Luca E. Lum (Singapore) is an artist and writer attuned to arrhythmias of time, memory, body, and affect, where the technological, semiotic and informational recur as material, relation, and predicament. She traces misrecognition, extended and distributed agencies, fraught mediations, and structures of feeling and affinity that organise life and meaning, relaying otherwise illegible dispositions. Past projects have involved installation, video, scores, writing, analysis, and collaboration; in published literary work, she traverses fiction, poetry and analysis, focusing on desire, the erotic, misrecognition, death, and translation.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Luca is researching the Milu (Elaphurus davidianus) deer, which was cultivated in a breeding programme in the UK before being reintroduced back to its native China, focusing on ecology as archive, intergenerational memory, transport, and poetics. In tandem, she is expanding her inquiry into sound as collapsing and complicating unity, scale and distance, while forming other attentions and affinities – especially as counter to the visual; additionally, the idea of “ghostless” time and an interest in renewed paranoia and desire around “consensus” realities, threads through her interests.

Luca has presented work at Machine Listening: Improvisation and Control (Liquid Architecture, AUS), and Object of Desire (Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum, IS). Other past projects include showcases at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Arts (SG), and the Cemeti Institute for Art and Society (ID). In 2018 she was artist-in-residence at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, A.Farm Saigon, and the Cemeti Institute. She was a participant of Triple Canopy’s 2015 Summer Publication Intensive.

Her writing has been featured in NANG magazine and Voice & Verse Magazine (Cha edition). Forthcoming writing will appear in Making Kin (animal series), by Cthulhu Books, the publishing platform of the Institute for Postnatural Studies (Madrid), as well as the Asian Film Archive’s Monographs 2023 (Singapore). She was co-founder of the artist-run collaborative project and space, soft/WALL/studs (2016-2021), which experimented with renewed situations of discursivity, agency, autonomy, and communality.

Luca is born and based in Singapore.


Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons


Winter 2023




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