Singapore’s Pride Season is on this month! IndigNation 2017: Unafraid to Assemble

Updated on 26th June 2018: “INDIGNATION 2018 is happening from August 3 to 25th of this year! As part of this, the Indignation Conference, a weekend of free panels and talks, is happening on the weekend of August 18 & 19.” Stay tuned for more information – IndigNation on facebook here, last year’s blog page here.

Original post dated 4th August 2017:

For the whole month of August, yes, this month(!), we will be able to engage ourselves in the line-ups of programmes and events at IndigNation Singapore! The opening party will start at 7pm tonight (4th August) at DYMK (41 Neil Road, Singapore 088824), followed by two days of talks, panel discussions, and workshops over the weekend with Natural Education 2: A Queer Conference.

Bookworms may want to check out The Bear Project x Queer Book Club: Faeries, Bears, & Leathermen, and ContraDiction XIII: HOMO BOMOH. The culturally-inclined can take a look at Sayang/Chellame: A Multilingual Queer Love Poetry Event, and TransIt 2: An Evening of Trans Art and Culture, both to be held at Artistry (17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149).

The third weekend of the month will feature IndigNation Film Festival, and not to forget The Glory Hoes Present: Pride (2014) – “a very queer film experience with optional pre-movie dinner, encouraged in-movie drinking and dancing at an all disco Afterparty”, both at The Projector, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower.

Do set aside some time during the same weekend for QRIENTATION, presented by Inter-University LGBT Network. Here’s a message from them – “We respect the right to privacy of all LGBTQ+ freshmen joining us so if you’re not out, not to worry – your attendance will be kept confidential 🙂 Sign up today!”

Last but not least, on the 28th of the month, drag queens Ashley Fifty, Becca D’Bus, and Mona Kee Kee will create a fabulous spread for a fundraising dinner in aid of IndigNation – The Giving Table. Pleeeeeese support!

Most of the programmes and events are free, a couple of them require registration.

I love it that this is not a one-way traffic, as in attendees are not merely at the receiving end of information and entertainment. Far from that, they are encouraged to actively participate by voicing up, asking questions, sharing, dancing, working together to develop new ideas, and helping to inculcate thoughtfulness in everyone.

See the full list and details of IndigNation here, and Natural Education 2 here.

Here are my personal picks: 

1.) TransIt 2: An Evening of Trans Art and Culture

2.) Inter Alia presents: Conversations on Activism

Natural Education 2:

3.) Ten Years After the Campaign to Repeal 377A

4.) Facts and Myths about PrEP

5.) Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex Work But Were Afraid to Ask

6.) Shades of Purple: Bisexual & Pansexual Experiences in Singapore

7.) Bisu: A Talk on the LGBT Malay Community

IndigNation Film Festival:

8.) Short Circuit 6

9.) Fathers


Post-Museum re-configured The Substation, 2016 September

“For the month of September, Post-Museum presents Survey: Space, Sharing, Haunting, a series of programmes examining and reflecting upon the state of arts and culture in Singapore.

One of the significant changes is altering the way audiences enter into the historic ‘Home of the Arts’ for the month. The main door will be closed, and audiences will enter and exit from another opening in the building.” – Post-Museum News

Woon Tien Wei, founder of Post-Museum, comments, “today, we are in a crisis situation where the very ideals on which The Sub was founded are being interrogated and even subjugated in the ‘Renaissancing’ of Singapore’s cultural landscape. SURVEY asks: How have the values of Singapore’s arts community changed in the last 20 years? What are the values of the arts community today?” – Singapore Art & Gallery Guide

Image source: Post-Museum's Facebook page

Image source: Post-Museum’s Facebook page

The Survey exhibition forms the backbone of the programme. Almost all of the activities are free entry, with prior registration required.

My picks: Community Gardening and Food Futures by Michelle Lai | Wednesday, 7th September 2016, 7:30-9pm | register hereThe Pragmatics of Nostalgia: Alternative Narratives in Contemporary Art Production of Singapore by Jarrod Sim | Saturday, 24th September 2016, 2-3:30pm | register here; Club Yoga | details and registration hereLecture: Pontianak and Her Sisters by Adeline Kueh | Sunday, 25th September 2016, 7:30-9pm | register here.

There will also be several spaces created, such as So It May Seed (an urban farm growing food crops), Post-Provision (a shop selling merchandise), and Club House (multi-purpose social space).

For an assortment of “uncategorisable” events, click here. Post-Museum has it all! I know, they won’t agree with me and ‘has it all’ is not what they have in mind.

My picks: Ghost Story Campfire Night by Wong Chee Meng and Zarina Mohd | Saturday, 10th September 2016, 10pm till late | register hereDocuLovers: The True Cost (2015) | Saturday, 17th September 2016, 8-10pm | register here.

Survey will be opened daily (except Monday and public holiday), 1st to 30th September 2016 | noon to 9pm (Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday) | noon to 12am (Friday & Saturday).

Venue: The Substation, 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936

Post-Museum is on Facebook, Twitter.

Why I love the reincarnated Singapore International Festival of Arts?

The previous life of Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) was named Singapore Arts Festival. I totally enjoyed the programmes back then, yet I could not say I loved the Festival. Now I can, with the three-year old SIFA and its pre-festival segment The O.P.E.N, indeed I can. I am thankful to its previous lives, for without them there wouldn’t be something to build on.

Before I state my reasons, I feel the need and urge to put up a special mention of The Sardono Retrospective Presents: Expanded Cinema (free admission) in this year’s SIFA, and related performances The Sardono Retrospective Presents: Solo Live Painting, and The Sardono Retrospective Presents: Black Sun.

Here is why I love SIFA, and The O.P.E.N:

  1. I don’t need another conventionally-proper and world-renowned symphony orchestra or choir or opera or Shakespeare, however, I welcome Borderlands, Ron Arad’s 720° (oh my gosh this one is free admission!), Paradise Interrupted, Hamlet | Collage, and Sandaime Richard.

2. Festival Director Mr Ong Keng Sen is involved from head to toe, he had been seen in performances at past SIFA, always making the effort to perform in at least one production or to present something. He is an artist!

Check out Sandaime Richard by him and Hideki Noda, as well as “an added performative component in collaboration with Festival Director Ong Keng Sen” in THE KULA RING Aesthetic Considerations Of Sharing And Exchange (this one is free admission too!).

3. Affordable pricing; O.P.E.N Pass/SIFA FRIEND; generous discounts.

4. SIFA, and The O.P.E.N present “the darnest” (in the most positive and favourable way) and the most eye-opening events it can bring to Singapore.

For instance, I Am LGB; Everything By My Side; Five Easy Pieces; Ibsen: Ghosts; Sixty-Six; Dances And Ceremonies: Spring/Summer 2017; Artist Workshop by Qetiq & Mukaddas Mijit, just to name a few.

5. SIFA is open to and opts for interesting/thought-provoking/heart-warming venues.

Let’s say, The Projector (for film screening), houses of members of the public, Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, Bukit Brown Cemetery, just to name a few.

Tigers in the Park: book & battlefield tour by historian and archaeologist Jon Cooper

Please pardon me for not writing my own introduction. Below are snippets about the book + complimentary tour bundle that I have copied from Ethos Books’ website. To read related posts on surveys, excavations, and tours led by Jon Cooper in Adam Park, Singapore, please look out for links at the end of this post.

Poster from Ethos Books' website

Poster from Ethos Books’ website

The gist of this post is:

1.Get the book, click here!

Title: Tigers in the Park
Author: Jon Cooper
Publisher: The Literary Centre

ISBN: 978-981-09-8151-8
Published: 2016
Dimension: 228mm x 240mm
Extent: 340 pages
Finish: Hardback

2.Register beforehand and turn up for the tour on 3rd July 2016, Sunday.

3.Read the book!

Or skip the bundle and just get the book, then read it right away! Must!

“Join Jon Cooper, historian, archaeologist and manager of The Adam Park Project (TAPP) on one of his last tours as he will be leaving Singapore for good!

…learn more about the battle at Adam Park through artifacts unearthed by TAPP. Adam Park is the site of the last battle for Singapore, …right up to the time of the surrender on 15th February 1942. The site was also used as a POW camp after the surrender. Here’s a chance to understand the terrain and hear intriguing stories about WWII in Adam Park.

Complete your wartime heritage experience with a book at the end of the tour. Using battle maps, aerial photographs, wartime images and archaeological findings, Jon’s vibrantly coloured book shares a fascinating insight into the battles and the POW camp at Adam Park in print.”

Related posts here, herehere and here.

More than 1,000 books from Ground Up Initiative, The Artists Village and The Necessary Stage to be rehomed!

Organised by Post-Museum, the rehoming sessions comprise of books from old to almost new, and are mainly in the categories of literature, history, philosophy, psychology, social work, law, military, and politics. The books are going at SGD10 donation per book. Proceeds collected will be split among the three organisations and Post-Museum.

Date & time:

14th May 2016, 1-6pm

13th April 2016, Wednesday, 4.30-8.30pm

3rd April 2016, Sunday, 4-7pm

30th March 2016, Wednesday, 5-9pm

+ more sessions soon, get updates from here!


The AGORA, 28 Sin Ming Lane, #03-142 Midview City, Singapore 573972

Familiar Strangers: Stories of Migrant Workers Re-presented Exhibition, 2nd & 3rd April 2016

Thank you very much, to you all who help to build Singapore in one way or another.

Exhibition venue: Visual Arts Centre, #01-02 Dhoby Ghaut Green, 10 Penang Road, Singapore 238469. (50 metres from Exit A/B of Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station)

Dates & time: 2nd & 3rd April 2016 (this weekend!), noon to 8pm

“Familiar Strangers, a student-run movement from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, will be organising the Familiar Strangers: Stories of Migrant Workers Re-presented exhibition…, …serves as a culmination of efforts to empower migrant workers and engage Singaporeans to reflect on migrant issues, integration and social spaces.”

““What made me interested in working on this project was the fresh perspective on self-advocacy, which gives full editorial control to migrant workers,” says Shahrin Izhar, another member of the group.”

“The exhibition will also feature photographs taken by migrant workers during the Photography as a Voice workshop. “Photographs have been a common and enjoyable way to share stories about experiences, friends and family. We also wanted to present an alternative perspective of Singapore through the eyes of migrant workers here,” says Kenji Kwok, a photojournalist and member of the team.”

Read the full write-up on Singapore Art Gallery Guide here.

I take this opportunity to introduce a non-profit organisation in Singapore dedicated to improving conditions for low-wage migrant workers: TWC2. Also, check out this site on Migrant Worker Poetry Competition, impressive!

THEBOOKSHOW—Steidl Book Award: Asia Open Call

Updated on 16th May 2016: Apart from the finalists, a selection of books submitted for the Steidl Book Award will be showcased too. This exhibition will commence from Wednesday, 18th May 2016 and until Sunday, 22nd May 2016, at the Activity Space at Deck, 120A Prinsep Street, Singapore 187937.

The final grand prize winner of the Steidl Book Award: Asia Open Call will be announced on Friday, 20th May 2016, 7.30pm by Gerhard Steidl at Deck! There will also be a closing party and a talk by the 8 finalists of the Award, all details here.

Original post dated 30th March 2016:

Want to have your book exhibited alongside the STEIDL DECK: 1001 Steidl Books exhibition? Want to have the privilege of a one-on-one book review session with Gerhard Steidl? Want to be awarded the Grand Prize and have your book published by Steidl?

Look no farther. Photographers and artists based in Asia are invited to send in their self-published photo books for a chance to exhibit in this special edition of THEBOOKSHOW, alongside the STEIDL DECK: 1001 Steidl Books exhibition at DECK, Singapore, and to meet with Gerhard Steidl himself.

Submit your entry now. Submission closes on 25th April 2016.

You need to submit both soft copy and hard copy of your book, and an Artist Statement, so start compiling everything and filling in the application form now! Also, go raise your USD20 entrant fee if you are broke at this point in time. I assume you have your updated Artist Bio and CV ready anytime.

Grand Prize: One photobook will be published with Steidl in Göttingen, Germany.

Submission details here.

Masterclass with Gerhard Steidl in November 2013. Image credit: DECK

Masterclass with Gerhard Steidl in November 2013. Image credit: DECK

Steidl will be giving an industry lecture: The Beauty of Analogue Media in a Digital World, on 6th April 2016, find out more about it and get your ticket here.

“Gerhard Steidl began working as a designer and printer in 1967. He started out printing posters for art exhibitions, and very soon Joseph Beuys and other artists were among his customers.

What began as a backyard enterprise has evolved into one of the most sophisticated and distinguished printing and publishing company in the world. Whether fashion, art or literature, Steidl sees himself as the artist and author’s ally, helping him or her “to do magic”, to create an object of art and to get it out to the readers.”

reblog: Over the Horizon – Wang Ruobing’s art installation of plastic waste from shores of Singapore! (Until 3rd Apr 2016)

The artwork is on show from 4th February to 3rd April 2016 at the Esplanade’s concourse (Singapore 038981). Watch the kinetic plastic-waste waves on the video attached to the original post below, but it’s nothing compared to seeing it right in front of you at almost zero distance.

“The most commonly used everyday material since the beginning of the 20th century, plastic is non-biodegradable and often ends up floating in the oceans for years before breaking down into environmentally-damaging microplastic.” Tsk, tsk.

News from the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore


Over the Horizon is an installation work by the artist Wang Ruobing using plastic marine debris collected from Singapore shores at at Changi, Pasir Ris Parks, Kranji, Sungei Pandan, Seletar North Link, Lim Chu Kang and Pulau Ubin.

Her artwork can be viewed from 4th February to 3rd April 2016 at the Esplanade concourse. Wach the video here:

About the installation:

“The most commonly used everyday material since the beginning of the 20th century, plastic is non-biodegradable and often ends up floating in the oceans for years before breaking down into environmentally-damaging microplastic.

Over the Horizon is a site-specific installation dealing with plastic pollution. Made from plastic waste collected from Singapore’s coastlines, creating an elevated viewing platform on which audiences can observe kinetic plastic-waste waves, it explores this global issue, highlighting the interdependency of individual activities.

Artist/ curator/ researcher Wang Ruobing’s practice often explores how nature/environment is a source of disjuncture…

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