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Residencies Insights: An Experiment in Leisure
Film Screening and Conversation with Manon de Boer (Netherlands/Belgium), Artist-in-Residence
6 Sep 2017, Wed 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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The latest film produced by Artist-in-Residence Manon de Boer, An Experiment in Leisure (2016, 35 min) whispers a collective reflection on the rhythms of creation and on the relationship between free time and creativity. Drawing on the theories of British psychoanalyst Marion Milner (1900-1998) about the dynamics of concentration, daydreaming, and open-ended time, de Boer collected the voices of several artists reflecting upon their creative processes and weaved them together with the sounds a Norwegian seascape. Capturing the images of the artists’ empty workspaces and those of the deserted marine landscape, the film slows down the process of perception and composes a lyrical essay on leisure as a condition for inspiration.

Held in The Single Screen, the screening will be introduced by a conversation between the artist and Dr Anna Lovecchio, Curator, Residencies.

Screening: Anyang, Paradise City, Park Chan-kyong, South Korea, 2010, 101 min
8 Sep 2017, Fri 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Park’s first full-length feature film, Anyang, Paradise City is a mix between documentary and fiction, inspired by a seldom-remembered incident during the Olympic Games in 1988, where 22 female workers were killed in a fire in Anyang. The glorious past of Anyang (a Buddhist term for “paradise”) allegedly includes the existence of a huge temple surrounded by the beautiful mountains and streams around 1000 years ago. Researching into Buddhism and the history of Anyang, Park follows the temple excavations and searches for the 500-year-old “grandma tree”. The film traces this
past through the natural landscape
and alludes to the future through the city’s mayoral election. As if travelling between paradise and hell, the camera hunts, rests, and plays as if dancing with the cityscape, while layering narrative, history, contemporary life, landscape/ architecture, and politics.

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

Workshop for Teachers and Educators by educator and artist Kelly Reedy
9 Sep 2017, Sat 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

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This workshop focuses on the artists and the works included in the exhibition Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History. It provides the opportunity for educators to explore how contemporary art addresses issues and concerns of our times. The workshop engages with artistic practices and prepares for visits with students by providing educational tools as entry points to the exhibition, and assisting educators in identifying aspects of the exhibition that might be relevant to their classes. It suggests techniques for exploring both the visual arts and other areas of daily encounters.

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siren eun young jung
Wrong Indexing: Yeoseong Gukgeuk Archive
9 Sep 2017, Sat - 8 Oct 2017, Sun

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As a genre of theatre that features exclusively women actors, Yeoseong Gukgeuk reached the peak of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s, its success being tightly intertwined with the process of modernisation of South Korea. While today it lingers on the verge of extinction, in the post-colonial period Yeoseong Gukgeuk opened up a space for women to embody “other” identities and perform different subjectivities. Reinventing the traditional Korean theatre, they brought the process of gender-shifting to the limelight and subverted socially acceptable norms by blurring conventional gender binaries. Since 2008, siren eun young jung has investigated the public and private lives of Yeoseong Gukgeuk performers who, after the genre fell out of favour, went on to live disparate lives. This configuration of archival materials offers an insight into the artist’s research process and articulates the politics of recollecting, weaving together queer desires and patterns of resistance, affective matters and subversive subjectivities, gender fluidity and the performance of difference.

Wrong Indexing: Yeoseong Gukgeuk Archive is curated by Dr Anna Lovecchio, Curator, Residencies.

Residencies OPEN: Art After Dark x Gillman Barracks 5th Anniversary Celebrations
22 Sep 2017, Fri 07:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Residencies OPEN offers a rare insight into the often-introverted sphere of the artist studios. Through showcasing discussions, performances, installations, and works-in-progress, Residencies OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice from around the globe and the divergent ways artists conceive an artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and research.

This edition of Residencies OPEN takes place on the occasion of Art After Dark x Gillman Barracks 5th Anniversary Celebrations, and features Chun Kaifeng (Singapore), Sonya Lacey (New Zealand), Kartik Sood (India), and Richard Streitmatter-Tran (Vietnam).

Flowers from our Bloodlines: Lecture Performance by artist Zarina Muhammad (Singapore) in collaboration with choreographer Stefania Rossetti (Italy/France/Indonesia), featuring Vivian Wang (Singapore), artist Eric Lee (Malaysia), and sound artist Tini Aliman (Singapore)
22 Sep 2017, Fri 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Therianthropy, the mythological ability of humans to metamorphose into other animals through shapeshifting, has marked myth and folklore across cultures and times, remaining one of the most common tropes in magical and otherworldly narratives. Drawing from concepts of the demonised and desired body, gender-based archetypes, and mythmaking, this lecture performance invokes family histories and revokes the lineages of colonisation in Southeast Asia. The event unfolds through the layering of personal memory, collective history, and fragments of ancestral and indigenous knowledge on healing and killing. Remembering the rites of the Wolf Spider and the Harimau Jadian (Were-Tiger) and exploring their multiple translations and adaptations, the performance looks at intergenerational and cross-cultural exchange through storytelling, rituals, gestures, and embodied movement. 

This programme takes place on the occasion of Art After Dark x Gillman Barracks 5th Anniversary Celebrations.

Screening: Orpheus, Jean Cocteau, France, 1950, 110 min
29 Sep 2017, Fri 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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Considered one of Cocteau’s masterpieces, Orpheus updates the myth of Orpheus and depicts a famous poet, scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice, and a mysterious princess. Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the princess to the land of the dead, through Cocteau’s famous mirrored portal. Translating this Greek myth by adapting the story about love, death, and the underworld into a modern scenario allows Cocteau to resonate political questions concerning some younger historical events like war, oppression, and Nazism. This film is the central part of Cocteau’s Orphic Trilogy, the other two being The Blood of a Poet (1930) and Testament of Orpheus (1960).

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

The Migrant Ecologies Project (Lucy Davis, Kee Ya Ting & Zai Tang)  
Bird People Series 1/8 (Lim Kim Seng & Lim Kim Chua)
24 Jun 2017, Sat - 22 Oct 2017, Sun

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The mixed-media selection presented in The Vitrine stems from Railtrack Songmaps, a project exploring competing claims to nature and culture that resound along the former Malaysian railway tracks at Tanglin Halt. For at least five decades, birds, nature lovers, songbird clubs, tree shrines, kampung gardeners and foragers have roosted and seeded themselves along the tracks, nurturing a tangled patch of urban wild that is currently undergoing redevelopment. The particular constellation of elements on display – photographs, Malay pantuns, embroidery on paper, and delicate airborne assemblages of images, cut-outs and coconut sticks – weave in and out of memories of Lim Kim Seng, who together with his brother Lim Kim Chua, joined the Nature Society of Singapore (NSS) as teenager. Both are now senior members of the NSS Bird Group. Kim Seng assisted The Migrant Ecologies Project in the identification of 105 bird species around Tanglin Halt. In an accompanying soundtrack he recalls how an early encounter with a kingfisher first drew him into a bird zone.

The Migrant Ecologies Project was founded in 2010 by artist, art writer, and educator Lucy Davis. Investigating movements and migrations of nature and culture in Southeast Asia and beyond, the project unfolds through collaborations with sound artists, photographers, scientists, and designers.

Lucy Davis has been an Artist-in-Residence at NTU CCA Singapore from April to June 2017.