Rich in history and colours, batik is an art of textile where artisans use hot wax, cloth and their raw talent. Malaysian batik is unique due to theOn December 23, 2019 / By Sofea
Rich in history and colours, batik is an art of textile where artisans use hot wax, cloth and their raw talent. Malaysian batik is unique due to the way it is crafted; by hand, with vivid colours and sophisticated flora and fauna motifs. Bringing light to the beauty of batik, Maryam Mutalib, a 25-year-old culinary art graduate from Nilai, Negeri Sembilan makes her creations bright, bold and beautiful.
The young entrepreneur crafts handmade accessories consisting of headbands, scrunchies, chokers, multifunctional scarves and earrings. They come in sets too! Each piece is uniquely constructed, therefore each piece is never replicated. Maryam handpicks her batik materials from Terengganu, travelling up north to provide the most authentic pieces for her followers. Her inspiration comes from the craft of batik itself and their artisans. With the effort poured into creating batik, Maryam intends to waste none of it and that is how, from starting out creating headbands, she ventured into other accessories.
Maryam acquired the skill to sew at a tender age of 12 in the hope of becoming a fashion designer. Coming from a family who cooks for a living, pursuing a culinary degree was vital as she was set to take over her family’s restaurant, Aunty Aini’s Garden Café, in Kampung Chelet, Nilai one day. After graduating from Taylor’s University, she made Malay kuih at the restaurant where the late Anthony Bourdain had visited.
In the midst of it all, Maryam Bayam was born when she acquired her own sewing machine. Starting out by creating pieces to add flair into her personal look, a family member suggested to use batik and put it out in the market for sale. With the support of her family and friends, Maryam Bayam became a sensation! From selling her creations online via an Instagram account, she later ventured into platforms such as Lazada and the occasional pop-up store at bazaars.
Her future goal for Maryam Bayam is to take it worldwide, to give the identity of Malaysian Batik its well-deserved recognition. New products are also in the works to add to their ever-growing one-of-a-kind collection. Follow her journey as she embarks into the world, making it bigger and bolder at @MaryamBayam and her website. Support your local entrepreneur and watch her grow!
It’s that time of the year again where Christmas jingles can be heard at every corner, and your schedule is filled up with Christmas parties. Though we doOn December 20, 2019 / By Sofea
It’s that time of the year again where Christmas jingles can be heard at every corner, and your schedule is filled up with Christmas parties. Though we do not have winter and snow to jig us into the festive mood, we have stunning decorations everywhere to remind us of the jolly holiday. Here is a list of 5 malls in Klang Valley where you can take great ‘OOTD’ shots to post on Christmas day while you go on your Christmas shopping spree!
Get ready to be transported to a German market without breaking the bank! The theme at Sunway Pyramid this year is inspired by the oldest Christmas Market in Germany.
Be in awe with the wooden presentations, especially the one-of-a-kind 36-feet tall wooden Christmas tree decorated with German carved dolls. What makes it even more unique is that, it only rotates at random hours of the day, so be sure to catch it at the right time!
Visit Bangsar Shopping Centre for “A Nutcracker’s Christmas” in collaboration with CIMB Bank Berhad and BMW as their official partners.
Say hello to the tall golden statue of Santa Claus at the main entrance, and admire the nutcracker sculptures surrounding the array of booths where you can go on last-minute shopping sprees for your loved ones. Also, be sure to plan your time and catch performances of “The Music of Christmas” which includes choirs, saxophone ensembles and ballet performances.
Step into a European village at Suria KLCC’s concourse level! With snowmen standing at every corner (even ice skating in a frozen lake!), the backdrop is perfect for a family photo or two. Do look out for the 20-feet tall Ferris Wheel donned in golden lights in this perfect Christmas wonderland for all to experience, especially with its artificial snowfall.
Let’s also not forget to visit the tallest Christmas tree in Malaysia looming at the KLCC Park which stands at 100 feet in height.
Zoom into Pavilion’s “A Starry Christmas” this festive season! In conjunction with the highly anticipated finale of the Star Wars epic sequal trilogy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, one can expect to see the largest (30 feet x 40 feet) ground-breaking replica of the Millennium Falcon which entered the Malaysian Book of Records. This exclusive collaboration is not one to be missed.
With pillars shaped like lightsabres of blue and red, and red stormtrooper statues aligned at the stairs, fans of Star Wars with have a starry Christmas indeed.
Speaking of record-breaking Christmas decorations, make your way down to Paradigm Mall where you can stare and wonder just how many We Bare Bears plushies are really on the Christmas tree. Well, here is the answer: there are a total of 1202 miniature We Bare Bears plushie toys on the 8.3-metre tall by 4.5-metre wide Christmas tree, which also entered the Malaysian Book of Records.
Children can chill on the bean bags provided while watching We Bare Bears on the screen and also expect to meet Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear, so parents, be sure to plan your trip now!
In conjunction with Urbanscapes 2019, a spectacle of hues vibrantly brightens up the bland structures of a typical concrete jungle located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, atOn December 16, 2019 / By Sofea
In conjunction with Urbanscapes 2019, a spectacle of hues vibrantly brightens up the bland structures of a typical concrete jungle located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, at Medan Pasar Clock Tower. Introducing the 2020/21 Trend Beyond Colours series, Nippon Paint presents 4 core themes: Raw Beauty, Precious Tale, Gentle Whisper and Pop Life.
Taking the theme “Raw Beauty”, Suzy Sulaiman & Daiya Aida creates Main-Main Media: Interactive Park through the use of earthy-tonal pastel colours, and a series of elevated blocks to invoke creativity and imagination in all minds alike.
Armed with the knowledge of architecture and new media art, Suzy Sulaiman collaborated with Daiya Aida, a museum educator, to create a fairytale-esque maze decorated with intricate reflective squares. With a blue-based platform, bright deep orange coloured nets for a “roof”, and multi-directional sticks painted in pastel yellow, green and pink for walls, the duo created a maze-like barrier hiding even more colourful platforms for visitors to explore and take insta-worthy photos with.
If you missed your chance to catch this highlight of Urbanscapes 2019, be sure to stay tuned for Urbanscapes 2020!
Affordable Art Fair returns to Singapore this week as it continues its successful journey as the world’s leading showcase for affordable contemporary art catering to seasoned collectors andOn November 22, 2019 / By Nookmag
Affordable Art Fair returns to Singapore this week as it continues its successful journey as the world’s leading showcase for affordable contemporary art catering to seasoned collectors and new art buyers. Celebrating its 10th edition in Singapore, the ever-popular fair welcomes artists and galleries from around the globe, and offers creative workshops and activities, inspirational talks and tours, unique installations, and live performances and demonstrations.
Affordable Art Fair will once again be held at F1 Pit Building, and will present 83 local and international galleries showing more than 600 artists, of which35% are new and emerging talents. Nearly 30% of the galleries are taking part for the first time, delivering once again, on the brand’s winning formula of consistently presenting fresh content and reinforcing the event’s special place in the local art ecosystem.
Mr Alan Koh, Affordable Art Fair Singapore Director, said: “This is a special milestone as we celebrate our 10th year in Singapore. Over the years, we havehelped to develop Singapore’s art eco-system by being a conduit between contemporary art and art buyers. As a fair, we believe in making art accessible and engaging through fresh and unique experiences. We look forward to welcoming our visitors to this year’s fair and are committed to continuing our mission to help people discover the joy of collecting art for the next 10 years and beyond.”
In keeping with the fair’s ethos of originality for its audience, this year’s event welcomes 30% new galleries such as Chryse Gallery of Fine Art (Singapore); Giant Year Gallery (Hong Kong); and Jinsan Gallery (Korea). Popular, long-time supporters of the fair such as Asian Art Platform (Singapore); Art Blue Studio (Singapore); RHG (UK); and La Lanta Fine Art (Thailand) will be returning.
Visitors can also expect to see new works from artists such as Singaporean artist Ng Chai Soong (Y Art Project, Singapore); Vietnamese artist Nguyen Nghia Cuong (Chryse Gallery of Fine Art, Singapore); and Taiwanese artist Ti Lei (Shenns Softart, Singapore).
This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Affordable Art Fair, which was launched in London with the aim of disrupting and democratising the contemporary art market. To date, there are 13 Affordable Art Fairs in 10 cities, including Milan, Melbourne, and New York.
Here are some highlights of this year’s fair:
As part of the brand’s accessibility and ease of buying, the #SPOTLIGHT Showcase makes it simple for art lovers to hone in on one location on works by new artists who have never been shown before at the fair in Singapore.
Adopt Songsong Workshop
Dedicated to positively impacting the lives of those in need through charitable giving, the fair will encourage visitors to join in the fun and decorate their own Songsong, an iconic sculpture of a dog concepted by artist Zhang Yong. This is a paid workshop ($30) with all net profits from this workshop donated to the Singapore Cancer Society.
MOJOKO Silkscreen Mashup: A collaborative silk screen printmaking with artist MOJOKO
Art lovers will have the chance to take part in a “Silkscreen Mash-up” with multimedia artist MOJOKO. As he transforms an area of the creative lounge into his makeshift studio for the duration of the fair, MOJOKO will be making a range of prints which can be co-printed by visitors into unique and commemorative multi-layered pieces. A hybrid of east and west, new and old, this special collection is inspired by 10 years of Affordable Art Fair in Asia and offers fans of the fair something special to commemorate their visit. Limited edition silk screen prints will be for sale until the edition finishes.
UNTAPPED Exhibition by Visual Arts Development Association Singapore (VADA) As part of its 10th anniversary, the Singapore fair is partnering with Visual Arts Development Association Singapore (VADA) to showcase the creative homegrown talent of eight artists.
Affordable Art Fair Singapore has successfully grown from 9,500 visitors and S$1.75 million in art sales in 2010 to 12,000 visitors and S$3.7 million in sales in 2018, reflecting the growing appetite for contemporary art in Singapore. Since 2010, visitors to Affordable Art Fair Singapore have purchased a total of S$43.61 million in art for their homes.
Homegrown multi-brand jewellery retail store, Embrace Jewellery, is delighted to launch its first-ever jewellery collaboration with artist, Cherie Altea, also known as The Jar of Salt. Comprising eightOn November 14, 2019 / By Nookmag
Homegrown multi-brand jewellery retail store, Embrace Jewellery, is delighted to launch its first-ever jewellery collaboration with artist, Cherie Altea, also known as The Jar of Salt. Comprising eight distinctive and vibrant motifs that aptly reflect Singapore’s unique Asian culture, The Jar of Salt x Embrace Jewellery collection is now available at all Embrace+ stores and Embrace Jewellery counter at Takashimaya Level 1.
Made in Spain and crafted in silver and gold finishing, the charming illustrations include cheongsam clad girls, sarong kebaya, tiffin carrier, Peranakan floor tiles and summer flowers, in bright and cheerful colours. Adding a touch of fun and whimsy to any outfit, this versatile collection is sure to be a conversational starter and an ideal accessory or gift for the upcoming Christmas and Chinese New Year season.
“I was enamoured by The Jar of Salt’s vibrant illustrations from the moment I saw them, and felt that they would make perfect wearable art in the form of jewellery pieces. After discussions with Cherie, I selected a variety of illustrations from her work and set about designing a collection that consists of earrings, necklaces, a charm bracelet, and brooch”, shared Ms Shareen Wong, Founder of Embrace Jewellery.
“As a painter and artist, the colour palette of the Chinese culture and Peranakan neighbourhood moves me to create my body of work. Not only has it been a privilege but it’s been a gift working with Shareen as we brought my art to life from canvas to jewellery”, said Cherie Altea a.k.a. The Jar of Salt, whose paintings are found globally, including New York, Vancouver, Sydney, Bahrain, Manila and Hong Kong.
More Than Just A Jewellery Collaboration Collection…
When Shareen mooted the idea of a collaboration to Cherie early this year, the artist confided that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2018 after a routine exam. Because the doctors caught this in its very early stage, she has recovered miraculously and has been on remission since.
As such, both ladies decided to use The Jar of Salt x Embrace Jewellery collection to empower women and shed light on how early detection makes a world of difference through annual screenings as key to self-care and living a healthy life.
From the launch date of 8 November 2019 to 8 May 2020 (for a period of six months), 10% of the proceeds from the sale of The Jar of Salt x Embrace Jewellery Collection will go towards Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Jar of Salt x Embrace Jewellery collection is priced from SGD89.90 for a pair of earrings to SGD168.00 for a long necklace.
The New Embrace+ Is Now Open at Club Street!
Embrace+ has opened their latest store at #01-01, 31 Club Street, to offer not only a gorgeous range of jewellery from their house brand, The Embrace Collection, Spanish brands Unode50, Velatti, and Singapore’s Dusk Jewelery and JLHeart, but also favourite resort wear brands, such as Indiibreeze and Aquariva, and SOTP the label, a new Singapore brand that does classics and workwear.
Set in a lovely, cosy space, surrounded by gorgeous shophouses and some of the best restaurants, the new Embrace+ is a treasure trove for those seeking jewellery and apparel that are stylish and timeless yet bring out your own personality.
Come December 2019, a new demi-fine jewellery line, called EmbraceLuxe, that features minimal, modern jewellery crafted in gold, will be launched. The captivating pieces will feature Baroque or Akoya pearls and precious stones, and are made to last.
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The 22nd annual Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) returns this month with the theme “A Language of Our Own”. This edition seeks to examine the role of languages inOn November 4, 2019 / By Nookmag
The 22nd annual Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) returns this month with the theme “A Language of Our Own”. This edition seeks to examine the role of languages in the formation of identities and communities at a time when the world is becoming increasingly globalised, yet fractured. The exciting line-up of literary events will feature a host of influential writers from both Singapore and overseas. Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), SWF will be held from 1-10 November 2019 at the Civic District.
2019 FESTIVAL THEME: A LANGUAGE OF OUR OWN
With a new festival director on board, the theme this year gives a nod to those of the three preceding years – Sayang, Aram and 界 (jiè). These expressions, in Singapore’s non-English official languages of Malay, Tamil and Chinese respectively, referenced concepts of love, virtue and the world at large. This year, the theme invites authors and the audience to reflect what they might consider when talking about different types of language, including Singlish and emojis, and how as systems of communications, languages have both the power to create a sense of belonging and to also cause displacement. Some of these programmes include the “Words We Love” series which will examine four words and phrases Singaporeans love and the richness of meaning they offer, and “Chatbots and the Human Connection” which will explore what chatbot research shows about society’s language habits.
Festival director, Pooja Nansi, says: “Language allows us to navigate through an increasingly complex and multi-faceted world. This year’s theme invites audiences to reflect on how language can be used to rethink existing social models and evolve to accommodate the changing tides of our present. We hope to spark conversations around the importance of language in the formation of our sense of self and community, and in turn, how language can foster a more inclusive society in a culturally and linguistically diverse Singapore.”
This edition will see literary heavyweights from around the world, some of whom are featured for the first time in Asia, headlining the festival, such as :
Roxane Gay (US)
Born in Omaha, Nebraska to a family of Haitian descent, Roxane Gay is the author of The New York Times best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist (2014). She has also been named as a writer for Marvel Comics’ World of Wakanda, making her the first Black woman, alongside Yona Harvey, to be lead writers for Marvel. Much of her work lies in the fiction and creative non-fiction genres, and deals with the analysis and deconstruction of feminist and cultural issues. As a headliner, Gay’s work speaks strongly to the festival’s focus on redressing the ways in which we use language and its effects on diversity and inclusion.
Roxane Gay will be speaking at the Festival Gala about Language and The Body alongside Singaporean playwright Joel Tan and Canadian novelist Kagiso Leseho Molope. She will also be presenting a lecture on Identity and Pop Culture, and participating in the “In A Tiny Room” series.
Marlon James (Jamaica)
Marlon James is the author of four novels: John Crow’s Devil, The Book of Night Women, A Brief History of Seven Killings, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize, and Black Leopard, Red Wolf (which has been referred to as the African Game of Thrones). Now living in Minneapolis, James teaches literature at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Often his novels display the struggle to find an identity.
He will be delivering the Festival Prologue, as well as participating in the “In a Tiny Room” series where festival-goers will have the opportunity to interact with renowned authors in the casual, intimate setting (50 pax only) of The Old Man – a Hemingway inspired bar at Keong Saik.
Min Jin Lee (Korea – US)
Min Jin Lee is the author of Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, a National Book Award finalist. She is the recipient of fiction fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She is working on American Hagwon, the final installment of The Koreans trilogy, and will be a Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College from 2019-2022.
She will be speaking at “An Hour With: Min Jin Lee” on her novel, Pachinko, about the intricacies of being a perceived outsider and the power of fiction in bridging cultures.
Pico Iyer (UK)
Pico Iyer, born in Oxford, England, has been writing books since 1986. He is an essayist and novelist, best known for his travel writing. Having grown up a part of – and apart from – English, American and Indian cultures, he became one of the first writers to make the international airport itself as his subject, along with associated topics of jet lag, displacement and cross-culturalism. He also publishes regularly in Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and other publications.
He will be speaking at “Beyond Borders, Beyond Words” and “Untold Stories of Places”, and participating in the “SWF Book Club”, a conversation inviting festival writers to talk about the books that changed their thought about language.
NAVIGATING SWF 2019 THROUGH TOPICS
This year’s festival allows festival-goers to navigate through integral topics at the heart of the theme explored at SWF. These topics invite festival-goers to immerse themselves in contemporary issues such as feminism, language and its evolution in the future, and the use of language in a multilingual society.
The ever popular Festival Debate is back and has now been moved to a weeknight after working hours, inviting festival-goers to join an all-female line-up chaired by Ashley Fifty to discuss if men’s involvement in feminism helps or hurts the cause.
SWF 2019 brings to festival-goers the SWF Roundtables – a series of conversations that connects audiences with writers in an informal setting to examine a variety of issues surrounding craft, process and all the burning questions audiences have. This programme will feature prominent names across genres, such as translator, Shelly Bryant, novelist Suchen Christine Lim, film critic John Lui and poet and former festival director Yeow Kai Chai.
SWF 2019 also introduces the Festival Gala, a new format that invites speakers to each speak on a topic for 15 sustained minutes, as opposed to the regular conversational mode of a panel discussion. Featuring acclaimed writers and wellknown figures such as Roxane Gay, Joel Tan and Kagiso Lesego Molope, the Gala seeks to bridge speakers and audiences together in topics relevant to our society today.
SWF YOUTH FRINGE
This year, SWF will be extending its reach to youths aged 13 – 18 with a new festival focus. The SWF Youth Fringe is in line with the Council’s efforts to nurture early engagement with the literary arts. Organised in partnership with the Singapore Book Council, several events at the SWF Youth Fringe will be curated by a panel of Youth Curators from a number of schools including Temasek Junior College and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. The programme includes the discussion of topics and genres youth are interested in such as Young Adult (YA) fiction, K-drama, zinemaking, memes and text-speak as a language. It will be headlined by Nicola Yoon (Jamaica – US), a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA novels, The Sun is Also a Star and Everything, Everything have been adapted into movies.
Along with this, SWF 2019 presents the Youth Pass to youths aged 18 and below, providing them access to more than 100 Festival Pass events, unless in the case of an advisory, at a subsidised price of SGD15.
2019 PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS
Celebrating SingLit: As part of the Council’s efforts to cultivate and deepen public appreciation of Singapore literature, as well as to create an awareness of an existing Singaporean literary canon, the festival will be honouring Rex Shelley as its Literary Pioneer this year. Falling in line with the Eurasian Association’s 100th year anniversary, the life and work of the Eurasian author, winner of the prestigious S.E.A. Write Award in 2007, will be celebrated through festival programmes including a multimedia exhibition by Brian Gothong Tan titled “Rex Shelley: The Gentle Observer”, and a late-night event inspired by his seminal work, The Shrimp People. The Arts House will play host to a Eurasian wedding party while artists will be taking over rooms in the Arts House and reinterpreting lines from Shelley’s novels through their own work. Programmes include “Jinkli Nona Redux” by Edith Podesta and “Encrypting Kinships” by Bani Haykal.
Festival Prologue and Epilogue: These two keynote speeches open and close the festival. Man Booker prize winner, Marlon James will be delivering the Festival Prologue on the power of language and stories in exploring concepts of diversity and representation. The Festival Epilogue will be delivered by critically acclaimed Singaporean playwright, Haresh Sharma, on languages and literature, as well as the importance of multiculturalism in Singapore as also seen through his body of work.
Southeast Asian Focus: The festival continues to provide a platform for the promotion of Southeast Asian literature and literary talents to a wider audience, with a dedicated series of panels and talks that profile Southeast Asian writers and their works. Topics of discussion include postcolonial insights on Malay literature, art and visual culture in Southeast Asia, the challenges and triumphs faced while working in cross-cultural collaborations across Southeast Asia, and the indigenous language and culture of Sarawak, which will be showcased in a performance by Nading Rhapsody, an avant-garde ethnic Bornean ensemble.
There will also be cross-cultural programming such as a Malay-English bilingual event that celebrates Malay literary masters in the Nusantara region, a bilingual wayang kulit performance by Unggun Creative where traditional Malay folklore is retold with a contemporary twist, and a performance and reading entitled “A Spotlight on Indigenous Voices”, which features some of the festival’s best international performers and spoken word poets from places such as Canada’s First Nations and Minang Kabau.
SWF and Technology: SWF will be incorporating the use of technology in their programmes in order to create more multi-faceted experiences for audience members, and reach out to new audiences. SWF will be collaborating with Kult Studio and Gallery on an immersive installation that will use analog and interactive digital elements to explore the evolution of texting as a language. In addition, the Literary Pioneer exhibition moves away from a physical exhibition and will be presented as a digital exhibition with an online component to extend the exhibition beyond the 10 days of SWF.
Language Tracks: As one of the few multi-lingual literary festivals in the world, SWF will feature programmes across Singapore’s official languages – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil, allowing attendees from the different language communities to participate in SWF. Singlish, a key part of Singaporean identity, and even digital language such as texting and our usage of emojis, will also be included in featured language tracks “Words We Love”, which celebrates the everyday vernacular of Singaporeans, and “TXT TLK <3”, an immersive installation that explores the evolution of texting as a language.
Other programmes for the track include a session with renowned writers Teo Kok Keong (张国强), Wong Koi Tet (黄凯德) and Wong Yi (黄怡), entitled “Invisible Cities: Memory and Fiction”, which examines the relationship between the city and one’s memory of it, a conversation with Farihan Bahron as the moderator that highlights the passion and endeavour required in producing literary work, and a workshop with acclaimed Tamil poet Isai who will guide aspiring Tamil poets in using humour as a tool in crafting socio-cultural poems.
SWF COUNTRY FOCUS: CANADA
This year’s Country Focus is Canada – a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multiracial country that draws many parallels with Singapore. The pertinent issues of immigration, and cultural and linguistic diversity in both countries also resonate with the festival theme, and allow for a rich exchange of ideas.
SWF welcomes ten highly acclaimed Canadian writers to the festival this year. They include Chelene Knight, a poet and creative non-fiction writer of the memoir Dear Current Occupant, which won the 2018 Vancouver Book Award, and Kamal Al-Solaylee, a Yemeni-born journalist and author of Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) and Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes.
“We are thrilled that Canada is the Country of Focus for this year’s SWF and we look forward to having our Canadian writers engage with Singapore’s passionate literary audiences,” shared H.E. Lynn McDonald, High Commissioner of Canada in Singapore. “‘A Language of Our Own’ is a theme that resonates strongly with Canada: like Singapore, we celebrate our rich linguistic and cultural diversity as a source of strength and a fundamental part of our Canadian identity. The 10 Canadian writers who will participate in SWF this year are a true representation of our country’s literary talent and our unique multi-cultural mosaic. We look forward to deepening our mutual understanding and appreciation of the power of language to promote inclusion through the meaningful programmes offered at SWF this year.”
Festival Passes are available at SGD25, and Youth Passes are available at SGD15. Festival Pass and Youth Pass holders also enjoy 20% discount on all other SWF events that are ticketed separately. Ticketing details are available at Singapore Writers Festival and on their
Continuing its quest to cultivate talented young artists from Singapore and around the region, the 7th edition of the Young Talent Programme Winners’ Solo Exhibitions 2018/19 presents newOn August 30, 2019 / By Nookmag
Continuing its quest to cultivate talented young artists from Singapore and around the region, the 7th edition of the Young Talent Programme Winners’ Solo Exhibitions 2018/19 presents new and distinctive bodies of work by three winners of the 2018 Programme at the ION Art gallery from 30 August to 15 September 2019.
The Young Talent Programme (YTP) is a joint initiative by Affordable Art Fair Singapore, which is celebrating its 10th year, together with ION Art, an all year-round art programme by ION Orchard, and supported by Jen by Shangri-La.
Headlining this year’s Winners’ Solo Exhibitions are Arya Wirawan (Indonesia), who presents Asia (A Tale To Tell); Lim Jia Qi (Singapore), showing Concrete Encounters; andLiu Ling (China) with Screen, Time. Their works draw inspiration from themes of cultural values and life, creatively articulated using woodwork, charcoal paint and concrete.
In Asia (A Tale to Tell), Arya Wirawan references folklore from Asia, where there are recurring versions of similar stories with the same moral messages and narratives. Lim Jia Qi’s Concrete Encounters is a body of artworks that encourages the rethinking of unimaginative spaces in our urban environment, most commonly associated with the ‘Singapore lifestyle’. For Screen, Time, Liu Ling reflects on how people relate with technology now and in the past.
The three artists said: “We are excited to share our new works at the Winners’ Solo Exhibitions after 10 rigorous months and guidance by our curator, Ms. Seah Tzi-Yan. It has been our absolute privilege to be in the Young Talent Programme, which provides industry mentorship where we learned to sharpen our artistic and creative skills, equipping us for our careers as artists”.
The three artists will lead tours and workshops every Wednesday and Saturday during the exhibition period at the ION Art gallery. They will also discuss their practice at a talk on Friday, 30 August.
Ms. Yeo Mui Hong, CEO of Orchard Turn Developments, said, “Through seven memorable years of the Young Talent Programme, we have continued to support promising young Asian artists in their professional development and growth and it is heartening to see how they have each grown and found success in the career path they choose. This year is a special one for us as ION Orchard celebrates a decade of wonders in bringing together the best of fashion, luxury, art and entertainment to our shoppers and visitors.”
Ms. Camilla Hewitson, Regional Managing Director Asia, Affordable Art Fair said, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with ION Art and remain committed to investing in the Young Talent Programme, which is now in its seventh year. As we mark the 10th edition of Affordable Art Fair Singapore this year, we reaffirm our pledge to foster, support, and promote Asia’s next generation of talented artists and to help them connect with the art industry, collectors, and the public.”
Since last year, the winners of the YTP were also given the opportunity to embark on a series of travelling exhibitions at Jen by Shangri-La properties across Southeast Asia, including Penang and Manila, with the final stop being Jen Tanglin Singapore, following the solo exhibitions at ION Art gallery.
The fair has showcased 53 artists since the start of YTP. Of these, ION Art has presented the solo exhibitions of 23 artists, some of whom have gone on to be commissioned and exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum.
Tink! Tink! Tink! Tink! “You see here? Where it’s not as rounded? Try curving it a little more…” Junie counsels softly amidst the deafening tinking sounds of hammersOn August 24, 2019 / By Ren
Tink! Tink! Tink! Tink! “You see here? Where it’s not as rounded? Try curving it a little more…” Junie counsels softly amidst the deafening tinking sounds of hammers against metal.
Soft spoken and modest, Junie exuded a friendly girl-next-door kind of vibe, whereas Kit, her co-founder, just screamed happy-go-lucky and larger than life with her tall stature and multicoloured hair.
Having only met Junie and Kit for the first time earlier that day, I was now able to put faces to the names of this creative pair who founded Day by They, a creator of bespoke jewellery pieces that easily double up as daily necessities. What had started a week ago as a casual “wanna-learn-to-make-a-spoon-at-a-jewellery-crafter’s-workshop?” has now piqued my interest to learn more about this local design duo, with personalities as different as night and day…
Intro to Jewellery — Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), 2010 – 2013
A chance encounter…
“I first met her in the jewellery studio at NAFA,” Kit said, referring to Junie as a petite and demure girl, typical of jewellery students in that they are seemingly stuck in their own world. Junie on the other hand, described Kit as a tall, edgy girl with an outgoing personality, before explaining that jewellery students are that way because of their assignment deadlines, which tend to leave them in a rush all the time.
With Kit majoring in Furniture, and Junie majoring in Jewellery, the pair only bumped into each other during jewellery modules and hardly conversed during their days at NAFA. As such, that would be the end of their acquaintance… Or so they thought.
3D Design — Loughborough University, 2013 – 2014
When two became one…
“By coincidence, we both took the same degree at the same university,” Junie revealed. Having since worked together in alumni exhibitions after graduation, the local design duo agreed that they shared similar ideology and decided to start a jewellery business together.
“I was so bad at Introduction to Jewellery in my first year, I couldn’t even pierce the metal in a straight line!” Kit joked, “but I did a silver chain ring for my module assignment, which I still wear almost everyday.”
Reminiscing on her past projects and the start of her interest in jewellery crafting, Kit sheds some light on making a paper knife via jewellery making techniques.
Day by They — Starbucks, 2017
“We both love good puns and were designing daily essential products (which explains ‘Day’), and decided to add ‘by They’ to refer to ourselves. If you read it fast, it sounds like the perfect pun!” Excited over the prospects of working together in a craft they both loved, the duo set out to create their first collection : “Raw Dots”.
“We usually work with designs first, and decide on the collection name after all the sketches are done,” explained the pair. “It always starts with a technique we want to explore, and we then work around it to see what we can create out of the technique,” Kit adds, “I’m thankful for a mentor like Junie, who shares her skill set with me as we practice our craft together.”
Day by They — Studio, 2018
“Don’t stop making, or you’ll lose it!” – The first road block, and more…
“Generally, both of us have been very encouraging towards each other, and have always given honest feedback, which I think is really important. But…” Junie tells a story about their first photo shoot session, which didn’t turn out quite as well as they had hoped. “We ended up picking out the good ones, and shelving the bad ones that day.”
“In all my years, I’ve worked with mixed materials such as wood, candle wax, resin, plastics, rattan, ceramic, clay… But metal smithing gives a great sense of satisfaction, especially when you polish and finish the product by hand,” Kit muses, while Junie adds that they only work with precious metals, “although we usually try to accommodate our client’s preferences if possible.”
Day by They — The Future, 2019 onwards
“An idea/design does not exist unless you execute it.” – What does the future hold?
“Because we usually design items that we want to wear daily, we try to create timeless pieces to add on to existing collections,” Junie reiterated.
While that may be the case, Kit and Junie spilled the beans on their latest work-in-progress : Mokume-gane! “There is no identical pattern, and you would be unable to duplicate the same ‘wood-grain’ like patterns on different pieces. We’re still experimenting, so stay tuned!” quipped Kit.
Copper Smithing Workshop — [email protected], 2019
Making your own spoon…
Meet the Day by They design duo as they roll up their work sleeves and teach you the basics of copper smithing.
From techniques like chasing, repoussé, metal piercing, stamping and finishing, get ready to design and create your very own copper spoon!
19 Tai Seng Ave, Level 5
31 August 2019 | 2:00pm – 6:00pm
22 September 2019 | 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Following its lit inaugural launch last year, Culture Cartel 2019 – Asia’s first and only all‑encompassing street culture convention – is coming back! Setting the stage back atOn July 18, 2019 / By Nookmag
Following its lit inaugural launch last year, Culture Cartel 2019 – Asia’s first and only all‑encompassing street culture convention – is coming back! Setting the stage back at the Singapore F1 Pit Building, this year’s convention will power the street culture scene once more over three days from 6 – 8 December 2019. The second edition promises to be bigger, better and badder, with the event space spanning 15,000 sq. ft. across three stories.
Organised by Culture Cartel Pte Ltd, last year’s two-day convention saw the participation of over 200 exhibitors and artists, encompassing sub-cultures of Art, Toys, Fashion and Tattoo,and attracted over 12,000 attendees. A power-packed line-up of exhilarating and interactive activities, performances and talks also featured renowned artists including Stash, Gakkin, Nissaco, Joshua Vides, Whatshisname, and Alex Face, just to name a few. This year, Culture Cartel aims to attract 18,000 attendees from Singapore as well as abroad.
“We are very grateful for the phenomenal support and positive reception of Culture Cartel last year from all areas, especially the media, participants and partners. This year, we are driven to bring in an even more exciting line-up of brands, collaborations and exclusives from Singapore as well as overseas.”
– Jeremy Tan, Convention Director of Culture Cartel.
Here is a look back at three key highlights and firsts of Culture Cartel 2018 :
What was it like to use technology as a canvas?
Imagine walking through your illustrated world and looking at it from a stereoscopic side!
Getting inked and inspired by well-known tattoo artists around the region.
As part of the collaboration with Mercedes-Benz,
the luxury car maker worked with one of Culture Cartel’s headliners
– American contemporary and street artist Joshua Vides –
to showcase their newly-launched Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
All toys need is a stage to shine!
In support of local collectors,
Culture Cartel provided a platform for toy lovers to showcase their prized collections –
no doubt a feast for the eyes of fellow collectors and fans alike.
CULTURE CARTEL 2019
Singapore F1 Pit Building
6 – 8 Dec 2019 (Fri – Sun)
6 Dec: 6pm – 10pm
7 Dec: 11am – 10pm
8 Dec: 11am – 10pm
Groove, Dance and have a Play-Full Day Out this June holidays at the Goodman Open House 2019 (#GoodmanOpenHouse). To be held on 22 June at Singapore’s largest artsOn June 17, 2019 / By Nookmag
Groove, Dance and have a Play-Full Day Out this June holidays at the Goodman Open House 2019 (#GoodmanOpenHouse). To be held on 22 June at Singapore’s largest arts enclave, Goodman Arts Centre, the annual family-friendly arts festival invites all to enjoy and experience diverse art forms through play. With free admission to the festival grounds, performances, a Goodman Market to shop and fuel up at, workshops and more, get set for an arty fun Saturday, rain or shine.
With a new theme “Music, Dance and Play”, the one-day festival and Open House will focus on participative music and movement performances. Goodman Arts Centre’s resident artists and arts groups will showcase over 30 different workshops and performances throughout the day. Due to encouraging response and capacity caps, various ticketed workshops and programmes are filling up fast. Families who are keen are advised to enquire at the festival grounds for limited slots, on a first come first served basis.
Experience the art of Story-telling, Dance, and have an Artsy Trick/Treat
Unwind after a hectic week and get ready to laugh, cheer and be moved through play at Goodman Open House 2019. With free performances happening throughout the day ranging from sing-along and storytelling sessions to puppetry productions, both juniors and adults alike can dive into an immersive artsy experience.
Head over to Goodman Arts Centre’s Open Field to pick up hand gestures as stories come alive at the outdoor storytelling session, Storytelling through Indian Hand Gestures by Apsaras Arts. Jam along to live musicians performing old and new songs with ethnic instruments at the Music Jamboree. Dance along to a traditional live music band and enjoy the outdoor performance of “Joget Joget,” by ERA Dance Theatre. Listen to the musical adaption of the popular children’s story, Three Little Pigs, with a twist at the Quartz Quartz by the Philharmonic Winds’. Dance along to familiar Chinese and English pop tunes at the Dicapella Goes Pop!, featuring a quintet of three Chinese flutists, one percussionist and a keyboardist. Music lovers can also catch a drumming performance of African drums at Upbeat!.
Check out activities such as Caricature Drawing, Face Painting and Community Batik by Kamal Arts as the hours roll by. Team up with friends and family in a series of games at Giant Games where you can put your memory skills to the test and show off your best dance moves.
Hungry for a treat? Make a pit stop at the Goodman Market, a mini food and art marketplace, as well as 12 vendors such as Island Surfer, Coffee Bandits and Travelling Cow offering an assortment of treats including artisanal goods and baby merchandise.
Continue the playful exploration indoors with curated music and dance performances, as families with toddlers can check out NADAM By Little Creatures, an interactive musical performance by SAtheCollective for little ones to experiment with musical instruments and explore sounds and musical ideas. Families with older children can catch Hug The Tree, a puppetry performance by Paper Monkey Theatre. Inspired by an old Indian folktale, the performance follows a group of villagers’ quest to save trees from being felled. Embark on a journey to faraway lands through tales of music and sound in a story-telling session for the whole family with Once Upon A Story by The Storytelling Centre. Celebrate with Rama and Sita in a dance-drama piece in Sita’s Magical Forest by Apsaras Arts, a story of their trials and triumphs through their adventures.
Be an Artist for a Day
Step into the open studios of some of the resident artists at Goodman Arts Centre and learn more about their artmaking processes. Unlock the creative potential at drop-in workshops ranging from creating personal scents to Chinese ink painting.
Mix, match and print on cards with an assortment of hand-carved rubber stamps at the Stamp Printing Workshop by Artefakts. Rubber stamp collectors and fans can also check out the Make A Good Impression workshop by Artefakts, to learn the basics of stamp carving and painting.
Families with kids aged 7 years and older can check out two workshops by Goodman Ceramics Studio. Exploring the beauty of glass materials, participants can create useful decorative art at the Make your First Wind-Chime and Make your own Glass Brooch or Fridge Magnet workshops.
Comics lovers and aspiring digital illustrators can glean practical tips on how to improve their colouring skills and share comics and manga images at the How to Colour Comics Digitally hands-on workshop. Supported by Lenovo and organised by the Association for Comic Arts Singapore, the workshop is suitable for participants of ages 10 and above. In Chinese Ink Painting – The Thousand Year Art, participants can learn more from artist Steven Fang about this traditional art form and start on their first Chinese ink art pieces!
Enjoy the sensory satisfaction of creating personalised Signature Scents with Native Orchids of Singapore at the How It’s Made – Perfumes workshop by homegrown and artisanal perfumery Je T’aime Perfumery. Participants will bring home the scents in a customised bottle.
Families can also learn the building blocks to create their own stories for the stage at the Build-A-Story workshop. Facilitated by Associate Artists from Checkpoint Theatre, parents and their children can learn how to fire their imagination at this interactive session.
Be Inspired by Creativity Talks by Artists and Parents
Learn more about A Little Raw’s inclusive creative movement programme at Sharing A Raw Moment with You. The talk will feature a main facilitator from the inclusive young dance company as well as a mother of 3 sharing about their experiences.
Parents can also sit in for Respecting Our Children’s Being Through Artful Play, a sharing session by Natalie Alexandra Tse, Co-Founder of SAtheCollective and LittleCreaturesbySA as she reflects on her experiences as a mother of a young boy and how it has shaped her artistic practice.
Goodman Open House 2019 will be held at Goodman Arts Centre on 22 June, from 11am to 5pm. Public admission for all programmes is free.
Committed to inspire young, curious minds through art, National Gallery Singapore, presents the Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder from no to 29 December. Through 11 interactive andOn May 30, 2019 / By Nookmag
Committed to inspire young, curious minds through art, National Gallery Singapore, presents the Gallery Children’s Biennale 2019: Embracing Wonder from no to 29 December. Through 11 interactive and multi-dimensional artworks by 13 Singapore and Southeast Asian artists, this year’s Gallery Children’s Biennale aims to spark curiosity in our young visitors about the world around them, encourage openness to discover diversity, and imagine new possibilities.
Expanding on the theme of ‘Embracing Wonder’, this edition of Gallery Children’s Biennale goes beyond imaginative play to unfold new layers of discovery through art that articulates the power of acceptance, belonging and openness. Inspired by a child’s unfettered imagination and ability to embrace all things new, the works will activate their senses and reignite their sense of curiosity, excitement and wonder.
Inspiring Curiosity About Our World
Several artworks anchor on exploring nature to encourage imaginative play. Visitors can embark on a wonderous journey into the unknown with Stardust: Soaring Through the Sky’s Embrace. As visitors cross the 16-metre bridge, they can peer down into what looks like an endless rock formation that glimmers and glows, as they encounter a galaxy of cosmic elements. This will be the third iteration of this bridge installation by Mark Justiniani since its launch in 2017 – and he has since been invited to participate in the Venice Biennale this year.
Singaporean artists, Hazel Lim-Schlegel and Andreas Schlegel continue the sensory adventure in The Oort Cloud and the Blue Mountain, engaging visitors through a 3D motion-activated wall-relief artwork with LED lights, sounds, handmade objects and sensors that are inspired by landscapes and objects from the cosmos.
In Every World, Donna Ong leads visitors to five magical landscapes – comprising English and Tropical gardens, as well as worlds of the cactus, mushroom, underwater, and the underground. Individually put together using hundreds of paper cut-outs in five frosted domes, visitors can enter each intricate world to experience the magic. The journey continues in BIG HUG by husband-wife duo, Milenko & Delia Prvački, where visitors are introduced to big ideas that connect us to a diverse world of everyday scenes. Through a combined use of painting and ceramics, children can learn about the concepts of family, friendship and teamwork. Children can also imagine themselves in different professions and take part in activities that inspire compassion and empathy.
Discovering Diversity Around Us
The Gallery Children’s Biennale also introduces visitors to other cultures. Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho’s Kenangan Kunang-Kunang (Memories of Fireflies) will centre on six Damar Kurung, which are traditional paper lanterns that depict scenes from everyday Javanese life, to illustrate important values such as peace, love and care. In The Other Wall, Burmese artists Nge Lay and Aung Ko provide a rare glimpse into a typical Burmese childhood. Young visitors are invited to enter two traditional Burmese homes plated entirely in gold, where they can be further introduced to a selection of the country’s folktales presented as hand-carved woodcuts and narrated voiceovers (in English and Burmese).
Harnessing Imagination to Create Something New
Finally, see art in a different light as some of them take on a new lease of life. A new work titled Chance Operations by Song-Ming Ang, who is Singapore’s representative at the 2019 Venice Biennale, will inspire visitors to create unexpected sounds with a colourful formation of wind chimes and ping pong balls. Meanwhile, Singapore writer, Lorraine Tan and illustrator, Eric Wong, will bring their book, Karung Guni Boy to life with The Story of Karung Guni Boy, where young visitors put on their ‘tinkering caps’ to create new inventions out of recycled materials.
Staying true to its mantra of ‘Children first, parents second!’, the Keppel Centre for Art Education will also see three reimagined spaces to introduce children to art at an early age and spark new ways of learning. One in particular is Dayung Sampan – be your own captain on deck by Singaporean sculptor, Zainudin Samsuri at the Project Gallery. Inspired by Malay proverbs, visitors can come on board and interact with sculptures such as large propellers, a giant foot resembling a sampan, and a birdcage with a view of limitless imagination. This will be complemented by the revamped Children’s Museum which hosts a Sculpture Studio and an interactive digital game where visitors can create and exhibit a ‘virtual’ sculpture.
In conjunction with the Gallery Children’s Biennale, there will be a series of films presented in collaboration with Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, alongside other exciting tours and artist-led workshops.
General admission applies for the Gallery Children’s Biennale. For more details, visit www.childrensbiennale.com
Welcome to Maduro, a listening lounge and bar dreamt up by a man we call Mr. P that’s devoted to preserving the virtuosity of the classics – bothOn May 25, 2019 / By Nookmag
Welcome to Maduro, a listening lounge and bar dreamt up by a man we call Mr. P that’s devoted to preserving the virtuosity of the classics – both genres and libations alike. To some, Maduro is a wine and whisky connoisseur’s dream come true. To others, a listening lounge devoted to preserving the virtuosity of the classics – both genres and libations alike. To those in the know, Maduro is their own secret slice of heaven on earth. According to old Spanish etymology, Maduro depicts an act “to ripen, mature”.
In an alternate reality not too far off from the present, Maduro is really the sum of all the best parts that maketh a man none other than Mr. P, a silver haired enigma who runs in two circles that couldn’t be worlds apart – among musicians as one of Singapore’s most profitable pianist in the 80’s, and amongst the top brass as the gracious host of one too many hazy evenings behind closed doors. At Maduro, his first love runs deep and reverberates through a live music programme that is fiercely classicist by nature, intriguing at times; an enviable bar stocked with scotch and whiskeys of worldly persuasion, wine vintages few and far between, and the occasional newfangled concoction; and an invite-only private den where deals are made, secrets traded, and indulgences are enlivened day through night.
Fashioned after its Mr. P’s storied musical past and present, the music programme is fiercely classicist by nature, intriguing at times; with two live music nights—1819 Tuesdays and Tiara Friday Club—both cheeky nods to the venues where Mr. P used to perform, and each infused with its own groove and flavour.
1819 Tuesdays is a weekly Tuesday live music night with an experimental edge, named in tribute to Restaurant 1819, the crowning continental splendour of Tuan Sing Towers that hosted one of Mr. P’s first gigs as a performing musician in the 80’s. In the spirit of paying it forward, Mr. P enlists the help of acclaimed jazz pianist Tan Wei Xiang to dedicate Maduro’s stage—for one night a week—to showcase the next generation of musicians. While his intercontinental performance credit may have seen him play alongside some of the biggest names in the world of jazz, Wei Xiang is now investing his talents in grooming the next generation of homegrown musicians as a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts.
Rounding up a roster of talented young musicians each week who are deserving and capable of performing on the world stage, the first week will see The Steve McQueen’s former percussionist Aaron James Lee and freelance bassist Kenji Nakano—both members of local jazz quartet DasGeFoo—join Wei Xiang in debuting his weekly jam sessions dedicated to unearth, appreciate, and provide a platform for new expressions of age-old genres that will one day form the foundation of future classics – and their budding purveyors.
TAN WEI XIANG
Wei Xiang is without a doubt one of the lions of the Singapore jazz scene. A latecomer into jazz, Wei Xiang started piano studies at 15 and jazz at 21 when he was in law school, but has come a long way since then. A protege of Thelonius Monk’s bassist Victor Gaskin, Wei Xiang quickly established himself as one of Singapore’s most talented jazz pianists and composers, with an intercontinental performance credit of playing alongside some the biggest names in the world of jazz—from mainstream jazz artistes like James Morrison, Stanley Jordan and Dave Samuels; to world-renowned music giants like kanjira exponent V. Selvaganesh and American Shakuhachi player John Kaizan—his performance even lauded by piano virtuoso Jean-Michel Pilc as ‘ruthlessly inventive’. Now investing his talents in grooming the next generation of homegrown musicians, Wei Xiang is the Associate Music Director for Jazz Association of Singapore, lectures at LASALLE College of the Arts, and helms a special live music weeknight in Maduro dedicated to showcasing talented young musicians who are deserving and capable of performing on the world stage.
AARON JAMES LEE
Trained in the percussions since young, Aaron has been making his mark both locally and internationally in the jazz and soul circles. A former member of local jazz band The Steve Mcqueens, Aaron has also worked with many local artistes such as Chok Kerong, Tan Wei Xiang, Andrew Lim, Joanna Dong and Jeremy Monteiro, as well as the pleasure of performing with internationally renowned musicians such as Ernie Watts (US) & Alex Sipiagin (NYC).
Kenji Nakano is a freelance electric and upright bassist who, fresh into his career, already count veteran bassists Andrew Lim, Joshua Wan, Chok Kerong and Tony Mackarom as his mentors. Graduating from Singapore Polytechnic’s Diploma in Music & Audio Technology course as the outgoing president of the institute’s jazz band CCA, Kenji made the decision to pursue jazz professionally and picked up the upright bass while serving his National Service, this beginning his musical journey. As an active performing musician, Kenji is part of DasGeFoo, a jazz quartet comprising local musicians Audrey Tengkey, Aaron James Lee and Sean Hong Wei, while continuing to play with talented local musicians in today’s scene as a freelance bassist.
40C Harding Road, Level 3
Tuesday, 28 May 2019
9:00pm to 12:00am
“OMG! You have a Hello Kitty Instax? I’ve seen a Minions one too recently, it was so cute!” Yes, I gushed. Even though I can’t really be consideredOn April 3, 2019 / By Ren
“OMG! You have a Hello Kitty Instax? I’ve seen a Minions one too recently, it was so cute!”
Yes, I gushed. Even though I can’t really be considered a Hello Kitty or Minions fan-girl, I do admit I find my eyes drifting toward some of the merchandise featuring the kawaii mouth-less kitty and mutant… Umm… Bananas?… at times. Nevertheless, I was instantly corrected by Brandon, the founder of OKB Polaroid Store.
“This is not an Instax. It’s a Polaroid.” (Cue: Roll eyes toward the noob who can’t tell an Instax and Polaroid apart.)
“Umm… So what’s the difference? Isn’t Instax just another Polaroid brand?” That was the moment I was schooled in the many misconceptions of the Polaroid world, and how everything else came to light…
No stranger to Polaroids, Brandon Ong started his eponymous brand five years ago and promotes Polaroid photography as part of his passion project, which was ignited by a family photo taken 15 years before OKB Polaroid Store was founded. In his spare time and during events, he also enjoys giving advice to other photography enthusiasts about Polaroids in general.
“Polaroids and Instax are both instant cameras made by different brands. However, if you compare the photos produced by both cameras, Polaroid photos generally are square in size, whereas an Instax (Mini) is roughly the size of a business or credit card and can fit nicely into pockets or wallets.” Brandon explains enthusiastically. While this is so, he also reiterates that this distinguishing feature may no longer always be true nowadays, as there are a variety of photo sizes, such as the Instax Wide, which may cause the average instant-photo fan to confuse one photo type for the other (i.e. the Instax Wide measures at a slightly larger size compared to a typical Polaroid photo).
He also adds that “another difference is that the images these two cameras produce are also different in terms of development time and colours,” while referring to the difference between the general mood and quality of the two types of images. What this means is, in general, a Polaroid photo typically takes a longer time to develop compared to an Instax photo. In contrast, a Polaroid photo also has an “old school feel” to its images, characterised by slightly blurred, moody images with warm reddish colour tones, whereas Instax photos are generally “flatter” and have cooler bluish based colour hues. Additionally, while Polaroid images develop from a dark background to a coloured photo, Instax images in contrast start off white before developing into the coloured images we expect to see.
“Polaroids, like most other vintage cameras, are generally easy to use and are great for simple point and shoot cameras, capturing instant moments onto film and developing almost immediately in front of the user.” This then leaves the toughest part of capturing the perfect image to the eye behind the camera; namely, the person doing the framing. “Other than multiple exposures or Polaroid manipulation, Polaroids are hard to master as they have a slight parallax error, which means the photo taken can often be slightly off centre.” Gesturing to one of the Polaroids in his 70-strong collection, Brandon reminded me that it takes time to really understand the camera in hand, in order to find the right angle when shooting the ideal photo. “Framing is difficult, but it’s a skill [required for] all types of photography,” he reiterates.
The downside to this process however, is that the only way to really test a camera is to put in a pack of film. “Wasting film can get me pretty annoyed as each pack of film is expensive. Essentially, the battery in the pack will power a camera, and if some of these cameras haven’t been used for years, they may get weird sometimes.” He further explains that hiccups such as having the camera shoot multiple films nonstop, or experiencing the camera fire a single shot before getting jammed by “sucking up all the power”, are normal occurrences in these situations.
“But, aren’t Polaroids considered ‘old school’ cameras then? So Instax is now considered the new Polaroid?” While I didn’t have much interest in cameras in general, I was beginning to see beyond the hype around Polaroids and Instax cameras with their cute outer faces and fancy photo frames. “Also, what’s with the whole ‘shake it like a Polaroid picture’ deal? Does it really develop faster?”
As soon as I asked, I could practically see Brandon making an effort not to roll his eyes at my cliche statement. “When people take a Polaroid photo for the first time, they often feel the need to shake it as they assume shaking will help the photo to develop faster. In fact, this act became so iconic that it was mentioned in a popular song by Outkast…” he trailed off before adding that, perhaps because the first Polaroid prints from the early ’50s came out of the camera as wet prints, it was possible that shaking might have helped to dry the film more rapidly at the time, in order to make the image appear like magic.
Since the first Polaroid camera surfaced in the late 1940s, Polaroids are still in production and constantly have new additions to the lineup, with the latest being developed in 2018. As Brandon further introduced me to his impressive collection spanning the entire history of Polaroids, he reminisced about the time when his brand was newly founded; when his simple goal was just to provide local shooters with affordable film and trusted cameras. This goal slowly evolved over the years to include building up a local community of Polaroid enthusiasts in a marketplace where many before and after him have tried and failed.
“In all my years dealing with Polaroids, these cameras have connected me with many people, and every photo holds both a nostalgic and magical factor.” Thus saying, Brandon took a snap of our surroundings. As we waited for the photo to develop, he smiled and confided that the best part of Polaroids is that they are fun and easy to use, great for gatherings, and ultimately, we would get to keep a photo of the moment while chatting as the image develops.
“It’s a very humanistic touch; the capturing of a social moment as it’s developing.
There’s also no second chance, and you won’t be able to redo the moment.
Call it instant gratification.”
Step through the looking glass into a curious world of whimsical adventures at ArtScience Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Wonderland, opening on 13 April. Developed by Australian Centre for theOn March 23, 2019 / By Nookmag
Step through the looking glass into a curious world of whimsical adventures at ArtScience Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Wonderland, opening on 13 April.
Developed by Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Wonderland is a playful and interactive exhibition for all ages based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories of Alice and her adventures through Wonderland, and will make Singapore’s ArtScience Museum the first stop of its global tour.
A one-of-a-kind exhibition, Wonderland follows Alice’s journey through popular culture, and invites visitors to take a trip through the looking glass into an immersive, enchanted world. Using theatrical sets, bold, interactive environments, eye-catching props and amazing audiovisual artworks, this exhibition spectacularly conjures up the surprising and magical world of Alice and her adventures.
The exhibition reveals how artists and filmmakers have portrayed Alice and her story for over a century. Since her first appearance on the page in 1865, Alice has delighted audiences in more than 40 films and over 30 television programmes, and has become a subcultural icon through her presence in music videos, video games, high fashion, advertising and more.
Drawing together a remarkable selection of original behind-the-scenes material, the exhibition includes over 300 artefacts and objects, including first edition books, drawings, original costumes, films, magic lantern projectors, animation, puppetry, and original work by theatrical designer Anna Tregloan, and digital creative studios, Sandpit, Grumpy Sailor and Mosster Studio.
“Wonderland is an exhibition that has to be experienced to be believed. It is every bit as fantastical as the original texts by Lewis Carroll, which have enthralled and inspired generations of readers since they first published over 150 years ago. Visitors will truly step into Alice’s imaginary landscape, meeting the fantastical talking creatures made famous in the much-loved stories, and exploring her world in creative and immersive rooms, that reward curiosity. There are secret doorways to find, mysterious drawers to rummage through, winding corridors to navigate, unusual props to climb inside, and incredible digital experiences which allow visitors to see the story of Alice come to life. In Wonderland, reality is suspended. The more curious you are, the more you’ll discover,” said Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum.
“This ACMI-created exhibition showcases the moving image adaptations of Carroll’s seminal works celebrating the evolution of filmmaking, from the earliest optical toys through to new technologies. With Wonderland, ACMI’s interactive exhibition enables audiences to explore the magic of film craft and its power to embed stories in our imaginations for generations. We are so thrilled to see the exhibition brought to life at ArtScience Museum,” said ACMI CEO and Director, Katrina Sedgwick.
Wonderland takes its inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s stories, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There. These stories have been adapted dozens of times for the screen over a century, which makes the history of Alice in Wonderland on screen, a way of being able to trace the history of moving image. The exhibition charts the cultural, technological and social shifts that have compelled filmmakers to create their own visual interpretation of Alice and her adventures.
From the first screen adaptation by Cecil M Hepworth in 1903 to the contemporary blockbusters of the 2000s, Wonderland also showcases the developments in special effects from pre-cinematic entertainment to silent film, animation to puppetry, live-action cinema, CGI, 3D and beyond. As such, films such as Lou Bunin’s Alice Au Pays des Merveilles (1949), Jan Svankmajer’s acclaimed Alice (1988), the Quay Brothers’ experimental Alice in Not So Wonderland (2007), and television versions by broadcasters BBC and NBC will also be featured in the exhibition.
The Wonderland Experience
The exhibition starts out in Lewis Carroll’s drawing room, where visitors will be handed their own Lost Map of Wonderland. The map serves as a physical interactive tool which allows visitors to explore the exhibition in unique and surprising ways.
The exhibition continues through the Hallway of Doors, followed by the contemplative surrounds of the Pool of Tears, the quirky Looking Glass House, before visitors are invited to get hands-on in the Queen’s Croquet Ground.
A highlight of the exhibition is an immersive centerpiece where visitors are invited to join in the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Seated around a table set with empty plates and tea cups, visitors will participate in an audiovisual feast as the room transforms in real time with captivating digital projections.
The exhibition, through its playful environments and a range of bespoke digital interactive activities, will draw visitors into an enchanted world where expectations are upended and curiosity is rewarded.
Wonderland will run from 13 April to 22 September 2019.
Tickets are available for purchase from 1 April at all Marina Bay Sands box offices and website.
* Terms and Conditions apply.
Pangdemonium presents the world priemere of This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls. This is an explosive, new original work inspired by the #MeToo movement, written by SingaporeOn March 19, 2019 / By Nookmag
Pangdemonium presents the world priemere of This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls. This is an explosive, new original work inspired by the #MeToo movement, written by Singapore playwright Ken Kwek (award-winning director of Unlucky Plaza). A provocative and polarizing play, This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls is unabashedly bold and brutally honest.
As tidal waves of sexual assault allegations brought against powerful and influential men gained traction, women and men found their voices. Issues once considered taboo have been brought to the forefront for discussion. This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls was created from interviews with over a hundred women and men. “This play is partly a journey of my own reckoning with the #metoo movement. I see this as being as much a men’s issue -if not more so – as it a women’s issue.” says Ken Kwek.
In this dawn of female empowerment and gender equality that is galvanising our society, This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls is a timely new play that will pull apart preconceptions, confound conspiracy theories, and make you question yourself and the people you think you know.
This Is What Happens To Pretty Girls
Drama Centre Theatre
100 Victoria Street
10 – 26 May 2019
Asia’s definitive music and arts festival, Skechers Sundown Festival, is back in Singapore for its 10th edition — and the event’s biggest to date. Organised by Red SpadeOn March 12, 2019 / By Nookmag
Asia’s definitive music and arts festival, Skechers Sundown Festival, is back in Singapore for its 10th edition — and the event’s biggest to date.
Organised by Red Spade Entertainment and presented by Skechers, the festival brings to our island an exhilarating line-up of music performances and art installations. Evolved into a larger-than-life 3D2N party, Skechers Sundown Festival has musically united 11 countries from around the region since 2014 to generate hype amongst festival goers, and bridge the diversity of Asian countries. This year’s lineup is a full-blown participation from the countries across music, arts, culture and food. Catch award winning design architects, films and musicians representing China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Vincent Leung, President of Skechers Southeast Asia says “It brings us great pleasure to be the title sponsor of Sundown Festival this year. Skechers has always been supportive of the music industry and we’re excited to showcase Asia music and culture to the world through this one-of-a-kind mega festival.”
A WONDERLAND LIKE NO OTHER
Skechers Sundown Festival’s tagline, “Asia Music Wonderland”, aims to unite people with curious and imaginative spirits. Designed for anyone with a love for Asian music and its diverse entertainment scene, the festival is programmed to celebrate all things Asian, and promote its values and spirit during the 3D2N event — through music, food, art, and culture.
Kelvin Goh and Samantha Chan, co-founders of Skechers Sundown Festival shared that the festival celebrates Asian talent and diversity with a stellar lineup of international music acts representing Asian roots. The time for Asia is now and together with Skechers, they are committed to transforming local dreams to global footprints — something that they see as an important value-add for the performers.
With more than 50 Asian artists at the NC-16 festival, and fronted by veteran music artists, the stages are set to be lit. Look forward to the heavy metal prowess of Crossfaith (Japan) and DJ Laidback Luke (Philippines), hip-hop tunes from MFBTY (South Korea) and Higher Brothers (China), and the melodic crooning from Charlie Lim (Singapore). Other performers include DJ KoFlow (Singapore), DJ Shogun (Taiwan), Henry Fong (China), and many more.
GOING BEYOND MUSIC
In addition to music, Skechers Sundown Festival takes pride in its curated collaboration of Asian content creators from the art and film industries. Expect larger than life art installations of the wonderland theme that drives home the message of our environmental crisis in Asia curated by Borneo Laboratory, led by Wendy Teo. Inspired by its pristine nature, the spirit of Borneo is all about being conscientious and holistic in action. It is the same spirit has established harmony, conversation and symbiosis between man and nature. Borneo Laboratory is interested in infusing this spirit into cross-regional collaborations that manifest empathetic, universal values. As a ‘design and make’ laboratory, Borneo Laboratory is interested in realising truthful actions as evidence of the positive changes we need to see in the modern world.
Wendy Teo, founder and curator of Borneo Laboratory, says: “Conventionally people do not associate the environment with entertainment. We see a need to change that through collaboration with game changers from different disciplines. We also see the need to talk about the elephant in the room, namely the carbon footprint that a number of festivals have created, despite being depicted as environmentally conscious and enlightening.’’
On the Saturday of Skechers Sundown Festival, film buffs can also enjoy two award-winning films by Anticipate Pictures — Japanese drama-comedy which won 2nd prize in the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival, Oh Lucy!, featuring Josh Hartnett, and Chinese animated dark comedy film which won the Best Animation at the Golden Horse Award, Have A Nice Day.
Vincent Quek, CEO of Anticipate Pictures, says: “Oh Lucy! is one of those bittersweet tales you won’t soon forget – a dramedy anchored by a profound sense of growing older and rediscovering one’s zest for life and love. Have A Nice Day on the other hand is an animated black comedy Pulp Fiction style of all these memorable characters chasing down a stolen bag of money set in contemporary China. Together our two films should give Sundown audiences much to cry, laugh and be moved!.”
Rudolph Van der Ven, festival producer of Skechers Sundown Festival, says: “We’re looking forward to not only the diversity and culmination of the arts, but also I am particularly excited to have M17 Entertainment streaming artists such as IVI partake in this year’s festival to showcase the evolution of musicians. It’s such a breakthrough for Singapore — the combination of music, food and fashion stalls, art installations, and film screenings will be phenomenal.”
THE WORLD WATCHES ON
Held at Siloso Beach Sentosa, the event ground is staged to showcase a vibrant wonderland. Festival goers have the option of flitting between the three main stages, named Utopia, Nirvana, and Eden, with utmost ease.
The 10th edition of Skechers Sundown Festival also aims to bring the festival to the global community. M17 Entertainment — Sundown Festival’s digital partner — will send six of their best-performing streamers to Siloso Beach Sentosa for the event, ensuring that a wider network of people is able to participate in the fun via live streaming. IVI, their established all-female pop act will be making their debut in Singapore at Sundown Festival and the other top five streamers will compete for a performing slot through an online competition on 17 Media app.
Jessie Wu, head of marketing and vice-president of M17 Entertainment, says: “As a leader in the social entertainment space, we are delighted to showcase top-notch talents from our platform as well as our technical capabilities to amplify Skechers Sundown Festival experience and bring the festival ‘live’ to our global community of 40 million users. The synergy is far-reaching as we are committed to a similar mission – to enable meaningful connections and empower talents through a widely accessible live entertainment stage and premium live content.”
To cap off the festival vibes, there will be 50 spaces allocated to Freedom Camp, where enthusiasts can pitch their own tent for the duration of the festival. Alternatively, enjoy a lap of luxury at Campville, a dedicated 3D2N full-board glamping experience. The plush bell tents will be furnished with four single beds, fresh linen and towels, and accommodate up to four people per tent. Each tent will also come with a carton of beer and two bottles of champagne for the perfect evening unwind. Limited to 50 luxury tents only.
Sundown Festival will run from Friday, 19 April 2019 to Sunday, 21 April 2019 at Siloso Beach Sentosa.
Ticketing charges are as follows:
Tickets can be purchased here. All participants must be at least 16 years of age.
The Singapore Urban Design Festival is back this year, bigger than ever, with a series of exciting events lined up all through the weekend, from 14 to 17On February 26, 2019 / By Nookmag
The Singapore Urban Design Festival is back this year, bigger than ever, with a series of exciting events lined up all through the weekend, from 14 to 17 March! The latest edition combines a three-day innovation talks and a whole weekend of fun, entertainment and music, all atop an underutilized multistorey carpark in the Jalan Besar district.
Of course, no festival is complete without some live entertainment, food, and activities. With the lineup scheduled for the weekend festivities, there is bound to be something for everyone!
Rooftop Roller Disco
A perennial favourite, this edition of Roller Disco comes with a twist. Held in a carpark for the first time ever, no one will be hatin’ on you this time while you’re rollin’ to your heart’s content! Whether you are sixteen or sixty, let your hair down and relive the 80s! Quad skates are available for rent for free.
Party all night with DJs like Stephen Day, Muto Masashi (Ice Cream Sundays), Orio Leshem (Fat Fish Familia) and many more, as they put on a heart thumping, adrenaline-inducing, and show-stopping mix for you to dance the night away.
Be prepared to be electrified and energised by these up-and-coming locals acts as they tear up the stage!
Headlining the festival are Masia One, MHC, and Forests. Singapore born, Canadian raised rapper Masia One draws influences from all around the world in her tracks, and is reconnecting with her Asian roots to re-emerge as the Far East Empress. Having collaborated with major international artists, toured the world and headlined festivals, watch as she delivers a straight fire set worthy of a true Far East Empress.
Hip-hop collective Mediocre Haircut Crew (MHC) – a testament to their bad hairdos – are slowly but surely making a mark in the local rap scene. With their raw, real, self-penned lyrics, killer delivery and sick beats, these boys are definitely here to stay!
Blending 90s-influenced emo with math-pop perfection, Forests has a sound that is a familiar yet excitingly fresh breath of rock. Having been on the scene since mid-2014, and performed both at home and at legendary venues overseas, you can expect a riotic, frantic and fun live set from these boys!
Kick back, relax and chill with these singer-songwriters! Spotify’s New Music Friday Singapore cover-lister, YAØ who rides on a feel-good vibe to enrapture the listener, Joie Tan who released her namesake debut album “Joie” last year, and Boston-based LEW who has garnered over 2.1 million plays on Spotify with his debut album “Lullacry”, will be there to bring you some of their best soothing hits you never knew you needed. Blending together eclectic mix of genres, Retrofocus is also here to inject some new flavour with their unique tunes and punchy sounds!
Expect them and many more acts like Royal Estate, Dreebsby, Highcøast and Viceboy to rock the stage and groove through the night with you!
The future is in your hands, figuratively and literally, with these workshops!
Ever wondered how we can turn underutilized spaces in our overpopulated and human-dense society into useful and profitable areas? Learn, create and share with Correnti Studios in “Urban Farming in Underutilised Spaces”, 15 March from 4-6pm, about the possibilities of having small greenhouse spaces in unconventional places to grow fruits and vegetables!
How might we design our homes for the ways in which Singaporeans want to live their lives? What do you value, and what do you desire? AGENCY is bringing you “Imagining the Future of Our Living Spaces in Singapore” on 16 March, from 4-6pm. Come brainstorm, discuss, and envision your own ideal future living space out of sustainable materials provided!
Under Armour, the originator of performance footwear, apparel, and equipment, will also be conducting 4 wellness workshops, no experience required! Bring down your yoga mats, join either the HITT, Yoga Jam, Bootcamp (Core or Tabatha), or Crossfit classes, and be prepared to sweat it all out!
Food & Beverages
Feeling hungry because you had too much fun? Go for Maille’s selection of gourmet sandwiches! Served using only the finest ingredients and its famed premium mustard and vinegar to create daring flavors, these are guaranteed to make your meal memorable!
Or go for W Hotel’s Slow Smoked Wagyu Brisket, and pair it with the hotel’s selection of uniquely named cocktails, such as Secret Mermaid and W Sling Sling!
Hendrick’s Gin will be also there serving deliciously super premium gin, made with a number of unusual twists to deliver a most curious arrangement. Scotland-made, small batch distilled, their gin is made with infusions of cucumber and rose petals, alongside a blend of 11 botanicals, producing a wonderfully refreshing gin with a delightfully floral aroma. Connoisseurs, rejoice!
If you’re feeling healthy or simply just want to quench your thirst, cold-pressed juices are an option! Sustenir Agriculture is a local vertical farm that grows quality and highly nutritious farm-to-table fresh produce, without exposure to soil, pesticides, air pollution and heavy metals!
The cold pressed juices from Ugly Food, on the other hand, are made with a good cause. In an effort to encourage the reduction of food wastage, fresh produce from the trash is saved and transformed into delicious and nutritious products. Talk about being committed to practicing what you preach!
Urban Design Innovation Talks
There will also be a three-day summit from 14 to 16 March, where 40 distinguished speakers and panelists will come together to talk sustainable development on resources, mobility and people, through the lens of technology. Catch renowned speakers such as Amine Kamel (Vice President of Urban Mobility and Autonomous Driving Bosch Southeast Asia) as he sheds light on “Urban Mobility in Transition” and many more!
If you have ever wondered what our future cities might look like and the problems we might face, thought about what we can do to stretch our existing resources, or help make a difference, come join the discussion and be part of the movement!
Singapore Urban Design Festival
Jalan Besar Sports Centre Multi-Storey Carpark
The buzz generated by the Singapore Bicentennial 2019 has ignited curiosity and much re-evaluation about Singapore’s long and rich history. Yet what does (de)colonisation truly mean, and canOn February 17, 2019 / By Nookmag
The buzz generated by the Singapore Bicentennial 2019 has ignited curiosity and much re-evaluation about Singapore’s long and rich history. Yet what does (de)colonisation truly mean, and can we ever be free from it fetters? The Necessary Stage’s (TNS) ground-breaking and audacious new production, Civilised, challenges us to examine the complexities of colonialism and colonisation – not only of the past, but also its manifestations in our world today.
Haresh Sharma, TNS’ Resident Playwright, elaborates, “What stood out for me is the fact that we are living very ‘colonised’ lives, often without even knowing it. Civilised, as with many TNS plays, provides more questions than answers. But the journey for the audients will be riotous and fun.”
As the 120th play written by Sharma in his career, Civilised is one for which research was exceptionally intense. Remarking on the “never-ending” deluge of research, he says, “When we think of colonisation we usually talk about England, France and so on colonising countries in the past. But there’s so much more to it. What kind of ‘legacy’ does the coloniser leave behind? How does the newly independent country pick up the post-colonial pieces?”
Civilised features a star-studded cast comprising Edith Podesta, Ghafir Akbar, Koh Wan Ching, Lian Sutton and Siti Khalijah Zainal, as well as an exciting creative team with He Shuming (multimedia), Adrian Tan (lighting), Vincent Lim (set) and Max Tan and Yuan Zhiying of MAX.TAN (costumes), Civilised promises to be a provocative interrogation of colonial history as we know it, daring us all to scrutinise whether we have truly moved beyond the violence of colonisation.
Tickets for Civilised are now available from SISTIC. Performances will urn from 15 to 26 May at The Necessary Stage Black Box.
Experience the need to question everything, and realise the answers aren’t all that necessary. Bringing what was once an experimental original script to the mainstage, Toy Factory ProductionsOn January 22, 2019 / By Nookmag
Experience the need to question everything, and realise the answers aren’t all that necessary. Bringing what was once an experimental original script to the mainstage, Toy Factory Productions is proud to open the year 2019 with a play titled ‘The Transition Room’, that will provide the audience with a fresh start to the year!
Come February, Toy Factory Productions explores the identity of self by utilizing absurdist elements and challenging theatre norms. Previously staged as a dramatized reading held at Toy Factory’s very own creative space at [email protected], The Transition Room will be taken a step further and be transformed into a full-length theatrical production.
Conceived by Toy Factory’s Associate Artistic Director, Stanley Seah, The Transition Room showcases his take on dealing with fundamental questions about life through a relatable protagonist as he ventures through mysterious rooms. Audiences will be led on a journey through these rooms with the protagonist as he searches for answers that all of us want to know as well.
“Original stories written and performed by Singaporeans add to the repertoire of our unique voice, and is much quicker in accessing the empathic and creative bone of a young adult because they can identify with it immediately.” Explains Stanley Seah, on his take of the presentation of original works to the masses.
Taking a bold and inventive storytelling angle, audiences will be challenged, in terms of disrupting the conventional theatre rule by breaking barriers between the audiences and the stage, as Stanley Seah and the cast take them on a roller coaster ride through the rooms. A play that toys with your emotions and puts your patience to the test, the production is definitely a unique one with an ending that will catch you off guard.
The Transition Room is performed by a dynamic cast of actors in the scene with exciting fresh faces that are anticipated to add colour to the play. The creative team features young, dynamic but collaborators: Vivien Lau as Set Designer, Tai Zi Feng as Lighting Designer and Vick Low as Sound Designer.
• Reinventing theatre for the modern audience
With the usage of unconventional theatrical methods purposefully crammed into a desirable 1 hour and 15 minute runtime, frequent theatre goers and the public alike will be able to witness fresh elements in the play directed by the daring and driven Stanley Seah. Theatre in the 21st century is often in need of reinvention, and The Transition Room is a play that aims to artfully deliver a rebirth of theatrical conventions and expectations while keeping the audience engaged throughout its duration.
• Existentialism and the meaning of life
At the dentist holding room, queuing up for food at a hip cafe or being stuck on a plane for 13 hours – existence as you know it is a series of compromising wait. This warped play will attempt to explore the theme of existing in a non-existential world, where waiting is still very much a key element of subsistence but with higher stakes than anyone can ever imagine; while conjuring up a major question: if the meaning of life is that it has no meaning, then what is the meaning of anything?
• Cast and creative team
Performed and created by a group of people with diverse backgrounds, colours and sparks will be much anticipated by the dynamic cast and creative team. Being a more experienced player in the arts scene, having Marc Valentine Chia on board will lend his expertise as he re-joins Toy Factory Production for another exciting collaboration. Acting alongside Marc are five young and budding actors Victoria Chen, Hui Er Tan, Jazmine Monaz, Christer Jon Aplin and Kaykay Nizam, that will certainly add spice and flavour to the show.
Working together with a tenacious team of designers Vivien Lau, Vick Low and Tai Zi Feng, be sure to expect an inventive interpretation of The Transition Room created by them.
The Transition Room
21 Feb to 2 Mar
Drama Centre Black Box
100 Victoria Street, #05-01 National Library Building
“Powerful, superb drama about the devastating aftershocks of cyberbullying.” – Time Out “Powerful. A gripping, devastating critique of societal and parental hypocrisy in the digital age.” –On January 17, 2019 / By Nookmag
“Powerful, superb drama about the devastating aftershocks of cyberbullying.”
– Time Out
“Powerful. A gripping, devastating critique of societal and parental hypocrisy in the digital age.”
– Radio Times
Pangdemonium opens their 2019 Season with Late Company – an award-winning play written by Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill. The first of three Pangdemonium productions centered around the theme of Present Tense / Future Perfect, Late Company examines the fragility of family relationships, teenage suicide and the intrusive nature of social media in our current climate of increased connectivity and deeper disconnects. Singapore being the country with the second highest rate of cyberbullying (according to a study by Microsoft), this play is an urgent wake- up call for us all.
Set around a dinner table, Debora and Michael apprehensively await the arrival of their guests – Tamara, Bill and their teenage son Curtis, the bully they hold responsible for the suicide of their own son a year earlier. Redemption, forgiveness and closure are on the menu, but first they all have to get through the main course of blame, shame and retribution. As everyone takes a turn in the hot seat for their real or imagined role in the tragedy, painful accusations are served, and shocking secrets are spilled. And all through dinner, the spectre of Joel looms over a night that will change everyone’s lives forever.
Tightly wound, with sharp turns navigating from comic to excruciating, Late Company is provocative, cathartic and nerve-racking. The script subtly approaches the relationships between adults, parent and child, and teenagers with their peers.
Late Company is directed by Tracie Pang. Starring Edward Choy, Janice Koh, Karen Tan, Adrian Pang and Xander Pang.
DBS/POSB Early Bird booking starts now on SISTIC.
Victoria Theatre – 9 Empress Place, Singapore 179556
22 February – 10 March 2019
Tue – Sat 8PM, Sat – Sun 3PM
$30 – $75