Artists Talk is a collaborative performance piece conceived by artists Aliansyah Caniago and Cam Xanh during Aliansyah’s residency at MoT+++.

The title challenges the contemporary art world’s penchant for artist’s talks—from galleries to museums, from art fairs to TED talks—questioning the implied necessity that artists talk at all. How much should artists explain their practice, vision, and process, and how much should their artwork speak for itself? What do artists have to say, and is anyone really listening to them? Are these talks really integral to the art, or are they simply talking for the sake of talking, tools for PR, or political posturing?

The second iteration of Artists Talk will take place in Singapore as part of S.E.A. Focus. Artists working in any discipline are invited to join Aliansyah Caniago, Cam Xanh and the MoT+++ Collective, on Friday, 25 January 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Participants are encouraged to talk simultaneously for two hours about whatever they have the urge to vocalise. Artists will be given a manifesto titled “freedom of expression” written by Cam Xanh, which sets a number of performance directives, dictating what they should or should not bring inside the room and how they should interact with other artists. Most importantly, participants will be required to stay in the room for the whole two hours of performance.

The audience will not be allowed inside during the performance so they can only SEE THE TALK from outside, through the glass windows.

The core participants of the performance include:

• Aliansyah Caniago
• Cam Xanh
• Cian Duggan
• Luke Schneider
• Mai Lam
• Nguyen Kim Duy
• Wu Chi Tsung

Friday, 25 January 2019 (6:30-8:30pm)
SEA Focus
Gillman Barracks, Block 7
7 Lock Road, Singapore 108935

Are you an artist and have something to say out loud? PLEASE JOIN THE CHOIR.

Email with your name, a brief description of your art practice and why you want to join Artists Talk performance. Applications close on 17 January 2019 and successful applicants will be informed via email.

Participant artists will be joining on a volunteer basis. The performance will be recorded and participants will be given credit and a copy of the Artist’s Edition of the performance documentation. Copyright of the performance, its video, audio, and images will belong to Aliansyah Caniago and Cam Xanh.