The Biennale 2013/14 is about life and things close to the soul, about having fun and fantasies, about cultural interaction and understanding our neighbours better. It is jam-packed with works so dynamic and eclectic that, do watch your steps and your head while moving around. Yes I said jam-packed right.
But if you are looking for a more spacious gallery that you can stretch out while appreciating the art? Consider Into the Sea by wacky Vietnamese twin brothers at Singapore Art Museum (SAM) @ 8Q or Rainbow Circle under the rotunda of National Museum of Singapore (NMS). For the outdoor person, there are Urban Play at the SMU (Singapore Management University) campus in between SAM and NMS as well as Road to Nirvana in the heritage-rich Fort Canning Park, go at night to see it illuminates.
Want to lend support to fellow human beings? Take a look at Exorcise Me, made in collaboration with young students from SOTA (School Of The Arts). Perhaps write a warm reply to a message in a bottle at the inner lobby of SAM, where the work named Telok Blangah drops anchor.
Or visit The Peranakan Museum to appreciate the work, Seeing (from) the Other, co-created by inmates from Changi Women’s Prison. In the same museum, there is another work called A Botanical and Wildlife Survey – Singapore, put together by 150 students from five secondary schools under the Artists-in-Schools programme.
If you crave for some hands-on and participation, have a go at Happy and Free, a karaoke to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of Malaysia, from which Singapore separated in 1965. Boogey a bit or just walk through and enjoy at Peace Can Be Realized Even Without Order. Also, be a conductor mixing and matching sounds familiar to Singapore at Conducting Memories.
Meanwhile, travel back in time by digging through the biscuit tins at home for photos (or digital images) taken with the National Theatre (1962-1986) to share with the artist of National Theatre @50. You may also show your photos taken with the Biennale structure. Do share your photos and other related memorabilia here or here.
Check with gallery sitters for any nooks and corners that you may miss out. I have not noticed any barricade or Do-Not-Cross tapes around any artwork, so start blending in and being part of the Biennale!
Don’t forget that, admission to all Biennale venues is free from 14th to 16th February 2014. The three participating museums will open from 10am till 9pm on Friday and Saturday; and from 10am till 7pm on Sunday. Click here for the closing programmes and other details!