ザイ・クーニンZai Kuning哉昆宁

Zai Kuning

Zai Kuning

Zai Kuning We are home and everywhere 2014
Installation view, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore, 2014
Zai Kuning We are home and everywhere 2014
Installation view, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore, 2014
Zai Kuning We are home and everywhere 2014
Installation view, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore, 2014
ザイ・クーニンは、1964 年シンガポール生まれ。ザイは数十年間にわたり、彫刻、インスタレーション、絵画、実験音楽、ビデオ、映画、パフォーマンス、ダンス、舞台など様々な表現媒体を用い、既存のカテゴリーにとらわれない創作を続け、分野横断的かつ即興的なアートを実践してきました。現在、彼は東南アジア地域においてもっとも多才なアーティストのひとりであり、またシンガポールにおける前衛アートの最前線にいます。
ザイは1989 年にラサール・カレッジ・オブ・アーツのセラミック彫刻専攻を卒業したのち、身体に対する関心から「拷問される身体」を主題としてきました。同時に彫刻、音、パフォーマンスの間にある可能性を探求し、蝋を用いた作品も制作します。1997年の作品「The Body」はニューサウスウェールズ・アートギャラリーでフランシス・ベーコンやエゴン・シーレといったヨーロッパの巨匠とともに大規模な展覧会「BODY」で展示されました。

ザイの関心はその後、東南アジアの儀式に関する身体動作と言語に及んでいきます。シンガポールと日本でもパフォーマンスを行い、コントラバス奏者兼作曲家の斎藤徹と舞踏家である故・元藤燁子らと共演を果たしています。
2001年には、マレー文化、特にリアウ諸島の原住民「海のジプシー」と呼ばれるオラン・ラウトについての研究を進めていくようになります。同諸島での旅行を通じて得たインスピレーションから生まれたショートフィルム「リアウ」は、2005年にロッテルダム国際映画祭、プサン国際映画祭、第三回福岡アジアアートトリエンナーレで上映されました。

また2007年からは、ミュージシャンとして、古典的ガザル音楽からマレーシア伝統のアスリ音楽、パンク、サウンドアートから実験的なノイズミュージックまであらゆる種類の音楽を取り込み、シンガポール、日本、中国からのさまざまなミュージシャン、ダンサー、アーティストと共演してきました。
ザイはさらに、社会問題への関心を基に据えたアート作品をより積極的に作るようになります。2008年の作品「A Bowl of Rice」は1トンの白米を使った3つの巨大絵画で、絵の完成後にその米はシンガポールの使用人を援助するNGO団体へと配られました。

目下、初代のマレー王ダプンタ・ヒャン・ジャヤネサに関する研究と創作実践から成るプロジェクトに長年にわたって取り組んでおり、マレー民族がイスラム化する前のアート及び文化の様相を明らかにしようとしています。
ZAI KUNING was born in 1964 in Singapore, and he lives and works in Singapore. Having worked with an array of sculpture, installation, painting and drawing, experimental sound and music, video, film, performance art, dance and theatre for more than two decades, Kuning resists convenient categorical claims to his art-making. Multi-disciplinary and improvisational art practice has always been important to him. Today he is considered one of the most versatile artists working in the region, and is at the forefront of avant-garde practice in Singapore.

Upon graduation in 1989 from LASALLE College of the Arts with a major in ceramic sculpture, Kuning was selected as the direct disciple of Sultan Alisjahbana (Bali) to study literature and rituals. Thereafter, he lived in The Artist Village (TAV), an artist colony founded by Tang Da Wu, and was nominated the first president of TAV. It was during this time that Kuning extensively explored the arena of performance art, under the guidance of Tang.

Connected closely with his interest in the body, Kuning's visual artwork was focused on the "tortured body". He explored the possibilities between sculpture, sound, and performance, often creating wax objects. In 1996, his work "The Body" was selected to be part of "The 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art" in Brisbane, and the following year his work was shown at the Art Gallery of New South Wales alongside European masters such as Francis Bacon and Egon Shiele as part of a large exhibition entitled "BODY".

Quickly, Kuning's interest moved towards physical movement and language related to Southeast Asian rituals. After departing from TAV, he formed Metabolic Theatre Laboratory (MTL), a research-oriented dance theatre company, during a residency at The Substation. Many memorable productions of MTL toured Hong Kong and Korea in 2000. During this time, he also performed throughout Singapore and Japan, collaborating with artists such as bassist and composer Tetsu Saitoh and the late dancer Motofuji Akiko.

After MTL disbanded in 2001, Kuning pursued his own work as a soloist, focusing on drawings, music and research on Melayu history and the Orang Laut, "sea gypsies" who are indigenous to the Riau Archipelago. His journeys throughout the archipelago inspired him to create a series of drawings titled "Brutality of Fact"; a collection of original acoustic guitar compositions; a novel titled "Segantang Lada" (translated to "a bunch of a chilies"); and most notably the short film "RIAU". In 2005, the film was screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Busan International Film Festival and at "The 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial".

Due to health reasons, Kuning gradually stopped visiting the Riau Islands from 2007 and focused on his music and visual arts practice. As a musician, he has embraced all forms of music from classical Ghazal music, traditional Melayu Asli music, punk, sound art to experimental noise, and has collaborated with diverse musicians, dancers and sound artists from Singapore, Japan and China.

During this time, Kuning was also active in producing visual artworks which were rooted in social concerns. In 2008, he was commissioned by The Sculpture Square to create a work for its 10th Anniversary. "A BOWL OF RICE" saw three massive drawings using 1000 kilos of rice, which was later distributed to a non-governmental organisation that aids domestic helpers in Singapore. The artist's participation in the Singapore Biennale in 2011 involved a proposal to renew The Substation's garden space as an arts space for a period of one month.

Currently, Zai Kuning is focusing on a 5-year project to produce work and research on the first Melayu King, Dapunta Hyang Jayenasa, to uncover the pre-Islamic arts and culture of the Melayu people.
ZAI KUNING was born in 1964 in Singapore, and he lives and works in Singapore. Having worked with an array of sculpture, installation, painting and drawing, experimental sound and music, video, film, performance art, dance and theatre for more than two decades, Kuning resists convenient categorical claims to his art-making. Multi-disciplinary and improvisational art practice has always been important to him. Today he is considered one of the most versatile artists working in the region, and is at the forefront of avant-garde practice in Singapore.

Upon graduation in 1989 from LASALLE College of the Arts with a major in ceramic sculpture, Kuning was selected as the direct disciple of Sultan Alisjahbana (Bali) to study literature and rituals. Thereafter, he lived in The Artist Village (TAV), an artist colony founded by Tang Da Wu, and was nominated the first president of TAV. It was during this time that Kuning extensively explored the arena of performance art, under the guidance of Tang.

Connected closely with his interest in the body, Kuning's visual artwork was focused on the "tortured body". He explored the possibilities between sculpture, sound, and performance, often creating wax objects. In 1996, his work "The Body" was selected to be part of "The 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art" in Brisbane, and the following year his work was shown at the Art Gallery of New South Wales alongside European masters such as Francis Bacon and Egon Shiele as part of a large exhibition entitled "BODY".

Quickly, Kuning's interest moved towards physical movement and language related to Southeast Asian rituals. After departing from TAV, he formed Metabolic Theatre Laboratory (MTL), a research-oriented dance theatre company, during a residency at The Substation. Many memorable productions of MTL toured Hong Kong and Korea in 2000. During this time, he also performed throughout Singapore and Japan, collaborating with artists such as bassist and composer Tetsu Saitoh and the late dancer Motofuji Akiko.

After MTL disbanded in 2001, Kuning pursued his own work as a soloist, focusing on drawings, music and research on Melayu history and the Orang Laut, "sea gypsies" who are indigenous to the Riau Archipelago. His journeys throughout the archipelago inspired him to create a series of drawings titled "Brutality of Fact"; a collection of original acoustic guitar compositions; a novel titled "Segantang Lada" (translated to "a bunch of a chilies"); and most notably the short film "RIAU". In 2005, the film was screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Busan International Film Festival and at "The 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial".

Due to health reasons, Kuning gradually stopped visiting the Riau Islands from 2007 and focused on his music and visual arts practice. As a musician, he has embraced all forms of music from classical Ghazal music, traditional Melayu Asli music, punk, sound art to experimental noise, and has collaborated with diverse musicians, dancers and sound artists from Singapore, Japan and China.

During this time, Kuning was also active in producing visual artworks which were rooted in social concerns. In 2008, he was commissioned by The Sculpture Square to create a work for its 10th Anniversary. "A BOWL OF RICE" saw three massive drawings using 1000 kilos of rice, which was later distributed to a non-governmental organisation that aids domestic helpers in Singapore. The artist's participation in the Singapore Biennale in 2011 involved a proposal to renew The Substation's garden space as an arts space for a period of one month.

Currently, Zai Kuning is focusing on a 5-year project to produce work and research on the first Melayu King, Dapunta Hyang Jayenasa, to uncover the pre-Islamic arts and culture of the Melayu people.