The Very Wishing Story by Sum Qian Yu

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Make sure to drop by the Night Festival on Queen Street to check out The Very Wishing Story, an installation created by Very Small Exhibition and Sum Qian Yu.

The Very Wishing Story is about a boy and a girl, each discovering a magical marble that opens up a new world of adventure.  At night the marble lights up. The boy and the girl flew out of their room, following the magical light marble. The boy comes to a fascinating forest with light balls and the girl arrives at an enchanted cave, with glittering balloons of all shapes and sizes, glowing in the dark. Together, they meet at the magical waterfalls, playing with the tiny light balls, forming light structures that they imagined out of their own minds. The narrative is the basis of the three-part The Very Wishing Story“; The Cave” at Supermama@SAM relates to the girl’s journey, “The Forest” at National Design Centre relates to the boy’s journey. Both journeys converge at a lighting installation, “The Waterfalls”, at Waterloo Artsplace, where the characters meet other children in the story and create a magical world together.”

The Very Wishing Story is available online or you can pick up a copy from Supermama @SAM.

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

ANNUENDO

LOVAGE

MRYDETTE

OAK & BINDI

MIGHTYELLOW

SKLO

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.

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