The Substation: Townhall Meeting @ The Substation
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm
The Substation: Townhall Meeting @ The Substation | Singapore | Singapore

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

Unseen: Conversations Across The Constellation (Open to Public) @ Objectifs
Apr 2 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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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.

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This event is supported by the Singapore International Foundation.

Collectivism in Practice: Pangrok Sulap, Gudskul and Brack @ National Gallery Singapore
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Collectivism in Practice: Pangrok Sulap, Gudskul and Brack @ National Gallery Singapore

[Panel Discussion] We Started Something: Collectivism in Practice
Pangrok Sulap, Gudskul, Brack

Representatives from contemporary art collectives in Southeast Asia-Pangrok Sulap (Malaysia), Gudskul (Indonesia) and Brack (Singapore), surface the motivations and challenges of working collaboratively in their own socio-historical contexts. Dr Minna Valjakka will lead this session and share findings from her own research.

Dr. Minna Valjakka is an Adjunct Professor in Art History and Asian Studies at the University of Helsinki and a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (National University Singapore). Dr. Valjakka adopts an interdisciplinary approach, bridging Art Studies and Urban Studies to examine urban creativity as a response to arts and cultural policies, geopolitical shifts, and translocal mediations. She has published extensively, was recently the co-editor of Visual Arts, Representations, and Interventions in Contemporary China. Urbanized Interface (with Meiqin Wang, AUP, 2018).

Pangrok Sulap is a collective of artists, musicians and social activists from Borneo who aim to empower rural communities through art. Their name is derived from the words “pangrok,” the local pronunciation of “punk-rock,” and “sulap,” the name of a hut or resting place usually used by farmers in Sabah. The collective is based on the Do-It-Yourself concept, hence their slogan “Jangan Beli, Bikin Sendiri” (Don’t Buy, Do-it-Yourself).

Brack is a Singapore-based platform for socially engaged artists in Southeast Asia. They are interested in the practice of gathering; and dialogical exchanges across mediums, disciplines and communities. Brack seeks to understand how socially engaged art can activate a community or society and experiment in those very activations—through the way they write, work with artists, and engage with audiences.

Gudskul: Contemporary Art Collective and Ecosystem Studies is a public learning space established by three Jakarta-based art collectives: Grafis Huru Hara, ruangrupa and Serrum. It was founded to promote “B-knowledge,” referring to B-movies and the B-side of a record, and unleash knowledge from multiple actors in society, not only those assumed to be trained. It aims to achieve this by decentralizing assumptions of knowledge production dictated by academic disciplines, catalogued by institutions and applied within specific parameters.

A Symposium | 16-18 Aug

What is the strength in numbers? How does personal inquiry culminate in a gathering of energy, voices and ideas? This symposium charts the evolution of artistic collectivism in Asia and its impact on the course of art and cultural history. Prominent historians, curators and art practitioners examine how unique modes of collaboration have facilitated the exchange and archival of knowledge and catalysed social change in the region and beyond.

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This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s. This exhibition investigates how experimental artists acted as catalysts for change during some of Asia’s most turbulent decades. It spotlights artistic responses to major global events such as the Cold War, and explores how artists challenged political, social and artistic conventions.

Co-organised by National Gallery Singapore, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea and the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Awakenings draws connections across Asia through over 150 artworks by important artists from China, India, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia.


– This talk is held at City Hall Wing, Level 5, Rooftop Studios, National Gallery Singapore.
– Free admission by registration via Eventbrite page. Please give your name as per your Eventbrite registration at the door for admission.
– Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the event.
– Latecomers may be denied entry as seats could be reallocated at the discretion of the organiser.