State of Motion (2016)

16 - 31 JAN 2016

Films are wondrous records of their place and time.
More so for a place like Singapore than almost anywhere else in the world.

State of Motion retraces these places with Singaporean artist and filmmaker, Toh Hun Ping through his extensive research on 20th century Singapore films and their filming locations. With a focus on a selection of classic Cathay-Keris films, audiences go on a trip to these film locations where an artwork responding to both the film and its site awaits them. Participants are encouraged to not just remember, but to re-imagine the film and an ever-changing Singapore landscape.

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LOCATIONS

    OLD OUTRAM PRISON

  • Film Location: Korban Fitnah (Victim of Slander, 1959)
  • Artwork: a monument to the non-canonical (2016)
    by KIN CHUI (WITH ILA AND GODWIN KOAY)

    QUEEN ELIZABETH WALK

  • Film Location: Chinta Kaseh Sayang (My Darling Love, 1965)
  • Artwork: Myself and Melody (2016) by MARK THIA

    MERDEKA BRIDGE

  • Film Location: Che Mamat Parang Tumpol (Black Hand Gang, 1960)
  • Artwork: Jamban 1956 (2016) by Hafiz Osman

    FORMER KAMPONG SIGLAP

  • Film Location: Sumpah Pontianak (The Curse of Pontianak, 1958)
  • Artwork: ///// Don't Slip ///// (2016)
    by Stephanie Jane Burt

    SITE OF PILOT EAST COAST LAND RECLAMATION PROJECT

  • Film Location: Mat Tiga Suku (Mat Crazy, 1965)
  • Artwork: Bus Stop (2016) by Mike HJ Chang

CATHAY-KERIS ON LOCATION EXHIBITION

National Library Building, Level 8 Promenade

The starting point of State of Motion will feature a pop-up exhibition focusing on the golden era of the Cathay-Keris Studio and the important landmarks related to this slice of history.

Putting the spotlight on the studio’s fervour for location shooting, this presentation will traverse through the trends of situating storytelling in traditional villages, newly reclaimed lands, skyscrapers, prisons and iconic sites. This will serve to provide an entry point for retrospection (and introspection) through these acts of filmic interventions that inadvertently play out as a reflection of the times.