Signal to Noise

19.09.2010 (Sun) 4pm / 7pm

Signal to Noise is about exploring methods and strategies of improvisation. The music is grounded in jazz improvisation, blending concepts and principles from both Western and Eastern contemporary classical music. While Signal to Noise is composed of four very unique and accomplished improvisers their highest ideal is ensemble, playing together.

A significant element of Signal to Noiseˇ¦s philosophy is best summarized by Mr. Anthony Braxton from a 1993 interview: "I want, that which happens when music happens, to happen. It's not about me being the total energy that completes the process of the "ising" of the music."


  • Joe Rosenberg (Soprano Saxophonist / Bass Clarinetist / Compser)

  • Soo ˇV Jung Kae (Pianist / Composer / Improvisor)

  • Edward Perraud (Drummer)

  • Peter Scherr (Double Bassist / Composer)

Tickets are at $150 (standard) and $120 (concession) for the event, ticket includes one drink. For bookings and enquiries please contact Nancy Chua at 2537 0688 or email to

An Unexpected Turn of Events

27.11.2010 ˇV 16.01.2011

Private View and Reception: 26.11.2010 (Friday), 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Curator: David CHAN

Artists: CHEN Shaoxiong | Tsuyoshi OZAWA

Osage Kwun Tong presents An Unexpected Turn of Events, a traveling exhibition from our newly located branch in Shanghai, showing the works of artists Chen Shaoxiong and Tsuyoshi Ozawa. The two artists have produced many significant collaborative projects since 2005 that express our fate and destiny. Though they originate from different countries and cultural backgrounds, their collaborative practices bear strong parallels whilst retaining their individual interest. By tracing the development of the two mid-career artists and exhibiting selected artworks from the past decade, this exhibition attempts to decode the slippage between the artistsˇ¦ subjectivities and their search for a common creative ground.

Both Chen and Ozawa share many similar core interests, from utilizing the urban space as a site for improvisation to deconstructing the myth of a nation and its history; critiquing global politics and the media to coming to terms with violence and terror; exposing the social and physical conformity of urban life to reflecting on our essential human needs, their contingent approach towards art making is often in situ by nature and based on free will, like a pair of tricksters turning a loaded subject into something light hearted and even humorous.

From their first collaboration, Canton Tokyo 1 (2005) at the Second Guangzhou Triennial, to a new commission which involves the firing of bricks that are embedded with hidden objects, what binds these artists together is their observation of the minutest details of our crazy world and to use what is seemingly mundane as the subject matter for their explorations. Whilst Ozawaˇ¦s Nasubi Galleries create temporary galleries in Tokyo to challenge the traditional gallery system, Chenˇ¦s streetscape photography juxtaposes different cityscapes to expose the need for physical conformity of different metropolises. Interested in exploring different modes of cultural production, Chen and Ozawa express a contingent quality that speaks of human fate and makes their art vital and timely.