Listen! Amy(gdala) by The HubbaBubbas

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(from the press release)

­Pressing on their show­stopping crusade of re­interpreting the ‘Pop’ genre as we know it, the post­acoustic trio we all know and love as HubbaBubbas are launching their long awaited debut ‘EP’ – Amy(gdala) – pronounced uh­mig­duh­luh, come 12th August at Aliwal Arts Centre.

Steph (Frontwoman), Ryan (Guitar), and Mervyn (Beatbox), are no strangers to the music scene ­creating waves since 2012, the trio have since been pushing the boundaries of different musical genres. With their unique set­up, the trio accentuates an electrifying and infectious energy both online, on their social media channels, and offline, live on stage.

The EP is described by Guitarist Ryan as ‘positive and uplifting, yet contemplative’, HubbaBubba’s debut 5­-track EP, Amy(gdala), showcases the unorthodox path these musicians took to reach the maturity of sound that they have now, since their beginnings as buskers. Their single, ‘A dress’, and its much anticipated music video, directed by acclaimed fashion photographer, Lenne Chai, is set to be released on 29 July. The video merely scratches the surface of how passionate the trio are in their craft, with the entire set built from scratch using paper, under the artistic direction of renowned filmmaker Jacky Lee.

The EP will go live on iTunes and Spotify on the same day. Online purchase of their EP can be found on iTunes, and limited physical copies will be also be sold at the event.

The launch will be at Aliwal Arts Centre on the 12th Of August, where they will be joined by Bass Wizard Tim De Cotta, and Keyboard Kung Fu Master Audrey Tengkey. Featuring opening acts JAWN and Jaime Wong. Click here for tickets.


LEVI’S X ATTAGIRL Custom Jackets







LEVI’S SINGAPORE tapped six female artists to put a creative spin on their denim jacket. Featuring bold colors and fun graphics the jackets by artists ANNUENDO, LOVAGE, MIGHTYELLOW, MRYDETTE, OAK & BINDI and SKL0  sold out on Stratosphere in no time, with proceeds going to Andrew & Grace Home (AG HOME), a shelter for troubled teenage girls in the community.

You can eyeball the jackets during ATTAGIRL’s 3rd anniversary party on 30 July at BluJaz Café. Click here for full details of this event.

Exhib! Each Blade of Grass Each Shrub Each Tree

David Tan, Jambu Fruit Dove

Robert Zhao, How To Make A Tree Disappear As Nature Intended II (2016)

Susie Wong, The land remains where God had put it; but white men they come and in a little while they go (2012)

(from the Press Release)

The Substation presents Each Blade of Grass Each Shrub Each Tree, a programme of exhibition, performance and forum as a response to the Cross Island Line (CRL) discussions about MacRitchie Reservoir.

Bringing together the works of artists, writers and nature conservationists who resist constructed visions of nature as a singular, unchanging entity, the programme complicates our understanding of Nature and the Garden. From the edenic to the horrifying, from the sublime to fictions of representation, nature, through their eyes, becomes speculative, autonomous but also charged with human trace—as Tan Wee Kiat, former CEO of NParks puts it, “each blade of grass and each shrub and tree [is to be] brought to the site and put into place.”

Singapore’s prevailing moniker of the Garden City is a reflection of the attempts at yielding nature a place in the land-scarce city. The focus on greening our city has its roots in British-colonial ways of engaging nature, and has since taken on shifting definitions in line with national and strategic interests. Lee Kuan Yew, our former Prime Minister noted, “after independence, I searched for some dramatic way to distinguish ourselves from other Third World countries. I settled for a clean and green Singapore…”

By engaging with artists and academics who have developed ways of experiencing or thinking about nature and/or the urban, the programme is part of The Substation’s plans to drive larger conversations in Singapore. The Artistic director, Alan Oei says, “At The Substation, we hope take on some of the big, difficult cultural questions that affect us, as a nation, a people, and as individuals.”

Most of the artworks presented have no direct relation to the CRL, but provide a survey of different responses to the ecology of Singapore. They range from written documents to painting, photography and performance.

The programme is a timely and topical response befitting The Substation as an independent voice for the public. He says, “Timing is everything. With a real issue on hand, the space for reflection to consider our relationship to nature within this small island city becomes far more potent. We’re very careful to remain neutral on the CRL issue. We just want to show the different strands of practice and engagement that artists have with Nature. It doesn’t try to be a coherent survey by any means, but still has great potential for revealing a deeper condition of Singapore and our varied experience of Nature as a construct.”

The exhibition runs from 5 until 15 May at The Substation Gallery, but will be closed for a private performance and forum on 7 May from 1PM to 4PM. Featuring Chu Hao Pei, David Tan, Deborah Emmanuel, Geraldine Kang, Robert Zhao, Sharda Harrison, Susie Wong, Timothy Barnard, and Tony O’Dempsey.

Unseen: Constellations by Alecia Neo

Alecia Neo presents Unseen: Constellations from today until 17 April at Objectifs. This long-term collaborative art project provides a platform for seven youths living with visual-impairment (VI) to explore self-identity and their future selves.

(from the press release)

Through a creative process led by the artist and her collaborators, the project’s process will be presented as a multi-sensory installation comprising of seven distinctive tents. Ranging from music to film to audio story, each tent houses the creative journeys of these young individuals and their exchanges with the public. Using art as an agent, Unseen: Constellation is a bridge between sighted people and people living with visual impairment – a merging of both worlds.

The GSA WIP Show 2016

In partnership with Singapore Design Week, The Glasgow School of Art Singapore launches ‘The WIP Show 2016’, a Work-In-Progress exhibition by the graduating cohort from BA(Hons) Communication Design. You will get a sneak peek of their working processes including demonstrations and handcrafted goods. There will be talks with creatives and local film screenings, but I suggest you follow the link for the details.

In this feature, we’re giving you just a peek with images of the work of some of the students that will participate in the show.

Please Stand Behind the Yellow Line by Fariz Junaidi

“Please Stand Behind the Yellow Line” (a public announcement whenever a train approaches the platform) was designed as an interactive, physical data visualisation of the number of passengers in the MRT during peak hour. Revolving around the theme of congestion, this idea was conceived through past experiences, revisiting moments when personal spaces were intruded by strangers. To understand such plight, specially designed t-shirts were connected to each other via a retractable belt that consist the dataset. Ranging from the most crowded station to the least, the datasets are unveiled once the users steps away from each other. The distance between the users correlates to the number of passengers in the train, simulating “an intrusion of personal space” through interaction.”

Human Parasite by Alex Yam

“Human Parasite is the embodiment of a Monstrous Beauty. Through deconstruction and recreating evidence of a living body on other bodies. I studied the trash around us and perceived these specimens from a humane perspective, analogizing them as “Parasites”. Trash taking on the role of parasites feeding off the human host. I took the bounding condition of my body shell as its limit, serving as a host to the specimens and a measurement of human space. An experimental form of visual literacy, in a bid to provoke a re-examination of our relationship to the amount of trash we produce. Nurtured in the human shell, these parasites are rejected and accepted once again.”

Digital Hyperthymesia by Samantha Pang

“Hyperthymesia is a rare mental condition that gives one super autobiographical memory. Individuals experience uncontrollable associations and recollections of dated events and experiences of their everyday lives in unusual detail and accuracy. In the age of technological advancement, are we starting to experience symptoms of this condition ourselves? How much of our lives and information that we ought to remember are stored on our technological devices? ’Digital Hyperthymesia’ thus reflects the evolution of man’s ability to remember and forget, as well as the consequences of technology on our relationships, behaviour and identity.”

Of Real and Imagined Places by Crystal Teo

“In a country where places and locations are but ephemeral constructs of space, how can one establish oneself with the landscape of this nation? “Of Real and Imagined Places” explores the sense of being and identity through a series of new geographies that examines the connection between geological and biological processes while exploring the basic human need to acquire territory as a prerequisite to identity. While understanding the loss of security and anxiety that comes with disorientation and displacement, the illustrations consider the idea of personal geographies, engaging the idea of fracturing objects into geometric shapes while depicting the “illusion” of dimensions of urban spaces.

two or three, gathered or more,
searching for an illusive identity.

Belong, being, the human life,
memory, place, behaviour and identity.

Self, now and being here, begins with other, then and the yonder.

what exactly it is to be,
a search for our identity.”

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