Singapore Biennale, Tribeca Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2011 and the Shanghai Biennale in 2008. He is currently working on a series of works called “seastories Sea State”, which blends the ideas of borders by reversing the geography of the sea and land. In 2011, one of his works “All lines flow out” was premiered in the 68th Venice Film Festival and it won a “special mention award”, making him the first Singapore to ever win an award there.


Takuji Kogo (b. 1965, Japan)

Takuji Kogo is the organizer of the *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS and is currently the director of the Kitakyushu Biennial. He has produced a large body of work as a solo artist and in collaboration under the *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS. He has exhibited in various venues such the Media Scope- MoMA/The Museum of Modern Art New York, Singapore Art Museum, MediaLab Madrid, MAAP Multimedia Art Asian Pacific in Beijing, Yokohama Triennale, Frankfurter Kunstverein and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Takuji lives in Fukuoka, Japan.


Mike Bode (b. 1964, Sweden)

Mike Bode is a visual artist engaged in collaborative practices together with theorists, curators, filmmakers and other artists. He has worked with large-scale research based visual/architectural interventions and with the incorporation of photography into research driven explorative projects. His works has been exhibited at KunstWeke in Berlin, The Center of Contemporary Art in Vilnius, The Yokohama Triennial and The Nobel Museum in Stockholm. Mike has been a *CANDY FACTORY PROJECTS collaborator since 2000


John Miller (b. 1954, United States of America)

John Miller is an artist based in New York and Berlin. He was the first guest artist for Candy Factory’s original gallery space in Yokihama in 1998. Since then, he has collaborated with TakujiKogo on various works under the rubric Candy Factory Projects. His works includes painting, sculptures, installations, photography, video, music and writing. His artwork has been presented at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Kunsthalle Zurich; Magasin-Centre National d’ArtContemporain and the ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. John is a Professor of Professional Practice in the Art History Department at Barnard College, Columbia University.


Federico Baronello (b. 1968, Italy)

Federico Baronello is an artist and documentary photographer based in Catania, Italy. Essentially concerned with the socio-political implications inherent to the aesthetic of vision, his on-going research focuses on the effects of globalization in the Mediterranean area. He has exhibited at Riso contemporary art museum, Transient Spaces at NGBK, Berlin and at the galleria gentili.


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