Film Still: The Wild Eye, 1967, dir. Paolo Cavara, Courtesy of Rewind Film S.R.L.

Cinema is rife with strange encounters where film serve as records of collisions between people and places.

The 2017 edition of State of Motion delves into the history of Singapore cinema to explore the many film locations and Singapore’s mutability as an actor through a selection of films shot amidst a transforming post-independent Singapore. Participants are taken to film locations featured in the selected films where an artwork responding to both the film and its site awaits.

Audiences are encouraged to not only look back, but to traverse through the many different imaginations of Singapore, as seen through stranger eyes.

For enquiries, please contact outreach@asianfilmarchive.org.


The Asian Film Archive (AFA) is a subsidiary of the National Library Board. It preserves the rich film heritage of Asian Cinema, encourages scholarly research on film, and promotes a wider critical appreciation of this art form.



A joint initiative by the National Arts Council, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore Art Week reinforces Singapore’s position as Asia’s leading arts destination. The 12-days celebration of the visual arts offers a myriad of quality art experiences, from art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events and public art walks, to enriching discussions on art and culture.