Blooming in-between Pale Partitions by Denise Yap

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Living in a pastel box

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Denise Yap‘s work revolves around social political issues and draws upon various queer theories and experiences. “I seek to explore the complexity of human desire, queer ephemera and notions of gender by employing the queer perspective as a deconstructive lens, to examine social norms within different spaces and culture. My process usually starts with brainstorming and creating mind-maps of personal observations and thoughts. My thoughts are then rendered into sketches.”

For her final year project, Denise started questioning a common mandarin idiom ‘一样米养百样人’, that many people use frequently. “I understood the gist of it as it literally translates to ‘one kind of rice can feed many people’. It refers to the possibility of diverse personalities within a social group and the multifaceted, uniqueness of a human being. However, the usage of this quote has led me to consider the consequence of this quote, as many use it as a lazy dismissal which disallows further understanding hence, acting as a closure that reaffirms the alienation as valid.

In the Singaporean society, heterosexuality is the only acceptable sexual category despite the complexity of human desires. Therefore, the topic, queer or being queer is a taboo and there are little to no education on sexuality or many spaces to help people understand it. Because of this lack, many misunderstandings and stereotypes are taken as truth/fact. Aspiration for this project grew as I wanted to highlight this aspect through my artwork by creating a space that encourages an awareness with regards to the stigma of being queer in Singapore.

However, In the words of David Birch, who said this of Singapore: ‘The challenge for civil society is to change the perception of being gay as undesirable – the challenge in order to establish any social movement interested in gay issues and promoting and achieving equality for gay people – is first to understand what constitutes gay communities in Singapore’. To further understand what constitutes gay communities in Singapore, I have interviewed and asked various queer people to write letters about anything queer. All of the replies I have are based on their queer journeys or experiences. Although these stories stem from personal matters, they are still very much influenced by public notions.

I started to consider private spaces and how public notions can exist within it. Blooming in-between Pale Partitions is a recreation of a bedroom, that attempts to examine bedrooms through the perspective of the queer community in Singapore, more specifically how the political, social and cultural confluences shape experiences. Adopting José Esteban Muñoz’s definition of proving and reading queerness ‘is by suturing it to the concept of ephemera. Think of ephemera as trace, the remains, the things that are left, hanging in the air like a rumor.’ I explore queer ephemera in my artwork through objects that act as remains. These queer traces are reactions to the consequences of heteronormativity that can take form in pressures, expectations and stereotypes. The bedroom consists of a wardrobe, bed and desk which are manipulated slightly to retain its conventional form and contain composed objects to create a narrative. There are common themed narratives present throughout this bedroom that addresses and reflects the experience of being queer in Singapore (alienation, conformity and the like.) with regards to homosexuality, and our relationship to the state’s laws and policies.”

Part of Denise’s installation will be shown at the Lasalle graduation show at ICA Gallery on May 18 at 7pm.

Images © Denise Yap. Proofread by Tiffany Ann Dass.

See you in January!

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Time to go off-grid, unplug and recharge.

See you in two weeks.

Grab a Seat at The Working Capitol + Giveaway

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Images by Jovian Lim. Art Direction by Foreign Policy Design.

Although you might be comfortable working from your bedroom, a coffee shop or the library, there are days when you just want a dedicated space to work from and meet interesting people by simply working alongside them during the day.

Yes, we are talking a co-working environment. Housed in a former 1920s biscuit factory along the historic Keong Saik Road, The Working Capitol is a new co-working space designed to “incite creativity and ideas development”.

“The Working Capitol is about community, and finding and making ways of helping the community get to work. The support systems breed a cross-pollination of ideas, between individuals and across businesses, and the open spaces provide a platform for people to come together to discover, create, and collaborate. Sections of the space are demarcated as private offices, fixed and free working desks, and meeting rooms, but there is plenty of room for daily interaction and conversation amongst all members. Amenities range from the standard facilities, to administrative, secretarial, and community services. We also have our own café which is perfect for casual gatherings, lunch meetings, networking sessions, and after-work parties, or simply for short breaks or a quick bite. There is also a dedicated events space open to lifestyle brands, corporates and agencies, coupled with an exciting lineup of additional F&B establishments.”

You can choose how you work and some of the options include the Workspot – the ideal desk for freelancers – a more permanent Workdesk in a quiet zone or the Workspace, a private, dedicated space for teams of two to eight people. I strongly suggest you book a tour to figure out all of the details.

Anyways, the good folks at TWC hit us up with two month passes at a Workspot desk. Email michele@culturepush.com  if you want to plant your tuckus on a hot spot for a month  … free of charge. Update! We have two winners. More luck next time.

 

See You in January!

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Time to strap ourselves in and get the car rolling! It’s Christmas week, and while that predominantly means family-induced ennui, festive crap, lame games, hangover marathons and aching heads, we have been looking ahead to two blissful weeks of being useless.

Now strap the tree to the car roof, sit back and shut up!

See you in January!

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✔ Dust the somersault trophies cabinet
✔ Fertilize the mini-golf course
✔ Water and sharpen the mother-in-law’s tongue
✔ Feed the wind up galloping goose
✔ Refill the water guns
✔ Slam the door shut. Kill the lights.

Everything checked, yeah ? Yeah ?? Good!
Now crack open the igloo-gel-flocken-swizzles and let’s get on with all sorts of year-end jollity.

Bottoms up you gorgeous lot and don’t misbehave. See you in January!

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