29 Jun - 9 Jul
Opens on 29 Jun: 7pm - 10pm
Tue - Sat: Noon - 9pm
Sun: Noon - 6pm
Closed on Monday
Admission with O.P.E.N. Pass
Limited single entry tickets available at the door
Historian Eric Hobsbawm made persuasive arguments about the importance of building memory or mounting a 'protest against forgetting'. Conceived with this in mind, The Unforgetting Space is an interactive, participatory installation featuring old history textbooks used in Singapore, dating back to the 1960s, that Tan Biyun has collected.
Tan posits a speculative near future where where the urgency to remember is central to counter the fast-spreading enterprise of forgetting. In doing so, a space of reflexivity is offered, one that seeks an inclusive understanding of the past so as to expand the possibilities of the future.
First presented in 2016 at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, this new edition of The Unforgetting Space is accompanied by a series of workshops specially devised for the festival. Included in this new installation are interventions by students from the School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA), produced through a five-day workshop conducted by the artist together with researcher Wong Hui Yu.
The exhibition will open with an artist talk by Tan Biyun from 7.30pm to 9pm. See O.P.E.N. Histories: Exchanges for details of workshops.
For Lack Of A Better Word
Curated by Ho Rui An
For Lack Of A Better Word is a curatorial series by Ho Rui An, comprising of Unsettled Assignments by Sidd Perez and Vuth Lyno, The Unforgetting Space by Tan Biyun, Opening Draft by Ho Rui An, Sultan Ibrahim by Lantian Xie and On The Threshold Of Listening by Zou Zhao.
Committed to furthering the conversation with the next generation of artists, Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) has invited Ho Rui An, featured in the first SIFA 2014 edition in association with the 89+ project of Hans Ulrich Obrist, to return to the festival with his own curation centred on the enchantment of the spoken word, For Lack Of A Better Word.
In Ho’s words: “‘For lack of a better word’, we say, as the qualification we make to what comes after that may be too facile, crass or even vulgar to be uttered cold. The expression marks the moment when we provisionally simplify, only to later complexify. Engaging with this slippery ground of language, this curation series within The O.P.E.N. considers how the work of critique today likewise demands that we grasp at the limits of available idioms.”
What happens when we cannot find the right words? Are we still able to do things with words? These are questions posed by the shifting and emergent realities that characterise the complex and uncertain worlds in which we live. In response, the artists gathered in this section of The O.P.E.N. draw on their experiences in Singapore, the broader Southeast Asia region and the Gulf to show that from the lacuna also arises the possibility of speaking (and listening) otherwise.
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Tan Biyun makes work on issues concerning community life, human rights and social justice. Her recent exhibitions include Future Trees & the Pulp of History, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (Singapore) and Survey: Space, Sharing, Haunting, The Substation (Singapore). Her performance, Waiting for Butterflies (2015-6), at the GUYU ACTION Contemporary Performance Art Festival in Shenzhen, China, was a response against the environment destruction caused by overdevelopment.