Public Programmes

Production Photo: Ring of Fury, 1973, dir. Tony Yeow and James Sebastian, Courtesy of Peter Chong

THE WORLD OF SAINT JACK
Talk | Ben Slater

7 Jan, SAT 3pm–4.30pm

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In this unique conversational presentation, Ben Slater (author of Kinda Hot: The Making of Saint Jack in Singapore, co-director of Tony’s Long March and curator/researcher of ‘Western’ films made in Singapore) will explore the rich context of Peter Bogdanovich’s 1979 film Saint Jack, from the Superspy movies and literary adaptations that preceded it, Hawaii 5-O’s Singapore episode (shot at the same time as Saint Jack), to the landscape of Paul Theroux’s novel and archetype of the ‘White Man in Singapore’, as well as Slater’s friendships with Saint Jack crew members, the late Tony Yeow and Pierre Cottrell.

*The talk will precede a screening of Saint Jack (M18) at 5pm

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
BEN SLATER is a writer, film critic and lecturer who is based in Singapore since 2002. He wrote the book Kinda Hot: The Making of Saint Jack in Singapore (Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2006). His writings on film have been published internationally, and he has curated for cinemas and film festivals in the U.K. and Singapore. He has script edited several acclaimed feature films including Helen, HERE and Mister John and is the co-writer of the sci-fi thriller Camera. Currently he is a Lecturer in Screenwriting and Narrative at the School of Art, Design and Media in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

A THOUSAND S’PORES
Talk | Toh Hun Ping

10 Jan, TUE 7.30pm–9pm

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From fleeting utterances to loaded renderings, the nation-state or “Singapore” has seen itself projected through varied lenses throughout generations of world cinema. Delving further into the themes of State of Motion 2017: Through Stranger Eyes, join Toh Hun Ping from Singapore Film Locations Archive (SFLA) in this sharing session as he seeks to uncover Singapore’s mutability as an actor and trace the politics behind its imaging.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
TOH HUN PING is a video artist, film researcher and writer. His video works have screened at international experimental film festivals (Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas) and were presented in art venues both as video installations and live-performance projections (Sculpture Square and Substation, Singapore). In preparation for his next video work, he is researching into the history of film production in early-mid 20th century Singapore. He also runs the Singapore Film Locations Archive, a private video collection of films made in Singapore and maintains a website about Singapore film locations (sgfilmlocations.com). He has worked on a freelance basis as a researcher for film programmes at the National Museum of Singapore Cinémathèque (Foundation of Run Run Shaw’s Cinema Empire, Gems of Amoy Cinema) and the Asian Film Archive (State of Motion (2016, 2017), Celluloid Void 2).

CURATOR’S TALK
Talk | Kent Chan

17 Jan, TUE 7.30pm–9pm

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Join curator Kent Chan, in conversation with producer Thong Kay Wee from the Asian Film Archive, as he speaks about his curatorial approach towards the State of Motion series (2016-2017) and his experience in developing the exhibition for its 2017 iteration.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
KENT CHAN (b. 1984) is an artist, filmmaker and curator based in Singapore and Amsterdam. His practice revolves around our encounters with art, fiction and cinema that explore the links between aesthetic experience and knowledge production, with particular interest in the relationship between moving images and the modern city. The works and practices of others often form the locus of his works, which examines the ambiguity that lies at the interstices of art (making) and daily life.
His works have taken the form of film, text, conversations and exhibitions.

ARTISTS’ DIALOGUE
Panel Discussion

19 Jan, THU 7.30pm–9pm

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Join artists Amanda Lee Koe, Godwin Koay, Hilmi Johandi, Jeremy Sharma, Joo Choon Lin, Randy Chan, The Observatory and Ujikaji as they speak about their respective art practices ranging from film, literary, sound to installation, and their experiences in developing their newly commissioned works for the exhibition State of Motion 2017: Through Stranger Eyes.

IMAGES: THE MOVING GALLERY
Panel Discussion | Kent Chan, Sam I-Shan and Silke Schmickl

25 Jan, WED 7.30pm–9pm

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A talk between Silke Schmickl (National Gallery Singapore), Sam I-Shan (Visual Arts at Esplanade) and Kent Chan, three curators who have worked extensively with the moving image medium. The curators will share and discuss about their experiences and exposure to how the moving image medium has come to be seen within exhibitionary spaces.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
KENT CHAN (b. 1984) is an artist, filmmaker and curator based in Singapore and Amsterdam. His practice revolves around our encounters with art, fiction and cinema that explore the links between aesthetic experience and knowledge production, with particular interest in the relationship between moving images and the modern city. The works and practices of others often form the locus of his works, which examines the ambiguity that lies at the interstices of art (making) and daily life.
His works have taken the form of film, text, conversations and exhibitions.

SAM I-SHAN is a curator with Visual Arts at Esplanade and was previously a curator at Singapore Art Museum (SAM) focusing on new media, photography and film. At SAM, she oversaw the Moving Image Gallery and worked on five editions of the Southeast Asian Film Festival with Philip Cheah and Teo Swee Leng (2011-2015), and programmed Artist Films and other series (2011-2013). She also served as co-instructor for the student-run Perspectives Film Festival (2011-2012). Her exhibitions at SAM include Afterimage: Contemporary Photography in Southeast Asia (2014) and the APB Foundation Signature Art Prize (2014).
She was co-curator for the AiRX Artist-in-Residence Programme (2012-2013), supported by the Singapore International Foundation and the British Council, and an award recipient of the JENESYS Programme for Creators Residency 2012 in Japan

SILKE SCHMICKL is an independent curator and co-founder of Paris-based DVD label Lowave. A specialist in contemporary photography and video art, she has been a researcher at the German Art History Center for 15 years and has published over 60 art DVDs for Lowave. She has initiated and directed various research projects dedicated to emerging art scenes, including the Middle East, Africa, India, Turkey and Singapore. Since 2008, she has curated contemporary art exhibitions in partnerships with museums and biennials in Singapore, Paris, Guangzhou, Beirut, Roskilde and Düsseldorf. In addition to her curatorial projects, Schmickl occasionally teaches in universities and art schools, and writes articles on cinema and contemporary art. She will be taking on the position as a curator at National Gallery Singapore from January 2017.

THE STRANGE LOOPS OF IMMERSION
Talk | Shawn Chua Ming Ren

1 Feb, WED 7.30pm–9pm

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The session will examine the series State of Motion through the double vision of immersion and disruption in the vertiginous experience of its participants. As we negotiate with the varying degrees of immersion desired by the cinematic environments of the screen, the virtual realities of the tour, and the involution of film and site projected by the artists, we begin to ask what emerges from these strange loops of immersion, or are we simply caught in yet another loop – as another ensemble of actors performing on the same set behind the screen?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
SHAWN CHUA’s performance research engages with the uncanny lives of objects, from puppetry to archives, and from thinking machines to queer personhoods. He was awarded the NAC Art Scholarship (postgraduate) and holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Shawn is currently a researcher and archivist at The Necessary Stage.

THE LESSON – A DOCU-PRESENTATION
Screening and Talk | Drama Box

5 Feb, SUN 2pm–5pm

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THE LESSON was part of a trilogy IT WON’T BE TOO LONG, presented by Drama Box at the Singapore International Festival of Arts in 2015.  The trilogy earned critical acclaim, and in particular THE LESSON was praised for engaging the public deeply in the discussion on land use issues in Singapore.  It was nominated for the 2016 Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards “Production of the Year” and “Best Director”.

THE LESSON is an interactive performance, involving participation in a scenario, where the public decides as a community, the facilities to remove to make way for a new MRT station in their estate.

This docu-presentation will be a screening of the video recording of the original production in 2015, interspersed with presentations of the written response of the public when they made their decisions as a community during the same performance.

There will be a 15 minute talk-back session at the end of the screening with Kok Heng Leun, one of the main creatives behind this work.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Drama Box is a non-profit contemporary theatre company with charity status. Formed in 1990, it has since gained a respectable reputation for presenting works that raise social awareness and inculcate civic responsibility amongst Singaporeans.

www.dramabox.org