Lynn Lu is a visual artist from Singapore. She received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, completed a doctoral program at Musashino Art University in Tokyo (ABD) on a full scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2010 she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Newcastle in Australia.

Among other honours, Lynn was awarded Southampton Solent University’s Research and Enterprise Grant (2012), Singapore National Arts Council Grants (2006-2013), NAC Emerging Artist Grant, and the Lee Foundation Grant (2003). She received the Lois Nellie Gill Award from the Ucross Foundation (2000), and the Samuel Rosenberg Senior Art Award from Carnegie Mellon University (1999). She has also been granted several prestigious artist fellowships, including residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in the United States, and Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand.

Since 1997, Lynn has exhibited and performed extensively in the United States, Singapore, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Poland, Belarus, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Greece, Argentina, and Canada. Recent venues include Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), Perth (2013), Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2012), Tate Modern (2010), and 798 Art Zone, Beijing (2009). Lynn has also taught, given talks and papers at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia College, Vanderbilt University, and San Francisco Art Institute in the United States; Camberwell College of Art (UAL), Wimbledon College of Art (UAL), Chelsea College of Art and Design (UAL), Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, Southampton Solent University in the UK; Sverigefinska folkhögskolan in Sweden; Theatre Academy Helsinki in Finland; Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich in Germany; at Unitec in Auckland and Massey University in New Zealand; Hansung University in Seoul, Korea; National University of Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Nanyang Technological University, and School of the Arts (SOTA) in Singapore. Lynn lives and works in London as an independent artist, curator, and advisor to ]performance s p a c e [.

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Ultima Thule: Here Be Dragons (variation) [2015]

The title of the exhibition, EX parte, and the associated ideas of travel made me think of Singapore as a literal geographical crossroads, which brought to mind its idealogical opposite: Ultima Thule (regions that lie beyond the borders of the known world), and our attraction to such places.

I was reminded of Singaporean wanderlust characteristic of citizens of small countries, of the global phenomenon of “neo-nomadism”, and of Singapore being such a hub of this. At the same time, I came across a comment by Prime Minister Goh on the need for Singaporeans to nurture a “homing instinct”, that will help us stay connected to home. An 1886 article on pigeons revealed that they return home not merely because they have the biological apparatus to do so, but most importantly because they are driven by “the love of home”.

This led me to topophilia (the emotional connections between physical environments and humans), which led to nomadism and the way nomads relate to their changing environments: Deleuze and Guattari theorize that nomads perceive and move around the world in a manner opposite to sedentary cultures, which is all about parceling out the earth to individuals, and which is all about borders and seeing the world from a single fixed perspective. Nomads on the other hand, see the world from multiple points of view, and also tend to see others (beyond their own kind) as “like themselves”, similarly vulnerable to the elements. Kirsten Hastrup reports that Eskimo nomads habitually leave surplus game under piles of stones for others who may pass by and be in need of food. Nomads also welcome and care for travelers with an openness not found in sedentary cultures.

Participants will be led, one person at a time, on a walking tour whilst blindfolded and listening to an audio soundtrack of voices speak of homing pigeons, topophilia, nomadism, Ultima Thule, and our attraction to such places.
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