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    The Nature Museum: An Interview with Joel Tan

    Posted on August 21, 2017 / Comments

    Playwright Joel Tan joins the Institute of Critical Zoologists for The Nature Museum, an eclectic museum-installation-exhibition at 72-13 that uncovers the natural history of Singapore from the 19th century to the present day. We sit down with him to chat about this multi-disciplinary museum and the unusual work of the Institute of Critical Zoologists. 

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    Becoming Graphic by Sonny Liew and Edith Podesta

    Posted on August 20, 2017 / Comments

    Ng Yi-Sheng First off, I want to apologise for not doing a preview of this show. I’d wanted terribly to interview the Eisner Award-winning, NAC Grant Regulations-defying Sonny Liew, but I left it till too late, and he was eyeballs-deep in rehearsals and didn’t have time for a chat. You see, I’d assumed his collaboration with theatremaker and LaSalle Head of Acting Edith Podesta would be pretty top-down: he’d....

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    O.P.E.N. Kitchens

    Posted on July 25, 2017 / Comments

    Hiya folks! I’m back from last year, and I’ll be dropping by again to preview and review a number of shows for our beloved Festival Director Ong Keng Sen’s very last SIFA. I wasn’t around for that much of The O.P.E.N. this year—Singapore’s arts scene is so busy that I’m bound to be aesthetically promiscuous unless under contract—but I did catch a few items, including Lebanese culinary activist Kamal....

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    Join these dancers from MARK to make a collective drawing in the city

    Posted on July 23, 2017 / Comments

    Watch MARK in three of Singapore’s most iconic public spaces. Nine dancers will be attempting to make a collective drawing – hence MARK, where they will be literally leaving their marks across huge pieces of paper in public spaces.

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    Art As Res Publicae

    Posted on July 18, 2017 / Comments

    We were reminded that the event was unprecedented in Singapore. Those of us who paid attention to the news would have noted that the event was previously titled OPEN Parliament, but now, much like the naming of IRs, or Integrated Resorts (actually casinos), it now had a name that was quite meaningless in passing (Art as Res Publicae…means what?), censorship by obfuscation, would suggest that someone somewhere got hella uncomfortable.

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    5 ways to pick your favourite Open Home to visit

    Posted on July 06, 2017 / Comments

    If you’re fussing over which of the 30 homes from Open Homes you should go for, this breakdown will get you up to speed. If you haven’t already heard, Open Homes will kick off SIFA 2017, and this true-blue Singaporean event features 30 homes over three weekends. 

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    Transcription of speech by Dr. June Yap - Art As Res Publicae, 28 June

    Posted on July 03, 2017 / Comments

    On 28 June, Dr June Yap was one of the 6 commentators invited to speak at Art As Res Publicae. The text below is a transcript of the speech, responding to the topic for the evening, Complexities Surrounding Pluralism In Singapore. What is the value of the arts? Is its value in economic and quantifiable goals?  Of bums on seats, the number of spectacular productions, huge ticket sales, endlessly clicking attendance....

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    Transcription of speech by Dr. Ad Maulod - Art As Res Publicae, 28 June

    Posted on July 03, 2017 / Comments

    On 28 June, Dr Ad Maulod was one of the 6 commentators invited to speak at Art As Res Publicae. The text below is a transcript of the speech, responding to the topic for the evening, Complexities Surrounding Pluralism In Singapore. Tolstoy said:  “All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in it’s own way” You see this quote everywhere, Hallmark, Church bookshops, on fridge magnets.....

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    Transcription of speech by Reverend Miak Siew - Art As Res Publicae, 28 June

    Posted on July 03, 2017 / Comments

    On 28 June, Reverend Miak Siew was one of the 6 commentators invited to speak at Art As Res Publicae. The text below is a transcript of his speech, responding to the topic for the evening, Complexities Surrounding Pluralism In Singapore.  The Church has been used to its historical role as the pre-eminent patron of the arts – and artists avoided offending the Church because they depended on....

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    O.P.E.N. Inspiration: Kamal Mouzawak, True Renaissance Man

    Posted on June 27, 2017 / Comments

    E. Nina Rothe: I know you don’t like labels, and I agree, but how would you describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know you?
    Kamal Mouzawak: I work in human development. People understand real estate development, so I say instead, I work in human development. First of all, me, and maybe then trying to do something with others. For me, life is a journey between point A and point Z, and how I can evolve from one second to another. How did I evolve from yesterday to today...? We have our skin decaying, our cells decaying, but our soul may be better, better with time. This is what I do. What I do practically, I do development projects around food and agriculture. Food activist is not a title I gave myself. It’s something people like to tag me with, but technically, I consider that each and every one of us should be an activist. We are all activists. This is my opinion on life.
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    O.P.E.N. Kitchens: A Recipe for Connections & Communal Cooking

    Posted on June 27, 2017 / Comments

    I grew up with great cooks – my grandmother, mother and aunts. Mother was the designated cook in the family, while her sisters went off to work. She took to providing delicious food seriously. She considered it her responsibility. Her job.

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    A Mapping of Perspectives: Interview with Zai Tang

    Posted on June 24, 2017 / Comments

    Pick the brains of artist and sound designer Zai Tang as he talks about his latest work, Spectres. This immersive audio-visual installation will be on display at 72-13 from 5 July to 9 July. 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....

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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

    Balli Kaur Jaswal is the celebrated writer behind "Inheritance", the inspiration for K Rajagopal's Lizard On The Wall. She shares about her books, her writing inspirations and more. 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....

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

    Posted on June 23, 2017 / Comments

    Get a sneak peek into the filming experience of Lizard On The Wall with director K Rajagopal and production designer James Page. Come down for the filming of Lizard On The Wall from 30 June to 2 July for the experience of a lifetime! 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....

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