Listen! Take Your Stand by Hardihood


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Punk rock band Hardihood kicks off your week-end with their long-awaited debut album, Take Your Stand. Off the new album is the lead single ‘Darkest Hour’, released via a live session video shot during the recording. “The single is inspired by the daily grind of a working class adult living in a cosmopolitan city. We wrote it as a wake-up call for us to take action against the mindless compensations paid to make us turn a blind eye to reality,” says vocalist Halim Ismail.

(from the press release)

Take Your Stand is an emotionally charged collection of 8 songs that’s a fiery blend of post-rock, punk, metal, bluesy jams, and alt-grunge. The overwhelming sound is still guitars, but the record isn’t just another dizzying barrage of distortion; rather, it showcases the versatility of the band’s shred-and-shout approach.

The album was recorded live at Singapore’s legendary TNT studios, engineered by Wong Ah Boy. “We decided not to go with track-by-track recording as we wanted to capture the raw and live feel of playing as a band,” explains guitarist Iskandar M Fawzi.

Hardihood was formed in 2013 when Iskandar, Halim, Yuzaimi and Shahreil met at a gig. Despite their different backgrounds and musical influences, they discovered that they shared one common passion: Punk rock. In 2015, Endra replaced Yuzaimi on drums. The band released their first self-funded and self-produced EP ‘Tomorrow’ in 2015, with engineer and co-producer Bob Kamal. ‘Tomorrow’ showcased the band’s diverse influences and styles, ranging from jazz and post rock to punk rock.

The album will be available through the band’s bandcamp page.

Singapore Selection @ Supermama’s Porcelain Festival


Chun Pang & Wen Yeu (&Natural)


Elizabeth Gan (School of Clay Arts)


Ellen Philpott Teo


Hui Leng (A Piece of Earth)


Emily Moh (The Void Deck)


Loy Yan Ling (Euphoramics)


Jeanette Adrienne Wee


Zestro Leow Sculptures

Supermama‘s Porcelain Festival opened last Friday at Gillman Barracks,  and focuses on porcelain as a “possible typography in the design of giftware, homeware and objet d’art.”

Highlights of the show are the Vessels exhibition, a collaboration between 5 Singapore designers and Japanese porcelain label Kahara Inc., Asian Selection, a showcase of ceramic related works conceived by Asian ceramic artists or designers and the Singapore Selection, a collection of works conceived by 10 Singapore creatives.

Today we give you a preview of the work of some of the ceramists in the Singapore Selection.

“In recent years there has been an emergence of contemporary ceramists and designers who are questioning and approaching the porcelain material in different ways. The Singapore Selection presents such a collection of works conceived by Singapore creatives.”

Until 31 October (12pm-6pm) at Supermama Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road.

Exhib! We Will Meet by Alvin Ong

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Finisterre (2016), Oil on Canvas

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The Wanderer’s Nightlong (2016), Oil on Canvas

(from the press release)

Having previously explored the local through vanishing rituals and cultures in Singapore, Alvin Ong’s latest figurative paintings mark an evolution in his subject matter. In We Will Meet, Ong presents a new series of works with a shift towards an interest in finding the local in the global, inspired by a month­long coastal trek through Spain. Walking through countless towns and landscapes, the wanderer encounters solitude, other people, and eventually, oneself.

In these reimagined memories and enchanted dreams, the nocturnal landscapes are awashed in neon light with characters encountered resurface as figures transformed by infrared and thermal imaging. Engaging in silent dialogue with one another, they are projections of the artist ­ as nomad and wanderer. Moving between worlds, encountering one another as their paths meet in the dark. This series is thus experienced as a journey, an ongoing dialogue with the painting process ­ and life itself. Along the way, the wanderer often tries to perceive the unfamiliar through the familiar, comparing these foreign lands against his own. The wild dogs of the Spanish wilderness reappear as Qilin ­ mythical animals commonly found in Chinese temples and embroidered altar cloths. Ong’s experiences of rain and the untamed wilderness are reconstituted in translucent drizzles and impassioned smears of vivid colours. We Will Meet is an invitation; to new friendships, new encounters and new beginnings.

Alvin Ong (b. 1988, Singapore) went to the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, and is currently doing his graduate studies at the Royal College of Art, London. At the age of 16, he was the youngest winner of Singapore’s prestigious art prize, the UOB Painting of the Year award, and a year later, he had his first solo exhibition in the presence of his excellency President S. R. Nathan at Jendela, Esplanade. He was touted in the Straits Times as one of the “50 Young People to Watch” and is shortlisted for the 2016 Red Mansion Art Prize. He has since shown at the Singapore Art Museum (2007, 2012 and 2013), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (2007), Asian Civilizations Museum (2010) and the Peranakan Museum (2015).

We Will Meet runs from 15 September until 16 October at Chan Hampe Galleries. The exhibition is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am ­ 7pm. Admission is free.

A Day Out Fishing with Yu An, Tiffany and Esmond

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The trio graduated in 2015 from SP’s Digital Animation program, and collaborated on A Day Out Fishing, their Final Year Project.  During this time, Lum Yu An, Tiffany Yong Min and Esmond Yeo were constantly exposed to many different things, whether it was taking on an unfamiliar role, the importance of teamwork or getting a taste of working in a fast paced industry.

Yu An, Concept artist, Modeller, Rigger, lighting artist, and compositing artist.
“The 4-month process of film making was undeniably overwhelming, as there was time constrains and limited manpower. Besides that, some of the roles that the team took up were rather unfamiliar. (It was lighting for me). Daunting as it seemed, we picked up that unfamiliarity from scratch and pushed our newly found skills into production. With the team’s incredible rapport, emotional breakdowns became a thing of the past, and we were able to push our film to excellence. Although there is definitely room for improvement, we were still proud and content. Since I have graduated from Singapore Polytechnic, I still aspire to be an artist. In this short period, I became more accepting of new knowledge and criticisms. The experience I had with my team is a heartfelt one. If asked to do it all over again, I would definitely say, YES.”

Tiffany, director, concept, storyboard artist and animator.
“Putting technical skills aside, the creation of this short film has taught me the importance of teamwork, communication and cooperation. Without my teammates, I would never have been able to create this film alone and had such a fun time doing so. Just as Yu An said, should I be asked to do it all over again, I would definitely say YES. I have since graduated from SP and am currently furthering my path as a digital artist at 3D sense; surely the concept art course would allow me to hone my painting and storytelling skills. I aspire to create heartfelt stories that takes the audiences breaths away in the far future.”

Esmond, Lead animator.
“During my time in Singapore Polytechnic, the Final Year Project was the most exciting, and also, the most exhausting assignment I undertook. The experience made me gain a deep respect for all the digital artists out there; who will pour over every detail just to perfect the shot on screen. It took three students clocking 50+ hour work weeks for a semester to produce the three minute film. We knew that ever hour of effort we put in was going to make the film look and feel better. I considered myself lucky as with such motivated team mates, the project was predictably a success. I have been given a taste of the ups and downs of working in the fast paced and ever evolving animation industry. My FYP has sat me down and made me rethink if this is the path I would continue to chose. The truth is, I am hooked by the endeavour to create. Thus, I will be pursuing a BFA in Digital Art and Animation at Digipet Institute of Technology. Anyone who has interest in the Creative disciplines should definitely pursue them, especially those in their teens. There will be time to experiment and if this industry is to your taste then you might just end up with a fulfilling career.”

Spotted! Wan Xiang

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Artist/Illustrator Wan Xiang produces line drawings inspired by comics, photographs, found images, plants, animals, and the bible. Her practice involves the act of drawing as a form of discovery, and a recording of what unfolds in a particular season.

“I am fascinated by bodies and their relation to other entities, and when reconstructed in a semi-automatic manner, they suggest narratives of the heart and mind. More recently, organic shapes and plants have been a main motif in my drawings, which signify a season of growth, malleability and hopefulness, stemming from understanding my being in the greater realm.”


On Kickstarter! The GIY Stick

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Watering your plants is now easier than ever. 13-year-old Dylan Soh – with a little help from his dad – designed a self-watering solution that uses recycled plastic drink bottles and a GIY Stick that’ll do the watering for you. “Our mission is to make concrete jungles fertile. We created the GIY (Grow it yourself) stick so new gardeners will never over water their plants again.”

Bottles fitted with the stick easily transform into mozzie proof self-waterers that release water when the plants need it. “The top roots are breathing roots while those at the bottom are the water roots. If the top roots are too wet, the plant drowns or develops root rot. GIY Stick is designed to deliver water to the bottom, keeping the top soil dry, and stops weeds from growing.”

To make a self-watering pot, insert a piece of cloth into the stick, fill the bottle, fix the stick to the pot and you’re all set. If this sounds too complicated, visit their Kickstarter page for an instructional video.

Spotted! Mandy Kew aka MACCHAKYU

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From Peranakan kueh to Japanese Café meals, Mandy Kew‘s illustrations are a collection of all things yummy. Mandy is a freelance illustrator specialised in watercolours and ink. Besides being a foodie and stationery addict, she likes to explore countries and cultures. “Through my works, I hope to evoke happy memories, heal the souls of people and enhance people’s appreciation of different cultures.”

Watch! ChiobuTV

Chiobu – In Chiobu We Trust

(from the press release)

Chiobu Collective is the first broadcaster in Singapore that creates video content targeted at female audiences. The series of videos launched on Thursday and focuses on different aspects of art forms in Food, Fashion, Health, and Music in collaboration with in influencers like Cheryl Wee, DJ Tinc, and Sharon Lam.

In addition to enriching the local arts scene by providing meaningful content that viewers can engage and relate to, Chiobu Collective hopes to build a community where information is freely shared amongst those who practice honing their craft.

Chiobu Collective mirrors a growing movement in women taking a different role in culture and in media regionally. Sites such as Singapore Geek Girls exists to debunk the misconception of girls not being able to excel in the IT industry. Other than having girls who code, gather and help each other with problem solving, female leaders in the industry conduct talks and workshops that help build their community.

The brainchild behind Chiobu Collective is Ang Geck Geck, one of the youngest female directors in Singapore. Throughout her years of experience in directing commercial work, she saw that other females around were mostly given roles that were gender specific like makeup and wardrobe styling. This drove her to create a platform where artists can sell their works, and provide opportunities for collaboration to showcase their skills and talents. “I hope that Singaporean girls will realise that there is more to how the world limits you,” said Geck Geck. “Do not shy away from challenging roles that are male dominated. It is about how you fight to pursue your dreams that is most important.”

About Chiobu Collective

While the term ChioBu is common hokkien slang in Singapore used to describe girls who are hot, The Chiobu Collective aims to redefine it. We look beyond the surface and draw out different personalities that reside in each Chiobu to explore the beauty within through artistic expression, proving that girls have their own means and styles of self-expression, which in itself is already beautiful.

We support women regardless of their age, size, or race by showcasing their individual talents from different categories such as Cooking, Travel, Music & Dance etc. The videos are shared on an online platform to help build a community, opening up more opportunities locally, and internationally as the initiative gains awareness.

The Chiobu Collective was inspired by Chiobu Movement, a one time event in 2012 for females in the creative industry to express themselves by showcasing their written works, and photos.

For more information about the Chiobu Collective visit

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