LIVE CREATIVES SHOW (work in progress)


Text by Kia Yee Ang:

“For Zhiyi and collaborator Chong Lii, the term “creative” is a site of dispersal. Originally tied to notions of divine design and creation, which implied a final product, it now refers to a class of people engaged in varying degrees of artistic or aesthetics-oriented work. Zhiyi and Chong note that within this social paradigm, “creatives” are no longer subjects, they are projects that are constantly refashioning and redefining themselves. The demarcations of creative labour are unclear as everyday interactions bleed into the work of making work.

Live Creatives Show is a response to this phenomenon. It is reality TV, is a film set, is a co-working space for “creatives”, is “a microcosm for relationships and activities to ferment”. It is an experiment that interrogates creative labour through strategic complicity, one which orchestrates a state of performance through spatial and filmic framing. By demanding the active and documented presence of its participants, Live Creatives Show underscores the social labour of being a “creative”, which asks that you, amongst other things, show up, employ keywords, engage in discussion, meet the right people, nurture needed relations.

However, for them, the work is also an attempt to decouple labour from implications of economy, to turn to what they call an aesthetics of labour. The linear confines of labour as a process leading to a product or end goal are to be disrupted. Footage is recorded in the present is thus an end in itself, until uncertain (dis)use in the future. Joy is reintroduced into being together.”
Reality TV-inspired personas/materials/objects, currently in second phase of production

Co-created with Zhiyi Cao

Participants: Sher Chew, Diva Agar, Zou Zhao
Guests: Art Naming, Shawn Chua, Anathapindika Dai, Jimmy Chiu

Crew: Johann Yamin, Rifqi Amirul Rosli, Rohaizah Binte Abdul Rahman, Ed Khoo, Xindi Ye, Ryan Benji Lee, Amrit Dhillon, Faraz Hussein

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