Come this December, the Glass Rotunda at the National Museum of Singapore will be reopening after two years of renovation works as part of the final phase ofOn November 12, 2016 / By Nookmag
Come this December, the Glass Rotunda at the National Museum of Singapore will be reopening after two years of renovation works as part of the final phase of the museum’s revamp of its permanent galleries. An ode to the National Museum of Singapore’s beginnings where a substantial part of its collection focused on natural history, the Glass Rotunda will be repurposed to showcase two new exciting permanent installations – a commissioned work titled Story of the Forest, a larger-than-life interactive digital art installation created by internationally renowned Japanese digital art collective teamLab, and the Singapore, Very Old Tree exhibit by acclaimed local photographer and artist, Robert Zhao.
“This is the first revamp of the Glass Rotunda since it was launched back in 2006 as the signature feature of the Museum’s new extension. We are excited to reintroduce it to our visitors with two new installations that reference the museum’s early collections history and invite discourse and dialogue between the historical and the contemporary,” said Angelita Teo, Director of the National Museum of Singapore, “Through both installations, we hope to offer our visitors new ways of looking at Singapore’s history and culture.”
Upon entering the Glass Rotunda, visitors will be introduced to Story of the Forest, where they will be immersed in a massive interactive digital installation inspired by the National Museum of Singapore’s prized collection – The William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings. With a ceiling measuring 15m high and an 80m passage that continues on from the bridge and down to the base of the drum, this is the most challenging digital artwork installation created by teamLab to date. The installation will utilise cutting-edge technology to transform 69 drawings from the collection into animated illustrations, which will come to life and interact with visitors as they make their way down the Glass Rotunda.
At the bottom of the Glass Rotunda, visitors will also encounter the Singapore, Very Old Tree exhibit by renowned local photographer and artist, Robert Zhao. Inspired by one of the oldest postcards found in the National Archives of Singapore depicting an unspecified tree dating back to the year 1904, the exhibition was first commissioned as part of the Singapore Memory Project and held at the National Library Singapore in May 2015 as part of the nation’s SG50 celebrations. The exhibit, which will showcase 17 images of trees around Singapore and highlight intimate stories of each, will give visitors an alternative perspective of Singapore’s history and the personal connections that Singaporeans have with our local trees.
Both Story of the Forest and the Singapore, Very Old Tree will offer museum goers the option of beginning their experience of the Singapore History Gallery from the Glass Rotunda. Together, the revamped Glass Rotunda and the updated permanent galleries provide visitors with an overview of Singapore’s history, from a small fishing village to the bustling modern metropolis it is today. Visitors can look forward to experiencing the new installations at the revamped Glass Rotunda from 10 December 2016.
Story of a Forest by teamLab
Singapore, Very Old Tree by Robert Zhao
10 December 2016 | 10am – 7pm (Daily)
Glass Rotunda, Level 2
National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road
* Admission charges TBC
Where investigative journalism in the 21st century is concerned, no piece has rocked the very foundation of publishing and caused a worldwide stir quite like the Panama PapersOn November 1, 2016 / By Arman Shah
Where investigative journalism in the 21st century is concerned, no piece has rocked the very foundation of publishing and caused a worldwide stir quite like the Panama Papers Exposé. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Frederik Obermaier and his colleague, the dubious business dealings of law firm Mossack Fonseca has been brought to light.
Before his participation at the Singapore Writers Festival, the investigative journalist from Germany offers Arman Shah insights into the unveiling of questionable offshore accounts that involve some of the world’s most dangerous criminals and political leaders.
When did you first develop an interest in writing?
In high school, but I didn’t even dare work for the school magazine because I didn’t think I could write. I was studying political sciences at university, but when I met students who were studying journalism, I was thrilled by what they were learning. So, I took up journalism alongside political sciences and never regretted it.
What motivated you to pursue investigative journalism as a professional career?
I was always fascinated by investigative journalists like Seymour Hersh, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. They investigated scandals for months and years and strengthened democracy through uncovering wrongdoings.
I myself stumbled upon investigative journalism by accident. In 2012, after my two-year traineeship at German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, Hans Leyendecker – the most renowned investigative journalist in Germany – asked me to help with his assignment.
He was investigating the mysterious deaths of German motorcycle club members and asked me if I wanted to join his investigative unit. It was a small team of only four people back then, and it felt like my senior colleagues had thrown me into cold water by giving me such a big assignment from day one; it was thrilling.
How did you get involved with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)? What has it taught you about collaborative journalism?
In 2013, my colleague Bastian Obermayer and I had a great opportunity to be part of an international team of journalists who were investigating what is now known as the Offshore-Leaks. After that project, ICIJ invited us to be part of the consortium. I was 29 at the time and being asked to join was such a big honour.
Bastian and I believe in the power of collaborative investigative journalism. In the past, investigative journalists were lone wolves who didn’t share anything, but projects like the Panama Papers have radically shown what we can accomplish if we work together.
Let’s discuss the Panama Papers. How did you get involved with the Mossack Fonseca exposé that shook the publishing world?
Mossack Fonseca is one of the largest providers of anonymous shell companies. Some of the world’s biggest scumbags have used the law firm’s anonymous offshore companies to disguise their business dealings.
Bastian and I did try to expose Mossack Fonseca before, but the case was like an impenetrable wall; a black hole. Every time our research led us closer to progress, it usually spelled the end of the investigation. When I heard that an anonymous source who we now call John Doe was offering data about the company, I was thrilled.
Can you explain the nature of your communications with the whistleblower, John Doe?
I hope you understand that we need to keep some things secret to protect our source. The only thing I can say about the communication is that it was encrypted.
What was going through your mind when you saw such sensitive information and its dangerous involvement of so many powerful political leaders?
The more names of notorious individuals we found, the more scared I was. They were members of drug cartels, the mafia, Bashar al-Assad’s cousin, the best friend of Vladimir Putin, guys close to Gaddafi – in order words, questionable people you normally do not want to mess with.
Fortunately, there has been no threat to my life. However, our colleagues in Russia were branded US agents and had to leave their country for some time. In Hong Kong, the Executive Chief Editor of Ming Pao newspaper was dismissed hours after the Panama Papers were made public.
The website of our Tunisian partner – the online magazine Inkyfada – was attacked by hackers after it reported the offshore connections of a former adviser to the president. In Ecuador, President Rafael Correa tweeted the names of the journalists involved in the investigation. The message was clear: he wanted to put them under pressure.
How do you feel about the treatment the other journalists received?
All these happenings are not acceptable. Society needs free press, and if the rich and powerful try to attack that, we should all raise our voices. If you fight one of us, you fight all of us – you fight free society.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of publishing the Panama Papers exposé?
It was good to see that the Panama Papers have caused an international debate about tax-havens and anonymous companies and their threat to society and democracy.
You’ll be attending this year’s Singapore Writers Festival. What teachings do you hope to impart to those who are inspired by your work and aspire to be like you?
For me, it is a great honour to be part of the Singapore Writers Festival. I hope I can share some of my experiences working on the Panama Papers exposé and give insights into this thrilling investigation.
If you’ve missed last weekend’s River Nights performances, fret not. There’s still one more weekend of festivities left! This October, premier arts festival River Nights, returns to lightOn October 24, 2016 / By Nookmag
If you’ve missed last weekend’s River Nights performances, fret not. There’s still one more weekend of festivities left!
This October, premier arts festival River Nights, returns to light up the banks of Singapore River in the heart of the Civic District. Organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), and with the National Arts Council as Principal Partner, this third edition presents the theme “Phantasmagoria”, inspiring four nights of magic and illusion as technology puts a new spin on traditional art forms, marrying the old and the new.
Festival Director, Dr Lim Chye Hong said, “River Nights 2016 truly reflects Singapore’s strong bilateral and cross-cultural relations, as we present the best of local and international artists on the same stage. One can look forward to collaborations between international artists and the local community; as well as participation from overseas communities such as Japan, the US and the Philippines as they offer us a glimpse into their arts, culture and tradition. At the heart of this year’s programming is also the use of technology to blend the old and the new, presenting new and shared experiences for both artists and the public. The cross-cultural diversity and shared experiences offered at River Nights 2016 is definitely something that festival-goers can look forward to.”
Where arts and technology intersect
In celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations and cultural exchange between Singapore and Japan, the public will get to witness the first time a Noh play – an age-old Japanese theatre form – is being paired with 21st century 3D projection. An original theatrical experience, Yugen: The Hidden Beauty of Japan, is presented by Shutaro Oku and prolific director Amon Miyamoto, whose work has recently been commissioned for a pre-event performance for Tokyo Olympics 2020. This performance will be held on 28 and 29 October, 8pm and 9.30pm at ACM Green.
Also for the first time in Asia is the Umbrella Project, a collaboration between world renowned American dance company Pilobolus and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Distributed Robotics Laboratory. This interactive art and dance piece is inspired by science and technology. Collaborating with 100 students from Singapore Polytechnic, the public will be able to experience a colourful and dazzling performance as students light up the night sky with a ballet of colour-changing umbrellas. This performance will be held on 28 and 29 October, 8.45pm at Empress Lawn.
Yet another performance, Soundscape: The River is an ambitious project that melds a variety of instruments and the human voice to create the story of a river by weaving the magic of sound, whispers, the rustling of the wind, and the fury of a thunderstorm into one integral whole. It is a collaboration of five instrumentalists, two voices and a dancer demonstrating the unity and diversity of sound, mood and emotions. The musical artwork is pre-set yet at the same time allows on-the-spot improvisation, demonstrating complete understanding and integration amongst the performers. Performed across three stages, technology and artists have to be in sync to create this 20-minute immersive experience.
A celebration of cross-cultural diversity
ACM’s signature and widely anticipated lifestyle event, ACM after Dark, will also return this weekend of the festival, presenting a showcase of Asian supernatural and beliefs. This year’s instalment, themed Horror Mash-Up, is supported by the Embassy of the United States and will feature an East-meets-West zombie-themed programme. One can brave through zombies within ACM’s galleries and attend indoor movie screenings of Asian and Western horror movies, or participate in a series of family-friendly activities such as face-painting, craft workshops and dress-up and photo-booths. Come dressed in your Halloween-best, be spotted by the organisers at ACM, and stand chances to win attractive prizes!
Members of the public will also be able to sign up for workshops and talks with featured artists over the festival weekend. Partners such as Japan Foundation, *SCAPE, Preservation of Sites and Monuments, and SJ50 Film Festival have also come on board to complement the festival offerings with fringe programmes ranging from music performances, guided tours of Singapore monuments to a showcase of short films from Singapore and Japan.
Dr Lim added, “River Nights celebrates the river’s legacy as a vital trading artery in the colonial past to the vibrant Civic District it is today. The museum’s strategic location has enabled us to present a creative canvas for local and international artists, and a holistic experience to festival-goers. With ACM championing the visual arts and the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall anchoring performing arts, Empress Place is an important cultural playground for both artists and visitors. It is very exciting to see this area be filled with buzz, as we meld the area’s rich heritage with arts and culture through River Night’s specially curated programmes.”
River Nights will take place on 28 and 29 October, from 7pm to 11pm around the Civic District. For more information, visit the Asian Civilisations Museum website.
May, a frequent traveller who constantly seeks to experience life outside her comfort zone, was travelling in Manali, India, when she chanced upon a jewellery shop. Crystals andOn October 21, 2016 / By Jamie Lee
May, a frequent traveller who constantly seeks to experience life outside her comfort zone, was travelling in Manali, India, when she chanced upon a jewellery shop. Crystals and stones became her best friends (and the shopkeeper too!), and her newfound fascination egged her towards setting up her own brand — Tesselate. Co.
Combining business and travel, Tesselate. Co’s handmade and handpicked accessories feature stones with healing properties, and uses the finest materials of 925 Sterling Silver and Brass. However, her love for jewellery was not the only thing May stumbled upon during her travels. She also got to know Fior Di Loto, a non-profit organisation in India that improves the lives of over 500 village girls.
As a strong believer in giving back to society, the opportunity to combine her passion with doing good was definitely the universe’s way of telling her to pursue what her heart truly desired. As of 2016, Tesellate. Co have sponsored the education of two girls for a period of five years!
We talk to May about Tessellate. Co’s partnership with Fior Di Loto, and her Howlite Collection.
Hi May! Tell us how you became acquainted with Fior Di Loto and their work.
I was in India, and heard a lot of good things about Fior Di Loto from the locals, so I visited the school to take a look for myself. I met the girls there, who are all really polite and warm, and saw how the organisation operated. I trust that Fior Di Loto will do their best for these village girls, and I feel comfortable working with them!
How was the atmosphere and culture in Fior Di Loto?
The students show a lot of love for one another, as well as respect for the teachers and volunteers. They learn a lot of things in school that build their knowledge and confidence. For instance, they start with meditation in the morning before having various subject classes (English, Math, Science, Arts) and sometimes get to learn third languages from the volunteers that come from other countries.
The donation goes to a lot of different things, such as the girls’ education fees (the girls receive free education, materials and are provided with lunch and transport) as well as food rations for the less privileged families. Fior Di Loto also improves the villages by building wells for the community as well as houses for the poor, and offers medical treatment for the sick.
Tell us more about Durga, the girl you’ve sponsored.
Compared to her peers, Durga is quite the introvert. She is one of the best students in class, and is very hardworking. She loves to draw, and has many books which are filled with her illustrations! She even sent me some of her drawings; feel really touched and proud to receive them.
Why is education important?
Education develops one’s character and mentality. In India, education is one of the key factors in helping people break out of their poverty cycle. I’ve heard that some of the girls graduate from Fior Di Loto and move on to become teachers, nurses and even doctors. All these would not be possible if they were not provided with education.
Although there are free public schools available in India, it is difficult for these village girls to get transport into town. A lot of them miss the chance to go to schools for this very reason. This is where Fior Di Loto comes in, to provide education and transport for the girls. I am so happy and proud of Durga, as she is doing very well in school and is likely to better her job prospects in the future.
You’ve chosen the Howlite gemstone, as the star of your latest collection. What do you love about it?
I wanted to create a minimalist collection, and I found Howlite to be perfect due to its simplicity and elegance. Howlite is also known to be a stone with calming properties, and it helps wearers to relax and be at peace with themselves.
Tell us more about the fair trade artisans aspect of your business.
Most of the artisans I work with actually work from home, and run their own business instead of working in big factories that might underpay them. In our discussions, they have the final say on whether they want to take up the job or not, and they quote the fees for their work. This allows them to have better working conditions and receive fair wages. I find this to be a sound business model as it is more sustainable in the long run.
Be sure to check out updates on Tessellate’s full range of collections at their online store.
Local illustrator and owner of independent brand label, Sarah Thursday, will launch her first solo exhibition at a cat cafe on 29 and 30 October. The exhibition willOn October 20, 2016 / By Nookmag
Local illustrator and owner of independent brand label, Sarah Thursday, will launch her first solo exhibition at a cat cafe on 29 and 30 October. The exhibition will showcase both her past and new works, which will be hung up across the entire cat space in Neko no Niwa, a cat cafe housing 13 rescued cats in Singapore. Likewise, limited edition fabric prints, tee shirts, sweatshirts, totebags, phonecases, pouches, accessories and vinyl stickers will also be available for purchase during the exhibition.
To date, Sarah has illustrated several collections, including her first, “The Monochrome Collection” in 2014, inspired by Victorian vintage illustrations with hints of gothic influence; one of her most well-received collections, “The Yokai Project”; and her newest collection, “The Nocturnal Project”.
Celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the Sarah Thursday label, the launch of her newest collection depicts her lifestyle split into 3 different illustrations, namely the “Daydreamer”, the “Nightwalker”, and the “Stargazer”. Armed with only a drawing tablet, the Photoshop software, and her inspirations, Sarah illustrates the intricate and detailed designs of each of her projects with the aim of sending messages which relate to different viewers.
For instance, “The Yokai Project” is heavily inspired by Japanese culture and illustrations. As “Yokai” refers to spirit animals, Sarah came up with several designs for this project, depicting four different spirit animals, namely the Cat (Neko), Ram (Hitsuji), Wolf (Okami) and Peacock (Tori).
Aside from this exhibition, Sarah’s full range of merchandise can also be viewed and purchased at ActuallySG located at Orchard Gateway, or online at Sarah Thursday.
The Nocturnal Project
29 – 30 October 2016
10am – 10pm
Neko no Niwa
54A Boat Quay Lvl 2
RSVP by 25 October 2016
(Note : Only 20 people are allowed in at once)
Entrance Fee : SGD12/hr
The public can also choose not to go in but stay
outside to take a look or to purchase merchandise.
About Sarah Thursday
Sarah graduated from Temasek Design School at age 20, and started her own one-man label, Sarah Thursday, on Halloween 2013. From her early days retailing paper products,
to her now-expanded merchandise collection including apparels such as tee shirts, sweatshirts, totebags, and etc., Sarah can be considered one of the pioneers selling her merchandise at the booming art markets that have been popular these recent years.
She can often be found at TheLocalPeopleSG’s art markets with her full range of merchandise displayed at available booths, and has also been invited to exhibit her works at shows such as Kult’s Little Shop of Horrors and Glitch’s Local Flavours.
Today could last a million years. Today could be the end of me. It’s 11:59; And I want to stay alive. — “11:59”, Blondie It’s Sunday. AlongOn October 18, 2016 / By The Rainbow-Monger
Today could last a million years.
Today could be the end of me.
It’s 11:59; And I want to stay alive.
— “11:59”, Blondie
It’s Sunday. Along with the upcoming Monday-blues, this blistering weather has evapourated all the goodwill along with what’s left of the weekend. Having parked my car, I briskly made my way along the long corridor of shop houses, and spotted the bookstore I was looking for. Eagerly pushing my way in through the heavy door, the cool air hit my face then, as if gently reprimanding me to slow down and savour the time spent among a treasure trove of literature.
A smile unfolded upon my face as I caught sight of a familiar title – I’d just read it a couple days before. Turning absentmindedly, I caught sight of a fairy-sized gentleman; bespectacled, with coffee-coloured wings. Upon flipping the page, I found myself in a world of satire, penned by Felix Cheong, an artist whose words flowed from blood to pen….
While getting rid of all the sugar-coating our society seems to indulge in, Felix Cheong has managed to strike at the heart of some of the main societal issues in Singapore. A local writer and poet who has won several awards for literature since 2000, Felix has since published several books including Temptation and Other Poems, Broken by the Rain, and his latest work, the Singapore Siu Dai series.
Far from the conventional writer of short stories with happy endings, Felix admits that flashes of dark humour often appear in some of his works. “They often have a Monty Pythonesque cheekiness,” he says, referring to one of his short stories in Vanishing Point. “For instance, in ‘The Boy with the Missing Thumb’, a hardcore teen gamer wakes up one morning to find his right thumb missing.”
While there may be an “Aesop’s Fable” lesson to be gained from this story in particular, each story in his vast collection of written work is crafted to entertain, to induce a good laugh at times, and to take things lightly.
Take his Singapore Siu Dai series for example. Explaining that any kopi addict worth his weight in sugar knows that “siu dai” refers to “less sugar” in local coffee-shop lingo, Felix tells short tales of everyday life in a portrayal of Singapore that is not dripping with the “look, honey!” sweetness put up by the local tourism board. “It’s my 50-cent contribution, as a writer, to nation-building,” he confesses.
Although the stories in each series provoke laughter at every turn, if one sits and ponders the deeper meaning behind each story, we’ll find that behind the humour, each tale questions the fundamentals of who we are as a nation, why we are the way we are, and what type of pills we can possibly take to make it all go away.
Having been an artist of the written word for more than a decade now, Felix still teaches and occasionally writes as a freelance contributor to various publications. However, “writing is not my career per se,” he told us. “I was born for it.”
The third book in the Singapore Siu Dai series was published last month, and can be purchased individually or as boxed sets at Books Kinokuniya, as well as the Ethos Books Webstore :
Felix has a tattoo of a typewriter on his right forearm, for which he wrote a poem.
Chronicle of a Tattoo of a Typewriter
Father, I have branded myself as
yours, on a Sunday,
a day of rest. The ink,
welling too long in capillaries,
has poured out of membrane,
memories, found its own pen, finally,
a striking expression on skin,
stigma, stamp, keys that deliver
and open your letters, every stroke
like a keyhole to your face,
a typeface I can apprehend,
where my fingertips move to seize it
permanent, as do these lines,
image imperfect. I am as
you have meant me to be.
Singapore River Festival 2016 returns on 4 to 5 November with the theme “River Connections” to celebrate the vibrant culture and lifestyle along the Singapore River precinct.On October 14, 2016 / By Nookmag
Singapore River Festival 2016 returns on 4 to 5 November with the theme “River Connections” to celebrate the vibrant culture and lifestyle along the Singapore River precinct.
For the first time ever, a tightrope will be extended across the Singapore River for the opening act, ‘Crossings’ a dazzling tightrope spectacle by French performance group, Underclouds Cie who would be performing the original production inspired and conceived by the story of the Singapore River itself.
Festival-goers can expect to be entranced by a series of enjoyable experiences as the river buzzes with activities suited for all ages to partake in. Clarke Quay will be bustling with party jams at the Silent Disco, multi-sensory acrobatic acts at the Riverside Carnival and headline act, Crossings. Boat Quay will host a street festival programmed by local creative non-profit Hyphen, named Circular Spectacular, while Robertson Quay will screen popular local film “7 Letters”at Quayside Cinema and host Fitness Workshops by the River.
Singapore River (SR) Signatures will also be featuring 21 winning dishes picked out by our four local celebrity chefs, Nixon Low, Anthony Yeoh, Bjorn Shen, and Cheryl Koh. In celebration, some of the restaurants along the river will also be running special promotions on these dishes during the festival.
SR Signatures is an annual accolade conferred on restaurants along the Singapore River who serve up gastronomical wonders to their customers. It is organised in conjunction with the Singapore River Festival to connect visitors to the River through food and provide them with the opportunity to tantalise their taste buds while exploring the sights and sounds of the festival.
This year’s theme, “Where Chefs Eat”, highlights the gourmet choices of the chefs and aims to share their expertise with visitors of the event. Visitors can enjoy the opportunity to pit their taste buds against these chefs and decide for themselves how much they enjoy the dishes. It is also part of the Singapore River Festival experience to stimulate all senses during the festival, and taste is certainly one that we did not want to miss out on!
Nixon Low (Portico Restaurants)
Nixon Low, 30, is an award-winning chef who discovered his calling in the kitchen when he took up a one-semester culinary science module at Temasek Polytechnic, where he graduated with a Diploma in Hospitality Management. He believes that there is a lot of science behind cooking and thus enjoys serving unpretentious comfort food that has a complex taste, balanced by using fresh ingredients and experimenting with diverse cooking techniques.
Nixon Low holds a few awards titles under his belt with the Singapore National Team, of which he served as the Team Captain for the 2013 Dubai World Hospitality Championship. In 2014, he was named Top Local Chef in Singapore by SG Magazine Online, and this year, Nixon Low was named one of the 30 Singapore’s rising stars under 30. He is also a nominee for World Gourmet Summit (WGS) 2016 Rising Chef of the Year.
NIXON’S TOP 5 PICKS
Chicken Liver Marsala Tagliatelle
At Lucca’s Trattoria, diners can enjoy Cucina alla casalinga, ie. home cooking, based on several signature Tuscan dishes. The Chicken Liver Bacon Marsala pasta is an authentic signature dish from the charming town of Lucca, Tuscany. Sometimes referred to as Pasta di Lucchesse, it is made with tagliatelle, premium seared chicken livers and bacon rashers deglazed with marsala, and finished with a monte of butter. This unique dish is simply delicious and warms your soul at the same time, as it may evoke memories of your favorite aunt’s cooking.
SRF 2016 Promotion
Chicken Liver Marsala Tagliatelle @
SGD24 with a free cup of Segafredo Coffee.
Lucca’s Trattoria Singapore
11 Unity Street, #01-12 Robertson Walk
Gambas al Ajillo
A traditional house favourite; Fresh shrimp cooked in a dish of boiling olive oil with garlic and chili pepper.
SRF 2016 Promotion
Special Price : SGD14 (U.P. SGD16)
My Little Spanish Place
54 Boat Quay
Signature Ma Po Tofu
Don’t let Peony Jade’s Spicy Szechuan Ma Po Tofu intimidating looks fool you. Beneath its fiery appearance, it’s a dish delicately prepared by the chef. It starts with the tofu itself, requiring at least half an hour of preparation. Crispy on the surface and soft on the inside, it gives the dish an extra dimension in its texture. Chock full of stuffing, the pork filling is paired with moderately spicy Szechuan sauce. Fresh peppercorns highlight the dish with a slight numbing after effect. Yet, neither the spiciness nor numbing sensation overwhelm the taste buds. Definitely a classic with a twist!
SRF 2016 Promotion
25% off Spicy Sze Chuan Ma Po Tofu for the festival, 4-5 November 2016.
Exclusively for Singapore River Festival and at Peony Jade Clarke Quay outlet.
Peony Jade Restaurant
3 River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay
Century Egg Tofu
The Century Egg Tofu is homemade tofu topped with Century Egg Sauce.
30 Robertson Quay, #01-15 Riverside View
Start your modern Mexican dining experience with Super Loco’s signature dish – Elotes, a Mexican street style grilled corn with chipotle mayo, cotija cheese and served with a slice of lime wedge!
SRF 2016 Promotion
Enjoy a pair of Elotes for only SGD8+ (1-4-1 offer)!
Valid on 4 to 5 Nov 2016, during Dinner only (not available for weekend Brunch)
Quote “SRF Elotes” to any of our Super Loco team during the festival period
60 Robertson Quay, #01-13 The Quayside
Anthony Yeoh (Cocotte)
Anthony Yeoh, head chef at Cocotte, was inspired by his grandmother who was trained at Le Cordon Bleu Institute in Paris to start cooking. He started out his culinary journey to be a chef in 2007, when he enrolled himself at the At-Sunrice Culinary Academy.
Upon graduation, he started the Funky Chefs, a personal cheffing company, before assuming the position of Head Chef at Cocotte. It was through his experiences there that he discovered his cooking style, which was a casual and honest take on country style French food. The Cocotte menu reflects his knowledge and passion for gastronomical delights, incorporating as much organic produce in his cooking which he advocates, and actively engages in when sourcing for sustainable and unadulterated ingredients for his menu.
He specialises in French food and prefers to use organic produce in his cooking which he obtains from an organic farm in Cameron Highlands. Cocotte, located on the ground level of Wanderlust Hotel, serves up unpretentious, rustic French cuisine in a casual and comfortable setting, where the guest gets to interact and socialise over communal dining. By sampling sharing portions, diners get to experience an assortment of delightful creations by the chefs. One of the highlights at Cocotte is the Weekend Brunch Trolley where diners get to pick brunch dishes off a trolley after paying a flat rate.
ANTHONY’S TOP 5 PICKS
Maguro Zanmai Don
Using only the freshest premium grade tuna, Cho Omakase’s Maguro Zanmai Don features tuna served three ways. Sliced chutoro, sliced akami and chopped otoro are tossed in a light shoyu sauce which not only gives the dish its fragrant and savoury taste, but complements the freshness of the premium grade tuna. The tenderness of the sliced chutoro and akami contrasts with the chopped otoro and lends varying textures to the dish, providing the palette with an interesting dimension.
SRF 2016 Promotion
The Maguro Zanmai Don that Chef Anthony selected is part of an SGD80++ Cho Omakase offering. As part of the Singapore River Special, the dish will be included as a seasonal highlight in their SGD50++ Omakase Lunch Set.
Promotion is valid from 4-30 Nov 2016
14 Lorong Telok
Vitelli Tonnato (Roasted Veal with Tuna Sauce, Cappers and Truffles)
This dish is served chilled or at room temperature, generally in the summertime, it is also the main course in an Italian meal. At The Lighthouse House Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, Chef Carlo presents this dish as an elegant antipasto.
SRF 2016 Promotion
Enjoy 30% off ‘Vitello Tonnato’ when you order a Pasta or Main Course from The Lighthouse Restaurant and Rooftop Bar.
Applicable for dine-in only. Offer is applicable for lunch and dinner for 4 and 5 November 2016. Offer is not valid in conjunction with other promotions or discounts. Offer is not valid on eve of public holidays, public holidays and may include blackout dates determined by the merchant, unless stated otherwise.
For dining reservation or enquiries, please call Dining Reservations at (65) 6877 8911 / 8912 or visit the Fullerton Hotel Website. The hotel reserves the right to vary and amend any of terms and conditions without prior notice.
The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar
1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel
Carpaccio di Polipo
Thin slice half cook Mediterranean octopus in olive oil lemon dressing.
SRF 2016 Promotion
Promotional price: SGD22.00 (usual price: SGD26.00)
Limoncella Pizza & Grill
95 Robertson Quay, Rivergate Condominium, #01-19/20
The 79 is a buckwheat flour Galette filled with a marination of bacon, caramelized onions and potato topped up with melted artisanal Reblochon Cheese.
SRF 2016 Promotion
A glass of cider will be given for free for every
‘The 79’ ordered during the Singapore River Festival period.
79 Circular Road
The Gambler is a spicy chicken burger featuring free-range chicken thigh fillet marinated overnight in buttermilk and secret ingredients from The Butchers Club Singapore Burger recipe vault. The fillet is double breaded in a crunchy mixture of flour and spicy seasoning. The fillet is then fried to order until golden brown and crispy, before being tossed in a spicy glaze of Red Hot sauce and lathered in butter.
This red hot burger is served in our house buns with a bed of lettuce and a thick slice of beef tomato. The whole thing is topped with a blue cheese and celery slaw, and crumbled blue cheese. Wear a napkin as this burger is meant to make a mess.
SRF 2016 Promotion
Free upsize (including Bottle beers, cold brew coffee or milk shake) with every order of ‘The Gambler’ during set lunch on weekdays from 12pm to 3pm (usual price SGD22.80++)
The Butchers Club Burger
3A River Valley Road, #01-01B Clarke Quay
Bjorn Shen (Artichoke)
Bjorn Shen is the chef-owner of Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant, Artichoke and author of Artichoke cookbook – “Artichoke- Recipes and Stories from Singapore’s Most Rebellious Kitchen”. He is known for his wacky personality and outlandish style of cooking that is spontaneous and playful.
Apart from that, Bjorn writes for Time Out magazine in a monthly column titled “Bjorn Says”. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, and a Master’s degree in Marketing, he also conducts lectures at the Culinary Institute of America and consults on new restaurant openings.
Bjorn also owns and oversees other brands such as Bird Bird, a down-and-dirty Thai eatery, and Neh Neh Pop, a retail range of crazy flavoured double-coated creamsicles, and is the Asia Pacific Chef Ambassador for United Nations – Recipes for Change food project. Likewise, he is named chef of the year in 2013 by SC Global magazine, and Best Local Chef at the SG Readers’ Choice Awards 2015.
BJORN’S TOP 5 PICKS
Gai Yang (grilled chicken) is brined in lemongrass, palm sugar, coriander root and fish sauce and served with tamarind sauce and grilled asparagus and baby corn.
SRF 2016 Promotion
Dish is priced at SGD18.00++ (usual price: SGD21++)
Soi 60 Thai
60 Robertson Quay, #01-04 The Quayside
Kubideh is Iran’s Signature kebab and most famous of them all. No one else does it better than Shabestan. It is made from ground lamb or chicken with onions, saffron and persian herbs and cooked on a skewer on a charcoal grill. This dish is usually served with White Basmati Rice with saffron or with Persian Bread in some cases.
SRF 2016 Promotion
20% discount off –
Lamb Kubideh (usual price: SGD35)
Chicken Kubideh (usual price: SGD32)
Mix Kubideh (usual price: SGD34)
80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-13 The Pier
Dojo’s customers’ all-time favourite ever since they opened their doors in October 2014, the Kaiju burger consists of a monstrous helping of mushrooms and melted cheese on a pork patty slathered in a delicious homemade mushroom sauce. ‘Kaiju’ – aka cheese mushroom, refers to the Malay word for cheese, “Keju”; “Kaiju” also refers to “monster”, which happens to be a cute play on words in the case of this cheesy mushroom burger!
SRF 2016 Promotion
1 for 1 Kaiju Burger @ SGD12 for the month of November. Customers are to present the marketing collaterals showing the promotion.
Each customer is only allowed to redeem this offer once per day. This promotion is valid for dine-in purchases only, and may not be used with any other promotions. Management reserves the rights to amend of modify any terms & conditions without prior notice.
72 Circular Rd
DBQ specializes in slow smoked meats, central Texas style. That means food here are cooked with wood only – no gas, no electric – the way people have been doing since before America was a country. Taking that role as ambassadors of Texas tradition seriously, the crew at DBQ stay up all night cooking their briskets to perfection. Likewise, their smoker is manned around the clock for the entire week as a show of dedication to a time honored tradition, allowing them to create food that really speaks for itself – possibly the best American barbecue in Singapore, and maybe even Asia.
The Plate for two allows customers to select three meats (200g each) from a selection of brisket, chopped beef, pork spare ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, buffalo chicken wings, and turkey breast (turkey on Fri/Sat/Sun only). Customers can also choose two sides from a selection of brisket beans, coleslaw, cornbread, mac and cheese, potato salad, and kale salad.
SRF 2016 Promotion
Two half pint draft beers from Brewerkz for SGD10
with the full price purchase of a Plate for 2.
60 Robertson Quay #01-17
8 Colours Set
E!GHT’s signature 8 Colours Set (SGD98), suitable for three to four diners, is a veritable treatise on the wide-ranging flavours that complement this Mangalitza pork. Mouth-watering strips of thick-cut pork belly are flavoured in eight different ways – wine, original, ginseng, garlic, herb, curry, miso, and red pepper paste. Each strip, approximately 100g each, is elegantly rolled up and presented on a custom-made wooden tray. The tray not only features the name of the restaurant; each flavour is clearly carved into the wood to ensure the customer knows exactly what is being served. Be sure to start your journey at the light tasting original, and end with a strong finish at the red pepper marinated strip!
Eight Korean BBQ
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central
#02-79/90, Clarke Quay Central
Cheryl Koh (Tarte by Cheryl Koh)
Pastry Chef, Cheryl Koh began her culinary journey at the Singapore Raffles Hotel, where she worked part-time during her school holidays. Cheryl fell in love with working in the kitchen, and her culinary experience at the Raffles Hotel cemented her decision to pursue a career as a pastry chef. As she embarked on a global odyssey, learning from world renowned chefs in Michelin-starred restaurants, Cheryl’s career took her to the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Lasserre, before she was appointed Chef de Partie at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. She also worked alongside one of Italy’s revered restauranteurs, Chef Alfonso Iaccarino from two-Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890, and sister restaurant at the Grand Lisboa in Macau.
In 2015, together with the Les Amis Group, Cheryl opened her own patisserie called “Tarte by Cheryl Koh”, which retails a range of artisanal tarts made with a variety of seasonal ingredients. When it comes to desserts, very few chefs in Singapore are willing to invest in seasonal fruits such as the French Gariguette Strawberries, Iranian Pistachios and Indian Alphonso Mangoes. However, Cheryl is not one to comprise on quality. A lot of time and effort is spent perfecting a seemingly simple tart and sourcing for the right ingredients.
CHERYL’S TOP 5 PICKS
Cheese dumplings dipped in milk and garnished with dry fruits.
RAS Northern Indian
3D River Valley Rd, #01-05A, Clarke Quay
Filet Americain (Steak Tartare) is made using hand-diced Angus beef tenderloin, tossed with capers, shallot, pickles, mustard, olive oil, worcestershire sauce, ketchup, tabasco, cognac and cocktail sauce, and served with hand-cut fries on the side. The steak tartare is served with an egg yolk to add a creamy texture.
SRF 2016 Promotion
Order a Filet Americain and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Belgian Primus Beer (330ml). Promotion is valid all day on 4 & 5 November 2016.
#01-12 The Pier @ Robertson, 80 Mohamed Sultan Rd
Al Funghi E Saalsiccia
Homemade Italian sausage and mushrooms sautéed in light cream.
(Diners have the option to choose any pasta they want to pair with this sauce)
Recommended fresh pastas: Penne or Rigatoni
SRF 2016 Promotion
Enjoy 20% off the dish.
Offer is valid from 4-5 November 2016.
Pasta Fresca Da Salvatore
30 Boat Quay
Snack Tasting Platter
Much like the ambience and character of The Mad Men Attic Bar, their food is fun, new, and yet familiar. While serving up many various bar food classics, chefs here try to insert their own little taste (be it local or modern) in every dish whenever they can. From the Mini Beef Burger with soft pimento cheese and caramelised onions, to the Roast Duck Quesadilla with hoisin sauce, scallions, shiitake mushrooms and cheese, The Mad Men Attic Bar hopes to always offer food that is predictable, but surprising at the same time.
The “Snack Tasting Platter” is the best way to taste what this bar has to offer. Having a mix of some long time classics, along with their new Chef creations, the crew at The Mad Men Attic Bar promise that their platter will change constantly to reflect the best of their menu at any point in time. Enjoy the food, live music and drinks at just SGD25 nett all day, everyday, and you will not be disappointed.
SRF 2016 Promotion
Dish is priced at SGD20 nett from 4-5 November 2016
The Mad Men Attic Bar
11 North Canal Rd, #03-02 (Attic Level)
Breaded Shrimp with Salmon Aburi
Deep-fried Breaded Shrimp Maki Roll with flame-grilled Salmon fillet, Miso Paste-Mayonnaise Sauce, Ebiko (Flying Fish Roe), Spring Onions, Katsuobushi (Dried Bonito Flakes) and drizzle of Teriyaki Sauce.
SRF 2016 Promotion
Dish is priced at SGD14.80, valid from 4-5 November 2016
JJ.com Fish Mart
06 Eu Tong Sen Street, Clarke Quay Central #01-68
Singapore River Festival 2016
4 November (Fri) | 8pm onwards
5 November (Sat) | 3pm onwards
Multiple events along Singapore River
Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, Robertson Quay
*Free admission, open to public. Seating along the river is subject to the seating capacity made available by restaurant owners.
For more info on the festivities, please visit the Singapore River Festival’s official website.
The 19th edition of Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) goes topical with unconventional writers and artists this year, offering a strong literary contingent with a slant on topical issuesOn October 8, 2016 / By Nookmag
The 19th edition of Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) goes topical with unconventional writers and artists this year, offering a strong literary contingent with a slant on topical issues with the theme “Sayang”. A Malay term with multiple meanings, it can be used to express love, and also to express a sense of pity and regret when loss is experienced. Sayang aptly represents how the stories which speak the most deeply to us – whether written, spoken, danced or sung – are centred on love and loss.
One of Asia’s premier literary events, SWF 2016 celebrates life’s cultural and emotional riches through a kaleidoscope of global creative talents. From 4 to 13 November 2016, almost 330 writers from Singapore and around the world will congregate over 10 days at the Civic District to make the Festival an exciting place to exchange ideas, and examine how global affairs, such as the refugee crisis in Europe and the Fukushima disaster, have centrifugal ripples in their myriad ways. This is the first time SWF has chosen a non-English theme for the Festival.
With less than a month to Singapore’s biggest literary event, SWF has unveiled some of its literary speakers this year, including Joanne Harris, award-winning British author behind Chocolat; Man Booker International Prize-nominee Eka Kurniawan, name-checked as one of Southeast Asia’s most celebrated novelists; and O Thiam Chin, winner of Singapore’s inaugural Epigram Fiction Prize award. Housed across the Civic district, this year’s Festival continues to be helmed by Festival Director Yeow Kai Chai. The 10-day Festival will showcase fictionists, poets, academics and thinkers, as well as unconventional literary artists like musician-poets, theatre thespians and YouTube personalities, the Panama Papers journalists, and commentators on the US Presidential Elections.
Festival goers can look forward to a diverse range of panel discussions, workshops, lectures and performances that are broadly categorised under five new interdisciplinary tracks of
experiential events: SWF Stage, SWF3 (SWF For Families), SWF Beyond, SWF Class, as well as SWF POP, a series of pop-up literary events. These topics will be presented by notable personalities such as former CNN foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and novelist Atia Abawi (US); and The Nerdwriter, Evan Puschak (US), whose popular YouTube series analyses deeper human conditions through topical issues such as the Harry Potter series, Donald Trump’s speeches, and Brexit.
Atia Abawi (US)
A former CNN foreign correspondent and novelist, Atia was stationed for close to five years in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was born to Afghan parents in West Germany and raised in the US. In 2014, she published her first book, The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan.
Evan Puschak (US)
Better known as The Nerdwriter on YouTube, Evan writes, hosts, edits and produces a weekly web series, which features video essays about art, culture, philosophy, science and politics.
Joanne Harris (UK)
Author of Chocolat, on which the British-American romantic comedy-drama film of the same name was based, Joanne is one of only four female members of the “Millionaires’ Club”, the elite group of authors who have achieved a million sales of one book in the UK.
Eka Kurniawan (Indonesia)
A writer and graphic designer, Eka is the first Indonesian ever nominated for a Man Booker International Prize. His works have been translated into more than 24 languages, and his novel, Beauty is a Wound, made the list of 100 notable books by The New York Times.
A Yi (China)
Billed as the most exciting Chinese novelist in recent years, A Yi has been published in Granta and The Guardian. In 2010, he was shortlisted for the People’s Literature Top 20 Literary Giants of the Future.
O Thiam Chin (Singapore)
Winner of the inaugural Epigram Fiction Prize, Singapore’s richest literary award, Thiam Chin was an honorary fellow of the Iowa International Writing Program in 2010, a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2012, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize.
Likewise, the festival explores collaborations with partners such as Unthinktank, The Select Centre, Esplanade, the Noise Singapore festival, BooksActually and the Organisation of Illustrators Council. The Country Focus this year is Japan, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Singapore-Japan Diplomatic Relations (SJ50), featuring writers, poets, musicians and translators.
The 10-day event is one of the few literary festivals in the world that is multi-lingual, and will celebrate works in Singapore’s official languages – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.
Singapore Writers Festival 2016
(4 – 13 November 2016)
The Civic District
The Arts House
Asian Civilisations Museum
On 4 to 6 November this year, Buds Theatre will be hosting a community production titled It’s A Father’s Day. Held at Dignity Kitchen, Singapore’s first hawker trainingOn October 6, 2016 / By Nookmag
On 4 to 6 November this year, Buds Theatre will be hosting a community production titled It’s A Father’s Day. Held at Dignity Kitchen, Singapore’s first hawker training school for disabled and disadvantaged people, the play takes place on Father’s Day, which also happens to be a public holiday.
Scores of people are crossing the Causeway in their cars, to go to Malaysia.
But who are they?
Why are they leaving?
What is their story?
Should they be going?
Is their journey a credible one?
This is the tale of four fathers in four different cars, stuck in the inevitable traffic jam. Each father has a different purpose, a different perspective, a different story. As each tale unfolds, we recognise that all is not as it seems and as the performance moves towards the inevitable end, the proceedings are halted, allowing the audience to intervene and dictate what happens next.
This forum theatre performance is designed to challenge audience perspective, by examining the role of the father within each family unit; to consider the consequences their own resolutions may create, with the intention of highlighting a need for a more cohesive and empathetic society.
Too often the way we deal with these issues is through knee jerk reactions, we shy away from sharing, and force people to make irrational decisions based primarily on the fear of altering the status quo. Through theatre, Bud Theatre encourages people to talk and use their communities to resolve their problems rather than facing them alone. Likewise, they suggest places people can go to that will offer support and guidance, such as Father support groups, counseling groups, and etc.
Dignity Kitchen supports the rights of the disabled and disadvantaged in society, by offering them the opportunity to improve their circumstance. This play aims to highlight and aid recognition of this marginalised community.
As Buds Theatre, aims to provide theatre for change, as well as a voice for marginalised communities and individuals, this production is a combination of a variety of social welfare organisations together – Dignity Kitchen, Buds Theatre and BYT – with the intention of creating a new and empowered community that reaches out beyond specific target audiences and introduces new alternative approaches to building empathetic and socially conscious audiences.
Value of Support
Producers of the piece are advocates of social change. Focused on relevant and pertinent issues, they work to create an empathetic community by highlighting the flaws in our society, and empowering our audiences to get involved by giving them the responsibility of choice. This responsibility allows them to recognize the power of community and acknowledge the difficulties of modern living.
They assist in bridging a gap between gender and disability, and help those isolated by situation and circumstance to share and be empowered by community.
The issues discussed within the play are sensitive yet universal, and members of the public will be able to identify with the storylines either from a personal perspective, or through a friend or family member. The writing itself is intelligent, witty and moving, and the characters are well formed and accessible, while being reflective of today’s society. This performance encourages discourse, and is offered at an affordable and competitive price of SGD50 per entry. Tickets can be purchased here.
* 50% of proceeds will go to funding Dignity Kitchen.
It’s A Father’s Day
4 – 6 November | 8pm
5 – 6 November | 3pm
Block 267, Serangoon Ave 3, #02-02
Serangoon MRT (NE12 Purple line or CC13 Yellow line)
Bus Service: 100, 101, 103, 105, 109, 158, 315, 317
Koh Seng Choon
Matthew Jasper | Zhang Wan Yi | Dominic Ng
April Kong | Adib Kosnan | Rebecca Lee | Alyssa Rahman
Vithiya Bala | Ronnie Thomas | Sahirrah Safit | Fadhil Daud | IIiya Izzudin
A hard-surfaced, slanted wooden panel, pins and metal pipes placed alongside soft-textured fabrics, wools and knitted materials reveal tension as contrasting elements struggle and co-exist together. The contradictionOn October 4, 2016 / By Audrey Chiang
A hard-surfaced, slanted wooden panel, pins and metal pipes placed alongside soft-textured fabrics, wools and knitted materials reveal tension as contrasting elements struggle and co-exist together. The contradiction of Stephanie Jane Burt’s work leaves the viewer in peaceful awe of the tension and beauty she creates.
There is an interesting complexity between the elements of the installation; ‘O Dear What Can The Matter Be’ speaks about themes of intimacies, vulnerabilities and instabilities through the material language of the domestic. In the space at Gilman Barracks, Singaporean artist Stephanie Jane Burt, together with curator Anca Rujoiu arranged the materials to juxtapose one another, highlighting various similarities and differences.
Last week, I had the honour of receiving a private tour by the both of them, and had an unfiltered chat without all the pomp of a more formal set-up.
The project is inspired by ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, a short story that depicts the effects of the oppression of women in society. Written by American novelist Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the plot centers around a female protagonist undergoing a personal trauma who eventually discovers her hidden self and freedom within the wallpaper that she finds herself in.
What I really appreciate in Stephanie’s work is the natural way in which she explores the dynamics of female relationships that demands a rethinking of questions in society. Her works of poetry reveal a language of well-considered judgments, muffled emotions and a language of paradox, apparently simple but in fact refined and idiosyncratic.
Although her work is informed by literature and poetry, Stephanie does not follow a linear plot line to convey meanings. Instead, she chose to focus on everyday details as a unifying force. By intertwining harsh materials with soft objects, her work reflects a juxtaposition between foreign and familiar entities. Harsh materials used were recycled and grounded and contains fragments of architectures that hovers inside and outside of buildings. The pipes, railings and window glasses are placed against softer materials such as fabric and wool. Such style comments on the presence of violence and repression in the everyday lives; acknowledging the union of material versus subject matter as soft and hard, deadly and delicate.
On first impression, it looks natural, but upon closer examination, the work seemingly takes on an unexpected form. Anca revealed the importance of the details in the work because it parallels well to the interior state of mind and inner feelings. These discrete objects and spaces speak a sense of unease and are placed and thought out so meticulously well to represent the fragility in us. Although the artwork seems to heighten the tension of anxiety dilemma in us, it is still able to maintain its manufactured, shiny, plastic façade.
Interestingly, Stephanie mentioned how the book situated right at the corner holds a strong interactive element that invites viewer to act in compelling ways for a deep need to assert their individual autonomy. Presenting the book as a multisensory medium, it calls for viewers to rip off a page of the book in moments of vulnerability and restlessness. Said to be designed by Vanessa Ban, the designer explores the use of graphics and spaces well and has successfully translated themes of violence and a sense of continuity in Stephanie’s work. There can be no doubt that there is an underlying desire to incorporate direct viewer participation into the installation experience as an unavoidably material phenomenon.
This sense of continuity does not just stop here. Viewers are left to ponder over the artwork’s placement, the artist’s intentions and possibly re-think the notions of fragility, vulnerabilities and instabilities.
This installation seeks to raise important questions about the realities of everyday life. One key aspect of Stephanie’s artwork is that she takes pride in the form, colour and painting of her work and is clearly seen through a finely honed sense of composition. What is beautiful about her piece is that it leaves one open to interpretation through an exploration of the contrasting materials and the settings.
2 September ~ 23 October 2016
Gillman Barracks, 1 Lock Road
They say dance is a universal language. Dancers’ code lie their body movement, no matter how differentiated they are by the various genres and sub-genres that they master.On September 30, 2016 / By Gracie
They say dance is a universal language. Dancers’ code lie their body movement, no matter how differentiated they are by the various genres and sub-genres that they master. It does seem that revolutionising the art involves breaking through the boundaries of genre, as testified by Haikal Razali and Francesca Yang, dancers and competitors at this year’s Breakout Hip Hop Dance Competition.
Both Haikal and Francesca have battled through their individual journeys in dance. Exuding an urban vibe, Haikal started dancing during his schooling days when he signed up for a lyrical jazz dance class at a studio. He fell in love with dancing and has since honed his craft in hip hop. A key member of his dance crew, Team YOMO, Haikal has been dancing professionally since 2013 and is also a freelance instructor at O School.
Francesca, in contrast, started dancing when she was about three years old and has been involved in Chinese dance, ballet, contemporary and most recently, hip hop. Currently taking a gap year to pursue her passion in the arts, she studied dance as an art form in School of the Arts (SOTA). There, she contributed to the arts scene by being the first organiser, together with her schoolmates, of the Blackout Dance Competition. Her hip hop dance crew, SPUNX, aims to bring a different form of hip hop to the stage as all members have a diverse background in dance.
In collaboration with Converse, we gathered Haikal and Francesca for a chat to learn more about their stories and unique attitudes towards dance.
Nookmag (N): Dancing is a lot about style. How do you evolve your style to keep things fresh?
Haikal (H): You have to take classes that are out of your comfort zone. Let’s say I dance hip hop, and maybe I’d drop by a contemporary, reggae or street jazz class. As a dancer, you have to keep on moving.
Francesca (F): I agree. It’s something that I try to do besides hip hop. In contemporary dance, we push the boundaries and question what dance is and how we can change it from there. This makes us change our mentality and break out from dance steps that we fall back on by default.
N: How does your attitude affect the way you approach dance?
H: I have to be disciplined. I tell myself every day that I want to do something new to stay motivated and inspired. If I don’t, I’d just ‘die’.
F: You really have to put yourself out there. For me, I still find it hard to go to classes alone as it scares me a lot, especially with dancers who are very good. If you really love dance that much, you’d put yourself out there no matter how you look. I believe you should do your best and grow from there.
N: It is challenging to try a new dance especially since you’re already a master of your style.
H: I do have that same problem at times, but I have to be confident and tell myself that I cannot be shy. Or else, I’ll definitely lose out. I’d just go to class and do my thing. I don’t care. I attend a class to learn and you need to have the right mentality to do that and know your purpose for attending.
F: It’s mentally challenging for me to really try to get over myself, especially since doing dance in school was really hard for me as it started getting very tough and competitive. When it came to calling for dancers, I didn’t used to be picked and that really hurt. But I continued dancing, tried my best and eventually, I got picked for one of the showcases. Hard work pays off so you must not give up. Mentally prepare yourself as it’s not easy to be in the arts and dance scene.
N: Tell us more about your Blackout Dance competition experience?
F: It’s really nice to see how the competition has grown. I was part of the team that organised the first competition when we were still studying at SOTA. Back then, we couldn’t have preliminary rounds as there were not enough participants. There were other problems such as getting sponsors and attractive prizes. It grew from there and the competition this year was the biggest. I’m proud of my juniors from SOTA who continued it.
H: We’re all working adults at Team YOMO, so when there’s an opportunity to compete, we’ll join as it’s really hard for us to get together and dance on normal days. We wanted to get the full squad for this competition as one of my crewmates is getting married soon. We didn’t expect to win. We were just chilling backstage and everybody was dancing and chilling out. When they announced that the winner was our team, we were like “what?”. It was a great experience. I watched the previous Blackout competitions as this is my first time participating. I must say this year was quite tough and it was a blessing that we actually won.
The competition gathers dancers together and I see the young generation dancers stepping up, which is good. You can see the community is still growing and the crowd was awesome – I love it.
N: Dancing and music go hand-in-hand together. What kind of music keeps you grooving?
H: I like Justin Bieber’s music. I just got to put it out there. His current songs make me want to dance and I like to use them in my classes. I like to listen to the soundtrack from High School Musical sometimes – I’m a fan. I have this child in me. When I listen to these songs, I get flashback memories. This keeps me moving.
F: I like all kinds of music. My taste is very diverse. I can go from jazz to R&B. Each kind of music has a certain feel that makes me want to move in different ways. When I’m in the train listening to music, I’m trying so hard not to move because people are going to think that I’m weird.
Once, my friend and I went to an exhibition at the ArtScience Museum and my friend convinced me to do an impromptu dance there. I was hesitant at first but agreed. We improvised and it was fun. For some reason, people started to gather to watch us. There were photographers and they thought that we were part of the exhibition! It was really fun, learning how to put yourself out there and ‘YOLO’.
H: When I was in Melbourne a few months ago, I went to this shop called Culture Kings. There was a DJ spinning in the shop and I just danced. The people around clapped and appreciated it. I think it’s the culture, it’s different.
N: Who do you look up to and how does this person inspire you?
F: My best friend, Pamela Khiu, one of the crew leaders. She really encouraged and pushed me to go for hip hop classes even though the beginning was hard and stressful. It was hard for me to catch on and I was on the verge of giving up. She dragged me to classes and said that I was very good for a first-timer. She has been dancing hip hop for a longer time and she does O School recital. I always look up to her because I know that even though it’s hard for her sometimes, she still puts herself out there.
H: I have a few inspirations. The one who’s always sticking with me is Hirzi from my crew, Team YOMO. We started dancing together nine years ago and we stayed on. Back then, I liked to do lyrical and it was hard as no one appreciated this kind of dance. We didn’t care and just did it. I learned bopping and he did breakdance, so we actually exchanged skills and stuck together till now.
N: What kind of challenges do you face?
F: Daring to get involved in the arts scene. Pursuing a legit career full-time in the arts is something that is difficult to bring myself to do even though I love it so much. The way that the society here feels about the arts deters a lot of people from pursuing it.
H: I just need time. Sometimes I want to do a lot of things in one day but I can’t. As a dancer, I need to keep fit and I cannot be sick. The challenge is with myself and what I can do. I always want to challenge myself to do something different.
N: What makes you stand out?
H: Just being myself I guess. You have to be yourself, and people can appreciate you. They will slowly notice and recognise your style. It takes time. I feel that everyone is different.
F: I try not to take things too seriously. I think that’s why I’m taking a gap year as I want to do what suits me. I try to be more quirky and relaxed in what I do.
N: Tell us more about your style and how Converse complements it.
H: I’m more of a basic kind of guy. I like white, black, beige – basically earth colours. My shoes need to be black or white – no other colour. I like to wear long tees that make my body look longer.
I used to wear Converse quite frequently. I had a few Chuck Taylors high and low cuts. I prefer [the latest Chuck II] as it has padding inside, which makes it more comfortable. Converse is cool, it matches well with everything.
F: I don’t have a specific style. Sometimes I’d go really basic, sometimes I’d go full-on strange, sometimes very girly and sometimes hip hop. Very different styles. Converse shoes to me feels like a throwback as I used to wear them a lot.
Conversation seeks out inspiring individuals who possess a creative spirit and brim with passion. It offers an insight into the lives of these individuals and the things that drives them. This edition is proudly sponsored by Converse.
Photo Credits: Chee BP
SPRMRKT is thrilled to present Diagonale du Fou, a solo exhibition by Ho Chi Minh City-based artist Sandrine Llouquet. Not immediately translatable, the show’s title refers to theOn September 25, 2016 / By Nookmag
SPRMRKT is thrilled to present Diagonale du Fou, a solo exhibition by Ho Chi Minh City-based artist Sandrine Llouquet. Not immediately translatable, the show’s title refers to the various edges and planes of consciousness and reality that are connected through Llouquet’s non-linear, multi-layered, preternatural drawings — the ‘crazy diagonals’.
Sandrine Llouquet creates a personal syncretism that results from her in-depth reading and research into a multitude of schools of thought: from ancient Greek philosophy, Foucault, Nietzsche, Deleuze and Jung; the exploration of Alchemy; through to the study of religion and rituals, especially paganism and animism. Her work is “a marriage of the uncanny and the familiar” — as in Freud’s Das Unheimliche — with recognizable images from a variety of different sources, combined to create dream-like tableaux.
Llouquet explores ritual transformation and the transmutation of reality, which is composed of archetypal imagery. By juxtaposing known elements with strange and eerie surroundings, Llouquet, much in the same guise as a psychologist, hypnotist or guru, stimulates the deepest recesses of our unconscious and memory. Recurrent characters populate her scenes — faceless, masked, half-animal. Referencing myriad ritualistic and cultural traditions, the compositions exude an illusory higher knowledge of the world and of our place in the universe.
Diagonale du Fou by Sandrine Llouquet
29 September – 29 November 2016
2 McCallum Street
“Each of my artworks is a step left behind that shows the building of oneself: wandering, passage from one stage to another, rebellion, escape, rebirth… By pursuing my research on this idea of building oneself, I naturally came to study the history of alchemy and found deep similarities with my notion of art: a quest for wisdom that goes with material experimentations. Since then, the esoteric/hermetic dimension has kept growing in my practice while I interrogate the ideas of religion and ‘belief’.”
Born in 1975 in Montpellier, France, Sandrine Llouquet has lived in Vietnam since 2008. She graduated from École Pilote Internationale d’Art et de Recherche – Villa Arson in 1999. A dynamic contributor to the development of contemporary art in Vietnam, she was a founding member of Wonderful District, a project that promoted contemporary art through exhibitions, concerts and theatre pieces, as well as a member of Mogas Station, a Vietnam-based artist collective.
Llouquet’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California and Tate Modern, London. She has also participated in a number of biennales with Mogas Station, such as the Shenzhen Biennale (2007), the Singapore Biennale (2006) and in Migration Addicts – a collateral event of the 52nd Venice Biennale. An ambitious new project is currently on show in KENPOKU Art 2016 in Ibaraki, Japan through to November 20, 2016.
The first of its kind, INDIGOISM introduces brain entrainment to the public through this digital showcase piece combining binaural beats produced by Jean Reiki (Mind of the Cosmos),On September 23, 2016 / By Nookmag
The first of its kind, INDIGOISM introduces brain entrainment to the public through this digital showcase piece combining binaural beats produced by Jean Reiki (Mind of the Cosmos), and virtual reality by Warrior9 through the immersive digital experience that is DRONE.
DRONE is a short sampling meant as an introduction to brain entrainment, a technique that stimulates the brain into specific states such as enhanced concentration, relaxation, meditation or sleep induction using a pulsing sound, light or electromagnetic field. This project utilizes binaural beats through audio stimulation to evoke the brain’s ‘frequency following’ response encouraging brain waves to align to the frequency of the pulse, thus inducing the aforementioned altered states.
The DRONE project contains traces of binaural beats in this 2-minute track. By then, the accompanying audio and visual elements would have occupied the senses fully, helping the individual relax with an end goal of escaping reality for just a little while.
Adding another artistic element to the project, the DRONE audio-visual booth was conceptualized by visual artists Soph O and Sam Lo (INDIGOISM). Taking cues from Archifest’s zero-waste theme, the booth features daybeds made from cardboard and other found packing materials from the artists’ studios. The result is a massive art jam featuring aural, digital and physical 3D artwork.
The DRONE Travels
Archifest 2016 @ Raffles Place
24- 30 September 2016, 9am-7pm
The brainwave entrainment function only takes effect after an individual is continually exposed to binaural beats for at least 15 minutes. The DRONE project runs for a maximum of 2 minutes, and therefore has little to no effect on the individual. This project is meant as a sampling, an introduction to binaural beats and brain entrainment. If you would like to further explore brain entrainment and what it can do for you, do visit the archive of binaural beats by Mind of the Cosmos at INDIGOISM.
About the Elevate platform by INDIGOISM:
Elevate is an experimental platform under the INDIGOISM umbrella focusing on soundscapes and digital arts. It was created based on research that demonstrates the mind’s ability to alter states through exposure to different frequencies. Not to be mistaken for the familiar, each beat/ mix was formulated based on these principles :
Elevate is a constant work in progress, a research project as we learn more about these methods in restoring balance to the inner core. Each beat is different and reception to these beats may differ from individual to individual.
For more information on binaural beats and the Elevate project, visit :
A social enterprise set up as a collaborative platform to build a community based on togetherness, sustainability and wonder. They realise projects that go against the grain to open up new possibilities and offer alternative views of the world around us in an effort to investigate and better our understanding of the nature of things.
The projects they embark on are collective efforts of the creative community bound together by similar mindsets and a common end goal. The themes and mediums they create with are vast and varied, each serving as an artwork in its own right; a reaction and reflection of our current times.
While hoping to create a self-sustainable model where social and environmental well-being are maximised in creating new products and introducing engaging experiences with their collaborators, in the process, they create a wide network of collaborators of whom they are blessed to call their community, who they constantly work with to realise new ideas, and new possibilities.
About the Artists:
Race Krehel has been living and working in Singapore for 8 years in a wide spectrum of visual arts. From creating content and executing world class events for global brands, making music videos for local acts, outfitting the biggest clubs in the region with cutting edge projection mapping and visuals or creating interactive installations, Race has been heavily involved in the SE Asian creative scene on all levels. Currently he is working at Warrior9 where he is using the latest technology to bring stories to life through the medium of Virtual Reality.
Passionate about film and its power to transform us, Warrior9 was created by a scriptwriter, a producer and a filmmaker because of a shared belief that “changing the world frame by frame” is not only possible, it is imperative.
Jean Reiki / Mind of the Cosmos
Born and raised in Singapore, DJ and producer Jean Reiki was a vinyl-collector who stumbled upon Hard Hops and Nu-Skool Breaks at the tail-end of the 90s. Her style of DJing gradually developed, resulting in a wide gamut of musical genres in her sets and cemented her a place at London’s Point Blank’s Top Female DJs and Ones To Watch for 2012. To date, Reiki has a quarterly mixshow residency on Lush 99.5 FM radio. She is also 1/3 of DatDatDat, running ad hoc nights welcoming an array of guests to crank up a heady mix of party vibes.
Music curation aside, her compositions and remixes gained notable attention with her work featured in far corners of the world, from Nick Luscombe’s Late Junction playlist on BBC Radio 3, Shiso Room on FutureMusicFM, Copenhagen’s The Lake radio, Berlin’s Not Your Girlfriend show on BLM.FM, Hyper Juice show on Japan’s Block FM, Stateside’s Gizmodo Home of The Future and San Jose Museum of Art, producers showcase on Malaysia’s Midnight Oil to local film trailer, ‘Trash Heaven’. Other work has garnered her the 3rd spot at the Creative Destruction Contest organised by the Peranakan Museum Singapore and nominations for the ‘Best Genre Bender’ category at the Asia music awards, VIMA.
Always exploring new terrain, she has collaborated with ethnic instrumentalists, SA to herald improvisation over one another’s material in Sonic Sessions Vol.1, a live performance streaming to an online audience via Stageit platform. 2016 also sees her releasing binaural beats + 3D nature and ambient music hybrid for the Elevate label by Indigoism and a Soundart EP entitled ‘Whimsy’.
If life imitates art and reality is influenced by fiction, then there’s much value in Tom Taylor’s work as a screenwriter and comic book author. The award-winning playwrightOn September 22, 2016 / By Arman Shah
If life imitates art and reality is influenced by fiction, then there’s much value in Tom Taylor’s work as a screenwriter and comic book author. The award-winning playwright has a knack for challenging the status quo – whether subconsciously or otherwise – through showcasing diversity in his choice of characters.
Here, the cheerful Australian shares with Arman Shah the excitement and challenges of working on the “All-New Wolverine” comics series – which sees the iconic male protagonist replaced by a strong and empowered female clone – after his appearance at the 2016 Singapore Toy Game and Comic Convention (STGCC).
You’re a playwright as well as a screenwriter. How did you make that transition to being a comic book author?
Well, I was a multi-award winning playwright who had plays across four continents, but I only made about AUD50 because theatre is a lot like crime in that it doesn’t pay. *laughs*
After one of my short plays won “Best Dramatic Writing” during the Short and Sweet festival, Collin Wilson – a big time comic book artist – helped me adapt it into a comic. It was about a briefcase at a train station, and that comic eventually got me a gig writing for Star Wars!
What were some of the challenges you faced writing for a different medium and audience? Were there also interesting similarities?
I think the biggest challenge was just writing for known commodities like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Batman, Superman, Wolverine and Iron Man.
Writing for these household names with a massive following can be intimidating. You have to make sure that you’re a fan too and can deliver what you love and what they love as well.
While there is a massive difference between writing for theatre and writing for comics, the similarity lies in remembering to entertain people; hopefully they continue to watch, read or listen to whatever you’re doing.
Who was your comic book hero growing up? Why did this character have such a profound impact on you?
For me it was Superman. That first movie came out the year I was born, and for as long as I can remember, I believed a man could fly. I basically love superheroes who inspire hope and exist just to make the world a better place, and characters like Superman and Captain America are right up there.
You’re writing the All-New Wolverine series that’s already six issues deep. What was your reaction when you found out you got the gig?
It was great! I was actually working on something else for Marvel, and when they asked if I wanted to write Wolverine instead, I immediately said yes. We actually talked a little bit when they revealed that it was going to be a new Wolverine, and it absolutely made sense to have Laura Kinney continue Logan’s legacy. The reaction from fans have been fantastic, and I’m so glad so many people are loving the new series.
The new Wolverine is a female clone of Logan’s who’s formerly known as X-23. What were some of your considerations when writing the comics to draw in new readers without alienating the older fan base?
Well, you have to make it very accessible. You’ve got to tell a story that grabs people’s attention from the start, while also not being so bogged down by continuity that they have no idea what’s happening. I also wanted a fast-paced action story that was fun as hell and had some good humour.
So, when you first meet Laura, she’s on the streets of Paris and immediately gets shot in the head. You then see a little bit of her past with her dad in a dream sequence before we rush back to the main story. The reader gets something out of it but doesn’t really know everything that’s going on, and that’s how we wanted it. We can then all go on this journey of discovery together.
There’s been a handful of other characters who have been reimagined lately. Iceman has come out as gay, and Iron Man will be a 15-year-old black girl called Riri Williams. What are some of the positive impacts that such diversity brings?
I think it’s a no-brainer that all entertainment media should reflect the actual world that we live in; It’s a really simple thing. I’ve got a TV and comic book series called The Deep which features a multiracial family; there is an asian mother, a black father and their two kids who travel the world in a submarine.
When I created the show with James Brouwer, people were asking why I decided to do that, but I didn’t even think about it; I just did it. We purposely didn’t say where they’re from so that anybody who wants to identify with them can – they’re yours to own.
But what we really need in terms of diversity is more creators; it shouldn’t just be boring old white guys telling these stories. We need everybody from every country and all walks of life to not just appear on the pages but actually tell the stories behind these pages.
You’re working with artist David Lopez on the All-New Wolverine. What’s the collaboration process like? Do you have any say in how the visuals turn out?
Yeah, sort of. He would send me thumbnails and we’d go through them a bit. He designed a lot of the everyday wear and how she looks, and we really wanted her to look powerful and muscular, like she can actually kick someone’s ass. She’s the clone of Wolverine, so she shouldn’t be this tall and thin thing, and I think David nailed it.
You recently attended STGCC. Why is this platform important for comics fans in Singapore in your opinion?
I don’t think it’s important just for fans; it’s important for creators too. A lot of the time, we’re locked away behind our computers, and we forget there’s a big wide world outside where people are actually reading our work.
So, it’s great for fans to be able to meet creators and just have a quick one-on-one conversation and maybe say “Hey, I really like what you’re doing”. It’s nice to hear that because it sorts of re-energises you and reaffirms that someone does like your work and it’s not just you! *laughs*
Do you have any words for fans of your work in Singapore?
I’d just like to say thank you to them because it’s been incredible seeing the numbers they turn up in for my signings. I love all the support I’ve had for everything from The Deep to Wolverine. There are some really hardcore fans here, and it’s so good to see the enthusiasm; it’s been a lot of fun.
Biker clan meets biker clan. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was going to culminate into a fight scene as part of a film plot.On September 20, 2016 / By Jamie Lee
Biker clan meets biker clan. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was going to culminate into a fight scene as part of a film plot.
Fortunately, it’s no stereotypical Hollywood movie — though what we’re talking about will undoubtedly be picturesque.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), a motorcycle event bringing together different clans from the riding community, is actually a charity event that not only combats the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, but also raises awareness and funds on men’s health issues.
It was founded by Mark Hawwa of Sydney Cafe Racers in 2012, and bikers all over the world, including Singapore, came together to dress dapper and ride for good. This year’s DGR in Singapore (to be held on Sunday, 25 September, at 2PM) will be hosted by Motorwerks, and will focus on Suicide Prevention.
We spoke to Team Motorwerks to learn more about this year’s DGR.
What was it like to gather like-minded individuals to come together and ride?
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is probably one of the few events that brings everyone in riding community — from sport bikers to tourers and off-roaders — together. It’s great that a common cause can bring motorcyclists together; everyone’s willing to have a good time! Last year, DGR raised over USD2.3M for prostate cancer research, and encouraged many to take responsibility for their health, and get checked or seek support.
This year, you guys are focusing on Suicide Prevention. What should we know about suicide?
We lost a fellow ride host to depression, and The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride decided that more should be done about this health issue. Suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 20 to 39 and 75% of all suicides are male. 510,000 men die from suicide each year – that’s one per minute.
What’s the gentlemanly (or womanly) way to approach the topic?
The kind way to approach the topic is to take note of your tone, and to ensure that you are doing it with a genuine heart. Be patient, and make an effort in helping them feel comfortable, so that they may open up to you. A no-no is to shrug it off when you see someone in need.
Why do you think men are holding back how they feel?
We are in no place to comment on why men hold back. Perhaps it’s the societal norm for both boys and men to take the heat “like a man”, though this varies from person to person and it is not right to generalise. Reaching out to someone in need is the first step to showing compassion, which can positively impact many lives.
What does it mean to be a gentlemen?
“Manners Maketh Man” – William Horman, adapted by Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).
Gentlemen are respectful of everything around them, and dressing dapper gives the image of a working class man, which for many years has been the appearance that relates to decency.
What should a first-time participant wear?
A first-time participant can get as creative as they want, as long as they appear as a gentleman or a genteel lady. Most participants show up in full suits – despite Singapore’s climate and humidity.
For the safety of the ride, the start and end locations of The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride will not be released. Participants of the event can gain access to this knowledge upon registration on the Gentleman’s Ride website.
Salvador Dali, the man most famous for his melting clocks, has undoubtedly awed the likes of art students around the world since his works were published. While we’veOn September 13, 2016 / By The Rainbow-Monger
Salvador Dali, the man most famous for his melting clocks, has undoubtedly awed the likes of art students around the world since his works were published. While we’ve had to learn about him and his paintings in art history lessons, history has never really focused on the wonderful relationship he had with his publisher, Pierre Argillet, and the friendship between them. As such, when the world lost this renowned painter in 1989, it is doubtful that most would wonder about his publisher and what became of him.
As an artist and an avid collector of Futurist, Dadaist and Surrealist works, Argillet had counted Marcel Duchamp and Jean Arp among his acquaintances, but it was only with Dali that a long and fruitful collaboration had developed. Since Dali and Argillet met in the 1940s, they have both produced nearly 200 etchings together over a 30-year period before parting ways in the mid-1970s. This is not to say, however, that they parted on a bad note, as they remained friends until Dali had breathed his last.
During their 30 years of collaboration, the duo had produced a unique anthology of works, which will be featured in Singapore’s REDSEA Gallery from 11 September to 5 October 2016, titled Salvador Dali & Pierre Argillet: Thirty years of collaboration. This exhibition will showcase a selection of Dali’s etchings and drawings, alongside porcelain works and tapestries previously unseen in Singapore, as well as the first ever public display of two original copper plates. All works from the Pierre Argillet Collection have been authenticated and signed by Dali, and will be available for viewing and acquisition during the exhibition period.
In this exhibition, Dali’s open-mindedness and innate ability to embrace a plethora of topics and themes are demonstrated in his etchings and drawings, which address different topics, from religion to eroticism. Although this collection has made its way to multiple museums around the world, it claims permanent residence at the Museum of Surrealism, Château de Vaux-le-Pénil, Melun, France and Dali’s Teatro-Museo in Figueres, Spain.
Although both Dali and Argillet are no longer alive, we have managed to get hold of Christine Argillet, the daughter of Pierre Argillet, to tell us more about Dali and his inspirations. Christine spent much of her childhood in the presence of Salvador Dali, and experienced his receptivity and broad-mindedness first-hand. While we are not able to provide a full documentary of Dali’s thought process. Christine has provided invaluable insights into the collaboration between her father and Dali, and the works they produced together as she chats with us in a short interview below.
What do you think prompted Dali in 1967, to choose Mao’s poems instead of his portrait to represent the East?
It was May 1968, and we were in Paris, France, in the middle of what we called a “mini- revolution”. The revolt had been initially inspired by the Chinese “cultural revolution”, starting with universities and then spreading to factories. Dali was in Paris at the time. My father had found, in one of our numerous bookstores, the Poems of Mao Zedong next to the Red Book, and had brought it to Dali as a surprise. Amazed by the poems, Dali decided to illustrate 8 of them. The interest of Dali was to find a “correspondence” between Eastern vision and symbols, and Western surreal vision in describing universal concepts like freedom, the strive for wealth, democracy, etc. These correspondences are visible with “The 100 Flowers” and the “River of Plenty” illustrations.
Do you think the tumultuous period of 1968 (e.g. Vietnam War, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations) had a bearing on Dali’s interpretation of the Hippies series? How so?
In 1969, when my father came back from India with dozens of rolls of pictures on the country and on the Hippies traveling mostly barefoot toward the Himalayas, Dali became eager to put a parallel between Eastern and Western philosophical quests. Dali wanted to be universally understood; he wanted to be a kind of Leonardo da Vinci of the XXth century. The late 60s was a time where anti-war and anti-racism spread as a response to violent scenes (e.g. Vietnam War, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations), and a philosophical and peaceful counterpart was led by the Hippy movement whose motto was “Love and Peace”, following the non-violent attitude of Gandhi. Dali would see a parallel between Hippies going to India and pilgrims of the Middle-Ages on their way to Santiago of Compostella and Jerusalem. You see this with “Santiago of Compostella”, “Woman with Cushion” and “The Sacred Cow”.
Do you see Dali’s surreal approach and works being relevant to the young of today? Which modern artist, do you think, resemble Dali’s approach to art?
I am surprised to see how young crowds, all over the world, are fascinated by Dali’s free attitude and humorous spirit. Many artists have been inspired by Dali’s unconventional attitude and I think that not only Andy Warhol, but people like Ai Weiwei and Combas, have at a moment or another followed this path.
Would 3D printing be one way for the modern artist to replicate surrealistic artwork? For instance, would something like a 3D printed “Tree in Cross” Jewelry, inspired by Dalí, catch on?
Dali had already experienced holograms and 3D painting in the 70s. Any new tool is a possibility for an artist, but it is the idea that is probably more contemporary than the tool.
If Dali were to be commissioned for a work in Singapore, what do you think he would choose to depict, especially in modern Singapore today?
Probably the verticality of this extraordinary city would have inspired him and led to other experiences.
SALVADOR DALI & PIERRE ARGILLET:
THIRTY YEARS OF COLLABORATION
11 September – 5 October 2016
Block 9, Dempsey Road
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First-timers and die-hard French foodies alike can enjoy the best of French cuisine during La Semaine Franҫaise, with up to 25 restaurants across the city offering week-long diningOn September 6, 2016 / By Nookmag
First-timers and die-hard French foodies alike can enjoy the best of French cuisine during La Semaine Franҫaise, with up to 25 restaurants across the city offering week-long dining deals of exquisite food and wine.
Supported by The French Ministry of Agriculture, Sopexa and DiningCity, La Semaine Franҫaise is a showcase of French classic and fusion gastronomy, making it accessible to everyone in Singapore to discover and savour the cuisine that has not only contributed significantly to western cuisines but is part of the UNESCO’s list of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage”.
“Singapore is famous for having one of the most diverse food scenes in the region; so it is no surprise that there would be some fantastic restaurants offering the best quality French classical and fusion cuisine within the city. With La Semaine Franҫaise, we want to not only bring these restaurant treasures to light but also highlight why French food and wine remains so popular in the world,” said Gregoire Debré, Sopexa’s Regional Manager Asean – Taiwan
From a succulent foie gras to a crisp glass of Chablis, it will be an unforgettable week of exquisite French flavours. Among the restaurant’s offering exclusively crafted lunch (SGD40++) and dinner (SGD58++) set menus from 10 to 17 September are Absinthe, Oso Grill, OCF, Lewin Terrace, Saveur and more. Completing the French experience, diners can also enjoy a complimentary glass of French Red or White wine when they order the lunch or dinner set menu.
The full list of participating restaurants can be found here.
The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) has announced the names of a further 12 artists who are participating in the Singapore Biennale 2016, one of Asia’s most exciting contemporary visualOn September 1, 2016 / By Nookmag
The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) has announced the names of a further 12 artists who are participating in the Singapore Biennale 2016, one of Asia’s most exciting contemporary visual art exhibitions. Titled An Atlas of Mirrors, this edition will draw on diverse artistic viewpoints that trace the migratory and intertwining relationships within the region, and reflect on shared histories and current realities with East and South Asia.
The shortlist comprises established and emerging artists based in or from Singapore, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The Singapore Biennale will held from 27 October 2016 to 26 February 2017.
The artists were shortlisted based on their past works and art practices, and were selected in relation to the title and themes of An Atlas of Mirrors. The artists will present either existing works, curatorially selected for their resonance with core themes in the Biennale, or specially created new commissions.
The eleven participating artists are Ade Darmawan from Indonesia, Hemali Bhuta from India, Bui Cong Khanh from Vietnam, Chia Chuyia from Malaysia, Deng Guoyuan from China, Patricia Eustaquio from the Philippines, Sakarin Krue-On from Thailand, MAP Office from Hong Kong, Pala Pothupitiye from Sri Lanka, Melissa Tan from Singapore and Harumi Yukutake from Japan.
On the whole, there will be more than 50 artists that will be presented at the Biennale, ten of whom have already been announced in January this year – namely Ahmad Fuad Osman from Malaysia, Martha Atienza from the Philippines, Rathin Barman from India, Fyerool Darma from Singapore, Han Sai Por from Singapore, Nguyen Phuong Linh from Vietnam, Qiu Zhijie from China, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook from Thailand, Titarubi from Indonesia and Tun Win Aung and Wah Nu from Myanmar.
The shortlisted artists announced so far were invited with deliberation and discussions by the curatorial team, comprising the Biennale’s Creative Director Dr. Susie Lingham, SAM Curators Ms. Tan Siuli, Ms. Joyce Toh, Mr. Louis Ho, Ms. Andrea Fam and Mr. John Tung, as well as four Associate Curators who have been invited by SAM to work collaboratively together. The four Associate Curators are Ms. Suman Gopinath from Bangalore, India, Mr. Michael Lee from Singapore, Ms. Nur Hanim Khairuddin from Ipoh, Malaysia, and Ms. Xiang Liping from Shanghai, China.
Affiliate Projects to engage with the local visual arts community
The Singapore Biennale 2016’s Affliate Projects are organised and developed by other art institutions in dialogue with the curatorial team. These projects respond closely to the title of An Atlas of Mirrors, the first of which are exhibitions by DECK and Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts.
DECK, an independent art space dedicated to the art of photography in Singapore and Southeast Asia, will present two exhibitions: The Natural History of an Island by Robert Zhao Renhui and Hanging Heavy On My Eyes by Ang Song Nian. Both artists will explore how humans have altered, manipulated and intervened into landscapes and ‘natural’ spaces.
The world precedes the eye, presented by the ICA Singapore, will be curated by Ms. Bala Starr, Ms. Silke Schmickl and Ms. Melanie Pocock. The exhibition will feature works by artists based in Asia, responding to the overarching question of how we picture the world and ourselves, through a material examination of contemporary art practice in Asia.
Complementing The world precedes the eye is a solo project presentation, Black-hut by Boedi Widjaja, that will bring together architecture, modernism, memory and place.
The Singapore Biennale 2016 will be anchored at the Singapore Art Museum on Bras Basah Road and Queen Street. Taking place from 27 October 2016 to 26 February 2017, the four-month long international contemporary art exhibition is organised by SAM and commissioned by the National Arts Council of Singapore.
Contemplative and soft-spoken, Nathan Yong comes across as very un-boastful when he talks about his accomplishments and contributions to the local design community. Yet, the furniture designer isOn August 24, 2016 / By Arman Shah
Contemplative and soft-spoken, Nathan Yong comes across as very un-boastful when he talks about his accomplishments and contributions to the local design community. Yet, the furniture designer is a considerable trailblazer when it comes to putting Singapore on the world map, thanks primarily to one of his earliest creations, the “Breakstool”. Now that 10 years have passed since he had launched that masterpiece, Nathan sits with Arman Shah to discuss the evolution of his original design in conjunction with Singapore’s 51st birthday.
How did you get started in furniture design?
I studied industrial design at Temasek Polytechnic, and when I graduated in 1991, I already had my mind set on becoming a furniture designer. When you’re young, however, nobody cares when you share your designs with the big bosses of well-known furniture companies.
I knew that I had to start my own company, but I needed to have an understanding of the business side of it. So, I applied for jobs specialising in different areas of the retail trade. I worked as a salesman, merchandiser and also a buyer who travelled to many Southeast Asian countries to check out trade shows and see how things were being made in factories.
When I eventually opened my first shop called “Air Division” in 1999, I already knew what was required of me to run my own business. I was designing my own furniture and retailing them in Singapore for 10 years before I left in 2009.
How did “Breakstool” help catapult you into the international design scene 10 years ago?
Breakstool was developed in 2006 and I was selling it locally through “Air Division” for about six months. I eventually told myself that I needed to sell my work beyond Singapore shores and got around to doing a trade show that year.
That was when I got to meet the people from Ligne Roset who picked up three of my original designs, including the “Breakstool”. It was a pretty big deal for me when I sold my design rights and had them bring my work outside of Singapore for the very first time. Designing for such a top-notch furniture company that’s based in France had always been my dream since I was a student at age 17.
What first inspired you to design “Breakstool”?
I remember waking up at 4am one morning and having this idea of doing a series of plywood chairs. It was a very fun and simple idea that’s based on comfort, functionality and aesthetics. Singapore didn’t have three-dimensional moulding technology back then, so I wanted to come up with an affordable and low-tech solution that puts a smile on your face. Design is universal, and I think Ligne Roset saw my thought process in the “Breakstool” when they bought the design rights from me.
What challenges did you face when producing the “Breakstool”?
The process was quite simple actually. Once you’ve curved the piece of plywood into the desired shape, you jot down the proportions in your technical drawing and relay the information to the technicians at the factory.
Of course, it is only to be expected that you go back and forth with the people at the manufacturing site; you want the piece to look a certain way but the technicians say it cannot be executed as such. I guess the main challenge was coming up with the right proportion so that the stool doesn’t look too chunky yet not too fragile that it breaks.
To celebrate 10 years of the “Breakstool”, you are launching an updated version of the original called the “Breakchair”. How has the design evolved after the last decade?
It’s basically the same stool that now comes with a backrest. Its evolution from a stool to a chair is still based on the same old concept of simplicity and pragmatism. This time, however, figuring out a way to incorporate the backrest into the original design was the main challenge.
From the first instance, I knew that the backrest had to be moulded for the purpose of structural stability. There’s also a slot in the original design that’s actually a crack from when the plywood was bent into shape. I intend to use this slot to hold the frame and secure the backrest.
What made this chair design the perfect one to commemorate National Day?
Well, the theme for National Day this year is “Going Forward”. So, to celebrate a decade of the “Breakstool”, I thought it would be interesting to explore its evolution, and turning it into a chair seemed quite befitting.
Singapore is 51 this year. How has the local design scene evolved from when you first started out?
When I started out in 1999, people didn’t understand what design can bring in terms of generating businesses, contributing to culture or just benefitting mankind generally. My peers and I were really just pushing for the development of different kinds of design in our own ways back then. We didn’t have an environment where we can just approach a shop to exhibit our designs. People will just tell us to go away.
I think people have a far more vested interest in local designers now. There are so many companies that want to work with designers to create content, so that’s a much healthier environment. At the same time, I’m worried that these privileges make the younger designers less hungry. Maybe they’re just concerned about what they want to do and get a little egoistic because of all these great opportunities. So, there’s always a flip side to things.
What are your hopes and wishes for Singapore as she turns yet another year older?
I really wish that the people of Singapore will be far more appreciative of the things around them. I don’t want to sound corny, but it can even be the trees and the river. People have to slow down and appreciate our environment more. As we become a richer country, I also hope that people become more cultured and treasure things that are well made. It doesn’t have to be expensive; it doesn’t have to be branded. I hope design plays a part in educating people and making them more away of the finer things in life.
Exclusively available at Gallery & Co.and GRAFUNKT for a limited time only, the Breakstool in Oak and Walnut is priced at SGD480, while the Breakchair retails at SGD650. A showcase featuring both designs will be on display at Gallery & Co. from 3 August to 3 September 2016.
World’s End is an art and design initiative that functions as both online store and art gallery. It is in our intention to share our perspective and interestOn August 19, 2016 / By Nookmag
World’s End is an art and design initiative that functions as both online store and art gallery. It is in our intention to share our perspective and interest in the art and design culture via its relation to commerce, community, creation, and communication.
We asked Glyn Smyth (IRE), Sarah Sheil (IRE), Riandy Karuniawan (IDN), Morrg (IDN), Jesse Schaller (USA) and KILAS (SG) to create a print with a Goddess of their choosing. Below are some of the pieces that emerged, along with the artists’ reflections.
After the positive reception of our first series “Mythos” and our love of myths and fables, we chose the theme of Goddesses. To us the Goddess represents the balance of life and death, the complexity of love, manipulation of the elements; these are some of the celestial facets the artists were able to represent in their work. Her power goes beyond the physical beauty and permeates the depths of what is to be a woman in control. We wanted the artists show the Goddess not only as a benevolent mother but someone elusive to the viewer – someone who cannot be possessed.
“Goddess Brig an Irish/Celtic Goddess of many things but would primarily be associated with fire. She is also associated with the pagan festival Imbolc pronounced EEMolc which is held on Feb 2nd, it was later Christianised to St.Brigid’s day. In the Pagan calendar Imbolc marked the end of Winter and beginning of Spring.
This piece focuses on her relationship with the element of fire and the festival of Imbolc. She is breaking through the darkness of winter, pouring forth with light and fire and bringing with her spring, warmth and new life.”
Totok Kerot by Morrg
“During a recent trip to a rural village in Indonesia I came upon a tale of a Hindu orcish being that the villagers were afraid to speak of, the legend was of how a jilted Princess was turned to stone and to this day remains trapped where she was transformed. Totok Kerot used to be a Princess from Lodaya who fell in love with Jayabaya, a King from Kediri, Java. However, the proud King shunned the Princess, unable to handle the rejection she waged a war between their Kingdoms but lost the battle. As punishment, she was cursed to be a ‘dvarapala rakshesi’, a demonic temple guardian till the end of time.
In my work I’ve depicted Totok Kerot revealing in her fiendish form surrounded by a crew of likebodied accomplices.”
Morrígan by Glyn Smyth
“Being Irish, I decided to choose one of the many Goddesses native to this small island the mighty Morrígan, meaning ‘phantom queen’. Like many Celtic deities she exists in a myriad of forms being seen as both a trinity and singular in nature.
Here I depict her in her common role as a war Goddess prior to her metamorphosis into the ‘Badb Catha’ (Battle Raven).”
Izanami by Riandy Karuniawan
Izanami is the creator of life and death. Together with her partner Izanagi, they created life on Earth. She gave birth to many Gods and Goddesses, but died during the birth of HiNoKagutsuchi, the God of Fire. Her body was burned and moved to the realm of death, Yomi. Since that time she became the ruler of Yomi.
Creation and death are intertwined. Similarly, good and bad, beautiful and ugly, heaven and hell, so for me this Izanami figure is a symbol of harmony and balance. As a child growing up in Indonesia, mythology and mystique are a vital part of everyday life. The belief that the existence of supernatural beings from other dimensions living in harmony with human beings is generally accepted.
“I’ve tried to combine these two elements (the mystical and Japanese pop culture). My version of Izanami is not living in the realm of death, but in the middle between the realm of life and death. I tried to create this middle realm. With graphic elements such as points, lines and areas I tried to form a two-dimensional paper area into the multidimensional space. Spaces that blends with Izanami’s harmony.”
The silkscreen prints are made in Oakland, California by Monolith Press. They are available on the World’s End website.