Jesse Jones: Tremble Tremble at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore

Jesse Jones | Tremble Tremble, the Pavilion of Ireland of the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017

Jesse Jones | Tremble Tremble, the Pavilion of Ireland of the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017

Jesse Jones: Tremble Tremble
Shown at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, ongoing till 28 January 2018

Fresh from the Venice Biennale 2017, Irish artist Jesse Jones’s groundbreaking multimedia installation at LASALLE College of the Arts set to enthrall new audiences. Feminist history, the law, and the archetype of the witch are intertwined in an ambitious multimedia installation, created by celebrated Irish artist Jesse Jones for LASALLE College of the Arts.

Titled Tremble Tremble, the work was originally presented at the 57th Venice Biennale, where Jones represented her country at the Pavilion of Ireland. Prior to a tour of Ireland in 2018, Tremble Tremble is now exhibited here in Asia for the first time at LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore, where it will be adapted to incorporate elements inspired by Jones’ experience of Singapore’s history and culture.

Jesse Jones, 2017 | Photo Maxwell Photography

Jesse Jones, 2017 | Photo Maxwell Photography

Jones spent two months as Artist in Residence at LASALLE in July and August 2017, during which time she was drawn to the work and archive of LASALLE founder and fellow Irish artist Brother Joseph McNally, the mythologies behind the Chinese Seventh Month, and other eclectic influences unique to Singapore. She shares that even for audiences familiar with her work in Venice, the installation at LASALLE will unveil new aspects and perspectives to her vision.

“I believe much of the parallels in the Irish and Singaporean consciousness came from our shared experience of British colonial law. I have tried to explore this in Tremble Tremble at LASALLE’s ICA Singapore. In particular, I was drawn to the Hungry Ghost Festival, and how such spiritual connections to the dead can create a direct material way of dealing with the past and shaping the future,” said Jones.

“As International Partner of the Irish Pavilion, we have been involved in a creative conversation about this work since Jesse was awarded the Venice opportunity. We are excited and honoured to present this bold, complex artwork here in LASALLE, in a new iteration with Singaporean influences. This exhibition truly exemplifies the cutting-edge approach and international engagement that drives so much of what we do,” said Ms Bala Starr, Curator of Tremble Tremble and Director, LASALLE’s Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore.

Tremble Tremble was officially opened by His Excellency Geoffrey Keating, Ambassador of Ireland to Singapore, at LASALLE College of the Arts on Friday, 3 November. The exhibition runs from 4 November 2017 to 28 January 2018.

Jesse Jones | Tremble Tremble, production image, 2017

Jesse Jones | Tremble Tremble, production image, 2017

The title is drawn from a 1970s Italian wages-for-housework movement, during which women chanted Tremate, tremate, le streghe sono tornate! [Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!]. In her work, Jones returns to the witch as a feminist archetype and disrupter who has the potential to transform reality and institutions of law. Visitors can look forward to experimental multimedia forms including an enormous, moving curtain sculpture; a series of video projections that will surround the spectator; performance gestures and scenography.

Jones’ LASALLE residency included a two-day workshop with 19 BA(Hons) and MA Fine Arts students, which explored ways of thinking about politics, subjectivity and art-making. She added, “It was my first time engaging with young artists in Singapore, and I was impressed by their thoughtfulness, maturity, and spirit of inquiry. There is such a wonderful diversity of cultures and contemporary influences here in Singapore that students really have the best of all worlds, in terms of the art and ideas they are exposed to.”

Tremble Tremble is part of The McNally Legacy – Celebrating Contemporary Arts, which commemorates the artistic and educational contributions of LASALLE founder Brother Joseph McNally. It is co-produced with Project Arts Centre and supported by The Ireland Funds Singapore and the Cultural Matching Fund, Culture Ireland, the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin Port Company.

Exhibition | Jesse Jones: Tremble Tremble
When: Sat 4 Nov 2017 – Sun 28 Jan 2018
Where: Gallery 1, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally St, Singapore 187940
Opening hours: 12:00pm – 7:00pm, Tue to Sun, Closed on Mon and public holidays
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