A Conflation of Monsters from Hantu Hantu, AF Antony, 1955; Image courtesy of the artists

State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters

State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters investigates the histories and trajectories of Asian horror and focuses on the monsters at the intersections of Southeast Asian art, popular culture and cinema.   

From the multilingual Pontianak to the genre defining oily man who seeped his way across borders, monsters have entertained and united us through our fear. Audiences should be very afraid.

Film Screenings

Oldham Theatre

7 June – 21 July 2019

General: $10 / Concession: $9 (Local & Overseas Students, Full-time National Servicemen (NSF), Senior Citizens (55 years and above)

Monsters have entertained and united us through our fear – from the genre defining Orang Minyak to the enduring image of Godzilla tearing through the streets of Tokyo – A Fear of Monsters explores the monsters that have traversed folklores and popular culture to the silver screen.

Featuring Asian horror films from the 1950s – 2000s, this programme is a cinematic continuation of AFA’s exhibition State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters.

Get tickets here. All screenings are held at the Oldham Theatre, National Archives of Singapore.

Film History Exhibition

National Library building, Plaza

26 January – 24 February 2019 

10am – 9pm | Free admission

The film history exhibition at National Library building, Plaza, presents a constellation of monsters who have lived on our silver screens since the 1920s. It traces the transfiguration of the monster once based on folklore, through to the Cold War and to the rise of an internationalised market for culture.

Contemporary Art Exhibition

11 Kampong Bugis

25 January – 17 February 2019 

1pm – 9pm (closed on PH) | Free admission

The art exhibition brings together works by renown contemporary Southeast Asian artists Heman Chong, Ho Tzu Nyen, Sung Tieu, Viêt Lê, Yason Banal, and Yee I-Lann, with new commissions by Fyerool Darma, Ho Rui An, Shubigi Rao and architecture firm, Lekker. The show will present a diverse range of research practices and plural histories of monsters from the region. Learn more about the artworks in A Fear of Monsters here.

*One of the artworks in the exhibition is restricted to audiences 18 years and above.

Of Fear and Longing: Art Exhibition Tours

11 Kampong Bugis

25 & 26 January, 1 & 2 February, 8 & 9 February 2019 (Fridays and Saturdays)

7.30pm – 1.30am | 1.5 hours each tour | $8 per tour 

A key programme of State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters, Of Fear and Longing are guided night tours which take visitors through 2 different routes of the art exhibition at 11 Kampong Bugis, exploring varied responses to our fear of monsters.

Of Fear and Longing is developed in partnership with visual and performance artist, ila. The tours are an extension of her research process as part of her current project Spirits of Echoes, which maps the collective psyche of Singapore through the collection of personal narratives of hauntings, spirits and ghosts. Each tour is highly interactive. 

Get tickets for the tours here. Tours are open to participants 18 years and above only. 

Asian Film Archive

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.

Singapore Art Week

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. In its seventh edition in 2019, the ten-day celebration of the visual arts will be taking place in venues across Singapore, from galleries and museums to art precincts and non-profit spaces. ARTWEEK.SG


State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters
Presented by Asian Film Archive
Part of Singapore Art Week 2019
Supported by National Arts Council, National Library Board and S.E.A. Focus
Kathleen Ditzig
Creative Producer:
Thong Kay Wee
Assistant Producers:
Celeste Ngooi,
Euginia Tan,
Rachel Wong
Exhibition Designer:
Lekker Architects
Film Researcher and Video Editor:
Toh Hun Ping
Content Editor:
Karen Chan and Kenneth Tay
Tour Master:
ila (Shahila Baharom)
Tour Guides:
Strawberries Inc.
(Jit Dastidar, Nisa Syarafana, Astley Xie, Krish Natarajan, Valerie Teh)
Design and Branding: SWELL
Official Exhibitions AV Partner:
Exhibition Loan Supporters:
Malaysia Design Archive,
National Gallery of Singapore,
National Library Board Singapore,
Singapore Police Force,
Su Zhangkai,
Wong Han Min
Yason Banal,
Heman Chong,
Fyerool Darma,
Ho Rui An,
Ho Tzu Nyen,
Việt Lê,
Lekker Architects,
Shubigi Rao,
Sung Tieu,
Yee I-Lann
Programme Partners:
Nanyang Girls' High School
Special Thanks:
Asian Film Archive volunteers, A Talon Touches the Lake, Boku Films, Gorylah Pictures, Mediacorp Raintree Pictures Pte Ltd, One White Raven, Severin Films, Singapore Film Locations Archive

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