Vertical Submarine

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Vertical submarine (VS) is an art collective from Singapore. Its cross-disciplinary projects, which incorporate theatre and curating, explore methods of storytelling and narrative via words and images. The group has received accolades such as The President's Young Talents Award (Singapore/ 2009), The Celeste Prize (New York/ 2011), and Finalist for Sovereign Asian Art Prize (Hong Kong/ 2015). In 2010, VS was appointed Associate Director of TheatreWorks (Singapore/ 2010- 13), and part of the Associate Artist Research Programme at The Substation (Singapore, 2011-13). Apart from routine international art fairs and commercial shows, VS has participated in projects such as Kuandu Biennale (2010); Roundtable: Gwangju Biennale (2012); The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from SE Asia, ARTER (Istanbul/ 2014); and Concept Context Contestation, Jogjakarta, organized by Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (2016).

To date, VS’s widely acclaimed art installations, which include The Garden of Forking Paths/ Mirror Room (2010) and John Martin: Butcher or Surgeon (2015), have travelled to Barcelona, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City and Taipei. In 2017, vertical submarine was engaged by ZARCH Collaboratives as curator for SGIO-Sydney organized by Singapore Tourism Board. The group joined the Thailand Biennale: The Edge of Wonderland (Krabi/ 2018).

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