• Mr. Edwin Low, Designer and Founder of Supermama
• Ms. Donna Ong, Installation Artist
• Mr. Zulkifle Mahmod, Sound Artist
Mr. Lim Kok Boon, Master Teacher (Art)
Panel Discussion : Finding Intersections in Life and Art
This panel discussion aims to examine the notion of ‘novel intersections’ that can occur when artists and designers work with ideas from different fields and cultures to create extraordinary, new ideas.
Art education plays an important role in developing the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers in more ways than we give credit to ourselves for. Yet to teach ‘differently’ may be daunting and some may find it a struggle to attracts students’ attention and engage learners to be creative. How might the concept of ‘novel intersections’ help teachers bring excitement to the art classroom?
The panel will share personal stories about their practice, explore new ideas and discuss how innovation might stem from our artistic selves and our appetite to seek novel intersections, as a mindset shift to invigorate our art teaching practices. Participants will be invited to respond to the panel’s questions and pose their own questions during the Question & Answer segment. Lim Kok Boon, Master Teacher (Art) from the Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR), will moderate this panel discussion.
About the Panel
|Mr. Edwin Low
Designer and Founder of Supermama
As a designer, educator and entrepreneur, Edwin Low is the creative mind behind Supermama, a gallery shop based in Singapore. There, he works with Singapore designers and Japanese makers to produce many design collections that represent the Singapore identity. This includes the Singapore Icons, which was awarded the President’s Design Award, the highest design accolade in Singapore.
Edwin also plays an advisory role to many small and medium sized, multi-generational making facilities in Japan. Fuelled by his love for authentic craftsmanship, he is constantly constructing strategies that allow the traditional facilities to remain competitive for the international market. In 2018, he was awarded the SkillsFuture Fellowship presented by the President of the Republic of Singapore. The fellowship honours individuals as masters of skills and mentors of future talent.
Edwin graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Masters in Industrial Design. His research interest lies in the field of material culture, where he peers into the field of design from the lens of sociology. He was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal and the President’s Graduate Fellowship in 2004 and 2008 respectively, for academic excellence.
|Ms. Donna Ong
Donna Ong is an installation artist from Singapore, best known for her evocative and thought-provoking environments made from furniture, found objects and original artwork. She has exhibited her works locally and internationally in shows such as the Yin Chuan Biennale (2017), Moscow Biennale for Young Art (2014), Jakarta Biennale (2009), Kwandu Biennale (2008), 2nd Moscow Biennale (2007), the inaugural Singapore Biennale (2007). Her installations have appeared in prestigious museums and institutions worldwide, such as the Singapore Art Museum, National Museum of Singapore, Hara Museum (Japan) and the Djanogly Art Gallery (England). In 2009, Donna was recognised for her artistic achievements by the Prudential Eye Award when she was given the prize for installation category and by the Singapore government with the receipt of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award. She was also awarded the People’s Choice award for the President’s Young Talent Competition in 2009. More information about Donna Ong’s work can be found here:
|Mr. Zulkifle Mahmod
Zulkifle Mahmod is one of Singapore’s leading sound artists. ZUL has been at the forefront of a generation of sound-media artists in Singapore’s contemporary art development – one of the genres of international contemporary art-making that has been garnering interest for its inter-disciplinary approach and experimental edge. ZUL represented Singapore with a Sound Art Performance at the Ogaki Biennale in 2006, and was Singapore’s first sound artist with a full-on sound sculpture at the Singapore Pavilion of the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007. ZUL has cut a reputation for integrating 3-D forms with ‘sound constructions’ and ‘soundscapes’, often crossing genres and collaborating with other artists. ZUL is also the designer for the first Singtel F1 Grand Prix Night Race trophy in Singapore. In early 2017, ZUL has been awarded the special inaugural honorary award, Soichiro Fukutake Prize by Benesse Holding Inc for his Singapore Biennale 2016 commissioned artwork. More information about Zulkifle Mahmod’s work can be found here: