Seni, Act 1

Colonialism and modernity, tropics and the arts. In 1955, Ho Kok Hoe, then president of the Singapore Art Society made a months-long journey to the UK, Europe and the US. An artist and architect of local repute, curatorial legend has it that he embarked on the journey with over 200 pieces of artworks by him and 6 other Singaporean artists. His search for an exhibition venue began only upon his arrival in London, which by some minor miracle culminated in the first exhibition of Singaporean art in Europe.

Director Biography

Kent Chan is an artist, filmmaker and curator based in Singapore. His practice revolves around our encounters with art, fiction and cinema that explore the links between aesthetic experience and knowledge production. He holds particular interest in the tropical imagination, and the relationship between moving images and the modern city. The works and practices of others often form the locus of his works, which examines the ambiguity that lies at the interstices of art (making) and daily life. His works have taken the form of film, text, conversations and exhibitions.


Kent Chan


Singapore, The Netherlands






11 min.

Drifting Lands

Saturday, 4 September 16:15 - 17:55 / Kijkhuis 1
100 min.

Also in this session

1. Mr. Hu
Louis Hothothot, 14 min.
2. Though the Mountains Divide, and the Oceans are Wide
Belle Phromchanya, 12 min.
3. Seni, Act 1
Kent Chan, 11 min.
4. Awkward Apologies
Louis Hothothot, 15 min.
5. Hominins
Chi-Yu Wu, 16 min.