Ubah Rumah Residency Artist

Vivian Lee & Megan Sin

Singapore
Researcher-in-Residence
Residency Period:
7 Jul
21 Jul
2024

Vivian Lee

Vivian Lee (she/we) is a social artist, facilitator, somatic therapist, and soil cultivator. She dwells at the intersection of art, ecology and well-being, focusing on regeneration and healing for oneself, communities and the planet. Her embodied practice is climate-aware, nature-centred and trauma-informed.

She sees community as essential, and loves bringing people together for nourishing conversations and mindfulness practices, exploring regenerative ways of being in response to the complexities of a changing world. Her social art and research practice weaves together realities and imaginaries in transdisciplinary and interdimensional fields, tuning into liminal spaces as portals for inspiration and guidance.

Her personal journey in reconnecting to Mother Earth brought her to a village in Northern Thailand where she co-created Garden of L.E.A.H. — a conscious living practice space where the culmination of her soil and social action research took form in the process of learning how to grow her own food and build her own little mud house. Back in Singapore, Vivian guides the vision and shapes the culture of Living Soil Asia - an organisation in education and research in soil regeneration in Singapore.

Currently, Vivian is casting her divining rod into the deep land and waters for the creation of Soil and Somatics, integrating her work in soil regeneration, mindful living and somatic practice.

Vivian is no stranger to the Riau islands, having spent some time in and out of Bintan and a small fishing village named Pulau Dendun some two decades ago. A water baby, she is looking forward to the residency to connect her care for the soil on land and the call of the sea.

More from Vivian here:

https://www.instagram.com/gardenofleah/

Megan Sin

Megan Sin (she/her) is a creative being. In the recent years, she has been working closely with food and people—in her personal kitchens and in invited kitchens. Her interactions with people who cook, people who cultivate and distribute food bring her on an odyssey to discover the stories behind our ingredients and the becoming of the dishes we enjoy. As a child to second generation immigrants, she reflects on her cultural heritage, contemplating how migration and relocation have shaped our traditions and diets. Currently, she is documenting familial recipes, in the process, she discovers stories and also learns to cook with more ingredients from our bioregion. Her works and choice of spaces she works in have been moulded by the people and experiences she has encountered throughout her journey in theatre, movement, writing and research.

Her past works created as Sin ⼼ include I just laid my installations into two things uninstalled, an outdoor performance piece in 2018; the universe is a collage of bruises, a manuscript in 2020; i ‘ m m o r a l i t y , a manuscript and performance piece in 2021- ongoing, as well as interactive online photo journals like Blood and 霸占空间 in 2021. Her research on food, environmental humanities and on soil as a research fieldworker at Living Soil Asia have instilled in her a deep sensitivity towards these issues, profoundly shaping all aspects of her life. In this season, she is an educator and facilitator, working closely with children on creative writing. She looks to further develop this practice as she draws lessons from Earth. She has a vision—to create and offer a space for community and education that is sensible and mindful of planetary boundaries.

Outcomes in residency

Coming Home Through Food, Soil and Sea

We are what we eat, and we are how we eat.

Eating is perhaps the most intimate act that we do on a daily basis where we put something into our mouth to become a part of our bodymind—affecting the quality of our lives, and so much more. This alchemising and gathering of food, together with the act of eating, intricately weaves into the fabric of our daily lives, not only shaping our health but also resonating and reaching far beyond our plates.

We are also what our food eats. How we grow our food and the environmental conditions impact the nutritional quality of our food; this in turn affects our individual physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Taking a wider lens, our individual health also affects our relationships and, hence, our community, society and the world. Taking a longer lens, our health is part of our inheritance from our ancestors, and will also flow into the well-being of our descendants. All is a continuation, as we are not separate selves.

Modern technologies and global trading provide food for us from almost every part of the planet. The health-conscious amongst us are increasingly choosing natural and organic foods—if we can afford it. Most times, these foods come from faraway lands. How much power do we have, as consumers, to shift the needle in the food market, potentially shaping its dynamics to become more supportive and accessible to both planet and people? Many of us are often not aware of our food sources and the energies it takes for our food to arrive onto our table. Much of the industrial food system causes environmental degradation, cultural and biodiversity loss, public health issues and even wars.

This disconnection from the source of our nutriment propagates more disconnections from ourselves, our community and Nature; in turn, this disconnection has led us, humans, to doings that have created the polycrisis we face today.

How might we reconnect to our essential source of nutriments and our authentic self?

In a modern world driven by faceless systems, how might we reclaim agency to choose how we live our lives?

Can an intuitive inner listening to our bellies guide us home?

What deep wisdom are we ready to listen to from the land and sea for guidance?

Visits to the island farm and the turtle sanctuary, amongst other locations, will inform the emergence of stories and outcome of this residency.

Proposed Workshop Offerings:

Soil, Soup, and Social Somatics

Through the practice of mindful eating and conscious consumption, this interactive and experiential workshop will explore what and how we eat as an entry point to connect to the world at large. From silent to social mindful eating and tuning into our bodymind, participants will be guided through a process of deepening awareness and widening connections. Facilitated conversations will include topics on the food system and our place in it.

This is an invitation to open our hearts, minds and souls to listen deeply with compassion, and to tune in to our guts. We will explore the sacred elements and interconnections of food, soil and sea as a way to re-member our way home to ourselves and reconnect to our place in the larger ecosystems. Guests and residents of all species are welcome to join.

Selected Works To Date

Collective Dream Circle at Green Circle Ecofarm: Recovery After A Big Storm (Photos by Vivian Lee)
Collective Dream Circle at Green Circle Ecofarm: Biodynamic Offerings To The Land (Photos by Vivian Lee)
Communing with Care: A Garden Gathering With Food And Songs with Living Soil Asia (Photos by Ruth Schooling)
Urban Soil Regeneration with Living Soil Asia (Photos by Ruth Schooling)
Relating To Land: Witnessing Tengah’s Transformation (Photos by Vivian Lee and Veronica Yow, Images from HDB and Google Maps)