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    A Mapping of Perspectives: Interview with Zai Tang

    Posted on June 24, 2017 / Comments

    Chris Lewort: Your work Spectres describes itself as a dystopian vision of the future, where the wildlife of Singapore has become extinct. Why dystopia? Zai Tang: Dystopias are often about embodying the underlying fears of the present. With global warming, for instance, I think there is a strange kind of cognitive dissonance that happens. We know it’s ‘there’ and we know it’s happening, but we can’t see it and....

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    For Lack Of A Better Word

    Posted on June 24, 2017 / Comments

    IMAGE CREDITS (Clockwise from top left) Unsettled Assignments, image courtesy of Vuth Lyno; The Unforgetting Space, image courtesy of Olivia Kwok; Opening Draft, image courtesy of Ho Rui An; On The Threshold Of Listening, image courtesy of Weizhong Deng; Sultan Ibrahim, image courtesy of Lantian Xie; In convening this lecture and workshop series for The O.P.E.N. under the title For Lack Of A Better Word, I am responding to....

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    For the Love of Stories: Interview with Balli Kaur Jaswal

    Posted on June 23, 2017 / Comments

    Image courtesy of Balli Kaur Jaswal Looking back, what propelled you to write “Inheritance”, your debut novel?  I was interested in family dynamics, particularly families in migrant communities where certain codes and unwritten rules governed women’s behaviour. The tension between tradition and modernity is a common theme in my writing because I find it endlessly fascinating, being from such a modern city where we also cling to traditional (and superstitious)....

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    Fractured Images: Director K. Rajagopal & Production Designer James Page

    Posted on June 23, 2017 / Comments

    Image courtesy of K. Rajagopal Lizard On The Wall is a film to be made during The O.P.E.N. and made directly with audiences as actors. Why were you inspired by Balli Kaur Jaswal’s novel “Inheritance” for Lizard On The Wall? How did you start conceptualising it for The O.P.E.N.? K. Rajagopal: My films have always dealt with minority communities in Singapore, especially the Indian community, which I am a....

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    Art As Res Publicae: Perceptions of the Opinion Climate and Deliberative Discussion

    Posted on June 23, 2017 / Comments

    Artwork by Garçon Design A common problem associated with many traditional forms of public opinion polls is the lack of opportunity to engage citizens in issues and questions of public interest; hence creating what Professor James S. Fishkin from Stanford University described in 2006 as ‘phantom opinions’. In response to this problem, Fishkin offered the idea of deliberative polling, which combines the opinion poll with deliberation activities to offer....

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    Art As Res Publicae: A Word on Uncommon Spaces

    Posted on June 23, 2017 / Comments

    Image courtesy of Angelo Macapinlac In Singapore, we are used to the discourse on common spaces. This discourse probably intensified in the wake of what has been called the ‘Tudung Incident’ in the year 2002. In January that year, four Muslim primary schoolgirls went to school wearing the tudung, or Muslim headscarf. The reaction from the state was swift and firm: The girls were barred from entering the school,....

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    5 customs in a traditional Sikh Punjabi wedding you might see at Lizard On The Wall

    Posted on June 19, 2017 / Comments

    Traditional Sikh Punjabi weddings are big, glamorous affairs, and who doesn’t love a good celebration? If you’re going for the filming of Lizard On The Wall, here are some rituals and customs you might see on set.

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    Check out Spectres LIVE, an experimental music concert inspired by Singapore’s disappearing sounds

    Posted on June 15, 2017 / Comments

    Don't miss Spectres LIVE, an experimental concert where three invited musicians from the local experimental music scene perform with artist and sound designer Zai Tang!

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    Want to be a cast in Lizard On The Wall? We’ve got your burning questions answered!

    Posted on May 15, 2017 / Comments

    SIFA 2017 is set to be our most participatory edition yet, and perhaps you’ve already heard that The O.P.E.N. audiences will get a rare opportunity to be part of the cast in award-winning auteur K. Rajagopal’s latest film, Lizard On The Wall, which is inspired by Balli Kaur Jaswal's novel "Inheritance". The completed film will premiere at an exciting red carpet gala at SIFA 2017.

    If you’re not sure what to expect from this unique experience, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know.

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    The final season: enchantment

    Posted on April 25, 2017 / Comments

    With this season, we can finally see a connecting thread to SIFA’s journey over the last four years. Enchantment finally makes that creative leap of faith, with its attitude of wonder and ethical generosity. Enchantment is about the ways we can access this “secret of lightness” in our lives – be it laughter, wit, compassion and generosity. 

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    In Conversation: Curator of O.P.E.N. Film, Tan Bee Thiam

    Posted on April 04, 2017 / Comments

    To wrap up this series of interviews, we catch up with Bee Thiam, the curator of this year's O.P.E.N. Film, to have a quick chat. Read on to find out more about his thoughts on all things film and Enchantment!

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    In Conversation: Director of The O.P.E.N., Noorlinah Mohamed

    Posted on March 31, 2017 / Comments

    In the second installment of our interview series, we meet up with Noorlinah, Director of The O.P.E.N. for a candid conversation on food, family and the arts.

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    In Conversation: SIFA Festival Director, Ong Keng Sen

    Posted on March 28, 2017 / Comments

    In this three-part interview series, I head behind the scenes along with fellow interns Anusha and Yuen Ting to have a quick chat with the people behind SIFA 2017.  

    To kickstart the series, here's a conversation I had with our Festival Director, Keng Sen.

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    An enchanting year awaits!

    Posted on February 21, 2017 / Comments

    Beginning in 2014 (Legacies), the spotlight was on international artists. In 2015, SIFA (Post-Empires) celebrated SG50 with a focus on Singapore. Thereafter, 2016 (Potentialities) returned once again to the international, highlighting international commissions and co-productions with MOMA, Lincoln Centre, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. In 2017, the spotlight blazes on Singapore artists and ordinary Singaporeans who take the international platform with their ideas and their performances in a year that....

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    SIFA 2016: Final Thoughts

    Posted on October 02, 2016 / Comments

    It’s been almost three weeks since this year’s SIFA ended (say bye-bye to the interns above!), and everyone’s been saying it’s been a success. We’ve had daring themes, sold-out shows and a marked increase in attendance—155,000 visitors, baby! Hot damn! So ten out of ten, would eat again, right?

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