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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’.

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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Street Report: Sungei Road Self-cast hooks

Street Report – Sungei Road Self-cast hooks / Post-Museum’s Survey: Space, Sharing, Haunting / The Substation, Singapore / 1 to 30 September 2016.

If you walk before the uncles set up their stalls, there are these self-casted hooks embedded into the cracks of the old asphalt road.

The architect Gerrit Rietveld did a similar tactic in one of his buildings, where he subtly cast grids of standard nuts to the concrete anticipating future use.


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