“Attention is the beginning of devotion.” (Mary Oliver)
Hello, I'm Ang Kia Yee/ kyatos/ 洪佳仪. All of my work emanates out of an interest in how to live. I've written poetry, essays, fiction, and performance texts. I've co-created performances with people, objects, and environments.
I operate agnostically when it comes to disciplines, but tend to approach things as a poet and theatre-maker. Most of my projects are transdisciplinary, i.e. they lope toward the destabilisation, contamination, mutation, and cross-pollination of disciplines, forms, and media. I often seem to move quickly, but I think slowly and strategically.
My first book of poetry is slow dream machine (2020). Looser pieces of writing have been published in places like Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Stand Magazine and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal; as well as for exhibitions such as REFUSE (Singapore Art Museum), immaterial bodies (Objectifs) and Networked Bodies (Supernormal).
My performance practice stems from theatre. (Because the kind of theatre I’m interested in is not really what theatre looks like in Singapore, for a while I called my work performance art. But it is theatre.) I was trained in ballet for a decade. I briefly studied the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Viewpoints, both of which I loved for different reasons. I am now learning Odissi.
Recent projects include live performances FUME (2022) and Loving Things (to say) (2021); performance video Loving Things (2020); and audio walk 氵pasang (2022). I was a participating artist for Natasha, Singapore Biennale 2022, a selected participant for da:ns LAB 2023: IDIOSYNCRASIES at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, and a resident writer for Centre 42’s New Scripts Residency 2021.
I am the Company Lead of Feelers, a future-facing artist-run label that acts at the intersections of art and technology. We take a thoughtful and cognizant approach to art and technology (including Web3) that circumvents hype cycles and hysteria in favour of sustainable world-building through interdisciplinary innovation.
I am working on my second book of poetry.
2019 BA(Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing (First Class), University of Warwick
2021 Centre 42 New Scripts Residency