DrS. Chandrasekaran


Dr S. Chandrasekaran

Head, McNally School of Fine Arts
  • Doctor of Creative Arts, Curtin University of Technology, WA
  • Master of Arts (Visual Arts), Curtin University of Technology, WA
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Curtin University of Technology, WA

Chandra is an accomplished academic with 18 years of teaching experience in the field of arts education. He has taught in the following areas: Drawing, Painting, Art Photography, Installation, New Media, Performance Art, Art Theory, Psychology of Art, Art History, Southeast Asian Art History and Aesthetics.

Chandra’s doctorate from Curtin University, titled Locating Self through Performance Art, explores the cultural complexities in Performance Art and is a critical inquiry into Asian aesthetics in relation to notion of body.

As Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Southeast Asia (NAFA), he initiated cross-disciplinary studies with an emphasis on Southeast Asian Aesthetics. He is also a Founder/Artistic Director of Biological Arts Theatre (BAT) and Founder of Art Fission Company.

Chandra has received significant awards which include arts scholarships, conference grants, academic scholarships and awards. He has represented Singapore in major exhibitions, such as Havana Biennial (Cuba), 1st Asia Pacific Triennial (Brisbane), Asia-Pacific Performance Art Festival (Canada), International Performance Art Festival (Poland), 49th Venice Biennale and 8th Festival of Contemporary Art (Slovena).

He has been commissioned to work on public artworks, such as for the World Sculpture Park at Changchun, China and the Little India MRT, Singapore. The work titled Bioalloy and Body Performance was nominated for APBF Signature Art Prize (Singapore), 2003. He has been invited to international conferences and seminars, including the Biennale of Electronic Arts (Australia), 3rd Asia-Pacific Arts Conference (Taipei), XIV International Congress for Aesthetics (Slovena) and University of South Wales (Sydney).

Professional Practice/Research Output (Select)


  • 2012: Infinite Saree, First Printer, Singapore
  • 2012: Living Stories, First Printers, Singapore
  • 2009: Locating Self through Performance Art, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
  • 1994: Man and Modern Myth: A Dialogue, Yali Print Publications, India

Journal Article/Conference Preceeding

  • Sakti Principle as Posthumanism: Real Body, and UnReal Body, Aesthetics, Experimentation and Innovation in Indian Art, Oct 2011
  • Striking Distance, Post Graduate Catalogue, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, July 2010
  • Bedlam Lull, Diploma Graduate Catalogue, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, July 2010
  • Bio-alloy and Body Performance, BEAP(Bio as Stillness) Conference, Perth, 2007
  • Ethics as Mediation Process, Shanghai IACSS Conference, Center for Contemporary Culture Studies, Shanghai University, 2007
Research Interests
  • Asian aesthetics – traditional materials
  • Life science and art – post humanist relation to third skin
  • Experimental theatre – DNA music, DNA textile and virtual reality
  • Cross-cultural studies – notion of body in performance art