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Archifest 2017

4 October 2017 — 15 October 2017

Archifest 2017 is an annual public festival for Singapore to celebrate architecture and the built environment, organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects. In the 2017 iteration of the festival, Archifest will partner with NTU CCA Singapore to host programmes that engage this year’s theme, “Building Agency.”

 

Films by Chia-Wei Hsu (Taiwan)

6 Oct 2017, Fri 07:30 PM – 09:00 PM
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Huai Mo Village, Thailand, 2012, 8 min 20 sec
Ruins of the intelligence bureau, Thailand, 2015, 13 min 30 sec
White Building – Sva Pul, Kong Nay, Sisters, Rooftop, Cambodia, 2016, 18 min

The artist will be present.

Chia-Wei Hsu’s ten-year long engagement with the moving image and the forgotten stories of the Cold War 
in Southeast Asia resulted in a complex body of works which address major historical events through the lens of minor narratives, often embedded in remote locations, that weave together reality and fiction, myth and history. Delving into the history of the Huai
Mo Village in northern Thailand, the artist collaborates with soldiers and children to trace the story of the exiled Chinese soldiers who settled at the Thai-Myanmar border and were never able to return home. In Cambodia, the artist looks at the White Building in Phnom Penh to reference the violent history of repression during the Khmer Rouge occupation, where 90 percent of performance artists were executed. After liberation, the surviving artists were assigned accommodation in the White Building. In the wake of its upcoming demolition, Hsu invited four second- generation performing groups to engage with the White Building, their former home.

This Screening is also part of the public programme of Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History.

 

Discursive Picnic
Building Bridges: Business, Architecture and Art, Publicness

14 Oct 2017, Sat 02:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Mapletree Business City, 20 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 117439. Meeting point: Entrance of ARC, near McDonald’s.

Mapletree and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) will co-present the Discursive Picnic on 14 October as part of the Archifest 2017, with the objective to gather the community to public spaces at Mapletree Business City II. The event is organised under the Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore Public Art Education Programme which aims to promote art appreciation to the general public. The event will kick start with a walking tour of MBC II led by the building architect from DCA Architects Pte Ltd, the landscape architect director Prapan Napawongdee from Shma Company Limited, and curators of MBC II’s public art commissions, Professor Ute Meta Bauer and Khim Ong from NTU CCA Singapore.

Through poetry readings, well-known local poet Isa Kumari will share stories behind urban architecture and young poet, Samuel Lee, will stand in dialogue with poetry interventions. The tour will be followed by a discussion, moderated by NTU CCA Singapore Assistant Professor Sophie Goltz, at the Green Bowl, an amphitheatre within the lush and green Central Park at MBC II. Participants, curators, and architects will have the chance to share their ideas of working with space between business/work and art/leisure.

Limited capacity. Email NTUCCAevents@ntu.edu.sg to register.

 

Public programmes

Screenings: Chia-Wei Hsu (Taiwan)
6 Oct 2017, Fri 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Huai Mo Village, Thailand, 2012, 8 min 20 sec
Ruins of the intelligence bureau, Thailand, 2015, 13 min 30 sec
White Building – Sva Pul, Kong Nay, Sisters, Rooftop, Cambodia, 2016, 18 min

The artist will be present.

Chia-Wei Hsu’s ten-year long engagement with the moving image and the forgotten stories of the Cold War 
in Southeast Asia resulted in a complex body of works which address major historical events through the lens of minor narratives, often embedded in remote locations, that weave together reality and fiction, myth and history. Delving into the history of the Huai
Mo Village in northern Thailand, the artist collaborates with soldiers and children to trace the story of the exiled Chinese soldiers who settled at the Thai-Myanmar border and were never able to return home. In Cambodia, the artist looks at the White Building in Phnom Penh to reference the violent history of repression during the Khmer Rouge occupation, where 90 percent of performance artists were executed. After liberation, the surviving artists were assigned accommodation in the White Building. In the wake of its upcoming demolition, Hsu invited four second- generation performing groups to engage with the White Building, their former home.

This Screening is part of the public programmes of Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History, as well as Archifest 2017: Building Agency. 

Discursive Picnic
Building Bridges: Business, Architecture and Art, Publicness
14 Oct 2017, Sat 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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Mapletree and NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) will co-present the Discursive Picnic on 14 October as part of Archifest 2017, with the objective to gather the community to public spaces at Mapletree Business City II. The event is organised under the Mapletree-NTU CCA Singapore Public Art Education Programme which aims to promote art appreciation to the general public. The event will kickstart with a walking tour of MBC II led by the building architect from DCA Architects Pte Ltd, the landscape architect director Prapan Napawongdee from Shma Company Limited, and curators of MBC II’s public art commissions, Professor Ute Meta Bauer and Khim Ong from NTU CCA Singapore.

Through poetry readings, well-known local poet Isa Kamari, who serves as the Deputy Director of Architecture (Design) at Singapore’s Land Transport Authority, will share stories behind urban architecture and young poet, Samuel Lee, will stand in dialogue with poetry interventions. The tour will be followed by a discussion, moderated by NTU CCA Singapore Assistant Professor Sophie Goltz, at the Green Bowl, an amphitheatre within the lush and green Central Park at MBC II. Participants, curators, and architects will have the chance to share their ideas of working with space between business/work and art/leisure.

Free (by registration to NTUCCAevents@ntu.edu.sg. Limited capacity.)

 

This programme is part of Archifest 2017: Building Agency, presented by the Singapore Institute of Architects.