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    Over 6 nights, groove to the slick beats of KRÍA at hôtel vagabond. Queen of Dark Electronica, darling of the London indie club scene, and protégé of Björk, this marks KRÍA’s debut in Singapore. Location: hôtel vagabond, 39 Syed Alwi Road, S(207630) Date and Time: 7th, 9th, 10th, 21st, 23rd and 24th September 2016, 9 pm – 12 am Price: Free Admission Nearest MRT Station: Lavender MRT Station

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  • 09/07/16--04:56: A Letter/Singapore
  • In a rare move, internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones presents his full company in a site-specific work created specially for Singapore. Ever generous and adventurous, Jones has agreed in this SIFA residency to collaborate with LASALLE College of the Arts dance students to create an integrated new work with his company called The Letter. A landmark full evening work yet to premiere in the United States, even though Jones has already created a version of The Letter in Paris in 2015.   A Letter/Singapore is an exciting work that brings together two impulses: the social/political and the deeply personal. With the dazzling combination of neoclassical gestures, sensuous disco physicality and passionate jive, the movements and gestures evoke a kind of postcard: a street-scene or a still from the evening news that superimposes violent street battles with street battles of civic unrest or a hospital bed untethered from reality. Composer Nick Hallett, baritone Matthew Gamble and DJTonyMonkey will perform and mix live, a delirious spread of lullabies, rhythm and blues and house music. The eclectic sounds echo the fascinatingly varied dance styles and techniques performed by the stunning dancers of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. The [...]

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    Sundaram Tagore Singapore is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Kamolpan Chotvichai, an emerging Thai artist based in Bangkok who draws inspiration from her Buddhist roots. The exhibition is being held in association with the 5th edition of the Singapore International Photography Festival. Kamolpan Chotvichai addresses issues of identity and gender in photo-based self-portraits. Challenging the formal limitations of paper and canvas, she meticulously hand-cuts images of her body, creating sinuous ribbons along various parts of her anatomy. Based on an understanding of Buddhist teachings, Chotvichai obliterates her identity, eliminating her face and literally strips away her physical form, in the process relinquishing attachment to her body. Born in Bangkok in 1986, Kamolpan Chotvichai received a Master of Fine Arts degree at Silpakorn University, Bangkok. Her work was prominently featured in Thailand Eye at Saatchi Gallery, London, the first major survey of contemporary Thai art globally. In 2015, she was the youngest artist to participate in Frontiers Reimagined, an exhibition of global art and Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale. Private Preview Thursday, September 22, 6 to 9 pm RSVP required: rsvpsg@singapore.com Opening During Gillman Barracks’ Art After Dark Event Friday, September 23, 7 pm Artist [...]

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    Over the next six months, The Substation is mounting a programme of three radical experiments that reimagines the art centre’s familiar form and function.   Titled ‘Is That All There Is?’, the programme comprises a takeover by arts collective Post-Museum in September, a playful shifting of spaces in November, and a series of activities created by a co-operative in February. For more information, visit www.substation.org

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    Artcommune’s latest exhibition celebrates the visual artistry of Singapore’s beloved ink painter, Lim Tze Peng. The nonagenarian, who dedicated almost his entire life to painting and calligraphy, was finally compelled by old age to store away his brush for good last year, pulling the brake on a seven-decade long art journey.     Born in 1921, Lim Tze Peng became a full-time artist after retiring as the principal of Chung Cheng High School in 1981. Over the years, he has enjoyed critical and commercial success with his nostalgic ink compositions of Old Singapore landscapes as well as a growing body of modern calligraphy. For his invaluable contribution to Singapore’s artistic heritage, he was conferred the Cultural Medallion by the Singapore government in 2003 and was most recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal during last month’s National Day. This exhibition features 25 paintings of varying periods and subject matters including his early ink paintings of Old Singapore scenes (1970s – 1980s); ink paintings of Bali (1990s – mid-2000s); trees-inspired series (mid-2000s – early 2010s); and a progressive body of calligraphic work that attests to his bold endeavour in re-interpreting centuries-old traditions (mid-2000s – 2015). The artworks on showcase aim to reflect [...]

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  • 09/08/16--02:56: Lighting Design Forum
  • Covering a range of topics from neuropsychology in vision and lighting to the role of lighting in photography and art, the Lighting Design Forum explores the future of lighting. Led by local and international speakers from the industry, it focuses on advancements in lighting techniques and technology. For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/lightingdesignforum About the speakers The Lighting Design Forum is a platform to encourage the exchange of ideas and perspectives among different disciplines between industry experts in the fields of lighting design, architecture and urban planning. The following speakers will be presenting: Prof. Dr Ernst Pöppel, Director of the Human Science Centre of the University of Munich; Bryan van der Beek, Award-winning commercial and editorial photographer; Arch. Iannone and Arch. Tellini, Consuline Lighting Designers; Nicholas Ong, Graduate student (Research), School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University.

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  • 09/08/16--03:03: Joanna Lamb – ‘Home’
  • Home, Joanna Lamb’s first exhibition in Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore, will comprise a selection of works in different forms of media such as collage, installation, neon works and painting. HyperFocal: 0 Lamb constructs Laminex collages, like precise puzzles where any traces of the manual process are removed to create a sense of perfection and reproducibility. Her use of Laminex is intentional as she considers it lends itself effectively to the recreation of domestic vignettes. Its luminosity and limited colour palette brings dimension to the deliberate flatness of her depictions. Lamb’s still-lifes portray quotidian objects that are stripped of labels or names, and are to be recognised by their forms and brand identifiers. They are ubiquitous and common, much like the interiors she rigorously portrays in the exhibition. Joanna Lamb’s work speaks of places where we can feel both familiar and lost, where complexity is stripped to its simplest form, removed of any lines or perspective. They evoke places we once belonged to, places where the details have been lost through time, yet a lingering sense of home remains. Joanna Lamb – ‘Home’ 10 -25 September 2016 Artist Talk : 10 September 2016, 5 PM Opening Reception : 10 September 2015, 6 PM

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  • 09/08/16--04:02: Hamlet I Collage
  • Hamlet | Collage is the first Russian production by legendary Canadian stage director Robert Lepage. Taking more than two years to create, the result is a high-tech, high-energy action performance designed for only one actor – Russia’s national artist, Evgeny Mironov. Original, imaginative and totally inspiring, it is Shakespeare like you’ve never seen before. Lepage states of Hamlet | Collage: “Hamlet’s main problem is that he thinks too much. He doesn’t find a solution to a task. He is a character who always uses his brain. All in all, a skull serves as a powerful symbol of the theatre and Hamlet. That’s why Shakespeare devised a big scene with a skull, which – after all – is a human’s head. I surely don’t have answers to my numerous questions. That’s why it was interesting to stage a play with a single actor, with the actor’s head.” Indeed, Lepage and Mironov have both created a tragedy of the consciousness far more potent than the tragedy of real life. In this prison of the mind, set within the confines of a huge open-sided cube that is suspended and spun above the stage, Mironov magically plays all of the characters himself. From Ophelia [...]

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    Image courtesy of REDSEA Gallery. Pierre Argillet was a publisher, art collector, friend and confidant of Salvador Dalí. For over 30 years they worked together on a series of almost 200 etchings – among other projects – some of which are now available for viewing and acquisition in Singapore. The exhibition is enriched by the stories that Christine Argillet has to share. The daughter of Pierre Argillet spent her teenage summers in Dalí’s house in Spain. For each of the works in the collection, she has a interesting story to tell. The public will have the chance to hear some of these stories on Sunday when the REDSEA Gallery is organizing a Q&A with the French collector, an event not to be missed. One of the highlights of the collection is the Picasso-Dali series of etchings. The series has in total eight etchings, and seven of them were brought to Singapore. Dali wanted to work with Picasso on a new set of prints, but unfortunately, the reunion never happened. Then, Dalí had an idea to solve the situation. He asked Argillet to buy a few etchings from Picasso. After that, Dalí discussed with his printmaker a way to transfer Picasso’s [...]

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  • 09/08/16--20:20: Ron Arad’s 720°
  • Designer extraordinaire Ron Arad presents 720°, a monumental outdoor video installation that will wow you with its immense size and creativity. Gather your friends and family, and enter this magical interactive stage – shaped like a coliseum – right here in Singapore at the beautiful Gardens by the Bay. The massive installation is an unforgettable sight. A perfect circle 18 metres in diameter, 720° is made up of 5,600 silicon cords totalling over 37 kilometres in length and suspended from a height of eight metres. These lightweight rods – swishing and swaying easily – serve as an interactive video screen for both sides of the 360-degree stage. When this multimedia installation made its debut in 2011 as “Curtain Call”, some 15,000 visitors turned up to watch works by 11 artists at London’s Roundhouse. The following year, 30,000 people visited the project when it was installed in the gardens of Jerusalem’s Israel Museum. 720° continues to be a spectacular crowd-pleaser for the entire family in Singapore. Beyond its sheer scale, the experimental format of 720° allows for a breathtaking programme of projected performance films by some of the leading names of contemporary art. For Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016, the [...]

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    Learn how to customise your own tote bag! Perfect for swagging with your own unique bag, or as gift bags (literally) for beloved friends and family. No art skills required as we will show you how you can get that eye-catching hand-made look with simple patterns and characters. This is organised by the Band of Doodlers. 17 Sep 2016 (Sat), 2pm – 3.30pm (Session 1) or 3.30pm – 5pm (Session 2) (choose from either sessions) Venue: CAPITOL PIAZZA #01-23 (13 STAMFORD ROAD SINGAPORE 178905) Fee per participant: $10 (comes with a free tote bag) About the instructor: Candice Phang (puffingmuffin) Candice Phang, better known as Puffingmuffin, is an illustrator and character designer based in Singapore. Through her art, she hopes to give another perspective of life — to take life more seriously in a less serious way. Some of the brands she has collaborated with include Chanel, Guerlain and Swatch.

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  • 09/14/16--23:27: Leather Wraparound Journal
  • Give your everyday journal a rustic makeover with a supple calfskin leather cover! Bookbinding is suitable for everyone and now you have the chance to pick up useful, traditional bookbinding skills in this leather wraparound journal workshop catering to beginners! 17 Sep 2016 (Sat), 11am – 1pm Venue: CAPITOL PIAZZA #01-23 (13 STAMFORD ROAD SINGAPORE 178905) Fee per participant: $40 (inclusive of all materials and tool usage for the workshop) About the instructor: Ian Tan (The Thistle Bindery) Ian trained in bookbinding and book arts in Edinburgh, UK with the Owl & Lion Bindery. He established The Thistle Bindery in 2012 upon his return to this sunny island. As a Noise alumni from the Noise Art Mentorship in 2013, Ian had benefited much from the mentorship provided by the programme which had helped to hone his craft further. Now he hopes to reach out and share the joy of bookbinding through public workshops and outreach events.

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    The film is inspired by 4 #Singlit short fiction; “Harmonious Residences” by Jeremy Tiang, “Per(anti) Mimpi 1.0 – Dream Device 1.0” by Chempaka Aizim, “அலிசா-Alyssa” by Latha and “我们本来是要去打抢银行的 - We’d Wanted to Rob a Bank” by 希尼尔-Xi Ni Er in our 4 official languages. The film stars; Hatta Said, Joann Wu, Larry Low 劉龍偉, Elias Mikhail, Christopher Yong and Aadhya Anand. The Flying Kick Asia x Sleeping Rabbit Films production, “One Hour to Daylight” is produced by Nicholas Chee, screenplay by Tan Wei Ting and directed by 4 emerging and talented directors; Sufyan Sam’an, Jacky Lee, D. Vel Murugan and Jonathan Choo. The cinematography is by Jaye Neo shooting on the Panasonic #VaricamLT with #Xeen lenses with animation by Mark Wee and Andre Quek, original music composed by Alex Oh/White Noise Music, sound edit by Burtt See/Audiorooms, makeup by Makeup Entourage, wardrobe by Meredith Lee and art direction by Xandra Low. “One Hour to Daylight” is a social drama set in present-day Singapore, in an estate where racial biases and cultural differences threaten to divide its inhabitants. Synopsis: One Hour to Daylight is a social drama set in present-day Singapore, in an estate where cultural and social tensions threaten [...]

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    Oceanic Feeling, a term originated by French dramatist, Romain Rolland and later popularized by Sigmund Freud, refers to the a boundless feeling of the eternal that is the source of all religious energy. There certainly is a semblance of this oceanic feeling as one enters the monastic sobriety of this alabaster space, echoed and amplified by the reverberating ombak by Singaporean musician Vivian Wang that washes over the gallery. Three of Maria Taniguchi’s brick painting series are on display, spaced far from each other on the distal walls of the gallery. Large in size, matte in surface and tessellated in composition, these defiant abstract canvases possess a very practical purpose: to “take time and help me (Taniguchi) regulate my own production, my thinking”, as she attends to the quotidian task of filling in the grid. In the catalogue essay, curator Susan Gibb points out that these paintings do not exist as pure abstractions, with the stacked cell-like rectangles in the painting resembling bricks on the wall. This fact is complicated by the choice to hang some of theses canvases and have others rest against the wall, such that they appear to be “neither wholly image nor object”. Maria Taniguchi, Untitled [...]

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    One of Asia’s premier literary events, SWF 2016 is a kaleidoscope of creative talents from our shores and around the world, to celebrate life’s cultural and emotional riches with the theme “Sayang”. The 19th edition of Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) offers a strong literary contingent with a slant on topical issues, and will take place from 4 to 13 November 2016. Ranging from the US Presidential Elections to the refugee crisis in Europe to the Fukushima disaster, writers, poets and speakers will examine these contemporaneous subjects in their myriad ways. More than 250 Singapore and international talents are set to converge at SWF2016. The multi-disciplinary line-up includes award-winning fiction writer Lionel Shriver (US); rapper and performance poet Omar Musa (Australia); Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry Vijay Seshadri (US); literary critic Marjorie Perloff (US); theatre critic Lyn Gardner (UK); crime-fiction writer A Yi (China), Booker Prize-nominated writer Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia); sci-fi legend Taiyo Fujii (Japan); Singapore’s pioneer poet Edwin Thumboo (Singapore) and critic-poet-comic artist Gwee Li Sui (Singapore). Housed across the Civic district, this year’s Festival continues to be helmed by Festival Director Yeow Kai Chai. The 10-day Festival will showcase fictionists, poets, academics and thinkers, as well as unconventional [...]

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    A pop-up photographic retrospective exhibit, in association with the Monroe Gallery of Photography     November 11 – 21, 2016 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Mondays through Saturdays; opens at noon on Sundays. Opening Reception: Friday, November 11, 6:00 to 8:00 pm 508 W 26th Street, Loft 5G, New York, NY 10001

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    After a one-year hiatus, ReDot Fine Art Gallery is very honoured to welcome back our annual Papunya Tula showcase, by presenting TWO concurrent solo exhibitions for the late Ningura Napurrula and Nanyuma Napangati. This showcase not only represents the first ever solo exhibition for Nanyuma, it is also Ningura’s first international solo since her passing in 2013. Ningura Napurrula (c. 1938 – 2013) was one of the pioneer female painters of Papunya Tula Artists. Her first paintings were completed in 1996 and she participated in her first ever group exhibition in that same year. By 1999 Ningura had already amassed an impressive exhibition profile and was becoming a hugely successful and collectable artist. She has been named as one of the Australia’s most collectable artists by the Australian Art Collector Magazine in 2007, her works are incorporated in the architecture of the Musée du quai Branly in Paris, and her painting was represented on the Australia Post international stamp. Nanyuma Napangati’s painting career has followed a more modest early trajectory since she began painting in the 1990’s with Papunya Tula Artists. Her paintings are now gaining wider recognition, which depict important ceremonial stories by effectively using positive and negative spaces. [...]

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  • 09/18/16--21:36: On Display
  • On Display is an inquiry into the ‘performance’ of the human body through the act of objectification. This inter-disciplinary collaboration between choreographer-dancer Chiew Peishan and photographer Caleb Ming, explores the idea-performance becomes life itself.   Reflecting upon the act of looking and being looked at, On Display hopes to make movement relatable and meaningful to the everyday life. As audience interact with the performers in the gallery space, who watches whom? As the different bodies move through the traditional gallery, what becomes ephemeral? What drives permanence? This is a durational work apt for all ages. Date/ Time 4 & 5 November 2016 : 1-4pm, 7-10pm 6 November 2016 : 1-4pm Venue Goodman Arts Centre, Multi-purpose Studios 1 & 2 (Containers) (90 Goodman Road, Block O, Singapore 439053) Tickets $20 (Standard) $18 (Concession for senior citizens, full-time students. NSFs, PAssion Card Members and Group Booking of minimum of 4 tickets) $16 (RAW Pal Members) Prices exclude $1 Peatix ticketing fee General Admission Purchasing a ticket will entitle you to multiple entries across all three days and re-entries during performances. Purchase tickets at ondisplay.peatix.com Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise the programme cost. There is a subsidy of [...]

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    Oliviero Rainaldi’s Solo Exhibition “White on Black” Is Extended to the 25th of September. The exhibition Oliviero Rainaldi – White on Black is attracting record numbers to Partners & Mucciaccia’s main gallery in Gillman Barracks, Singapore. Due to this significant public demand, the blockbuster show is to be extended to the 25th of September. Oliviero Rainaldi comes again in Singapore at Partners & Mucciaccia Gallery with the exhibition “White on Black”, which showcases works from two museum exhibitions dedicated to Rainaldi in 2015, both sponsored by Maserati to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company. MoCA Shanghai’s well received exhibition “ECHOS” is recommended by The Art Newspaper as “one of the best art exhibitions which took place in China in 2015”, and on the occasion of the exhibition “TWINS” at Petronas Gallery Kuala Lumpur, Rainaldi received the prize “Personality of the Year” by the Branding Association of Malaysia. Partners & Mucciaccia Blk 6 Lock Road #02-10 Gillman Barracks Singapore 108934 www.partnersandmucciaccia.com

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  • 09/18/16--21:48: Directing for Beginners
  • Directing is the often elusive art of leading others, but to lead others you need to first lead yourself. Over this workshop you will be introduced to various exercises and explore how you can target and adapt them for your directorial goals.   You will take turns as both director and actor in this workshop, building skills and confidence in the rehearsal room. Above all you will explore and experiment with your own identity and style as a director. Join Toby Papazoglou on this exploration of your own identity as a director over 8 weeks with a basic look at the rehearsal room and process you can apply to your own work. This workshop is open to anyone from all backgrounds. Minimum age for admission is 16 and above. Registration closes: 10 October 2016 17 October, 2016 — 5 December, 2016 (8 weeks) Monday, 7.30pm — 10.30pm S$600 Get early-bird 20% discount by entering ‘earlys6’ during checkout by 25 Sep 2016. Payment Plans are available. Email us at admin@hcac.sg. To register, visit http://methodactingasia.com/programme/directingforbeginners/ —–

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