Ho Tzu Nyen



1976     Born in Singapore

Lives and works in Singapore.


2001         Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia, BA in Creative Arts
2007         National University of Singapore, Singapore, MA in Southeast Asian Studies



No Man II. Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin

The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia Volume 1: G for Ghost(writer). Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong


The Cloud of Unknowing. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

EARTH. Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg

The Name. daadgalerie. Berlin, Germany

The Cloud of Unknowing. Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada


EARTH. Project Fulfill Art Space. Taipei, Taiwan


PYTHAGORAS. Michael Janssen, Gillman Barracks, Singapore


MAM Project #16. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


The Cloud of Unknowing. Singapore Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, Italy
Earth. Artspace. Sydney, Australia


The Bohemian Rhapsody Project. Contemportary Art Center of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia


4 x 4 – Episodes of Singapore Art. National Broadcast on Arts Central, Singapore


Utama – Every Name in History is I. The Substation, Singapore



Ghosts and Spectres - Shadows  of History. NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Lofoten International Arts Festival, Norway

Sunshower: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now. Mori Art Museum & National Arts Center Tokyo, Japan

When the other meets the other Other? What matters? What not? Culural Center Belgrade, Serbia

2 or 3 Tigers. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, HKW, Berlin

The Principle of Uncertainty. National Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

Imaginary Asia. Nam June Paik Center, Seoul, Korea

Contour Biennale. Mechelen, Belgium

The Fevered Specters of Art. Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany

Kino der Kunst. HFF AudimaxX, Munich, Germany


Field Meeting: Thinking Practice. Guggenheim New York, USA

Frozen World of the Familiar Stranger. Kadist Art Foundation, KHOJ, New Delhi, India

Art Basel Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland

The Time is Out of Joint. Sharjah Art Foundation Art Spaces, Sharjah

TRAME, Reality Art Cinema Invention. Spazio Murat, Bari

Screening Room. Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Germany

From Bandung to Berlin - If all of the moons aligned. SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin

Habits and customs of __ . Kadist Art Foundation Paris, Paris

Time Of Others. Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD

Frozen World of the Familiar Stranger. Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA


6th Moscow Biennale, Russia

5 Stars. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Art, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

A Luxury We Cannot Afford. Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong

The Time of Others. NMAO National Museum of Art Osaka, Osaka

Crossovers. OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, China

FACTS & FICTION. Images of Catastrophe and Projections into the Future. Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany

The Measure of Your Dwelling: Singapore as Unhomed. IFA Gallery, Berlin, Germany

The Time of Others. Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan

Lest the Two Seas Meet. Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

To The Sound of the Closing Door. Akademie der Künste, Berlin


2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India

10th Shanghai Biennale, Power of Station of Art, Shanghai, China

ABP Foundation Signature Art Prize 2014 Finalists Exhibition. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Busan  Museum of Art, South Korea

Mapping Asia. Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, China

Anthropos. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, USA

Medium-at-Large. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Ewa International Media Art Presentation. Seoul, Korea

Unearthed. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Reality Distortion Field. Media/Art Kitchen, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan

Sights and Sounds: Singapore. The Jewish Museum of New York, New York City


5th Auckland Triennial. New Zealand

Artificial Natures. EXIT Festival, Maison des Arts de Créteil, France

No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Move on Asia. ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

Autonomous Zone. Times Museum, Guangzhou, China

transmediale.13. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany


Of Human Scale and Beyond: Experience and Transcendence. Hong Kong Art Centre, Hong Kong

To Bring the World into the World. Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada

Surplus Authors. Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands

TRACES. Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Armory Film. The Armory Show, New York, USA

Asian Art Biennial. National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan

New Frontiers. Sundance Film Festival, Utah, USA


transmediale.11. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

The Grip. Kadist Foundation, Paris, France


No Soul for Sale. Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom

Video Art Biennial. Tel Aviv, Israel

Media Landscape - Zone East. Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK


The Zarathustra Project. 6th Asia-Art Pacific Triennial, Australia
H the Happy Robot. 6th Asia-Art Pacific Triennial, Australia

Dojima River Biennale. Osaka, Japan

Some Rooms. Osage Kwun Tong, Hong Kong


Coffee, Cigarettes and Phad Thai - Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia. Eslite Gallery, Taiwan
Art Multiple. Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts, Shanghai, China
Loop in Motion. Video Festival, Seoul, South Korea
MU Popshop. Stichting MU, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Art & Entrepreneurship. Credit-Suisse Exhibition, Dubai, New York, Berlin, Moscow, Geneva, Milan, Madrid, London
Always Here but not Always Present- Art in a Senseless World. SMU Arts Festival, Singapore


Soft Power. Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, China
Recontres Internationales. Center Pompidou, Paris, France
Asia – Europe Mediations. National Gallery of Poznan, Poland
Thermocline of Art – New Asian Waves. ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany


The Bohemian Rhapsody Project. The Glowing Whistle Festival, HQ Sparswasser, Berlin
Underplayed: A Mix-Tape of Music-Based Videos. The Yerba Buena Center the Arts, San Francisco, USA
4 x 4 – Episodes of Singapore Art. ARGOS, Brussels, Belgium
1st Singapore Biennale. Singapore
Move on Asia. Alternative Space Loop, Seoul & Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan
Islanded. Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore, Adam Art gallery, New Zealand
The Bohemian Rhapsody Project. Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, China
The Guernica Project. ARCO, Madrid, Spain


Singapore Seasons. Institute of Contemporary Art, London
Utama – Every Name in History is I. 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan
No Time for Space. Para-Site, Hong Kong
Utama – Every Name in History is I. Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany


SENI. Singapore Art Museum. Singapore
Image Smugglers. 26th Sao Paolo Biennale, Brazil
Paintings, Display. The Podium, Makati City, Philippines
The Venice Architectural Biennale. Singapore Pavilion, Venice, Italy
Paintings, Painting as Process – Re-evaluating Painting. The Earl Lu Gallery, Singapore



42nd Rotterdam International Film Festival


Sundance Film Festival


64th Locarno International Film Festival
EARTH (2009). medium length film, 40 min


Official Selection, 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival
Official Selection, 39th Rotter
dam International Film Festival

Official Selection, 3rd !fstanbul International Film Festival
Official Selection, 33rd Goteborg International Film Festival
Official Selection, 15th Ankara Festival on Wheels Film Festival


Official Selection, 66th Venice International Film Festival
HERE (2009). feature film, 84 min
Official Selection, 24th Mar del Plata International Film Festival
Official Selection, 6th Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
Official Selection, 11th Cinemanila Inter
national Film Festival
Official Selection, 33rd Sao Paulo International Film Festival
Official Selection, 16th Oldenburg International Film Festival
Official Selection, 26th Warsaw International Film Festival
Official Selection, 14th Pusan International Film Festival
Official Selection, 44th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Directors Fortnight, 62nd Cannes International Film Festival, France
Reflections (2007). short film, 15 min
2nd Asian Hot Shots Berlin, Germany

Official Selection, 55th Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany


International Competition, 2nd Kratkofil International Short Film Festival,Bosnia-Herzegovina
International Competition 11th Expression en Corto International Film Festival, Mexico
Évora International Short Film Festival, Portugal
19th Ljubljana International Film Festival, Slovenia
Cinemascape, 9th Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea
International Competition, 54th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany
Lucky 7 (2007). collaborative feature film, 84 min
27th Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
37th Rotterdam International Film Festival, Holland
Asian Competition, 21st Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
The Bohemian Rhapsody Project (2006). short film, 7 min
38th Seattle International Film Festival, USA
Arcadi Film Festival, Paris, France
Lab Competition, 30th Clermont – Ferrand Inter
national Film Festival, France


Recontres Internationales 2007 – 2008, Center Pompidou, Paris, France
International Competition, 26th Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden
International Competition, 15th Curtas de Ville Film Festival, Portugal
Official Selection, 5th Asiana International Film Festival, South Korea
International Competition, 53rd Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany
Sejarah Singapura (2006). short film, 14 min
4x4 – Episodes of Singapore Art (2005). TV series, 23 min each
Utama – Every Name in History is I (2003). short film, 23 min


MOV Digital Film Festival, Manila, Philippines


11th Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong
International Competition, 3rd Bangkok
International Film Festival, Thailand


Hive Digital Film Festival, Singapore



Ten Thousand Tigers. Asian Cultural Complex, Gwangju/Korea
Ten Thousand Tigers. Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia


Ten Thousand Tigers. Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria
Ten Thousand Tigers. Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore


The Song of the Brokenhearted Tiger. Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore


Invisible Room (with The Observatory). Theater der Welt, Germany


The King Lear Project. KunstenFestivaldesArts, Brussels, Belgium
The King Lear Project. Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore
The House of Memory. Singapore Theatre Festival, Singapore


Utama – Every Name in History is I. KunstenFestivaldesArts, Brussels, Belgium
Utama – Every Name in History is I. Theatre Institute Nederland, Amsterdam, Holland
King Lear -The Avoidance of Love. The Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore


2 South Seas, 3 Chairs, 4 Suits. Singapore Seasons, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
Utama – Every name in History is I (performance lecture). The Bangkok Fringe Festival, Thailand



The Road Not Taken, LTA commission, Pasir Panjang MRT Station, Singapore


Sejarah Singapura, National Museum of Singapore, Permanent Display



Grand Prize. the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize, Singapore for PHYTHAGORAS,


Prix de Nuit. Signes de Nuit, Paris, France for the Cloud of Unknowing,


National Youth Award. National Youth Council, Singapore
Young Artist Award. National Arts Council, Singapore


JCCI Singapore Foundation Arts Award. Singapore
Critic’s Picks. Flying Inkpot 2008, for the King Lear Project – The Lear Universe
The Grand Jury Prize. 4th Pris de Courts, International Short Film Festival in Paris, France, the Bohemian Rhapsody Project
Honorable Mention. the 5th Vienna Independent Short Film Festival, Vienna for the Bohemian Rhapsody Project
De Filmkrant. World Wide Angle, February 2008, nr 296, Film Critic’s Pick of 2007 for The Bohemian Rhapsody Project
Silver Medal. MUSE Awards, New York, USA for Sejarah Singapura,


Critic’s Pick for best performance of the year. Flying Inkpot 2007, for King Lear – The Avoidance of Love
Film Critic’s Pick. Senses of Cinema World Poll 2007, for The Bohemian Rhapsody Project


Front Award for Visual Arts. Arts Central, Singapore
Film Critic’s Pick. San Francisco Bay Guardian, for 4 x 4 – Episodes of Singapore Art
Film Critic’s Pick. Senses of Cinema World Poll 2006, Film Critic’s Pick for 4 x 4 – Episodes of Singapore Art


Research Scholarship. National University of Singapore, Singapore


Dean’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievements. University of Melbourne, Australia


National Winner. Nokia Arts Awards, Eye on the World Painting Competition, Singapore
First Prize. Abstract Category, 20th UOB Painting of the Year, Singapore


First Prize. The Jacques Derrida Exhibition and Prize, Melbourne, Australia


Humanities Scholarship. Public Service Commission, Singapore



DAAD, Berlin, Germany


Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong


Sudpole, Lucerne, Switzerland


TheatreWorks, Singapore