Spotted! CHELSY

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Singapore-based Indonesian artist, Chelsy Xu, specializes in illustration, digital art, and traditional art.

“Fascinated by the movement of rock music and the essential unreality of surrealism, I started my artistic journey, to inspire viewers and make the world a better place,”  says the illustrator. “My work explores the relationship between undefined phenomena (fantasy) and the sensation of nature. By being open to different art forms I have a broad perspective on the arts, allowing me to mix different art forms together to create new unique styles.”

Beautiful work!

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Construct Magazine by TWC

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Construct Magazine caught our eye for obvious reasons. A quick scroll through revealed it to be an in-house publication by The Working Capitol.

Editor Sal Seah spoke to Culturepush about how the publication evolved.

“It began as Capitol Press, a biweekly print publication we produced in-house for about a year. It was an 8-page digest, with community profiles, upcoming events, and various guides to the neighbourhood. There were 25 editions of Capitol Press, but they were only ever distributed from within the walls of The Working Capitol. When it started becoming rote and like clockwork we stopped and took stock. It was then that we decided we were going to have to go bigger and bolder if we wanted to challenge ourselves.

By ourselves I’m referring to Samantha Pang, the Art Director, and myself. With this relaunch of the TWC magazine we wanted to push ourselves and the brand in the fields of content and design. We took a very intentional but also process-driven and experimental attitude towards both these elements in the making of the magazine. The goal was to be provocative, in the sense of making people question things they take for granted and then galvanising them into some kind of action or to make some kind of change. It’s very much an extension of what The Working Capitol stands for. This is also where the name comes from, by the way. ‘Construct’ as a verb is to build or create, but as a noun it refers to a hypothesis, or a product of historical or social circumstances. Basically, a man-made concept that can—and should—be challenged.

The theme we settled on for this issue of Construct was ‘Time’ and was the biggest influence on the magazine. That and all the collaborators we worked with along the way, from contributors to advertisers, illustrators to tech critics. That said, design was done in house, by our very lean design team.

The magazine does touch on things like technology, business, and work, and I think in its bones it is entrepreneurial. However, it’s meant for a larger community of fundamentally curious people, culturally-aware, appreciative of good design, and who love to think and learn and do. That’s why it can also in certain cafes and other select establishments around central Singapore.”

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28th SGIFF: Singapore Panorama

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The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) returns from 23 November to 3 December 2017. The 28th edition will screen 112 feature and short films from 42 countries, across nine sections: – Opening, Special Presentation, Silver Screen Awards, Singapore Panorama, Asian Vision, Cinema Today, Midnight Mayhem, Classics: Secret Spies Never Die!, Focus: Histories of Tomorrow – Indonesian Cinema After the New Order.

Our focus today is on the young and emerging filmmakers from the SGIFF Singapore Panorama Shorts programme.

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An actor discovers his son’s university application that was supposed to be mailed out in the boot of his car. The mistake leads him to drive around as he formulates an excuse. The film stars television veteran Zhu Houren as the protagonist.

About the directors
Jonathan Choo, Rachel Liew and Shammini G are graduates of NTU School of Art Design and Media. They produced Han, which won Best Film at the National Youth Film Awards 2016.

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A father, who is also the discipline master at his son’s school, has to grapple with his own principles when his rebellious son breaks one of the school rules.

About the director
Hamzah Fansuri is a graduate of the School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. His thesis film, Rotan, is made as a reflection of his childhood days.

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Struggling to get her special-needs son into a regular school, a single mother agonises over her conflicted feelings toward him when he obstructs her plan.

About the director
Tang Wan Xin is a recent graduate from the Puttnam School of Film and Animation at LASALLE College of the Arts. She hopes to tell stories that reveal truths that reality often conceals.

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Insulated by the lonely monotony of routine, Ji spend her nights tearing flyers and junk mail. One night, an interesting flyer gives her an unexpected opportunity for reconnection.

About the director
Gan Chin Lin is a student filmmaker from the graduating batch of Raffles Institution Film Society. Return to Sender is her debut work as director and cinematographer.

The Festival will take place at multiple screening venues including Marina Bay Sands, Capitol Theatre, Shaw Theatres Lido, National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery Singapore, Filmgarde Bugis+ and The Arts House. Visit sgiff.com for festival updates. Tickets are available from Sistic.

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Megan Boey’s Food Girls

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If you dig food and girls, you’ll do well to check out Megan Boey’s Food Girls series.

“The series is a combination of two of my favourite things: food + character creation. I want to create a diverse range of characters that people can relate to and along the process, have lots of opportunity for audience participation. I have lots of fun fleshing out these characters and typing out their personalities, their likes and dislikes. One of the best things about this series has been people guessing which food a new one’s going to be when I put up sneak-peeks, and people suggesting their own favourite foods for me to draw. I’m drawing the girls in groups of five, with one-week breaks in between. The next group is coming up in a week, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re interested!”

Megan Boey  – aka Sakyru – is a freelance illustrator, impromptu muralist and member of the Band of Doodlers. She recently graduated with a Diploma in Animation from LASALLE.

 

 

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Comics of Singapore Histories (COSH) Studios

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In January 2016, COSH Studios brought together a collective of comic artists and writers eager to share their stories of Singapore Heritage. “Our heritage shouldn’t just be confined to history lessons and the classroom,” comic historian Lim Cheng Tju says. “These comics are fiction, but they have aspects of local history and places in them. And when readers can relate to these stories, there’s always the chance that they will want to find out more about the hidden corners or undiscovered stories in Singapore.”

Three comics will be launched tomorrow at the Singapore Writers Festival from 8:30PM until 9:30PM at the Arts House: Live through Singapore in the 1910s through five different people in the Guidebook to Nanyang Diplomacy by Lim Cheng Tju and Benjamin Chee. Listen in to the politics of food and business in the Coalition of the Savoury Spare Parts by Koh Hong Teng and Oh Yong Hwee. Or run into the Bukit Brown Caretaker in a place where many Singaporeans called their Final Resting Place – James Tan will help you with that.

Four more titles will be published by March 2018, featuring writer Dave Chua and artists Don Low and Cheah Sinann as some of the many names to release their books then.

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