Interdisciplinary Art Approach Collaboration, Equal Partnership and Common Language


Visual artists no longer dwell in the ivory towers, which isolate themselves from the existing world, thus creating artworks based on their personal interests and beliefs. Such mode of creative engagement has been overridden by an interdisciplinary approach that encourages visual artists to leave their comfort zones to collaborate with people from non arts disciplines to create artworks that reflect a common language and equal partnership to share their creative output to people. An example of such an interdisciplinary approach takes reference from my experiences as an interdisciplinary visual artist (author) who collaborated with Professor James Francis Warren (JFW), an ethnohistorian and professor from Murdoch University, Australia. The approach from the author was to translate a book on the history of Ah Ku and Karayuki-San, Prostitution in Singapore, 1870 and 1940 by JFW into a series of contemporary drawings into a journal, which was exhibited in the Sketchbook Project 2011 organised by Brooklyn Library in USA. The author�s journal reflected both the author�s comtemporary drawings and selected quotations from JFW�s book to promote Singapore history and heritage worldwide through The Sketchbook Project 2011 organised by Brooklyn Library, USA. In view of the above, the attempt of the author is to share how she collaborated with an ethnohistorican to promote interdisciplinary art form for the purpose of promoting Singapore history and heritage worldwide that reflected a common language and equal partnership through an interdisciplinary art approach. Author: KOK Chung Oi, Kay

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Chung Oi Kay Kok, Independent Art Researcher, Singapore

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Conference: ECAH2014
Stream: Arts - Visual Arts Practices

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