Moderated by T. Sasitharan
It’s been 6 months since Alan Oei, our new Artistic Director, has joined us. Along the way, significant parts of his original proposal have shifted in conversation with the arts community. Oei will make an updated presentation of our new artistic directions, and take questions from the floor.
31 Mar 7:30PM
The Substation Theatre
Open to public
Closed-Door Artist Workshop (By invite only)
10 – 12.30pm
Venue: Objectifs, Workshop Lab
Artist collaborators of Unseen: Shift Lab discusses issues and reflections from the workshop with Dialogue in the Dark, Malaysia.
Unseen: Conversations Across The Constellation (Open to Public)
2pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Objectifs, Lower Gallery
Moderated by socially-engaged art platform Brack, this panel discussion coalesces themes explored in the publication including:
– how persons with disability experience their public and private spaces and selves
– the social engagement of art projects such as Unseen: Constellations and Unseen: Shift Lab
– Alternative education systems that inspire learning and reflexivity
Ms Penny Chong: Teacher at Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School (Singapore)
Mr Allen Lim: Founder of ConversationCircles (Singapore)
Mr Christopher Ling: Founder of theatrethreesixty (Kuala Lumpur)
Ms Alecia Neo: Founder of Unseen Art Ltd. (Singapore)
Mr Ng Chor Guan and Ms Tan E-Jan: Founders of Toccata Studio (Kuala Lumpur)
Mr Tay Lai Hock: Founder of Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) Kampung Kampus (Singapore)
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Brack is a platform for socially-engaged art. We believe an audience member’s pleasure is deeply tied to the opportunity to interpret the meaning and value of an arts event or arts object. 21st century audiences and its technologies engender a sense of ownership in cultural practices, whether science, politics, journalism, or the arts and creative expression. This post-analogue ethos is challenging twentieth-century notions of hierarchical mediation, in which experts interpret the art work and offer its meaning to a largely passive public.
This is exactly why Brack is interested in how socially engaged art engages with a community or society, and seeks to experiment in those very engagements—through the way we write, the way we work with artists, and the way we engage with audiences.
BrackMag is a compact publication that aims to bridge art, audience, and context, becoming a great resource and engagement for anyone – artists, researchers, community workers – interested in art and its social interrelationships.
Read more: www.brack.sg
This event is supported by the Singapore International Foundation.
Head down to Objectifs on 3rd April, Sunday, for sharing session with our artist, students and mentors!
This public session will open with a short introduction by the Artist Alecia Neo, followed by reflections and insights by participating mentors and students. Visitors will be invited to tour the various art projects after the discussion.
ABOUT UNSEEN: CONSTELLATIONS
Our two-year long collaborative art project, Unseen: Constellations, provides a platform for seven students from Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School who live with visual-impairment and blindness to explore their dreams through a creative process led by artist, Alecia Neo and a team of dedicated mentors.
THE WORKSHOP TO MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME
Our students participated in an eight day creative workshop, role-playing their future selves and aspirations. They were then paired with professionals from a diverse range of expertise, based on the students’ dream vocations.
THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME
In many ways, our students, artist and collaborators are collectively dreaming our world into being. By creating their very own stories, a myriad of projects have sprouted and grown over time.
Each group meets regularly about two to three times a month, and sometimes more, in preparation of events or activities related to their projects.
Amongst the works, there are music videos about friendship and discrimination, original music about kinship, symphonic band composition, a short film about a visually-impaired recruit’s journey in the army, coming-of-age experimental films about love, danger and freedom, an audio story book featuring a blind criminal investigator, a stage for motivation, and a proposal for an alternative orphanage!
The project seeks to act as a bridge between sighted people and people living with visual impairment, a merging of both worlds.
Read more: www.unseenart.co
CCD Symposium 2016
The Art of Anti-Exclusion
5-6th Sept, 2016
Goodman Arts Centre
Early Bird till 1st July : $150, $50 (student)
The Art of Anti-Exclusion brings together 12 artists and arts groups to discuss issues of access, ethics and aesthetics when working with marginalized communities.
June Goh (Theatre), Elderly Issues by Seniors
Syahirah A. Karim (Photography), Mental Issues in SG
Ming Poon (Dance), Persons living with HIV in SG
Alecia Neo (Art/Photography), Visually Impaired communities in Asia
Syed Ibrahim, One Heartbeat Singapore, (Music), Elders, SN, Youth in SG
Vincent Rumahloine (Art), Squatter communities
Bellini Yu, Sophia Law (Art/Art Education), Disability Groups
Makoto Nomura (Music) Rural communities, various communities
Ashwini Raghupathy (Dance) Transgender communities
Nadia Arouri (Dance), Various communities
James Brennan (Theatre), Ex-offenders
Fagarazzi Zuffellato, (Multi-disciplinary), Refugees, Rehabilitation centre residents
Workshop discussion topics:
1) Faceless’ and transient communities
2) Pedagogical approaches through art
3) Doin’ It for Themselves
4) Flexible practice, challenging contexts
5) Working in-situ: Art in odd places
For more details, please visit www.ccdsymposium2016.com
This event is supported by the National Arts Council (Singapore)
Co-organised by Brack, this conference seeks to engage with art and cultural practitioners and researchers in the Southeast Asian region to deepen understanding and deliberate on methodologies of working in public with people-centred processes. It aims to nurture criticality and investigate processes and structures in a constructive manner ad develop cross-sector collaborations. These panels and workshops will expand on participants’ capabilities in areas such as arts & health, holistic research, and social entrepreneurship.
This is an opportunity to gather in Bangkok, Thailand for an in-depth conversation with participants from various fields including arts, social enterprises and cultural groups, NGOs, theatre groups, students and artists.
This event and activities will inform a forthcoming publication in 2017.
Tentative dates: 15 – 17 October 2016. Opening evening, 14 Oct 2016.
Convenor: Dr. Jay Koh (Doctor of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki), international Forum for InterMedia Art (iFIMA), author of Art-Led Participative Processes
Conference Early Bird Fee: USD 100/3,500 THB (This covers venue, lunch and coffee breaks, and administrative costs.)
Normal Fee (after 15 July 2016): USD 150/ 5,000 THB
21 Nov 2017 (Tues)
10.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In an exclusive full-day workshop, German artist Susanne Bosch offers a “convivialist toolbox” and experimental format of approaching a human, societal or globally urgent topic, that asks:
· What makes for the spirit of reciprocal art-making in an age of fragmentation?
· How can we apply this to our own creative context? When does value emerge?
· How can we build skills to bring others on a journey of transformation and growth as global citizens?
22 Nov 2017 (Wed) – FREE
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Artist Susanne Bosch and Researcher/Curator Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio will host a public seminar with local artists and practitioners using the form of a conversation circle.
After this event, there will be an artist-led experiential tour by theatre practitioner Jalyn Han.
DAY 2 is FREE and open to the public.
DAY 3 – WORKSHOP BY Tan Biyun
23 Nov 2017 (Thursday)
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Using the recent Save Sungei Road Campaign* as a case study, Singaporean artist Tan Biyun takes participants into an immersive exhibition space. Through practical exercises, participants will be exposed to various aspects, perspectives, and events from the Sungei Road campaign through text, images, sounds, video, activities that had been organised by different parties. The artist shares her own experiences as part of the event.
- how can we analyse, interpret, and reflect on the materials in community/s?
- what subjectivities and bias exist in community/s?
- how can community works and change-makers assert themselves in a subculture?