Samantha Culp

HO TZU NYEN: RECENT VIDEOS – Special Screening in Shanghai


It’s a pretty insane week here in Shanghai, as the “back-to-school” activities of the artworld commence, but truly looking forward to an event I’ve helped organize for this Sunday evening: two recent works by Singaporean filmmaker Ho Tzu-Nyen, to be screened in association with my friends at Future Perfect, and hosted by the just-barely-soft-opened Shanghai branch of Café Sambal. (Many thanks to Cho Chong Gee of Sambal for graciously supporting the event!)

If you find yourself in Shanghai this Sunday, please do attend – it should be a relaxing, atmospheric end to a crazy week.

Future Perfect presents

Ho Tzu Nyen: Recent Videos

Sunday 12 September, 2010, 7 – 9 pm
星期天 12 九月 2010,7-9 pm

at Café Sambal
37a Shanxi Nan Lu, Lane 550 (past Yongjia Lu)
37a 陕西南路,550弄 (近永嘉路)
(Jia Shan Market area, between Shanxi Nan lu and Jia Shan Xi Lu – a map showing detailed location of the complex is here)

Future Perfect is pleased to invite you to a special screening of recent video works by award-winning Singaporean artist and filmmaker, Ho Tzu Nyen.

The two works, EARTH and Zarathustra: A Film for Everyone and No One will be screening for the first time in Shanghai, in association with Future Perfect’s participation in ShContemporary 2010. The screening is hosted by Café Sambal, a newly-opened Shanghai restaurant and bar serving modern Malaysian cuisine, and organized by New Territories, a studio for experimental research and production.

For more information, please contact organizer Samantha Culp at

About the Works

EARTH (((radio))), 2009
High-definition digital video, single channel, colour, sound, 41min
Originally made as a visual accompaniment to the music of The Observatory for the Singapore Arts Festival, EARTH is a post-apocalyptic tour de force. Involving a cast of 50 actors, this deliberate study in pose, gesture, light and composition explores the impossible legacy of painting for contemporary image-making. EARTH has been screened at the 66th Venice Film Festival (2009), the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam (2010) and the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival (2010)

Lengthy review on here

Zarathustra: A Film for Everyone and No One, 2009
High-definition digital video, single channel, colour, sound, 25min
Made in collaboration with art school students, Zarathustra is a multi-disciplinary engagement with the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. The film explores themes as diverse as fate and repetition, pedagogy and power, black metal and noise music, and man’s potential to overcome the constraints of his mind and environment. Zarathustra was commissioned for the 6th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and supported by Osage Gallery, LASALLE College of the Arts and Singapore’s National Arts Council.

About Future Perfect
Future Perfect is a mobile exhibition platform based in Singapore, working with an international roster of contemporary artists. In addition to curated and site-specific projects, Future Perfect provides international promotion and representation for contemporary artists, as well as research and advice for collectors, institutions and curators.
t. +65 9125 7035

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