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Tours

Of Fear and Longing: Art Exhibition Tours

Longing

11 Kampong Bugis
25 & 26 January, 1,2,8 & 9 February 2019
(Fridays and Saturdays)
7:30pm – 1.30am
5 Tours Daily

Fear and Longing, two sides of the same coin when it comes to the popular appeal of horror films. What is it about Asian horror films in particular that elicits fear beyond the jump scares of a film? And if fear is such a negative emotion, why are horror films so popular? What does our desire to be afraid tell us about ourselves and what we secretly and perhaps fearfully long for?

LONGING is a thematic exhibition tour that examines the relationship between the monstrous and desire. Monsters are so often reincarnated as commodities in popular culture, or as symbols in personal narratives of empowerment. What is it about monsters that make them so appealing to us? What do monsters tell us about our desires and our relationships with what we long for?

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Of Fear and Longing: Art Exhibition Tours

Fear

11 Kampong Bugis
25 & 26 January, 1,2,8 & 9 February 2019
(Fridays and Saturdays)
7:30pm – 1.30am
5 Tours Daily

Fear and Longing, two sides of the same coin when it comes to the popular appeal of horror films. What is it about Asian horror films in particular that elicits fear beyond the jump scares of a film? And if fear is such a negative emotion, why are horror films so popular? What does our desire to be afraid tell us about ourselves and what we secretly and perhaps fearfully long for?

FEAR is a thematic exhibition tour that explores how some of the artists in the exhibition, much like horror filmmakers, have examined and utilised fear as a medium. Like monsters, art has been said to be warnings or omens pointing out what we should be wary of. But what does our fear of the monster tell us about ourselves, our shared histories and our anxieties for the future?

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Talks

A Fear of Monsters: Artists in Conversation #1

26 January 2019, Saturday
11 Kampong Bugis
2pm – 3.30pm

Free admission with registration

Ho Rui An, Shubigi Rao and Yason Banal’s works in State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters employ the medium of film to untangle and ‘splice’ together complicated and layered histories that resonate in contemporary society. What is it about the medium of film that is particularly appealing as a language and method to unpack history? How does film as a medium change the way we see or think about the world?

Speakers: Ho Rui An, Shubigi Rao and Yason Banal
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A Fear of Monsters: Artists in Conversation #2

26 January 2019, Saturday
11 Kampong Bugis
4pm – 6pm

Free admission with registration

Viêt Lê , Yee I-Lann and Fyerool Darma’s works in State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters navigate the personal, the historical and the political through the figure of the monster or ghost. Employing the vocabulary of popular culture, their work (re)surface the frustrations and trauma from histories defined by white washing, displacement and slander. Join us as we look at horror in popular culture and the secrets that underlie its wide appeal.

Speakers: Việt Lê, Yee I-Lann and Fyerool Darma
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First as Harimau, Then, as Harimeow?

2 February 2019, Saturday
11 Kampong Bugis
5pm – 6.30pm
Free admission with registration

Harimau jadi-jadian. Macan gadungan. Barong macan. These are names in the Malay world that refer to the feared were-tiger, a creature that straddles between the world of man and the world of beasts. Focusing on indigenous narratives from Malaya and Java, this talk will outline the evolution of the were-tiger as a cultural signifer of meaning in selected oral folktales as well as modern film and prose. It hopes to shed light on a question made urgent by global warming: Is the human or the tiger doing the taming?

Speaker: Dr. Nazry Bahrawi
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Monsters in Film and Architecture

9 February 2019, Saturday
11 Kampong Bugis
5pm – 6.30pm
Free admission with registration

What do monsters and buildings have in common? Joshua Comaroff, participating exhibition designer/ artist for State Of Motion: Fear Of Monsters, is author of a book called Horror In Architecture—a comparison of cinematic monsters and modern buildings. He and his co author, Ong Ker-Shing, argue that mutants, zombies, vampires, and clones provide the best way to understand many architectural works of the last 200 years. In this talk, Joshua will provide a survey of movie creatures and their architectural analogues—and will speculate about some particularly Singaporean examples.

Speaker: Joshua Comaroff (Lekker Architects)
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A Fear of Monsters: Artists in Conversation #3

16 February 2019, Saturday
11 Kampong Bugis
3pm – 4.30pm

Horror tells us a lot about the architecture and infrastructure of our society. How are art works that illustrate these parameters of horror different and significant from other ways of making art? What are the markers of horror in everyday life? How do they inform the ways in which society is organised? Join artist Heman Chong and Lekker Architects as they discuss the idea of the “infrastructural image” in relation to the new works they have produced for State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters.

Speakers: Heman Chong and Lekker Architects
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Children's Workshop

My Little Monster

23 February 2019, Saturday
11am – 1pm
Drama Centre, Function Room 1

Developed by Mike Chang and Sarah Choo, teachers in the Art Elective Programme (AEP) at Nanyang Girls’ High, My Little Monster is a craft workshop for children aged 8-12 years old, facilitated by upper secondary school students. Parents are welcome.

From mechanical monsters to wire mesh monsters, participants will create their own little monsters. Every monster created in this workshop will be unique to its maker. At the end of the workshop, each participant will be invited to introduce their monster and the inspirational story that led to its creation.

Instructors: Mike HJ Chang and Sarah Choo Jing
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Performances

BlackKaji

16 February 2019, Saturday
11 Kampong Bugis
6.30pm
$15 at the door ($12 for full-time students / seniors / the unemployed)

Day upon day 
Upon day upon
Gradated grey
Irregular grids are
Unlocked

BlackKaji returns with an inauspicious detour into the deeper recesses of sound. A subterranean maze of forking paths bunkered away from the homogenous harmonies broadcasted above. In the history of modern music, there has always been diversions, collisions and mutations that have subverted the given order and mandate of popular music in pursuit of new musical expressions. This edition of BlackKaji features a diverse lineup of musicians and bands working in this tradition of discord, harnessing the dissonant and visceral potentialities of sound, conjuring uncanny and harrowing mythologies and visions – towards a collective inversion of musical pleasure.

Featuring:
Sial
Ken Ueno & Cheryl Ong
George Chua
Aiyu Jelly

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Screenings