Book Recommendations by: Berny Tan

Book Recommendations by: Berny Tan

Hello, Berny! Can you recommend us three titles?

1. Science of the Secondary: Bin + Rubbish Bundle, Atelier HOKO

The latest in Atelier HOKO's long-running Science of the Secondary series, these are companion publications that unfold the forms, gestures, and intents of what we throw away, making us conscious of the poetics of everyday disposal. This limited edition bundle comes lovingly packaged with a small piece of 'rubbish'.


2. Organised Scenery, Loh Xiang Yun

Loh Xiang Yun's contemplative photographs of parks and botanical gardens are transformed into ethereal, mysterious images when printed on pages made not out of paper, but translucent layers of chiffon. The softness of the fabric compels the reader to treat this publication with a delicate touch, at a leisurely pace.


3. Striking! Advertising Matches in Singapore, Yeo Hong Eng

This almost-matchbox-sized book documents an eclectic collection of more than 350 advertising matchboxes from Singapore's past. Justin Zhuang's words clearly frame their histories and visual characteristics, while the bright colours of Temporary Press's design, and designs of the matchboxes themselves, make this a joy to flip through.


What are you currently reading?

Lying Book • Ordinary Spacewalker • The trace left behind where the phenomenon is moving towards the goal

I'm currently in South Korea for an artist residency, and picked up a few small art books today at an independent bookstore called Your Mind.


Send us an image you took in the last 24 hours!

I took this while on an evening walk around the neighbourhood where my residency is located, in the suburbs of Goyang, just north of Seoul.


Thank you, Berny!

Berny Tan (b. 1990) is a Singaporean artist, curator, and writer. Her interdisciplinary practice explores the tensions that arise when she applies systems to – and unearths systems in – her personal experiences, complicating the false binary between rational and emotional. Her projects are attempts to reframe this space of ambivalence as generative rather than paralytic.

Tan’s strategies reflect a fundamental interest in language as it is read, written, and spoken by her. She sees language itself as a system through which her subjectivit(ies) can be simultaneously articulated and encoded, allowing her to interweave the confessional with the analytical, the affective with the critical.

As an independent curator, Tan has developed a practice built on principles of empathy, sensitivity, and close collaboration with artists, accompanied by poetic, approachable writing that illuminates the processes and materialities of art-making.

Tan holds an MA (Dist) in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BFA (Hons) in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of Visual Arts. She has exhibited her work in Singapore, New York, and the United Kingdom.