INSTINC D – Art Festival 2022 Open Call – Emerald Journal


Singapore, 28th Jul 2022, Supported by stART Fund and United Overseas Bank (UOB), INSTINC D:Art Festival 2022 is a showcase of the best digital artists in the region now, with a collaborative physical and metaverse exhibition on of the 3 winners and best of 20 shortlisted digital artists by public voting and esteemed judges in the scene, accompanied by artists talk, and NFT workshop hosted by Singapore based multidisciplinary artist Dom Ho. Curated by Hilda Chan and Iven Cheung from MUSTHAVEKEYS (Hong Kong) and organised by INSTINC SOHO in Singapore, the festival opens itself to everyone from every background who is passionate about digital arts. 

Artists can submit up to three artworks in response to the theme “Ignite the Future” and will be reviewed by a jury consisting of artists, curators and art professionals with a round of public voting. Three finalists will join a one-month residency at INSTINC SOHO in Singapore as they collaborate to collectively define and embrace their existence in the metaverse.

The theme this year, Ignite the Future, imagines an age when the metaverse becomes inseparable from our lives. Exploration and exposure to uncharted realities have been a perpetual human condition. As described in the allegory of the Plato’s cave, the transitional stage to the unknown could be both exciting and alienating. How will the metaverse change the way we experience the world? Does the future of humanity lay in virtual reality? How shall we collectively define and embrace our existence in the metaverse? INSTINC D:Art Festival 2022 is calling for artists who are new or familiar with the metaverse to create artistic expressions of these fascinating times.

Festival Judges

Aleksandra Jovanić

Aleksandra Jovanić is an artist and programmer from Belgrade, Serbia. In her research and artistic practice, she combines various media, mainly focusing on interactive art, art games, and generative art. As an assistant professor, she teaches in the new media department at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, at the master’s studies of the Faculty of Applied Arts and art doctoral studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade.

As a part of web development teams and solo, she worked successfully on the development of complex internet projects for esteemed clients, mainly in the field of culture and arts. She is also actively designing for movies – title sequences and graphic design. She has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions since 2003.


Icki (born in London, UK), is a Digital Artist with years of commercial experience in the 3D industry, and expertise in innovative display mediums such as holographic installation and augmented reality (AR). His work takes cues from both minimalism and conceptual art but subverts the aesthetics and tropes of both traditions to provide a unique commentary on the values of the digital art domains. 

His ‘Plagiarism’ series explored what digital art is and how provenance and a new valuation model treats infringement and copycat culture. The title work ‘Meta-Plagiarism’ was recently exhibited alongside Andy Warhol at the Contemporary Calgary.

Teng Yen Hui

Teng Yen Hui is Collections Manager and Assistant Curator at the Singapore Art Museum. Prior to taking on curatorial work at the museum, she worked independently on several writing projects and exhibitions, including “not the norm: on conjugal blisses and misses” (2018). Teng holds a BSc in Economics from the Singapore Management University and an MA in Asian Art Histories conferred by Goldsmiths, University of London (LASALLE).


Founded in 2004 by Yeo Shih Yun, INSTINC is an artist-run institution based in Singapore. INSTINC has been an active player in the arts ecology through their exhibition programming and curation, as well as through community engagement through their workshops and artists’ talks. Their long-running residency program continues to build upon regional and international ties. The vision for INSTINC is one of collaboration and connection, producing immersive large-scale projects that cross the genres of installation, new media, performance, painting and sculpture, partnering with brands such as Volvo and Guinness in the past.

“Our mission is to maintain artistic independence and foster community through experimental collaborations. Our vision has always been artist-focussed, and we aim to foster an environment where our artists may continue to inspire us and our community” – Yeo Shih Yun, Founder and Artistic Director of INSTINC


MUSTHAVEKEYS, a Hong Kong-based multidisciplinary curatorial studio and art agency, serves to build the KEYS that connect the creative minds with the community – KEYS in the form of ground-breaking art and cultural initiatives that generate meaningful exchanges among artists, designers and community partners; KEYS forged with partners to champion multidisciplinary collaborations from concept to final creation; and KEYS for the public to open doors to unconventional cultural engagements and art appreciation. In 2020 and 2021, MUSTHAVEKEYS curated the two editions of “Up Close – Hollywood Road”, a first-of-its-kind exhibition that took contemporary art into the everyday environment and operation of local antique shops, creating dialogues between past and present arts and traditional crafts. In addition to in-house projects, we partner with organizations and businesses across industries to create new works of art and unique cultural experiences. MUSTHAVEKEYS was founded by the curator duo Hilda Chan and Iven Cheung in 2020

Submissions are open from 1 to 12 August 2022 at No submission fee will be required. Singapore-based and international artists are welcome to participate in this Open Call.

Additional information: 

1. Open Call Brief [Link here]

2. Press Kit [Link here]

For further information and other media enquiries, please contact: 

Media Contact

Organization: INSTINC 

Contact Person: Christine Hee ( Project Manager )

Email: Send Email

Country: Singapore


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