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.

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.

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