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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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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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Visualising Paradise 03: Speculations on what it looks like

(Visualising Paradise is a series of discussions on the perception of the tropical landscapes held in three different venues; a university’s department of cross-cultural and religious studies, an urban/architecture think-tank, and an art institution.)

 

Visualising Paradise 03 / Post-Museum‘s Survey: Space, Sharing, Haunting / The Substation, Singapore / 10 Sept 2016

Speculating what Paradise looks like is one of the longest continuous discussion of an imagined landscape. Where is it located? How does this promised eternal space looks like? This long conversations about the physicality of Paradise is an attraction for the speaker; as a way to reflect how we imagine nature and how this spiritual (sometimes voyeuristic or super-terrestrial) visualisations is define by the real world, our own culture, new scientific discoveries, or as ways to search for lost tradition. With this, let us go for a “walk” – sometimes factual and sometimes with our own imaginations – looking at various paradises through visual art.

Moderated by Dan Koh.

Video documentation by Post-Museum.

Visualising Paradise 01: Speculations on locations in time and space

(Visualising Paradise is a series of discussions on the perception of the tropical landscapes held in three different venues; a university’s department of cross-cultural and religious studies, an urban/architecture think-tank, and an art institution.)

Visualising Paradise 01 / Center for Religious & Cross-Cultural Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada / 16 March 2016

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