Singapore Cult & Underground Film Festival, SCAPE, 23 – 25 February
The films in this inaugural showcase organised by the Society for Cult & Underground Movies explores the murkier sides of humanity and the underbellies of society, across the world: from the 1972 Yakuza cult classic Wandering Ginza Butterfly to the 2017 Golden Horse winner for Best Animated Feature, Have A Nice Day, troubled youth in suburban New York coming of age in Super Dark Times, and more. Full list of movies and screening times can be found on Peatix.
The Purple Line, Coda Culture, opening 24 February 7pm
Coda Culture is a nascent independent artist space founded by Seelan Palay. This coming Sunday is the opening of Benjamin Matchap’s “The Purple Line”, which seeks to interrogate assumptions of what is beautiful and worthy of being photographed, mapping marginalised bodies and geographies that assert themselves as what they are not. Find out more on Facebook.
Coda Culture is also hosting an Art Party Show on Tuesday 20 February featuring works from a range of artists, from Tien Wei, Chand Chandramohan and Jeremy Hiah, among others, in commemoration of the festive Lunar New Year season.
STPI Annual Open House, 24 – 25 February
Try your hand at printmaking techniques such as lithography, relief print, intaglio, silkscreen, and many more traditional methods at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute’s annual Open House. Feast on snacks and tidbits and while you’re there go for an exhibition tour of the current show on display, Kim Lim: Sculpting Light. Open to all the family. Check out more information on the STPI website here.
Talk to me and I slap you, The Substation Gallery, 24 – 25 February
The provocative title of this production is no metaphor or conceptual allegory, but is a concise description of the kind of experience audiences might expect to encounter. It is an interactive performance exploring themes of violence, relationships, loneliness and spectatorship, created by Singaporean performance-maker (and ArtsEquator contributor!) Chan Sze-Wei, with Chilean dancer Gabriela Serani. Each performance will play out to an intimate audience of 50. Despite the fact that both are dancers by training, what they have made in this performance is not typically danced choreography. Rather, they have looked into principles of the choreographic and the spatial, and movement relationships between bodies, as the fundamental language that underlies the series of interactive conversations that will play out. Originally produced for a festival in Zagreb in 2016, the performance will travel to Bangkok in March after its run here at the Substation Gallery.