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open books: I Want to Go Home
An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until February 28, 2021
22 Jan – 28 Feb 2021
The Light to Night Festival, one of the marquee events of Singapore Art Week 2021 and an annual highlight in the Singapore cultural calendar, is an urban art event that celebrates the stunning Civic District of Singapore. For year 2021, the Festival’s theme is “__-in-progress.” The theme takes on a more reflective and participatory element and is guided by the response to the overarching question of ‘What’s in progress for you?’. The question draws its inspiration from the uncanny times we find ourselves in – a time in a world that continues to wrestle with the unprecedented implications of a global pandemic, but one that is not without hope.
Responding to the Festival’s theme, TAH will be presenting an outdoor experiential art installation that takes inspiration from Wesley Leon Aroozoo’s non-fiction novel I Want to Go Home. The novel tells the story of Yasuo Takamatsu, who receives a message from his wife during the sounding of a tsunami alarm: “𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘰 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦”. Since that very day, Mr Takamatsu dives in the sea every week in search of her. The book provides a glimpse into the strength of human resilience and how love may manifest itself in times of crisis; at the same time documenting a man’s recovery process after experiencing loss and his sheer determination to reunite with his loved one. This evokes the message of the Festival’s theme, where in-progress is interpreted as an ongoing process and the importance of love, hope and determination to drive a recovery process forward.
For this programme, The Arts House will be collaborating with a local multi-disciplinary art group, Mural Lingo, to curate, design, and present an immersive multi-sensory installation that responds to the chosen text. This includes a commissioned mural art painting that integrates multimedia such as small-scale projection, soundscape and video art.