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Sungei Road Market: A Future For Street Culture Heritage / SHS

Sungei Road Market: A Future For Street Culture Heritage? / The Substation Theatre / 18 June 2017 

A panel discussion organised by the Singapore Heritage Society and The Substation.

Speakers: Prof Tay Kheng Soon, Dr Laavanya Kathiravelu, Faiz Bin Zohri.

Moderator: Dr Chua Ai Lin.

Does an organic street market like Sungei Road Market have any place in modern Singapore? On 11 July 2017, Sungei Road Market will be shut down after over 80 years as a secondhand market. With more than 200 vendors, it is the city’s largest collection of flea market stalls, and is Singapore’s only permanent outdoor market and the only free hawking zone where no licences or stall rentals are required.

Since the announcement of its impending closure, many Singaporeans of all ages have been expressing their feeling for the Market, in their blogs and social media, through photography, video and art projects, as well as signing petitions.

This panel discussion will explore what Sungei Road Market means in terms of social memory, tangible and intangible heritage, public space, urban life, modernity, as well as ways of envisioning the future for Singapore’s street culture living heritage.


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Off-grid Autonomous Water System / A Common Ground

Off-grid Autonomous Water System / A Common Ground / The Co-op experiment / The Substation / 1-29 February 2017

When talking about an autonomous art space, discussions tend to be about creating independent frameworks to creating, curating or funding. Maybe an autonomous art space can also be a space that is independent of grid infrastructure.

The Off-Grid Autonomous Water System is a crowd-built* water collection and cleansing system that engages with “commoning” natural resources for all. It will be split into three units designed to collect, filtrate, and act as a social space within The Substation. It will be located on the third floor of The Substation.

The project is expected to be an ongoing process: it will commence in February 2017 and undergo construction* over the rest of the month, allowing all who enter A Common Ground to witness and participate in the construction and development of the Off-Grid Autonomous Water System.

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Street Report: Nap Bridge

Street Report – Nap Bridge / Every Move You Make, Institute Of Contemporary Art Singapore / 26 January – 23 February 2017 / Curated by Hyrol Sami’on and Sufian Samsiyar.

Photo documentation by Geraldine Kang.

Part of group show Every move you make. Link

Every move you make explores how urban environments and conditions of work affect artists and artmaking. The exhibition presents works by five emerging artists who, as is typical in Singapore, maintain full or part-time jobs alongside their artistic practice. Often perceived as limiting artists’ time and capacity, here work is used as a source for ideas and materials. Collages by Shazwany Aziz are made from stationery stocked in her office. The collages’ diminutive size reflects the short amount of time she has to produce them each morning. An installation by Faiz Bin Zohri represents a hollowed niche that provides natural seating underneath a bridge, and references his practice as a landscape architect. Other works in the exhibition look at transactional relationships between people and things. Euginia Tan highlights the reciprocal nature of social interaction through a text that loosely transcribes a conversation between an artist and a curator. A suspended sculpture by Ezekiel Wong Kel Win of black trousers commonly worn by blue-collar workers depicts ‘the fabric of society and mechanisms of social ecological systems’.

Berita Harian Panas Panas / A Common Ground

Berita Harian Panas Panas / A Common Ground / The Co-op experiment / The Substation / 1 Jan – 29 Feb 2017

Berita Harian Panas-Panas (BHPP) is a communal translation project in which articles from Singapore’s national Malay-language daily are translated to English for a non-Malay speaking audience.

Often times, news articles, community discussions and even celebrity gossips of the minority groups are not accessible to non-speakers due to language differences. This community translation project hopes to give a glimpse of conversations and perspectives published in Berita Harian to the larger non-Malay speaking communities.

Through these translations, BHPP wishes to open up space to discuss the nature and implications of the narratives that arise from the articles’ scope, angle and presentation of its subjects. By surfacing the subjectivities present in the news and how it shapes the narratives we tell ourselves, it hopes to encourage greater thinking about news reporting and its role in meaning-making.

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A Common Ground (the Co-op)

A Common Ground / The Co-op / The Sustation / 7 Feb 2017 – 26 Feb 2017

A Common Ground is a series of programmes at The Substation that examines and interrogates the feasibility of establishing a commons in Singapore. Widely understood as a space in which all resources are shared with the means of developing social processes, A Common Ground is a month-long inquiry into this act of “commoning”. This inquiry will be facilitated by the means of several projects and programmes, conceptualised and devised by members of The Co-op.




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Street Report: Temporary Core Unit 1, Canvas & The Rope

Street Report – Temporary Core Unit 1, Canvas & The Rope / Passing Town / B.NU Space / 6 to 11 January 2017.

The flexibility and accessibility of a rope and canvas sheet makes it an ideal combination unit for temporary occupancy strategies in Singapore. This presentation shows some examples of the infinite possibilities of this temporary core unit.

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Passing Town

PASSING TOWN / B.NU Space / 6 to 11 January 2017.

There are many buildings and areas that is going to be demolished or forgotten due to urban policies or social circumstances. In some societies, building booms during periods of high economic growth have resulted in a collection of contemporary ruins that are now neglected due to a lack of resources or need for their use. In other contexts, architecture emerges as a result of decision-making processes that allocate minimal resources to the basic human need of habitation.
A contradiction thus exists between the town promised as finished perfect forms, and town that has the capacity to evolve, adapt, and transform. The speed with which we commonly evaluate society’s developments and the urge to constantly reinvent new real-estate developments affect our perceptions and horizon of time.
This show will discuss temporal scenarios of human spaces and dwellings, with five installations and an artist talk.

With support from National Arts Council Singapore & National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan. Venue supported by B.NU Space.

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SG Farm / Archifest 2016 (TANAH)

SG Farm / Archifest 2016 / TANAH

Raffles Place, 23 September – 9 October 2016

How might we envision what it means to farm in the city/ city farming? What opportunities does this present for plugging gaps in our local food system, in terms of rejuvenating the community and our city spaces? For Archifest, TANAH sought out citizen imaginations to realise this pop up farm, and we would like to invite you to till this land with us.

TANAH were invited to install a farm interpreting Archifest’s 2016 theme of “Exhale”. We were curious in building a farm space in the middle of busy Raffles Place. What dialogues and interaction can occur when these two contrasting rhythms meet.

The farm was installed progressively for two weeks before Archifest to warm-up the space and curious office workers. We did not want something that comes into the space overnight and wanted to find the rhythm and relation of the farm in the busy-ness of Raffles Place. Such as collecting water (at the MRT toilet) during rush hour, sitting around chit-chatting during lunch hours and during times when the office cleaners are changing shifts, or doing farm housekeeping during drunk TGIF evenings (thank you for not puking on the plants).

Hands-on practical workshops, dialogues, public discussions and informal chit-chatting at the swings were held throughout the two weeks in the farm and the Archifest pavilion.



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Thank you to Archifest, SILA LA Futures volunteers and friends that drop by for the energy to conceive the farm and events.

Photo documentation by Archifest & Tanah.

( See you at another space! )