I am in Singapore again for a big press conference on Friday the 24th March...we announce the almost full list of artists and exhibition sites and acompanying programmes. I got in on Sunday night and headed to the usual apartment rented for us by the biennale and where Fumio Nanjo (the Director) and I usually stay. It's far nicer than staying in a hotel I think.
Several artists are coming for site visits, among whom is British artist Jonathan Allen. Jonathan gave a great slide talk on Monday evening (see image above), about his practice as a 'Gospel Magician' called Tommy Angel, explaining the historical roots of magic in the European context, the sub-lineage within magic of 'Gosel Magic' which is magic and illusions used by preachers and evangelists for the purposes of imparting religious messages, and introducing his interests in the obvious links between magic, the rise of evangelical Christianity now and the neo-Conservative movement in the US. Jonathan is participating in the biennale, and his art practice engages with our thematic of 'Belief' in incredibly diverse yet central ways.