Eat Vegetarian Everywhere (11) 素食满天下(十一)

Venue 地点: The Wellness Farm, No 1, Jalan Impian Emas 5/1, Taman Impian Emas, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia.

富足园,马来西亚柔佛州士古来邮区81300,金山园Taman Impian Emas,No 1 Jalan Impian Emas 5/1。

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Comfortable? 舒适吗?: yes / no comment / no 舒适 / 没感觉 / 不舒适

Service 服务: good / Ok / no good / 还可以 / 不好

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Tasty? 好吃吗?yes / so-so / no 好吃 / 一般 / 不好吃

Price 价格: good / Ok / not worth it 好价钱 / 还可以 / 不值得

Prices start from RM6.30. 价格从6.30令吉起。They are vegan, and they have vegan ice cream! 纯素餐馆,甚至有美味的纯素雪糕呢!

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Eat Vegetarian Everywhere (9) 素食满天下(九)

Venue 地点: BROWNICE ITALIAN VEGAN ICE CREAM CAFE, 8 Sin Ming Road, Sin Ming Centre #01-03, Singapore 575628

Brownice意大利纯素雪糕店,新民路8号,新民中心 #01-03,新加坡邮区575628

Time 时间: a Friday evening, 一个星期五的晚上

Comfortable? 舒适吗?: yes / no comment / no 舒适 / 没感觉 / 不舒适

Service 服务: good / Ok / no good / 还可以 / 不好

Brownie with Earl Grey (bottom) and Gula Melaka ice cream 布朗尼配伯爵茶口味(下面)和椰糖口味雪糕

Brownie with Earl Grey (bottom) and Gula Melaka ice cream 布朗尼配伯爵茶口味(下面)和椰糖口味雪糕

Brownie with Earl Grey and Gula Melaka ice cream, SGD13. Vegan: egg-less and dairy-free. 布朗尼配伯爵茶口味和椰糖口味的雪糕,13新元。纯素:无蛋、无乳制品。

Tasty? 好吃吗?yes / so-so / no 好吃 / 一般 / 不好吃

Price 价格: good / Ok / not worth it 好价钱 / 还可以 / 不值得 The more people support vegan ice cream and cakes, the cheaper they may become. 越多人支持纯素雪糕和蛋糕,这些食品越普遍,价格就越大众化。

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

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Eat Vegetarian Everywhere (6) 素食满天下(六)

Venue 地点: Joie by DOZO, 181 Orchard Road, #12-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896.

Joie by DOZO,乌节路181号,乌节中央城#12-01,新加坡邮区238896。

They say they serve meatless cuisine, I pass them off as vegetarian anyway. 他们自称为无肉餐馆,对我而言也算是素食馆了。

Time 时间: a Saturday lunch, 一个星期六的午餐

Comfortable? 舒适吗?: yes / no comment / no 舒适 / 没感觉 / 不舒适

Service 服务: good / Ok / no good / 还可以 / 不好

6-course set lunch, SGD38.80++. 六道餐饮的套餐,38.80++新元。

Tasty? 好吃吗?yes / so-so / no 好吃 / 一般 / 不好吃

Price 价格: good / Ok / not worth it 好价钱 / 还可以 / 不值得

Chef’s Selection of Assorted Platter. 主厨精选拼盘

Chef’s Selection of Assorted Platter. 主厨精选拼盘

Side dish: Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella. 小菜:双孢蘑菇焗乳酪配马铃薯泥和法式面包

Side dish: Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella. 小菜:双孢蘑菇焗乳酪配马铃薯泥和法式面包

Side dish. 小菜

Side dish. 小菜

Side dish. 小菜

Side dish. 小菜

Soup, clockwise from top left: Clear Tomato Broth with Garbanzo, hand-carved tofu in "seafood" soup, Pumpkin Velouté. 汤,左上图起,顺时钟:菠菜饺子番茄汤、“千刀豆腐海鲜汤“、南瓜汤配花瓣儿

Soup, clockwise from top left: Clear Tomato Broth with Garbanzo, hand-carved tofu in “seafood” soup, Pumpkin Velouté. 汤,左上图起,顺时钟:菠菜饺子番茄汤、“千刀豆腐海鲜汤“、南瓜汤配花瓣儿

Main: Duo Ravioli Platter. 主菜:南瓜和菠菜意大利馄饨配花酱和罗勒酱

Main: Duo Ravioli Platter. 主菜:南瓜和菠菜意大利馄饨配花酱和罗勒酱

Main. 主菜

Main. 主菜

Main: Wild Rice with Eggplant Terrine. 主菜:”野米炒饭“(类似糙米)配法式茄子酱糜

Main: Wild Rice with Eggplant Terrine. 主菜:”野米炒饭“(类似糙米)配法式茄子酱糜

One of the desserts: Yogurt Pudding. 甜品之一:优格布丁

One of the desserts: Yogurt Pudding. 甜品之一:优格布丁

Drink: Ice Mallow Apple Melody. 饮料:花瓣、苹果和番石榴冷饮

Drink: Ice Mallow Apple Melody. 饮料:花瓣、苹果和番石榴冷饮

 

Imaginary Homeland: 我是不是該安靜地走開 by Boedi Widjaja, drawn negatives of photographs that can be viewed as positive images

I was initially attracted to the exhibition by the interesting techniques used by the artist, Boedi Widjaja. Upon understanding his use of the project to tell his personal life experiences (or the experiences that he had missed?), and perhaps also to seek solace and meaning through the process of making the works, I began to feel the emotional and humane side of the exhibition.

“The process started with the artist drawing negative images of press photographs of Indonesian politics in pre-Soeharto (1945-1968) and post-Soeharto (1998-present) periods. The drawings are then photographed into positive prints.

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Shifting between the modality of drawing and photography, the artist reflects viscerally upon the imagery of his personal history, seeking agency.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to use their mobile devices, with invert colour setting switched on, to view the positive images of the drawings.” – exhibition introduction, Imaginary Homeland: 我是不是該安靜地走開

Switch on the invert colour or negative colours setting on your phone and use your phone camera to view the positive image (i.e. the "normal" photo that we usually see) of this negative. Know who is this in the image?

Switch on the invert colour or negative colours setting on your phone and use your phone camera to view the positive image (i.e. the “normal” photo that we usually see) of this negative. Know who is this in the image?

Widjaja was born in 1975 in Solo City, Indonesia. With his sister, he was sent away to Singapore when he was nine years old due to ethnic tensions in his homeland. Hence, his historicisation of his “former country” was mostly through images and the imagined.

What is interesting is that, the artist started drawing negatives skipping the Soeharto period, with which the first nine years of his life (1975-1984) spent in Indonesia coincided. Is it because he has more vivid memories of that period (albeit being a child) as he was physically there to experience it, so there is no need to rely on too many press images and too much imagination?

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Are drawing the negatives of photographs (‘reverse mode’), and switching between photographic negatives and the positive images (i.e. developed into photographs that we are used to seeing) some kind of yearning that, one can return to a previous condition in a previous setting/place?

I feel a lot of mixed feelings and intertwined emotions in there. I am sharing below photos of the wall texts at the exhibition, please do read all of them so as to piece the exhibition together.

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Maybe your heart will wrench a little, especially if you particularly relate to Widjaja’s narratives. It may not be about the politics or the identity from a homeland, but about certain things that happened during childhood and how these things still take up a lot of space in our heart and mind through adulthood.

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Upon almost to the extent of examining another component of the exhibition – an installation made up of 28 peci (a type of men’s headgear that’s more commonly known as songkok in Singapore) modified into 28 pinhole cameras, I noticed what seemed to be brand labels were sewn on the inside of each peci, and the “brand name” was TANAH AIR, which also means ‘homeland’ in Bahasa Indonesia! I just cannot help wondering whether this was a poignant coincidence or somewhat intended.

An installation made up of 28 peci (a type of men's headgear that's more commonly known as songkok in Singapore) modified into 28 pinhole cameras

An installation made up of 28 peci (a type of men’s headgear that’s more commonly known as songkok in Singapore) modified into 28 pinhole cameras

Labels bearing the words TANAH AIR on the inside of each peci

Labels bearing the words TANAH AIR on the inside of each peci

And then there is the inclusion of a phrase in Chinese language in the title written in traditional Chinese characters. The phrase, which asks ‘should I walk away quietly?’, is also a song title of a ballad sung by Hong Kong pop star Aaron Kwok and released in 1991. If I were to place the profession of love and the dilemma crooned on one’s homeland, I think I can understand how it feels like.

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The exhibition, which was held at Objectifs from 13th to 24th January 2016, was part of Singapore Art Week 2016.

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Mon Boulet by Svay Sareth

A performance art by Cambodian artist Svay Sareth, documented by video recording, and together with the relics, was exhibited at Singapore Art Museum as part of the After Utopia exhibition between May and October 2015.

Sareth walked approximately 250 kilometres from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia and the site of harrowing purges during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. A crucial element of the performance is he lugging an 80-kilogramme metal sphere throughout the journey.

The metal ball scraping against the ground that he would pass was akin to spooning or coining (刮痧), a traditional remedy used in many parts of Asia to purge toxins from one’s body and re-balance the chi (气), especially when one is about to fall sick, by scraping a porcelain spoon against one’s nape or back. Through this act of scraping, the artist might have hoped to symbolically “purge toxins” and “bad chi” from his childhood years, when he spent the first 19 years of his life in a refugee camp.

Bringing just a tarpaulin with him, he would rest on it whenever he needed to and had the chance to. Without preparing any food to be carried along, he would eat whatever food he received from people along the way. Ironically, or purposefully, both sleeping on a tarpaulin and relying on hand-outs for sustenance produced stark resemblance to life in a refugee camp. Was this some sort of approach to liberate one from emotional and mental burden by facing the burden one more time? So as to obtain personal utopia of the mind?

Find out more about Mon Boulet by Svay Sareth here (scroll down to page 28) and here.

Mon Boulet
2011
Single-channel video installation with metal sphere
Dimensions variable
Singapore Art Museum collection

Still shot from the video

Still shot from the video

Still shot from the video

Still shot from the video

Still shot from the video

Still shot from the video

A curious audience. Still shot from the video

A curious audience. Still shot from the video

Still shot from the video

Manoeuvring 80 kilogrammes of metal, and roundish in shape, is no easy feat. Still shot from the video

Still shot from the video

Still shot from the video

See the tarpaulin? (Still shot from the video)

See the tarpaulin? (Still shot from the video)

You can't miss it. (Still shot from the video)

You can’t miss it. (Still shot from the video)

Can you figure out what's written on the giant orb by people whom the artist met? (Still shot from the video)

Can you figure out what’s written on the giant orb by people whom the artist met? (Still shot from the video)

Writings are almost totally wiped off before it becomes a relic of the performance art

Writings are almost totally wiped off before it becomes a relic of the performance art

Evidence of roughing it out on the bumpy journey

Evidence of roughing it out on the bumpy journey

Video documentation with the relics keeping close

Video documentation with the relics keeping close

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Still shot from the video

Another relic, the tarpaulin, quietly resting in the shadow

Another relic, the tarpaulin, quietly resting in the shadow

Amongst other "heavy metal". Still shot from the video

Amongst other “heavy metal”. Still shot from the video

Whatever you have set out to attain (or achieve) , or nothing at all, I wish you all the best, Sareth. (Still shot from the video)

Whatever you have set out to attain (or achieve) , or nothing at all, I wish you all the best, Sareth. (Still shot from the video)

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!

Venue:

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

Railtrack Songmaps by The Migrant Ecologies Project (Singapore), a feast for the eye and an exhibition that touches souls

Never have I seen another artist who is more enthusiastic and lively in introducing his or her artwork to visitors than Lucy Davis is. I witnessed that again at a recent exhibition, Railtrack Songmaps, presented by the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2016.

I went to check out the exhibition during Art After Dark at Gillman Barracks. It was not only Dark, it was also pouring cats and dogs with lightning and thunder. Wet but not with a dampened mood, I stepped into the gallery.

My very first contact with the wall projections, the chirping and singing, and the nests brightened up my eyes (albeit the dimly-lit setting), as if I had “crossed over”. It was the simple and natural kind of beautiful!

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While I secretly praised myself for insisting to come see this exhibition, I was welcomed by Davis. She, in a bubbly yet no-nonsense manner, demonstrated to me how I could interact with the multimedia part of the artwork and what to look out for. There was so much of information, knowledge, images and moving images, people’s unselfish sharing of personal memories and experiences, and sounds and singing of birds in there!

The “artist” of Railtrack Songmaps is The Migrant Ecologies Project, which was founded in 2010 by Davis as an umbrella for art practice‐led inquiries into questions of culture and nature in Southeast Asia.

I guess it is never about one single artist or an artists’ collective, it involves everyone in our complex ecologies – humans, flora, fauna, urbanism, secret sanctuaries…, and more intriguingly, the labyrinth of their movements and interactions.

Now you see me! Bird-peeping oval "windows"

Now you see me! Bird-peeping oval “windows”

Now you don't!

Now you don’t!

A reason for delaying this write-up was my lack of the right perspective and the right mood to pen it. After stumbling upon Eugène Delacroix’s credo of “The first merit of a painting is to be a feast for the eye”, I found my direction, although Railtrack Songmaps is far from being a painting.

You should see the projections of bird-peeping oval “windows” on the wall, the projections would come and go, so characteristic of the avian members of the ecology. And there were the countless cut-outs of semi-transparent, coloured 2D puppets at the documentation section.

Documentation section at the cosy loft above the gallery. More photos at the end of this post

Documentation section at the cosy loft above the gallery. More photos at the end of this post

Feather Forensics

Feather Forensics

Feather Forensics. A eulogy?

Feather Forensics. A eulogy?

Even the layout of photographs taken for Feather Forensics, another component of the exhibition, somehow told a more powerful story. Also not forgetting the use of handheld slide viewers to look through mini images (mostly of perished birds). That brings me to something I read somewhere recently that I am only able to paraphrase it now: people (or collectors or art buyers, I cannot remember) are attracted to artworks that touch their soul, they do not care as much about the “proper” rule-of-thumb of being a “real” connoisseur/collector.

I remember David Tan! I think half of Singapore has his phone number by now, because messages and notices were passing around to ask people to alert him whenever a dead bird was seen anywhere in Singapore

I remember David Tan! I think half of Singapore has his phone number by now, because messages and notices were passing around to ask people to alert him whenever a dead bird was seen anywhere in Singapore

Railtrack Songmaps has closed on 14th February 2016. More photographs below.

Seriously, is it there? Bird-peeping oval "windows"

Seriously, is it there? Bird-peeping oval “windows”

Can you see its shadow? Bird-peeping oval "windows

Can you see its shadow? Bird-peeping oval “windows

How to "rewild" bird puppets into real locations along the (former Malaysian railway) tracks (at Tanglin Halt in Singapore) where the birds have been observed

How to “rewild” bird puppets into real locations along the (former Malaysian railway) tracks (at Tanglin Halt in Singapore) where the birds have been observed

Countless cut-outs by hand

Countless cut-outs by hand

More cut-outs, painstaking labour of passion

More cut-outs, painstaking labour of passion

Who is the real McCoy?

Who is the real McCoy?

Semi-transparent shadow puppets

Semi-transparent shadow puppets

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Showing gratitude

Showing gratitude