Marla Bendini

Dream Dimensions I

Installation-performance by Marla Bendini & Michael Lee

“Dream Dimensions” is a new installation-performance series by Marla Bendini and Michael Lee that explores the social dimensions of fantasy, in the context of urbanisation. The first installment in this series is sited at Sentosa Boardwalk, the footbridge between mainland Singapore and Sentosa island. The performance will be in the form of a cruise party where the artists engage guests and passers-by through an installation of drawings and artefacts—negotiating spaces, functions and roles, improvising through contact, exchange and imagination.

The artwork is featured in an episode of the television series “Watch This Space II”, commissioned by okto channel, and broadcasted on 11th April 2012, 10pm.


Artist Bio:

Marla Bendini (b. 1986, Singapore) is a visual and performance artist based in Singapore. Born Ong Boon Kok, Bendini Junior, “Marla Bendini” was created in 2007, an ongoing process of personal identity as an art form. Her multidisciplinary & highly personal works has become her signature- particularly through her physical body and exhibits of her private and public life. These articulation methods inquires into the changing relationships between art and life and sometimes amalgamate them.    Her first self-titled exhibition “Marla.” (2008) was presented in a transsexual bar in Pattaya, Thailand.  Sponsored by, Asia’s largest LGBT portal, she presented "Conversations between father and son" (2010), a multimedia installation-performance over 10 days, supported by The Substation Gallery, Singapore. She exhibited and performed in Supermarket 2012, Stockholm Independent Art Fair, sponsored by Riksutställningar / Swedish Exhibition Agency. 


Michael Lee (b. 1972, Singapore) is an artist and curator based in Berlin (Jun 2012-) and Singapore. His research revolves around urban memory and fiction, especially regarding the contexts and implications of loss. He transforms his observations into objects, diagrams, situations, curations or essays. His group exhibition participations include The 2nd Asia Triennial Manchester 2011, The 3rd Singapore Biennale 2011, The 8th Shanghai Biennale 2010, The 4th & 3rd Guangzhou Triennial 2011 & 2008, The 2005 World Exposition (Singapore Pavilion) and International Film & Video Association Film Award & Festival 1997 (co-winner, Experimental category). His accolades include the APBF Signature Art Prize 2011 (People's Choice Award), conferred by the Singapore Art Museum, and the Young Artist Award (Visual Arts) 2005, conferred by the National Arts Council, Singapore. <>


Performance Listing:

Dream Dimensions I: Sentosa Boardwalk (Mar-Apr 2012)



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