In an attempt to explore the space, time, and language of dreams in the context of Goh Poh Seng’s If We Dream Too Long,
Lim Lee Ching, Mark Brantner, and Jeremy Fernando will present their diverse perspectives on the novel and the phenomena.
This discussion will be overlaid with live art from Yanyun Chen and Sara Chong, whose works will augment the discussion and take it in unexpected directions.
About Critical Conversations
As part of the Centre For the Arts’ vision to nurture creative minds and inquiring spirits, the NUS Arts Festival presents Critical Conversations – a series of talks and panel discussions aimed at deepening the discourse and engagement with the themes raised during the festival.
Jeremy Fernando reads, and writes; and is the Jean Baudrillard Fellow at The European Graduate School. He works in the intersections of literature, philosophy, and the media; and his more than twenty books include Reading Blindly, Living with Art, Writing Death, and in fidelity. His writing has also been featured in magazines and journals such as Arte al Límite, Berfrois, CTheory, Full Bleed, Qui Parle, TimeOut, and VICE, amongst others; and has been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and Serbian. Exploring other media has led him to film, music, and the visual arts; and his work has been exhibited in Seoul, Vienna, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is the general editor of both Delere Press and the thematic magazine One Imperative; and is a Fellow of Tembusu College at The National University of Singapore.
Lim Lee Ching
Lim Lee Ching is a senior lecturer of literature at SIM University, Singapore. He holds a PhD from the National University of Singapore, and a BA from the University of London. His recent publications include The Works of Tomas Tranströmer: the Universality of Poetry; the poetry collection, Pure and Faultless Elation Emerging from Hiding; the co-edited volume, Contemporary Arts as Political Practice in Singapore; and contributions to Global Encounters: Cross-Cultural Representations of Taiwan and American Modernist Poetry and the Chinese Encounter. He has also published in several journals such as Moving Worlds and The Journal of English and American Studies. Lee Ching is also the founding editor of the Singapore Review of Books.
Mark Brantner is a senior lecturer in the University Scholars Programme (USP) at the National University of Singapore. He received his BA and MA in American literature and critical theory from West Virginia University and his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of South Carolina. He also pursued additional graduate work in philosophy and communication at The European Graduate School. Dr Brantner’s research interests lie in rhetorical theory and multilingual literacies.
Sara Chong is a painter and illustrator from Singapore. Her work appears in the form of online info-graphic and illustrative content for Moneysmart, as well as in books, digital, board and trading card games, with clients that range from local writers like Zed Yeo to international agencies such as Universal Studios Japan, and Polygon Pictures. Her style swings through the entire range of clean corporate concepts to dark surrealism and fluffy fun. She started with a BFA in Digital Animation, but eventually delved into 3 years of classical painting at the Florence Academy of Art in search of the bridge between reality and imagination. She hopes to collect and share a quilt of stories with characters real and imagined to celebrate the complex beast called Life.
Yanyun Chen draws and is driven by questions. Her first exhibited series Chasing Flowers challenges the “still-life” genre, by drawing portraits of flowers as they wilt. They are representations of time manifested in the changing conditions of decaying flowers, yet culminating in what appears to be unmoving still-life drawings. This led to explorations in the mythologies of flowers in her ongoing series Poppies. In the 2016 Horn Trio concert at the Esplanade, Yanyun presented her Experiments with Johannes Brahm's Horn Trio Movement 1 – 4, which were shown alongside performance of Brahms' compositions. Her drawings have been exhibited in Singapore, notably at ChanHampe Galleries, Visual Arts Development Association Singapore, Jendela (Visual Art Space) and NoiseSingapore.
Aside from drawing, she does research navigating minor gestures, with a particular emphasis on themes surrounding blinking, and nudity. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, where she obtained her Masters in Communications. She received the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal Award and the Nanyang Scholarship for her Bachelors in Fine Arts [Hons] 1st class from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); and has been trained at the Florence Academy of Art (Sweden), The Animation Workshop (Denmark), and under puppet makers Miroslav Trejtnar and Zdar Sorm (Czech Republic). She has published books including 50 Drawing Exercises (co-written, published by Ministry of Education, Singapore), Tracing Etymology: Origin and Time; Monsters and Demons (published by Atropos) and It’s Fiction (co-written, published by Delere Press). Jimmyfish, an eco-awareness flash game built by her team, was awarded the Jury Selection in the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival, 2011. Currently, she teaches drawing at Yale-NUS College, National University of Singapore, and at the School of Art Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University. She is also the co-founder and managing partner of publishing house Delere Press LLP, Singapore.