Singapore’s only art walkabout, OH! Open House, visits Tiong Bahru on 18, 19, 25 and 26 February. This year’s event expects to take 1500 strangers on tour into the heart of Tiong Bahru. Fifteen artists have installed their artworks – spanning a range of sculpture, photography, video, installation, interactive media – in six real life homes in the conserved and postwar apartments.
The tour will be touching on some of the issues there like gentrification, the clash of old and new, Eastern and Western through both the tours and artworks. For example, one of the artists is tackling the Speak Mandarin campaign, which has created a barrier between dialect speaking generation and the young. There will also be unique photo opportunities into private and intimate spaces of Tiong Bahru. Some highlights also include a reconstruction of an artist’s bedroom and life in its entirety using only plastic tape, an interactive light installation that will track 1500 OH! visitors, a site-specific project with Singapore’s first Monkey God temple, a scientific lab located in a bathroom dealing with what else – waste management and a social sculpture to create a new Tiong Bahru food court.
Confirmed artists are Ang Song Nian, Cindy Salim, Dilys Ng, Gilles Massot, Green Zeng, Isabelle Desjeux, Jying Tan, Lavender Chang, Marc Gabriel Loh, Mark Wong, Patrick Storey, Race Krehel, Sokkuan Tye, Stephen Black and Zhao Renhui.
OH! will be open from 4pm till 9pm on 18, 19, 25 and 26 February. The tour starts at Tiong Bahru Community Ctr, 67A Eu Chin Street. $15 tickets are sold at the door, and the last tour leaves at 8pm. Visit the website for details.