Li Lin (b. 1973) is one of the pioneer female filmmakers in Singapore, her prolific filmography boasts 10 short films and two feature films as well as several tele movies and commercials.
Li Lin has won several awards locally and internationally such as "Best Director" at the Singapore International Film Festival and a "Star Award" at the Shanghai International Film Festival for actress Joanna Dong for her starring role in Li Lin's sophomore feature "Forever". Her films have travelled to prestigious festivals such as the Tribeca Film festival in New York, the Cairo International Film festival, the Shanghai international film festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival and many others. In 2011 the Substation's Singapore short film awards presented Li Lin with an honorary award for her commitment to the local film-making scene.
Li Lin did her undergrad at Brown University in Rhode Island and her graduate studies at NYU-Tisch Asia where she studied dramatic writing under scholarship from Singapore's Media Development Authority. She is working on several new projects at present and teaches part-time at tertiary film schools.
Charles Lim Yi Yong (b. 1973, Singapore) lives and works in Singapore. He studied fine arts at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design.
A former national sailor who competed in the 1996 Olympics representing Singapore and Team China in the 2007 America’s Cup, he co-founded the seminal net-art collective tsunamii.net which exhibited at the prestigious dOCUMENTA11.
Charles’s work encompasses film, installation, sounds, conversations, text, drawing, and photography. Since 2005, he has been developing a body of works, titled SEA STATE, that explores the political, biophysical and psychic contours of the Southeast Asian city state, Singapore, through the visible and invisible lenses of the sea.
Made up of nine components and inspired by the World Meteorological Organization’s code for measuring sea conditions, which measures the varying states ranging from calm, to moderate, to the phenomenal, his SEA STATE works have been exhibited at manifesta7, the Shanghai Biennale and most recently, Singapore Biennale.
Charles’s most recent solo-exhibition In Search of Raffles’ Light (2013) at the National University of Singapore Museum tracked the immaterial, mundane, anecdotal and irreconcilable traces surrounding Singapore’s fractured relationship with the sea.
His short film, "All The Lines Flow Out", a meditation on the drainage infrastructures of Singapore premiered at the 68th Venice Film Festival in 2011 and won a "Special Mention Award", making him the first Singaporean to ever win an award at the festival.
Charles also represented Singapore at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2015 with SEA STATE. The comeback show of SEA STATE which exhibited at NTU Centre for Contemporary Art was voted "The Best Visual Arts Show" of 2016 by The Straits Times, Singapore.