Loo Zihan (罗子涵)
b.1983, Singapore

Education

2017
Master of Arts, Performance Studies
New York University, New York, U.S.A.

2011
Master of Fine Arts, Studio Practice (Film, Video, New Media and Animation)
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

2009
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Digital Filmmaking (with a minor in Drama and Performance)
School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Selected Awards

2018
Performance Studies Emerging Scholar Award, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

2017
Post-graduate Scholarship, National Arts Council, Singapore
Best Multimedia Design, M1-The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards, Singapore

2015
Young Artist Award, National Arts Council, Singapore

2011
James Nelson Raymond Graduate Fellowship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2010
Best Script, 1st Singapore Short Film Awards, The Substation, Singapore

2009
Trustee Full-Tuition Merit Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Valedictorian, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University

2008
'Nuovo Sguardi' Award, 23rd Turin GLBT Film Festival, Turin, Italy

Solo Exhibitions and Performances

2019
Catamite, Centre 42, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Singapore

2017
With/Out, commissioned and presented by Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

2016
50/50, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, Australia
I Am LGB, commissioned and presented by the Singapore International Festival of Arts

2015
50/50, Theatreworks, Singapore
Lecture, This WayVictorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
From the Periphery to the Core, Les Bernardes, Salt, Catalonia, Spain
With/Out, Centre 42, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Singapore

2012
Cane, The Substation, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Singapore
Archiving Cane, The Substation Gallery, Singapore
Marking Cane, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
The Making of an Institution, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
The Case of the Osmanthus Flower Jelly, Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Bard Galleries, New York, U.S.A.

2016
Untimely Encounter, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, South Korea
Fault-lines: Disparate and Desperate Intimacies, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore

2015
President’s Young Talents, Singapore Art Museum
STRICT, La Carbonera, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Paradis Sans Promesse, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France

2014
Notes on Performance, Objectifs, Singapore
Names, Texts & Trouble, The Substation Gallery, Singapore

2013
Ghost: The Body At The Turn Of The Century, Sculpture Square, Singapore
No Approval, Grey Projects, Singapore

2012
Singapore Survey: New Strange Faces, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
Still Building: Contemporary Art From Singapore, S.S.A.S, Bandung, Indonesia

2011
Currents: From Singapore, in Macau, Ox Warehouse, Macau
R.I.T.E.S (Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak) #6, Goodman Arts Center, Singapore
Manhood: Masculinity, Male Identity and Culture, Helen Day Art Center, Vermont, U.S.A.
Abject Systems: Artists Who Love The Unlovable, Studio Bibliothèque, Singapore
Singapore Survey: Imagine Malaysia, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Singapore
Shiftchanges, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Magnetic Affinities & Altered Relations, Outer Space Studio, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Tender Exchange, Next: Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Touch then push or pull and maybe nothing, Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Sexier, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
aWay, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

2010
Stories of Relativity, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Selected Moving-Image Screenings

2011
2nd Singapore Short Film Awards

2010
7th Singapore Short Cuts, National Museum of Singapore
1st Experimental Film Forum, Singapore

2009
14th Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea
ExiS (Experimental Film and Video Festival), Seoul, South Korea

2008
10th Deauville Asian Film Festival, France
5th Singapore Short Cuts, National Museum of Singapore
Frameline32, San Francisco LGBT Film Festival
NewFest, New York LGBT Film Festival
22nd London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

2007
AFI Festival, Los Angeles, California
21st Singapore International Film Festival
12th Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea

Selected Professional Involvement

2018
Queer Legacies, New Solidarities conference, Presenter, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Presenter, Boston
Northwestern University Summer Institute in Performance Studies, Institute participant, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Association of Asian Studies Conference, Panel discussant, Washington D.C.
Objects of Study: Methods and Materiality in Performance Studies, Conference participant, Doctoral Theatre Students’ Association Conference, City University of New York

2017
Landing 2.0, Workshop participant, Gibney Dance Center, New York
Movement x Archive x Performance 3.0, Symposium presenter, Live Art Development Agency, London

2016
Field Meeting: Thinking Practice, Lecture-performance, Asia Society and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, U.S.A.
Visiting artist (Studio visits, artist talk and workshop), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Asiatopia Performance Art Conference, Presenter and panel discussant, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand
Artist-in-Residence, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
Artist-in-Residence, The Substation, Singapore

2015
Artist-in-Residence, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
Artist-in-Residence, Les Bernardes, Salt, Catalonia, Spain
Artist-in-Residence, Hangar.org, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Artist-in-Residence, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France

2014
Shifting Dialogues III, Symposium presenter, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland
Materiality, Performance and the Spectator, Public lecture, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2013
Shifting Dialogues II, Symposium presenter, University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland
Performance: To Be Reviewed, Presenter and panel discussant, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Now: Then, P.S.i #19, Conference presenter, Stanford University, California, U.S.A.
Associate Artist Research Programme, The Substation, Singapore
The Substation Conference, Conference presenter (with Wong Hui Yu), The Substation, Singapore

2012
Artist-in-Residence, The Unifiedfield, Granada, Spain

2011
Artist presentation, 24th Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
Mythic Reincarnations: The Films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Programmer and Coordinator, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Filmmaker in Attendance)

2010
Queer/Art/Film, presented Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses, IFC Center, New York

Employment History and Teaching Record

2018
Dissertation Supervisor, School of Dance and Theatre, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

2012 – 2014
Instructor, Media Arts, Visual Arts Department, The School of the Arts, Singapore

2011 – 2013
Lecturer, Time-based Media, Foundation Year, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2012
Lecturer, Digital Media and Visual Arts, Visual and Performing Arts Department, National Institute of Education, Singapore

2012
Instructor, Introduction to Film Studies, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2010 – 2011
Teaching Assistant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA

2009 – 2016
Multimedia Artist, The Necessary Stage, Singapore
Collaborator and designer for video, live-feed and moving-image elements in various theatre productions. Production history includes:

  • Manifesto (2016) - Won ‘Best Multimedia Design’ at the M1-Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2017.

  • Past Carin’ (2009) - International collaboration with Australian artists.

  • Crossings (2012) - International collaboration with Croatian artists.

  • Gemuk Girls (2008 and 2011) - Won Production of the Year in the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2009.

  • Frozen Angels (2008 and 2009) - ‘Special Mention’ in the category of Best Multimedia Design at The Straits Times Life! Theatre awards 2010.

Selected External Artistic Contributions

2018
Re:collection, by Alexandra Pirici, performer (performative exercise), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

2014
Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy, performer (dance), Theatreworks, Singapore

2012
A Language of Our Own, lead actor (theatre), Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore

2011
The Precession, performance collaboration (performance), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

2007
Pleasure Factory (快乐工厂), lead actor in independent feature film, premiered at the 60th Cannes Film Festival.