The Social Seduction
Heman Chong / NoSleepRequired

The Social Seduction is a video-essay constructed from a single take of an interview between the artist Heman Chong, and the curator Gretchen Lee. Within the course of the interview, the artist poses questions concerning the possibility of a meaningful artistic collective, while the curator subjectively produces her answers. The result is possibly a caricature of what we have come to identify with as "art-speak","talking the talk" that swings between intensity and pure ennui. The piece reflects on the relationship between knowledge and dialogue, a system that is generally utilized as a method of generating instant "ready made" essays within our media saturated world today.



FULL CURRICULUM VITAE ( last update : February 2004 )

Full Name Heman Chong / NoSleepRequired

Email address

Mailing The Substation
Address 01 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

Mailing Künstlerhaus Bethanien
Address 02 Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin, Germany

Contact Number +49 (0) 179 9700 531



2000-2002 Master of Art in Communication Art and Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK
1994-1997 Diploma in Visual Communication, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore



2004 “Snore louder if you can”, The Substation Gallery, Singapore

2003 “The Silver Sessions”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
“The End of Travelling”, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany (with Isabelle Cornaro)
“Lost (Found Tracks)”, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany

2002 “The End of Travelling”, The Substation Gallery, Singapore (with Isabelle Cornaro)

2001 “Flashing Lights from Across”, The Blue Room, Royal College of Art, London, UK

1999 "DepartureHall", The Substation Gallery, Singapore



2004 “LAB”, Kröller Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands
“infiltrate”, The Substation Gallery, Singapore
“Twilight Tomorrow”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
“Resonant Cities”,, Edinburgh, Scotland
“Depicting Love”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
“..but this is what we are”, Platform Garanti, Istanbul, Turkey
“Along the Gates of the Urban”, K&S Gallery, Berlin, Germany
“Berlin-North (with Sparwasser HQ)”, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
“Transmediale.04”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
“Thinking Archives. Archiving Thoughts.” Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany

2003 “50th Venice Biennale (Singapore Pavilion)”, Venice, Italy
“Blood: Lines and Connections”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado, USA
“Ars Electronica 2003 (Not to Scale)”, Kunstraum Linz, Linz, Austria
“CP Open Jakarta Biennale”, National Art Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“15 Tracks”, Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo / Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2003 “De (Internationale) Keuze: The Global Soul”, Rotterdam Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Holland
cont’d “Spektakel Festival: The Global Soul”, Zürcher Theater, Zürich, Switzerland
“Singapore Arts Festival : The Global Soul”, Victoria Theatre, Singapore
“In Transit : The Global Soul”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
“A Journey to the Centre of the Earth” Matrix Art Project, Brussels, Belgium
“36 Ideas from Asia”, The National Museum, L’Aquila, Italy
“The President’s Young Talent Exhibition”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
“Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin 2003”, Immanence, Paris, France
“Transmediale.03”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2002 “Sonic Process”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
“DAVINCIPROJECT VERSION™ 1.0 : In 72 Hours” Theatreworks Black Box, Singapore
“Single Screen”, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
“Contemplation Room : See Singapore!”, Ovengaden Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
“The Show 2002”, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom

2001 "Worms III Festival", Plastique Kinetic Worms, Singapore
"10th India Triennale", Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India

2000 "Video-Take", Openbare Bibliotheek De Tweebronnen, Leuven, Belgium
"[ Names Changed to Protect the Innocent ] #07", MP Community Centre, Singapore
“Local Flavour 8”, The Substation, Singapore
"DENSE", Alliance Francaise de Singapour, Singapore
"PHotoEspana 2000 : The Mind on the Edge", Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
"Asian Art Festival 2000" Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan

1999 "City/Community - Nokia Singapore Art 1999", Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
"BrainStorm [ What’s that in your head ?]", Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
“The Mongolian Camel Show”, London, United Kingdom
"[ Names Changed to Protect the Innocent ] #04", Cairnhill Arts Centre, Singapore
"Capturing the 'I'", Bugis Junction Shopping Atrium, Singapore

1997 “Flickering Punctuations", The Substation Gallery, Singapore



2003 “EASTdiscourse : Symposium on artists-led spaces”, Norwich School of Art and Design, UK
“Presentation of works 1999-2003”, Nordjyllands Kunstskole, Aalborg, Denmark
“Presentation of commission for Venice Biennale”, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin
“Postshow Talk: In Transit”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
“2 day Memory workshop (Organiser)”, TAMA City University Museum, Japan
2002 “SeptFest Conference”, The Substation, Singapore
2000 “Presentation of Molotov Cocktails: Nokia Art 99”, Singapore Art Museum, SIngapore



2004 “Old habits die hard”, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, UK
“Old habits die hard”, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
“Thinking Archives. Archiving Thoughts”, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin
“RQM”, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin
“FRISCHE”, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin

2003 “Old habits die hard”, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin

2001 “Lame Nights”, Performing Arts Lab, The Royal College of Art, London

2000 “Pale Testament”, Alliance Francaise de Singapour, Singapore (Publication)

1999 “Geograffiti”,, in collaboration with Alfian Sa’at



2003 “The President’s Young Talent Exhibition”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2001 Triennale Award, 10th India Triennale, India



January - December 2004 Associate Artist, The Substation, Singapore

January - December 2004 Guest Curator, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin

January – December 2003 Artist-in-Residence, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

September – December 2002 Associate Artist, The Substation, Singapore



2003 Grant for residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, The National Arts Council, Singapore
International Relations Grant, The National Arts Council, Singapore

2002 Bourse d’ Aide à la Réalisation, Département des Affaires Culturelles de la Mairie de Paris, France

2000 Project Grant, The National Arts Council, Singapore
Bursary for Postgraduate Studies, The National Arts Council, Singapore
Travel Grant, The National Arts Council, Singapore

1999 Project Grant, Lee Foundation, Singapore



Iskandar Jalil
Edmund Seet



Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan (Video Library)
Institute of International Visual Art (INIva), London, UK (Video Library)




Nungesser, Michael. "Vom Ankommen und Abheben," die tageszeitung, 8 April 2003, Berlin, Germany
Fricke, Johannes. "An Interview,", BE Magazine, July 2003, Berlin, Germany
Wee, Brandon. "DENSE & the Politics or Dynamic Paradigms," iSh, 2000, Singapore
Nayar, Paravathi. "Moving Images," The Business Times, Sept 8 2001, Singapore
Tan, Kai Syng. "DENSE Interview", Lien, May 2000, Singapore
Kwek, Kenneth. "A space where people come and go", The Straits Times, 24 July 2000, Singapore
Seetoh, Joseph. "In the thick of it", Singapore Tatler, July 2000, Singapore
"Triennale awards presented", The Hindu, 2001, New Delhi, India
"The first mega-event of the year begins", The Hindustani Times, 23 January 2001, New Delhi, India
Tan, Shin Gee. "Peeking under covers", The Straits Times, 12 August 2000, Singapore
Carceller, Cabello. "Nuevo 'glocalismo'", PHotoPeriódico No.10, July 2000, Madrid, Spain
Carpio, Francisco. "El espíritu del margen", Lapiz, July 2000, Madrid, Spain
Lee, Weng Choy. "Art and nation. Nokia Singapore Art 1999", Art Asia-Pacific, March 2000, Australia
Sulaiman, Suhaila. "Testing, testing...", The Straits Times, 13 Sept 2000, Singapore
Sulaiman, Suhaila. "Sleepless in Black Box", The Straits Times, 21 Nov 2003, Singapore
Wee, C.J. Wan-Ling. "Brainstorm the best way to come up with truly new works."
The Straits Times, 16 August 1999, Singapore


Low, Felicia. "Digital Art: Pixel Perfection and Art Content," Selves, National Arts Council, 2001, Singapore


Barragán, Paco. “El arte que veine/The art to come”, Subastas Siglo XXI, Spain
Low, Sze Wee. “50th Venice Biennale: Singapore”, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Mashadi, Ahmad. "Molotov Cocktails (GreyAquariumRemix)", Nokia Singapore Art 1999, Singapore
Mashadi, Ahmad. "Heman Chong's Molotov Cocktails", 10th India Triennale, New Delhi, India
Lee, Joana. "Murmurmurmurmurmur", 36 Ideas from Asia, ASEAN COCI, Singapore
Hou, Hanru. "The Mind on the Edge (of the New Centres)", PHotoEspana 2000, Madrid Spain
Ngui, Matthew. "A Viewpoint", The President's Young Talents Exhibition, Singapore

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1st CP Open Jakarta Biennale

50th Venice Biennale (Singapore Pavilion)

10th India Triennale

Assorted exhibitions