Do you also wait for the holiday season to do something about those eternally unchecked resolutions on your list?
That’s exactly what Nicholas Goh did. By trading @smokesforshots, he is putting the breaks on his smoking urge by trading the habit of a smoke break for a street photography shot.
“Both pastimes take about the same amount of time, ease fidgeting fingers and share space on the streets of Singapore – the art of street photography, being the much more edifying habit.”
Check it out.
Video: OH! Open House
Music: March of the Mind by Kevin MacLeod
Photos: Johann Yamin
(from the press release)
OH! Open House, in collaboration with a group of Singapore artists, is transforming a two-storey terraced house in Chip Bee Gardens into a maze-like museum of curiosities.
The Bizarre Honour – presented as a fictional institution showcasing their eclectic collection in a newfound space – will unveil over 300 natural objects and artefacts dating from the colonial period to the contemporary times. Collected by the artists over a period of 15 years, the exhibits survey Singapore’s contentious relationship with its nature.
In a unique and highly private experience, only two visitors are allowed in the museum at any one point of time. From rare colonial photos, taxidermy and animal traps to tropical field equipment, visitors can expect a sensory treat while they immerse themselves in a living, breathing museum.
Visitors should prepare themselves for spending 30 minutes in the museum where there are no guides, labels or explanations, and no distinction between art and artefacts. Visitors can only rely on a personal dossier – comprising memos, photographs and other classified information pertaining to exhibits and experiments – to unlock the mysteries of the museum and its exhibits.
Mr. Alan Oei, 40, co-founder and Artistic Director of OH! Open House, explains the concept of the museum: “The cultural airspace is dominated by the few blockbuster museums like Tate, MOMA, and now we’ve added the National Gallery of Singapore. So we want to ask if there is a space for a different kind of museum.”
We looked back at the Wunderkammer, Cabinet of Curiosities, and you see it was very artistic. It wasn’t about national representation or state narratives. They expressed something more human, more personal – curiosity and collecting.
There’s a wondrous relationship between art and Natural History – it’s about discovering uncharted worlds, and finding new relations between things, even things that may seem very mundane. Animal traps, for instance, reflect the local culture and myths. So a sparrow trap reflects the Singapore vernacular; it’s unique to us. Also, we have an entire collection of photographs taken by a British tourist in Singapore over a few decades. Each photograph by itself is very ordinary, but put together is an obsessive, fractured portrait of Singapore you’d never find in the history books,” he adds.
We’re working with a few artists to make our own version of a museum. We’re not revealing the names because we want the focus to be on the experience, not the ‘brand’ or the oeuvre. It’s just you and the exhibits, the live experiments – how do you make sense of things?”
You can purchase tickets to The Bizarre Honour at S$45 which includes a hand- assembled 80-page dossier.
“《Wake Me Up At HappyLand》is a story about a man traveling the world in search of the HappyLand. Afraid of missing it, he carried a sign with him, reminding others to wake him up at the Happy Land. But no one did, and he continued his wanderings until …”
“The last two stories that I wrote were both dark and sad, and it was also a period where I constantly saw a lot of negative news in the media. Around the same time, I switched to taking the subway to work. That’s when I came across an online video of an experiment whereby a person pretends to fall sleep on the train. He is holding a piece of paper indicating his destination, and wonders if anyone will wake him up. The idea stuck in my mind and soon evolved into the core idea of this story – a person on a journey to HappyLand, but sleeping throughout the journey with no one waking him up.
Initially, I wanted to keep my previous style of storytelling-incorporating the use of words and rhymes- so I did many writing drafts in various approaches, but none of them seemed right. I was stuck in the scripts for quite some time until I attended a presentation by a publisher of Children’s Picture-Books. That stimulated my interest in this area, so I did some further research and reading related to Children’s Picture-Books. Eventually, I tried to make a wordless picture-story with this idea. I found that the minute I threw away the words, all the ideas became more easily conveyed through a visual way.”
The project has reached 32% of it’s US$ 20000 target still with 47 days to go.
Fashion photographer Lenne Chai spent the last nine months producing and directing a sci-fi music video for musician Charlie Lim. It is Lenne’s third ever music video, and also the most ambitious so far …
“The video is a collaborative pro-bono project featuring the work from Lim Qi Xuan (alien designer), Tina Fung (set designer) and whitehorsegrey (illustrations). The video is inspired by moon landing conspiracies and celebrity culture, where Charlie plays a hapless “astronaut” directed by aliens.”