Welcome to Margaret Tan’s Website
I am an academic and artist from Singapore, working with a wide range of media. In 2000, I graduated top of my class and was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award in my Bachelor of Fine Arts programme, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology/Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts. In 2003, I was awarded the prestigious Chen Chong Swee Arts Scholarship (Overseas), National Arts Council Singapore to pursue my MA in Interactive Media (pass with distinction) with Goldsmiths College, University of London.
My works have been showcased, both locally and internationally, in exhibitions such as the Nokia Singapore Art 2001, Singapore Art Museum, From My Fingers: Living in the Technological Age, Kaoshiung Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, and ISEA 2002 (Oria), Nagoya, Japan. I was the resident artist for the 2001 Cyberarts and Cyberculture Initiative, University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore, and the 2004 Artist-in-Labs Project, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Zurich and Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology, Alpnach, Switzerland.
From 2006 to 2010 I was awarded the National University of Singapore’s Research Scholarship and President’s Graduate Fellowship to pursue my PhD with the Communications and New Media Programme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. My PhD research topic involves a critical analysis of the Singapore government’s latest IT Masterplan called “Intelligent Nation 2015” (iN2015). My larger research interests include the philosophies and intersections of art, science and technology, notions and theories of the body in relation to culture and technology, and ethical, creative and feminist reflections on the above.