Helmed by ALDO Singapore and Kult Gallery, Step IN, UP and OUT 2018 is an arts mentorship programme, running between 23 July and 15 August 2018 and then concluding with an exhibition. In the spirit of ALDO’s latest drop of the MX3.0 Core and MX artist series, this mentorship programme will showcase an outburst of colours and energy in Urban Art. 5 industry professionals and 5 mentees are paired up to create a 3-day exhibition experience through 5 creative outlets – Bartistry, Graffiti, Moving image making, Music and Photography. See amazing ideas come to life by young creatives eager to take their first step out of their comfort zones and pursue their passions. There will also be a shoe customization session on opening night. Exhibition runs from 6th to 9th September 2018. MX collections will be available in-store and online from August 2018.
BARTISTRY: ZAC MIRZA
Zac Mirza has travelled around the globe, training young bartenders on the art and ethics of mixing and serving customers. He founded a bar consultancy service, Bartistry, in the early 2000s and constantly strives to make the world a better place, one drink at a time. Prior to moving back to Singapore, he served up concoctions in UK, Spain, France, Bosnia and Croatia.
GRAFFITI: DIDER ‘JABA’ MATHIEU
Colombian-Belgian graffiti artist and writer, Jaba, has been travelling around the world, painting at festivals. With his idea of utopia where a city progresses but traditions are still upheld, Mathieu’s works are retrofuturistic with elements of the past and future. “I have always liked science fiction and I am also amazed by different cultures. This is why I have always enjoyed travelling and doing art in various parts of the world,” he explains.
MOVING IMAGE MAKING: EMPYREAL
With many big names under her belt from the likes of Laneway, ZoukOut, Neon Lights, Mosaic, Ultra and Singapore Inside Out, Lo & Behold and Straatosphere, homegrown talent Empyreal tells stories best through moving visuals. She is a filmmaker, visual jockey and director. She merges her originality and the mass-market appeal successfully through her thorough understanding of pop and alterative culture. Being interested in experimental and alternative film processes have led her to become a content creator for music festivals, art driven events and local musicians.
MUSIC: A/K/A SOUNDS
A/K/A Sounds is a tattoo apprentice, designer and lecturer by day and deck slayer by night. Since 8 years old, she was in a church choir and picked up the guitar as she she was growing up. Girl power bands like Bikini Kill, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Runaways were her jam. She has been in a string of bands since the age of 15 and was previously the frontwoman of local riot grrl band NO PANTZ. With undeniable talent and practice, she has spun alongside some of the most respected DJs and beatmakers in the world such as Chicks on Speed, DJ Krush and Kidkanevil on both local and international stages such as ZoukOut, Discwoman NYC, Back to Chill (by Goth Trad) and Outlook Japan. She has also had guest mixes on well-known music platforms such as RadarRadio London, Dublab.jp, Disktopia and Block.fm.
DuriO is a founding member of BAOWBAOW, a duo Bass music collective and ATTAGIRL!, an all-girl non-profit collective. She has spun at various parties in all over in Singapore, Malaysia, New York, Tokyo, India and festivals like Zoukout, Keong Saik Carnival and Outlook Festival Japan among others. Up her alley are Bass-centric genres under the UK Bass umbrella such as UK Garage, Grime, Jungle, and a touch of Reggae-Dancehall. Though, she does not believe in restricting herself to a particular genre and is always evolving in her music game as she progresses.
Yang has chalked up a bulk of experience as a fashion and street photographer. With her skills and versatility, she dabbles in both analog and digital photography. Yang also plays art director for several client roles involving film and music video sets, galleries, hotels and co-working spaces. She was the set designer for The Sam Willows’ Keep Me Jealous music video.
BARTISTRY: KESHAV NATARAJAN
With a background in engineering, bartending was never something on Keshav’s radar. That changed after a 6-month engineering internship when he began his journey behind a bar, learning the basics. He still wants to create his own signature drinks and it would be a dream to travel and work and learn at bars around the world. Mastering the fundamentals will be the first step towards that goal.
GRAFFITI: KARA INEZ
Kara Inez is a Malaysian artist who draws from her personal experiences to touch on issues relating to feminism, mental health and technology through mediums such as sculpture, painting and performance art. She is known for the use of abject materials in her projects such as hair and skin. Her works have travelled through exhibitions in Singapore such as One Night Only (2017) and Tremble Tremble (2018) and in Malaysia such as Emancipation (2013), The End Is The Beginning (2015), and In Defence of Poetry (2018).
MOVING IMAGE MAKING: CLARA LIM
Clara is an undergraduate visual designer based in Singapore. Her work tends to explore various critical topics mediated through interdisciplinary design and multiple mediums. Her area of practice is influenced by anti-aesthetic, 80s post-punk graphics, 90s Hong Kong films and grime art with a colour palette that pays homage to neon synth waves.
MUSIC: NAOMI SEOW
Naomi X dreamed of the Second Summer of Love, a fleeting period of freewheeling euphoria that saw the rise of acid house in the UK. She found the DJ scene here in Singapore as a nightmarish perpetual summer and found her fuel for switching things up in Berlin and London, getting her education in the hypnotic sonics of acid house and techno. She now seeks to shake us all awake for our Great Singapore Workout on the dancefloor.
PHOTOGRAPHY: NATALIE WONG
Natalie is a writer based in Singapore who likes to attempt delving into other realms of art and expression. When she is not at home, she is exploring the strangely-similar city of Manhattan as she begins her second year at New York University, studying for her BA in Media, Culture, and Communications.
Having done theatre and literature for most of her life, Natalie is now interested in exploring other means of story-telling: such as through photography and film. Natalie draws influence from all the worlds she’s ever known, people she’s ever met, and the places she’s ever seen, and in her work - remains committed to analysing and observing the human condition. She likes to tell stories, yes. But these aren’t just stories she’s telling - she’s making conversation.
Founded in 1972, ALDO is a leading international fashion footwear, handbags and accessories brand with over 1900 stores in more than 87 countries. First arrived in Singapore back in 2003, ALDO has expanded into many stores in various locations across the city-state. The world over, ALDO is the brand of choice for conscious shoppers, top stylists and celebrities.
Founded in 2009, Kult Gallery is an art gallery based in Singapore that offers cutting edge experiences rooted in a deep knowledge of creative expression. Kult’s curation and creation technique is heavily influenced by subcultures, the zeitgeist and all the things yo momma doesn't know about. Kult has facilitated a host of global collaborations, international street art events, exhibitions and installations. Having curated projects in places like Mongolia, New York and Berlin, Kult has met and worked with many amazing artists of all genres.