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Avis Announces New Partnership with SriLankan Airlines

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-SriLankan Airlines’ Frequent Flyers, FlySmiLes members, are valued more with chances to earn points and enjoy discounts on rental cars from Avis

SINGAPORE, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Avis, today announced a new partnership agreement with SriLankan Airlines the national carrier of Sri Lanka and the newest member of the oneworld alliance. Through the new partnership, the Airline’s frequent flyers, FlySmiLes members will have the opportunity to earn and redeem miles from Avis car rentals. In addition, Avis’ products and services will be marketed to FlySmiles members on the FlySmiLes website: http://www.flysmiles.com/.

“We are more than excited to align our brand loyalty efforts with SriLankan Airlines,” said Patric Siniscalchi, President, Latin America/Asia Pacific, Avis Budget Group. “This partnership will enhance the value proposition for FlySmiLes’ customer loyalty program and bring us incremental business at the same time, giving us the opportunity to accelerate our growth in the Southeast Asia.”

SriLankan Airlines, Head of Commercial Operations, Mohammed Fazeel said, “SriLankan Airlines is delighted to have Avis on-board, which will provide our frequent flyers more opportunities to earn and redeem miles whilst on business or holiday. We have been expanding our strategic partnerships with service-providers of high calibre to provide our FlySmiLes members the best possible experience.  With SriLankan’s entry to oneworld in May this year, FlySmiLes members now have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of benefits in addition to earning and redeeming miles when flying with the oneworld carriers.”

To celebrate the new partnership, Avis offers the FlySmiLes members Double and Triple bonus FlySmiLes miles on qualifying rentals.

For More Information: Call Reservations Hotline 1800 737 1668 (toll-free)

About Avis in Asia

In Asia, Avis is a leading provider of vehicle rental; vehicle leasing and limousine/chauffeur drive services operating in more than 300 locations through a network of wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensee agreements in 18 markets. Avis opened its first operations in Asia in 1970 in Hong Kong. Throughout the 1970’s Avis grew steadily in the region, with operations launched in Singapore, the Philippines, Pakistan,Malaysia and Indonesia. More recently, developments have included openings in India, Mainland China, Vietnamand Taiwan.

About Avis

Avis Car Rental operates one of the world’s best-known car rental brands with approximately 5,450 locations in more than 165 countries. Avis has a long history of innovation in the car rental industry and is one of the world’s top brands for customer loyalty. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR), which operates and licenses the brand throughout the world. For more information, visit www.avis.com.

About SriLankan AirLines and FlySmiLes

SriLankan Airlines being the  National carrier of Sri Lanka, is an award winning carrier with a firm reputation as a global leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability, and punctuality . The airline has cemented a firm reputation worldwide for its service, comfort, safety and reliability, notching many enviable industry awards along the way. These awards include the, World’s Friendliest Cabin Staff by Skytrax; Best Airline in South Asia from Travel Trade Gazette; World’s Most Reliable Operator of Airbus A330s and A340s by Airbus Industries and the Etihad Global Excellence Award for Best Regional Caterer.

The airline’s hub is located at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, providing convenient connections to its global route network of 60 destinations in 33 countries in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Far East, North America and Australia. SriLankan has mutual code-share services with BMI (British Midland), Etihad and Malaysia Airlines. Indian Airlines , Saudi Arabian Airlines, Air Canada and Mihin also code-share on some of SriLankan’s routes. SriLankan has consistently achieved very high marks for excellence, especially in polls of global travellers and has won many international accolades consistently.

For further information please contact:

Grace Banto
Avis Asia
+65-6737-1668
grace.banto@avis.com.sg

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Source: Avis

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September 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm

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MIFF Furniture Design Competition Raises the Bar

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia /PRNewswire/ — Malaysia’s top furniture design contest, MIFF FurnitureDesign Competition (MIFF FDC) makes a return with a brand new theme this year – ‘Living Furniture, Global Perspective.’ To officially kick things off, a ‘Behind-the-Design’ workshop was successfully held today by the organisers and welcomed approximately 200 participants from higher learning institutions and design firms at the Putra World Trade Centre.

MIFF FDC 2015 Design Workshop - "Behind-the-Design"
MIFF FDC 2015 Design Workshop – “Behind-the-Design”

In an attempt to highlight the uniqueness of Malaysian wooden furniture, this year’s competition requires the product designs to be centered on the material. This latest initiative has been further bolstered with an official announcement of Malaysian Timber Council (MTC)’s collaboration to sponsor the 2015 MIFF FDC earlier today.

Dato’ Tan Chin Huat, Chairman of MIFF, expressed his delight at the partnership: “This is a strong endorsement of the importance and credibility of the competition for the Malaysian furniture industry and the timber sector as well.”

“By setting wood as the main material for the competition entry, we hope that it will enhance awareness among the younger generation on the eco-friendliness, versatility and beauty of wood, a material that has helped propel the growth of the Malaysian furniture industry,” Dato’ Tan said.

At the same time, Datuk Yeo Heng Hau, Chief Executive Officer of MTC, said, “The competition offers the perfect platform for young designers to showcase their innovative talent, gain invaluable exposure in the industry as well as key insights from experts in the field.”

The MIFF FDC ‘Behind-the-Design’ workshop was tailored to provide useful insights on utilising wood in furniture. Competition chief judge, Mr Philip Yap, started off the workshop with a captivating presentation entitled ‘Creative Design from Nature’s Bounty’, followed by Dr. Wong Tuck Meng, Director of Timber Industry Development Division of MTC’s talk on ‘Timber for furniture – Its Limit is Your Imagination.’

The workshop also included a furniture showcase featuring products from five leading Malaysian furniture manufacturers (Jemaramas Jaya, Inception Design & Trading, Kinheng Furniture, Gamma Wood, and Lencasa) for attendees to obtain an added hands-on experience. With each company’s representative present, the attendees were able to interact and address their queries to the manufacturers themselves.

The annual MIFF FDC is now open for entries where the closing date of entry submission is on 10 October 2014. Already in its 6th year, the industry’s leading competition is poised to top last years’ record of 244 entries.

Malaysians and foreigners/students residing in Malaysia under the age of 30 are eligible to enter the competition. The finalist designs would be prototyped and displayed at the next MIFF, which is a global top 10 industry show, scheduled from 3 to 7 March 2015 at Putra World Trade Centre and Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre.

The winner of MIFF FDC 2015 will walk away with RM10,000 followed by RM5,000 and RM2,500 for the second and third placed respectively, while other finalists will be awarded RM500 each.

For more information on the competition or the workshop, please visit www.mifffdc.com.

Notes to Editors

1. About MIFF (www.miff.com.my)

Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) is an export-oriented furniture trade show held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is also a global leading trade show approved by UFI, The Global Association for Exhibition Industry. Since 1995, MIFF has nurtured invaluable partnerships between thousands of buyers and furniture makers across the globe.

2. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and over 1,400 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 21 market sectors with 160 exhibitions, 75 conferences, 28 trade publications, 18 vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.

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September 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm

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Formula E: The Watch, the Team, the Car…

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LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland /PRNewswire/ —

– The Future is Electric

– TAG Heuer to premiere FIA Formula E Championship season at special VIP press event in Beijing

– MOTOR-RACING’S DOMINANT SWISS WATCH BRAND IS OFFICIAL PARTNER, OFFICIAL WATCH & OFFICIAL GLOBAL TIMEKEEPER OF THE 2014 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP

– TWO PIONEERS: The leader in prestigious and high-end chronographs joins forces with the world’s first-ever electric car open championship

Uber-cool Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer will mark the start of the world’s first electric car race season on 31st August with a king-sized VIP party in Beijing, home of the new championship’s electrifying season opener.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
http://www.multivu.com/players/English/72762515-tag-heuer-formula-e-future-electric/

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The event officially inaugurates the pioneering Swiss brand’s latest adventure in motor-racing, which starts 13 September in Beijing and closes 27 June, 2015 in London. TAG Heuer is the Official Watch, Partner and Timekeeper of the FIA Formula E Championship for all ten events, a role it has played several times over the decades, for major motor-racing series and circuit around the world, from Formula One in the 1970s to Indy 500 in 20XX and the Monaco Grand Prix today.

“Cars have fueled and inspired this brand since its earliest days,” said Stephane Linder. We invented the first dashboard counters back in 1911, partnered with Ferrari in Formula One in the 1970s, have been part of the most wining team in the sport, McLaren Mercedes, since 1985, and backed champions from Juan-Manuel Fangio in the 50s to Jenson Button and Stephane Ogier in 2014. Now we are proud to be part of the world’s newest and most innovative open championship-a path-breaking initiative that, like TAG Heuer, is a fusion of engineering, technology, sport, science, and design – all combining to drive the change towards a better tomorrow.”

In all, 10 cities will play host to the Formula E series, including Putrajaya, Malaysia,  Buenos Aires, Argentina, Punta del Este, Uruguay, Miami and Long Beach in the United States, and Berlin and Monte Carlo in Europe.

TAG Heuer’s colors and crest will line the street circuits of each Formula E city. They will also be worn by the crew and car of TAG Heuer’s other Formula E partner: China Racing Formula E Team and its drivers Nelson Piquet,Ho-Pin Tung and Antonio Garcia.

Video:
http://www.multivu.com/players/English/72762515-tag-heuer-formula-e-future-electric/

Source: TAG Heuer

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September 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm

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Triumph celebrates the launch of Magic Wire with New York City Event Hosted at House of Triumph — A Temporary Brand Space on The Bowery

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NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Triumph ‘The Maker of Lingerie’ launched Magic Wire, its new bra innovation; at House of Triumph (Old Bowery Station, Manhattan). Magic Wire is the first Triumph bra that uses a flexible silicone wire, providing all the support of an underwire, without the discomfort of a metal wire.

Taryn Manning, Gina Gershon, Jill Hennessy, Debi Mazar, Katrina Bowden and Aimee Garcia were amongst the guests who were welcomed into the venue with champagne and live music by famed Harpist Erin Hill. Guests were then drawn to an electrifying choreographed contortion & dance performance.

Concealed behind a drape curtain adjacent to the Triumph gallery, an intimate ‘secret’ bar served small groups of guests. Guests were invited to enter the four-minute immersive magic experience and order their smoking/ molecular cocktail in a speakeasy style setting.

Professional bra fittings featuring Triumph Magic Wire bras were available throughout the evening, which culminated in a digital fireworks display.

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WHO:

Attending notables: Taryn Manning, Jill Hennessy, Gina Gershon, Debi Mazar, Jill Hennessy, Katrina Bowden and Aimee Garcia

DATE:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WHERE:

Old Bowery Station, 168 Bowery New York NY

us.triumph.com

triumph.com/magicwire

#HouseOfTriumphNYC or #HoTNYC

@triumph_us

ABOUT MAGIC WIRE
This fall, we are continuing our trend of innovation by re-designing the traditional underwire bra. Our new silicone Magic Wire features underwire support without the discomfort of a metal wire. Our latest innovation allows the wearer to have the comfort of a non-wired bra and the support necessary for the perfect fit. We have crafted a new bust support system enclosed within the padding of the bra to provide extra comfort and a built in mesh stabilizer that offers additional support that moves with your body.

BODY MAKE-UP MAGIC WIRE
This new addition to the Body Make-up collection is the ultimate blend of comfort and fit by combining the latest wire technology, stylish design and the second skin comfort that is synonymous with the collection. This series is available up to G cup in our core colours black and smooth skin.

CONTOURING SENSATION
Introducing intricate and feminine shapewear designed with medium shaping control and the soft and firm Magic Wire. Glamorous designs showcase the beautiful, feminine floral lace with 3D patterns and engineered scallop-shape edges that ensure invisibility underneath tight garments.

Triumph’s new Magic Wire innovation will be available this September 2014.

Triumph International is one of the world’s largest intimate apparel companies. It enjoys a presence in over 120 countries with the core brands Triumph®, sloggi®, Valisère® and HOM®. Globally, the company serves 40,000 wholesale customers and sells its products in 2,100 Triumph Stores as well as via several own online shops. Triumph International employs more than 33,000 people and achieves revenues of 1.9 billion Swiss francs(2013). It is a member of both the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP).

Triumph International
Martina Loehner
phone: +49-89-5111-8219
mobile: +49-170-223-7406
mail: martina.loehner@triumph.com
www.triumph.com

For US Press Inquiries
Leslie Bishop
phone: +2122262530
mail: leslie@exposure.net

Source: Triumph Lingerie

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September 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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Philips Spotlights New Cardiology Solutions and Unveils Ultrasound Technology at European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014

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— Innovative cardiology solutions help deliver better care for more patients, respond to biggest challenges facing cardiologists

ANDOVER, Mass. /PRNewswire/ – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA) today announced its presence at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2014, where the company is highlighting the full range of its cardiology solutions serving clinicians and patients across the care continuum from prevention and diagnosis, to treatment, recovery and wellness. Visitors to the Philips booth (#F500) will experience Philips’ new Cardiology Solutions approach, enabling clinicians and health systems to deliver better cardiovascular care for more patients, at lower a cost, in the treatment of coronary artery disease, structural heart disease, and heart failure.

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Philips Cardiology Solutions meet the needs of clinicians who are at the center of the cardiovascular care. Philips’ breadth of diagnostic and treatment solutions offer real-time tools to connect patient information with clinician knowledge, resulting in more personalized care, while innovations for recovery and wellness provide a safer transition from hospital to home.

“Interventional cardiology is continuously innovating new procedures to improve the lives of patients around the world,” said Gene Saragnese, CEO of Imaging Systems for Philips Healthcare. “Our cardiology solutions approach unlocks the data and insights necessary to improve efficiency in interventional cardiology, and together with our global customers and partners, we’re creating care delivery to optimally support clinicians and patients.”

One of the leading global conferences on cardiovascular care, the ESC Congress 2014 will showcase the industry’s most promising research and leading innovations. Throughout the event, Philips and physician partners will be participating in several symposia and presentations on topics including big data in cardiology and anatomical intelligence.

On Saturday, August 30th, Philips’ newest ultrasound system will make its worldwide debut, with an unveiling at the Philips Booth (#F500) at 4 p.m. CET.  Beginning August 30th  and running through September 3rd at the ESC Congress 2014, Philips will also offer demonstrations of its advanced imaging and ultrasound solutions designed for every step of the patient journey, including:

Screening and Diagnosis

  • ST80i ECG Stress Testing System – Manages patient information from start to finish through bi-directional network connectivity and turns stress ECG data into actionable insights.
  • Philips IntelliSpace ECG – A multi-modality, multi-vendor, scalable ECG management system, providing access to patient data for review of time-sensitive ECGs on a smartphone, to help improve patient care through comprehensive and flexible workflow management.
  • Xcelera Image Management System – Integrated, multi-modality image management system for cardiovascular information offering access to multiple applications within a single flexible workspace for use in multiple locations and across multi-sites.
  • IntelliSpace Portal with TAVI package – Quickly assesses the aortic root anatomy for pre-TAVI planning and obtains crucial information about eligibility, proper device size, and a recommendation for C-arm angle for device deployment.
  • EPIQ Ultrasound – Philips’ most powerful architecture ever applied to ultrasound imaging.

Treatment

  • Allura Clarity with ClarityIQ – Industry-leading interventional X-ray system offering high image quality at a low [X-ray] dose.
  • EchoNavigator R2 with Image Fusion – Fuses live X-ray and live echo for intuitive, live image guidance during structural heart disease procedures.
  • Hybrid OR – Provides the ability to seamlessly perform a wide range of open and minimally invasive procedures in a single room.
  • Heart Navigator – Supports structural heart disease procedures by simplifying planning, device and projection angle selection and providing live image guidance to support device positioning.

Recovery and Care Management

  • Q-Station, with anatomical intelligence tools – Streamlines ultrasound data management and performs advanced visualization, analysis and quantification of Philips echo data.
  • Motiva mobile – A content rich and interactive telehealth platform that is part of the Chronic Ambulatory Care program (eCAC), specifically designed to help empower chronically ill patients to effectively manage their disease state.

For more information on Philips presence at the ESC Congress 2014, please visit http://www.philips.com/esc, follow the #ESCcongress conversation @PhilipsHealth and continue the conversation via the Philips LinkedIn Innovations in Cardiology Group.

For more information, please contact:
Kathy O’Reilly
Philips Healthcare
Tel: +1 978-659-2638
Mobile: +1 978-221-8919
Email: kathy.oreilly@philips.com
Twitter: @kathyoreilly

About Royal Philips:
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 113,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located atwww.philips.com/newscenter.

 

Source: Royal Philips

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September 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

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CPI’s DistributionFrame is the High-Quality, Low-Cost Solution for Today’s Building Automation Needs

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— Locally Manufactured, with the Same Quality You Know and Trust from CPI

SHANGHAI /PRNewswire/ — Chatsworth Products (CPI), a global innovator in cabinet and cable management solutions, introduces DistributionFrame Cabinet System, a high quality, cost-effective solution engineered to store, organize and support networking and building automation equipment in today’s Intelligent Buildings.

The DistributionFrame is a secure, compact Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) cabinet designed with a small footprint to conserve floor space, as well as a frame that supports up to 1100 lb (500kg) of equipment. It is a solution that customers can depend on to last.

Manufactured locally and highly adaptable to future equipment changes, DistributionFrame supports any mix of patch panels, fiber enclosures and switch equipment. The cabinet’s top panel has four grommet-protected cable access ports to protect cables from cuts or abrasions and for easy cable entry. Additional cable management accessories are available to ensure all cables, including Cat 6A, are neatly organized and secured for optimum network performance.

Other features include:

  • Adjustable depth mounting rails provide front and rear support for 19″ EIA rack-mount equipment
  • Perforated front and rear doors provide appropriate airflow for active equipment
  • User-friendly locking doors and side panels secure equipment and network connections and can be easily removed as required to service equipment

For a complete list of accessories or to find out more, visit the product page.

To best meet scheduling requirements, the DistributionFrame is sold by a network of authorized stocking distributors that specialize in network and automation cabling. This provides contractors with a convenient, single source for cabling and cabinets, and the confidence of a complete and consistent solution.

About Chatsworth Products
Chatsworth Products, Inc. (CPI) is a global provider of quality voice and data solutions that optimize, store and secure technology equipment, providing innovation, configurability and value. CPI operates global offices withinthe United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and China, as well as manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia.

For more information about CPI, visit www.chatsworth.com.

CPI does not accept liability for any errors or omissions and reserves the right to change information and descriptions of listed services and products.

©2014 Chatsworth Products, Inc. All rights reserved. Chatsworth Products, CPI, CPI Passive Cooling, eConnect, MegaFrame, Saf-T-Grip, Seismic Frame, SlimFrame, TeraFrame, GlobalFrame, Cube-iT Plus, Evolution, OnTrac, QuadraRack and Velocity are federally registered trademarks of Chatsworth Products. Simply Efficient is a trademark of Chatsworth Products. All other trademarks belong to their respective companies.

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September 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm

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I’m a Ghost in My Own House by Melati Suryodarmo from Indonesia Shortlisted as Finalist in Third Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize

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-15 finalists vying for SGD 60,000 Grand Prize revealed today

SURAKARTA, Indonesia, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation today announced the 15 finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Now in its third installment, the prize spotlights the most compelling contemporary artworks created by artists in the Asia Pacific region over the last three years.

 

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Selected by a panel of five eminent judges from around the region, the finalists’ works were chosen from 105 nominated artworks from 24 countries and territories. Innovative and exciting creations from recent years, the contemporary artworks represent the very best of the region and are intentionally not limited by genre. Spanning various mediums from painting to sculpture, photography, video works and performance art, they each address topical issues and collectively shed light not just on our region’s contemporary art landscape but also on the topics and conversations relevant in our society today.

The 15 finalists represent 13 countries and territories including Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan,Singapore, New Zealand, mainland China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan. They include:

  • Golden Teardrop (2013) by Arin Rungjang from Thailand
  • Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) (2011) by Choe U-Ram from South Korea
  • Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) (2012) by Farida Batool from Pakistan
  • One places / on “the room” (2013) by Go Watanabe from Japan
  • PYTHAGORAS (2013) by Ho Tzu Nyen from Singapore
  • In Pursuit of Venus (2012) by Lisa Reihana from New Zealand
  • Trace (2011) by Liu Jianhua from mainland China
  • I’m a Ghost in My Own House (2012) by Melati Suryodarmo from Indonesia
  • Rankin Street, 1953 (2013) by Naeem Mohaiemen from Bangladesh
  • Unsubtitled (2013) by Nguyen Trinh Thi from Vietnam
  • Infinite Love (2011) by Owen Leong from Australia
  • Letters From A Distance (2012-2014) by Peng Wei from mainland China
  • House of Opaque Water (2013) by Ranbir Kaleka from India
  • Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan (2010-2013) by Yao Jui-Chung + Lost Society Document (LSD) from Taiwan
  • Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons (2013) by Zhao Renhui from Singapore

(For detailed artist’ statements and biographies, please visithttp://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html)

Selecting this year’s Finalists is a judging panel comprising Mr. Chris Saines, Director of Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art; Mr. Feng Boyi, eminent independent art curator and critic of Chinese contemporary art; Ms.Luckana Kunavichayanont, Director of Bangkok Art and Culture Center; Ms. Pooja Sood, Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association; and Dr. Susie Lingham, Director of Singapore Art Museum.

A statement from the jury panel stated, “We’re excited to be presenting the finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Narrowing the choice from over 100 works to the final 15 involved a rigorous selection process and intensive discussions — testament to the high caliber of entries that were refined, rich and diverse. Overall, the 15 works selected offer a glimpse of the future of our region’s rich and constantly evolving contemporary art scene. The finalist works stood out for their strength of concept and execution and despite stemming from such diverse contexts, histories and cultural backgrounds, cleverly explored similar issues of identity, immigration, urban expansion, depletion of natural resources, fading of old values, cultural diversity and more.”

I’m a Ghost in My Own House by Melati Suryodarmo, the only Indonesian finalist shortlisted for the prestigious title, is an intense and powerful 12-hour long performance that sees the artist grind and crush hundreds of kilograms of charcoal, a symbol of life’s energy.

Other finalists works include Australian Owen Leong’s Infinite Love, a visceral and poetic performance, explores the body as a physical site for social, cultural and political forces in relation to his Asian-Australian identity.

Employing the use of meditative visuals, Go Watanabe’s One places / on “the room” presents a technically challenging and deeply absorbing piece that changes the way we look at time and space; Ranbir Kaleka’sHouse of Opaque Water uses a narrative structure to present the idea of displacement and society’s response to these situations; and New Zealander Lisa Reihana’s work In Pursuit of Venus reflects the beauty of the Pacific Islands while offering a nuanced critique of its colonial legacies.

From mainland China the works shortlisted include Liu Jianhua’s Trace, a striking piece inspired by the traditional art forms of calligraphy and porcelain to comment on societal ills and Peng Wei’s Letters from a Distance, which is steeped in traditional practices and utilizes Chinese aesthetic objects like scrolls and leaves melded together with texts from Western philosophers.

Choe U-Ram’s Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) takes the form of a mesmerizing and highly imaginative sculpture that depicts a mythical creature that is at once from the past yet also from an apocalyptic future and Arin Rungjang’s Golden Teardrop, revisits pivotal moments in Thai history and looks at the human movement and the exchange of cultures.

Works shortlisted from Singapore include Ho Tzu Nyen’s PYTHAGORAS, a creation that serves as an immersive experience for audiences to explore the concept of the unseen and the concealment of power, sound or the voice; while Zhao Renhui’s seemingly minimalist installation titled Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons, draws on his experience of traveling through the Arctic and being overwhelmed by its starkness.

Exemplifying how art has the power to highlight a social issue for scrutiny and exact real change, Yao Jui-Chung& Lost Society Document (LSD)’s Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan is an investigative political work onTaiwan’s ‘mosquito halls’ while Nguyen Trinh Thi Unsubtitled looks at freedom of expression through an installation about Nhan Van-Giai Pham — a suppressed literary movement of the 1950s.

Finally, exploring spaces and places, Pakistan’s Farida Batool’s Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) brings viewers on a walk down a busy city street in Lahore, capturing the side of a city that people may not know of via 21 long lenticular prints while Naeem Mohaiemen of Bangladesh presents Rankin Street, 1953, an intimate work that reveals the artist’s memories of his family using his family home as the subject and uncovering the past through vintage photograph negatives.

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is worth $100,000 with $60,000 awarded to the Grand Prize winner and$15,000 each for two Jurors’ Choice Award winners. A People’s Choice Award of $10,000 will also be offered to the artwork that receives the highest number of public votes via on-site and online submissions (voting opens from 14 November 2014).

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Exhibition will take place at SAM from 14 November 2014 to 15 March 2015 with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on 22 January 2015. For more information, please visit the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize webpage at http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html.

About the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation

Instituted in June 1994, the APB Foundation seeks to ignite compassion and inspire through our philanthropic efforts. We set resources in motion to help people and organisations improve talents, enhanced educational and research endeavours as well as better living conditions. In turn, we fuel society and enable the communities, where we live and work, to flourish.

Committed to supporting Human Excellence, Creativity Development and Humanitarian Causes, the APB Foundation is involved in a variety of initiatives that range from arts funding and backing talent-building projects for human capital development, to engaging in meaningful partnerships with organisations or individuals who share our common goal to serve the society.

The APB Foundation is a registered charity managed and funded by Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (HEINEKEN Asia Pacific).

About the Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) focuses on contemporary art practice in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asiawithin the global context. It advocates and makes accessible interdisciplinary contemporary art through research-led and evolving curatorial practice. Opened in January 1996, SAM has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. It seeks to seed and nourish a stimulating and creative space inSingapore through exhibitions and public programmes. These encompass cross-disciplinary residencies and exchanges, research and publications, as well as outreach and education. SAM was the organiser of the Singapore Biennale in 2011 and 2013.

SAM was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 13 November 2013 and has moved from the National Heritage Board to the Visual Arts Cluster (VAC) under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). The other institutions under the VAC are the National Art Gallery, Singapore (NAGS), and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI).

For more information and images of the artists and judges, please contact:

Kimberly Mah

Lynn Sim

Ogilvy Public Relations

Singapore Art Museum

DID: +65-6213-9940

DID: +65-6697-9762

Email: kimberly.mah@ogilvy.com

Email: lynn.sim@singaporeartmuseum.sg

Janet Neo

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation

DID: +65-6276-3488

Email: janet.neo@heineken.com

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September 1, 2014 at 11:05 am

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Golden Teardrop by Arin Rungjang from Thailand Shortlisted as Finalist in Third Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize

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-15 finalists vying for SGD 60,000 Grand Prize revealed today

BANGKOK, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation today announced the 15 finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Now in its third installment, the prize spotlights the most compelling contemporary artworks created by artists in the Asia Pacificregion over the last three years.

 

Selected by a panel of five eminent judges from around the region, the finalists’ works were chosen from 105 nominated artworks from 24 countries and territories. Innovative and exciting creations from recent years, the contemporary artworks represent the very best of the region and are intentionally not limited by genre. Spanning various mediums from painting to sculpture, photography, video works and performance art, they each address topical issues and collectively shed light not just on our region’s contemporary art landscape but also on the topics and conversations relevant in our society today.

The 15 finalists represent 13 countries and territories including Thailand, South Korea, Pakistan, Japan,Singapore, New Zealand, mainland China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, India, Bangladesh and Taiwan. They include:

  • Golden Teardrop (2013) by Arin Rungjang from Thailand
  • Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) (2011) by Choe U-Ram from South Korea
  • Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) (2012) by Farida Batool from Pakistan
  • One places / on “the room” (2013) by Go Watanabe from Japan
  • PYTHAGORAS (2013) by Ho Tzu Nyen from Singapore
  • In Pursuit of Venus (2012) by Lisa Reihana from New Zealand
  • Trace (2011) by Liu Jianhua from mainland China
  • I’m a Ghost in My Own House (2012) by Melati Suryodarmo from Indonesia
  • Rankin Street, 1953 (2013) by Naeem Mohaiemen from Bangladesh
  • Unsubtitled (2013) by Nguyen Trinh Thi from Vietnam
  • Infinite Love (2011) by Owen Leong from Australia
  • Letters From A Distance (20122014) by Peng Wei from mainland China
  • House of Opaque Water (2013) by Ranbir Kaleka from India
  • Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan (20102013) by Yao Jui-Chung + Lost Society Document (LSD) from Taiwan
  • Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons (2013) by Zhao Renhui from Singapore

(For detailed artist’ statements and biographies, please visithttp://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html)

Selecting this year’s Finalists is a judging panel comprising Mr. Chris Saines, Director of Queensland Art Gallery| Gallery of Modern Art; Mr. Feng Boyi, eminent independent art curator and critic of Chinese contemporary art; Ms.Luckana Kunavichayanont, Director of Bangkok Art and Culture Center; Ms. Pooja Sood, Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association; and Dr. Susie Lingham, Director of Singapore Art Museum.

A statement from the jury panel stated, “We’re excited to be presenting the finalists of the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014. Narrowing the choice from over 100 works to the final 15 involved a rigorous selection process and intensive discussions — testament to the high caliber of entries that were refined, rich and diverse. Overall, the 15 works selected offer a glimpse of the future of our region’s rich and constantly evolving contemporary art scene. The finalist works stood out for their strength of concept and execution and despite stemming from such diverse contexts, histories and cultural backgrounds, cleverly explored similar issues of identity, immigration, urban expansion, depletion of natural resources, fading of old values, cultural diversity and more.”

The work by Arin Rungjang, the only Thai artist shortlisted for the prestigious title, is a video installation that debuted at the Venice Biennale as part of the Thai Pavilion in 2014. Golden Teardrop revisits pivotal moments in Thai history and looks at the human movement and the exchange of cultures.

Other finalists works include Melati Suryodarmo’s I’m a Ghost in My Own House, an intense and powerful 12-hour long performance that sees the artist grind and crush hundreds of kilograms of charcoal, a symbol of life’s energy while Australian Owen Leong’s Infinite Love, a visceral and poetic performance, explores the body as a physical site for social, cultural and political forces in relation to his Asian-Australian identity.

Employing the use of meditative visuals, Go Watanabe’s One places / on “the room” presents a technically challenging and deeply absorbing piece that changes the way we look at time and space; Ranbir Kaleka’sHouse of Opaque Water uses a narrative structure to present the idea of displacement and society’s response to these situations; and New Zealander Lisa Reihana’s work In Pursuit of Venus reflects the beauty of the Pacific Islands while offering a nuanced critique of its colonial legacies.

Works shortlisted from Singapore include Ho Tzu Nyen’s PYTHAGORAS, a creation that serves as an immersive experience for audiences to explore the concept of the unseen and the concealment of power, sound or the voice; while Zhao Renhui’s seemingly minimalist installation titled Eskimo wolf trap often quoted in sermons, draws on his experience of traveling through the Arctic and being overwhelmed by its starkness. From mainlandChina the works shortlisted include Liu Jianhua’s Trace, a striking piece inspired by the traditional art forms of calligraphy and porcelain to comment on societal ills and Peng Wei’s Letters from a Distance, which is steeped in traditional practices and utilizes Chinese aesthetic objects like scrolls and leaves melded together with texts from Western philosophers.

And from South Korea, Choe U-Ram’s Custos Cavum (Guardian of the hole) takes the form of a mesmerizing and highly imaginative sculpture that depicts a mythical creature that is at once from the past yet also from an apocalyptic future.

Exemplifying how art has the power to highlight a social issue for scrutiny and exact real change, Yao Jui-Chung& Lost Society Document (LSD)’s Mirage — Disused Public Property in Taiwan is an investigative political work onTaiwan’s ‘mosquito halls’ while Nguyen Trinh Thi’s Unsubtitled looks at freedom of expression through an installation about Nhan Van-Giai Pham — a suppressed literary movement of the 1950s.

Finally, exploring spaces and places, Pakistan’s Farida Batool’s Kahani Eik Shehr Ki (story of a city) brings viewers on a walk down a busy city street in Lahore, capturing the side of a city that people may not know of via 21 long lenticular prints while Naeem Mohaiemen of Bangladesh presents Rankin Street, 1953, an intimate work that reveals the artist’s memories of his family using his family home as the subject and uncovering the past through vintage photograph negatives.

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is worth $100,000 with $60,000 awarded to the Grand Prize winner and$15,000 each for two Jurors’ Choice Award winners. A People’s Choice Award of $10,000 will also be offered to the artwork that receives the highest number of public votes via on-site and online submissions (voting opens from 14 November 2014).

The APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Exhibition will take place at SAM from 14 November 2014 to 15 March 2015 with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on 22 January 2015. For more information, please visit the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize webpage at http://www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/apbfSAP2014.html.

About the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation

Instituted in June 1994, the APB Foundation seeks to ignite compassion and inspire through our philanthropic efforts. We set resources in motion to help people and organisations improve talents, enhanced educational and research endeavours as well as better living conditions. In turn, we fuel society and enable the communities, where we live and work, to flourish.

Committed to supporting Human Excellence, Creativity Development and Humanitarian Causes, the APB Foundation is involved in a variety of initiatives that range from arts funding and backing talent-building projects for human capital development, to engaging in meaningful partnerships with organisations or individuals who share our common goal to serve the society.

The APB Foundation is a registered charity managed and funded by Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (HEINEKEN Asia Pacific).

About the Singapore Art Museum

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) focuses on contemporary art practice in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asiawithin the global context. It advocates and makes accessible interdisciplinary contemporary art through research-led and evolving curatorial practice. Opened in January 1996, SAM has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. It seeks to seed and nourish a stimulating and creative space inSingapore through exhibitions and public programmes. These encompass cross-disciplinary residencies and exchanges, research and publications, as well as outreach and education. SAM was the organiser of the Singapore Biennale in 2011 and 2013.

SAM was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 13 November 2013 and has moved from the National Heritage Board to the Visual Arts Cluster (VAC) under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY). The other institutions under the VAC are the National Art Gallery, Singapore (NAGS), and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI).

For more information and images of the artists and judges, please contact:

Kimberly Mah

Lynn Sim

Ogilvy Public Relations

Singapore Art Museum

DID: +65-62139940

DID: +65-66979762

Email: kimberly.mah@ogilvy.com

Email: lynn.sim@singaporeartmuseum.sg

Janet Neo

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation

DID: +65-62763488

Email: janet.neo@heineken.com

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Source:
The Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation

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September 1, 2014 at 10:56 am

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