1. painting the metropolis

    October 9, 2014 by hot tuNa

    brilliant paintings, still and dynamic, by Shanghainese artist 杨泳梁 Yang Yongliang (website link here).



    the incredible contemporaneity of the graphic and its clear reference to traditional chinese painting is very direct, but never forced, it’s so careful that it creates a truly fascinating sense of cultural continuity.


    the videos are a perfect representation of the Asian urban landscapes: endless and bustling life 24/7.

    now exhibiting at ArtScience Museum in Singapore with other contemporary Mainland China artists.


    July 21, 2014 by hot tuNa

    The often twitted work by Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich at Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore.

    very bueatiful and inspiring yet with vague content, NO country or NO something else?




  3. H.ardly D.efined B.oundaries

    January 18, 2014 by hot tuNa

    Welcome to Singapore!

    social organization recipes made with electronic precision balance

    new recent measures to contain the, everyday growing, worrying “epidemic” of foreignness.

    latest academic research worn that this sneaky bacteria might lead to spread of threatening symptoms like strange “ideas”

    new quota for foreigners in public housing capped to 8% per neighborhood and 11% per block as reported by the straits times (link)


  4. “innocence is overrated”

    February 3, 2013 by hot tuNa

    this is the brilliant title of the following painting by Thai artist Natee Utarit, exhibited a while ago in a harbout warehouse in Singapore.

    it is part of a “positive” serie called “optimism is ridiculous” which itself is part of the bigger Singaporean art event “WE ARE ASIA” (is it casuality the reference cosmic pessimism/contemporary asia? I honestly don’t think so….)
    The painter said to be inspired by Derek Jarman’s anachronistic (and amazing, I would add,..) movie “Caravaggio” from 1986.

    I personally didn’t find the “baroque” paintings by our Thai friend extremely special, but the titles really worth it and the overall impression was very interesting.

    And, of course, the movie is really good, so I recommend it to everybody, together with Wittgenstein, which is even better..

  5. the culture of the aw-hard winning culture…

    May 20, 2012 by hot tuNa

    We could spend days, months or years arguing about the objectivity of the “Quality” of things.
    At the moment I’m reading “Zen and the art of repairing motorcycles”, which I highly recommend, and therefore I’m very much into the this stuff…
    Anyway, without being any rigorous about it, we might admit that a considerable amount of quality is self-evident, especially in design fields…
    In the anglosaxon world the culture of awards is very popular, perehaps, I guess, because of their struggle for objectivization of every aspect of professional life.
    But when it spread to Asia, melting with the hyper-pragmatic chinese mindset, it became obsession…everything can apply to an award, everybody can get awards for anything… the best students, best company, best designer, best post officer, best cab driver…wow…
    it is not rare to find brochures and websites showing horrible projects and populated by thousands of small logos proving the absolute “quality” of the shit shown around…
    At the annual gala dinner of the Siangapore Institute of Architects a couple of days ago, the presidents wonders why the government still searchs for famous foreign firms instead of local talents…meanwhile he distributes numerous awards to Singaporean firms, for Singaporean projects, by Singaporean jury…
    Any sign of unsecurity?

  6. the color of platinum

    April 20, 2012 by hot tuNa

    can platinum be green?
    can a rare metal it be a good label for the highest rate of “green mark”?

    If you are wondering what the green mark could be, you just have to think that, in Asia, anything to be considered true needs a certification…..better if with a score, a number, that makes you immediately aware of the supposed qualities of the thing in question…. easier, isn’t it?
    you don’t need to have any judgement criteria, you can even leave home common sense because someone took the disturb to judge for you and tell you what is good and bad…

    SUSTAINABILITY, the supreme marketable desire of the 2000 era, obviously has its own score…
    even though you might think that sustainability is a very holistic concept, they could easily break it down in totally unreleated categories, so that you can compensate you glass facade by recycling water for a couple of planters….and nature will thank…

    A couple of weeks ago in Singapore, less than 10km away from the equator, was inaugurated the new Ice rink, inserted in a mall in perfect local style…and obviously it got its green mark “platinum”…

    The complexity and sophistication of today’s world makes it impossible for everybody to know and understand technical reasons without specialistic knowledge, and that’s how it becomes easy to demonstrate how creating and melting ice inside of a mall in the tropics can help reduce its environmental impact…

    finally numbers have become more powerful than common sense, if some of it is still present around the world, especially in south east asia….

    Ok, I agree that the ice rink in singapore is an absurd concept, as if they recreated tropical beaches in a shopping centre in Canada…..

  7. fffound:_route_to_kai_tak__HK

    August 16, 2011 by hot tuNa

    fffound interesting map of the route to land in the wierd former airport of Hong Kong in Kowoloon..