PRESENCE OF MIND
10 December 2021 - 26 February 2022
Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios
Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen | Jeremy Chu | Lada Dedić | Kath Fries | Lindy Lee | Jason Lim | Kristina Mah | Aryadharma Aaron Matheson | Nell | Alecia Neo | Shirley Soh | Phaptawan Suwannakudt | Lachlan Warner
Curators: Dr Kath Fries & Rachael Kiang
Presence of Mind examines the intersection of mindfulness, Buddhism and the creative process of visual artists in Australia and Singapore. For artists in this exhibition, mindfulness is foundational to their creative processes and can take many forms, from embodied processes to playful humour, as well as technological and traditional motifs.
In bringing together diasporic artists from Australia and Singapore, Presence of Mind examines intersections of Buddhist lived experience and cultural differences, highlighting the rich perspectives that spirituality can bring to art.
Care Index (Presence of Mind) Working Group
Aryadharma Aaron Matheson
Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen
Care Index (Presence of Mind) was created over a series of digital residencies with a working group of Australia and Singapore-based artists, writers and curators involved in Presence of Mind. During the residency, the group explored activities and exchanged reflections on contemplative practices, hospitalities and care through the lens of Buddhism.
At the end of the digital residency, a series of video scores was created by the working group. Each score offers a meditation on initiations, dwelling and departures.
The scores are also presented at the Presence of Mind group exhibition in art gallery, alongside an Open Call for public submissions.
00:11 - 03:14 Napping Under a Tree
By Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen
03:16 - 05:02 walk with a tree
By Shirley Soh
05:03 - 08:09 Kiai
By Kristina Mah
08:10 - 11:41 Breath, void, tremble
By Alecia Neo
11:42 - 14:00 Between Me and You
By Dylan Goh
14:01 - 18:23 Shift
By Kristina Mah
18:24 - 22:39 Beach walking meditation … infinity and impermanence
By Kath Fries
22:40 - 27:35 Wade In
By Aryadharma Aaron Matheson