Live at Reading Room: UnFree & Unspoken by Ethos Books, The Reading Room, 26 Jan, 8pm
At The Reading Room (Downtown Gallery, #02-09/10), Ethos Books presents a poetry reading by local poets Joshua Ip, Theophilus Kwek and Marylyn Tan at Yellow Bash. In UnFree (8.00 – 9.00 pm), Joshua Ip and Theophi Kwek will introduce the audience to the rhythm of poetry. Performing alongside them are up-and-coming voices Hamid Roslan, Tan Hui Shan, Xiao Ting Teo, and Tham Zhen Teng. Mrylyn Tn will take the stage with an edgier performance of poetry in Unspoken (9.30 – 10.30 pm). More information.
SG Art Week Panel: Art Institutions, World Leaders, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, 27 Jan, 3pm
STPI Gallery hosts a discussion between Chong Siak Ching (CEO, National Gallery Singapore), Reuben Keehan (Curator, Contemporary Asian Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art) and Pauline J. Yao (Lead Curator, M+), in a panel moderated by Robin Peckham (Curator & Editor-in-Chief of LEAP). The discussion will present the perspectives of diverse curators and museum leaders on how art institutions play leading roles in their communities and in the world at large, touching on areas including collection management and audience engagement. More information.
Melati Suryodarmo: Timoribus and Transaction of Hollows, ShangART Singapore, 25 – 26 Jan, 5pm
ShanghART Singapore presents “Transaction of Hollows”, a performance by renowned visual artist Melati Suryodarmo, alongside “TIMORIBUS”, a solo exhibition by her. “Transaction of Hollows” is a 4-hour long durational performance that will be held over two days on the 25th and the 26th; the aftermath of the performance will remain and serve as an exhibition. Transaction of Hollows was commissioned by and performed first time at Lilith Performance Studio, Malmo in 2016. More information.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Fever Room, TheatreWorks Singapore, Victoria Theatre, 25 – 28 Jan
TheatreWorks Curators Academy presents Fever Room, a projection-performance by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Apichatpong Weerasethakul is the first South East Asian winner of the Palme d’Or, at the Cannes Film Festival, and one of the most original and exciting voices in contemporary art today. Featuring Jenjira Pongees (Jen) and Banlop Lomnoi (ltt), who also appeared in his critically acclaimed Cemetery of Splendour, Apichatpong fuses his memories with the actors’ and fictionalises the narrative. Fever Room presents a theatrical experience that takes us far beyond the frontiers of cinema, and plunges us deep into the filmmaker’s dream-like universe. It blurs the lines of reality and fantasy, obscurity and illumination, bringing audiences on a multi-sensory journey. More information. (Also, read Alfian Sa’at review of the work, which he watched at TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama last year, on ArtsEquator.)
Publication Launch: Place Labour Capital, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, 26 Jan, 8pm
Place.Labour.Capital. connects cultural production and artistic research to broader political and social concerns engaging readers with contemporary debates in Southeast Asia and beyond. The title of the publication refers to the framework employed at NTU CCA Singapore in its first cycle of activities (2013–2016). Singapore, as the world’s second largest trading port and the economic epicentre for the region of Southeast Asia, served as an important point of departure to examine the intersections between locality and the global world, labour and flows of capital. Place.Labour.Capital. serves equally as a rear-view mirror that enables an art institution to review the parameters of its own position in times of a globalised art world and knowledge-production economies. This extensive publication “reminds us that institution building remains enormously significant as a means of opening up new spaces, claims, communities, dialogues, publics, and trajectories for critical artistic practice.” (Felicity D. Scott, Associate Professor Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York). More information.
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