What’s there in May 2014? (part 1/2)

Around this time of the last two years, I had the urge to do something refreshing or share about the interesting events in the following month, demonstrated in my two-part writing on my “NO” Month (here & here) and The month of May is so wonderfully packed!. The urge has returned this year and here I am with this post!

Ok, in chronological order.

1. FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION. Exhibition extended till only this Sunday, 4th May 2014, 6pm.

Takao Minami’s first and solo exhibition in Singapore. I am becoming more and more fascinated by video art and the role of digital technology plays in video art, whereby it is almost impossible to tell the real, the unreal, the surreal, and the original. Do also admire his sculptural installation incorporating the light of a flame and shadow.

Venue: Ota Fine Arts, 7 Lock Road, #02-13 Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108935

Date/time: tomorrow (3rd May 2014), 11am-7pm. Sunday (4th May 2014), 11am-6pm.

2. 1335MABINI Presents: Causality, a group show by Ian Jaucian, Bagus Pandega, and Yuko Mohri. It’s kinetic art, no prior knowledge of physics, electrical or mechanical science is required to appreciate this art. Ian Jaucian participated in The Pulau Ubin Artist-In-Residency Program by The Artists Village, Singapore, last year. His work, The Pulau Ubin Stone, was on view (and for visitors’ hands-on experiment) at Your MOTHER Gallery in mid-2013.

Venue: 1335MABINI, 1335 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila 1000, Philippines

Opening: 3 May 2014, 6pm

Exhibition: 3-30 May 2014. Tuesday-Saturday 2-6pm. Sunday by appointment.

3. Last day of 20% Early Bird Discount for all shows by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is 11 May 2014. My picks are Give Me Your Blood and I Will Give You Freedom, a two-day performance art that will conclude in a painting; and Sambaso, very intense and solemn.

Festival date/time: 12 August-21 September 2014

A Sambaso performance:


4. Music-For-All at Singapore Botanic Gardens. An all-time favourite, nicest picnic ground too!

Venue: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Date/time: 11 May 2014, 6-7pm

5. Foon Yew School-themed cemetery tour (義山上的寬柔-新山綿裕亭義山導覽). No tomb-raiding. Join Bak Jia How (莫家浩) aka 漠貘, an alumnus of Foon Yew High School in Johor, Malaysia, in his Mandarin tour in search of the tombs of the School’s founders, pioneers and luminaries.

Venue: 绵裕亭义山 (Mian Yu Ting Cemetery), Jalan Ulu Ayer Molek, Johor Bahru, Johor

Date/time: 11 May 2014, 8am-11am. For details in Mandarin, click here.

6. Literary Translation Bootcamp 2014. Never attended one before. This one will be interesting because it will hold workshops on “translating Singapore Chinese, Tamil and Malay Texts respectively into English”. I still don’t understand, why in Singapore, when we refer to the language, it’s “Chinese”, and not “Mandarin”.

Venue: The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429

Date/time: 12-15 May 2014

7. UNEARTHED: Perspectives Tours (session of 14 May). An exciting gathering of a curator, three participating artists of UNEARTHED, a doctor and a natural history conservator. They will seriously put things into perspective(s) for attendees, from Lucy Davis’s All The Way Down and Nanyang Meadows, to Robert Zhao’s animal traps as well as Genevieve Chua’s Ultrasound series.

Venue: Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555

Date/time: 14 May 2014, 7.30pm *tickets at 12 Singapore Dollars (SGD) each, get it at the Museum front desk or here.

Kate Pocklington is a conservator with Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Kate Pocklington is a conservator with Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum


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