’cause it’s Christmas with paintinks by Melt

Are you getting ready for  … errrm …. Christmas? I hope so, because starting today we kick off with a ’cause it’s Christmas project special. Shall we? Let’s …

It wouldn’t be Christmas without some good old-fashioned charity, and Melissa Tan aka paintinks by Melt is the first do-gooder in our special.”I want to make this a great Christmas for homeless pets, donating all profits made from my Christmas card towards Mdm Wong’s Shelter and Friends and LiFeline.”

Each pack of four cards, all illustrated in glorious watercolour, is selling for S$8 and you can find the purchase details here.

Culturepush is giving away two packs of cards. Email michele@culturepush.com before 23 November. Giveaway is open to Singapore-based readers only. Woof!


Creative Destruction at the Peranakan Museum

(from the press release)

In conjunction with the museum’s first contemporary installation, Luminous Depths, by the international artist Lee Mingwei, the Peranakan Museum presents a multi-faceted campaign titled Creative Destruction, which will feature three prominent Singapore musicians creating brand new works and then performing live, along with public interaction through a music production competition.

Besides exploring the idea of collecting, Luminous Depths also raises questions about connoisseurship, memory, and rebirth. The artist invites visitors to participate in his work in a unique way, inspiring them to think about objects and memories, and how both are preserved. A key element of participation is the act of tossing out and breaking a ceramic work of art created by the artist; this act symbolically (and concretely) contributes to new art.

Creative Destruction mirrors this aspect of the installation, paying tribute to the phoenix rising out of the ashes, the creation of the new out of the broken. Each of the sounds created by the breaking of the five different ceramic designs were recorded, and along with Schubert’s lied “Nacht und Träume”, are presented as samples for the public to use in creating their own original musical piece.

To show how it is done, prominent Singapore musicians – Dharma and Bani Haykal of The Observatory, Kiat from audio-visual collective Syndicate, and AION, a brand new group comprising Nick Chan (MUON), Syairazi (Monster Cat) and Vijay Singh (aka SWTLKR) – have been invited to create the first tracks for Creative Destruction; they are all bound by the rules of the competition. Each track must be at least two minutes long, and must use at least one of the six samples provided. Samples may be sonically altered however contestants wish. Each of the three Singapore artists will perform their original composition, along with a selection of their own works, at a special presentation during Night Festival 2013 at the Peranakan Museum.

Online media will play a particularly important role in Creative Destruction. The campaign “HQ” will be hosted on a micro-site. Information about the commissioned artists, the competition, and the campaign will be stored on the site until October. In addition, the Peranakan Museum has partnered with Deezer – an online streaming service with 10 million users worldwide. For the duration of the campaign, Creative Destruction will have its own online radio station on Deezer, along with a featured artist banner space on its home page as the commissioned tracks are released.

Submissions for the music production competition will be uploaded to the Creative Destruction micro site. The public can log onto the site to vote for a maximum of three entries daily. The 10 submissions with the highest number of votes will be presented in a special listening party on Friday, 13 September, at the Peranakan Museum. The winner, chosen by the artist Lee Mingwei, will be announced that night.

Until then head over to www.creativedestruction.sg and check out the first commissioned track titled ‘Diminishing Heliographs’ by Dharma and Bani Haykal of The Observatory.

Plug these dates:

Creative Destruction Entry Submissions:
29 July to 8 September
Follow the link for details: www.creativedestruction.sg

Creative Destruction at Night Festival 2013
Friday 30 August and Saturday 31 August, 8pm onwards at the Peranakan Museum

After Hours at the Peranakan Museum: Creative Destruction
Friday 13 September 2013, 7.30pm at the Peranakan Museum


Be Creative & Win 50 MOO Business Cards

Images: MOO.

Yay! We’ve got some great news for our Culturepush fans!

The cool cats at MOO are offering 50 Classic Business Cards to 3 of our readers in our first giveaway of the year.

How does this work?

From today till February 10, 2013 we are inviting you to demonstrate your creative prowess by submitting a mad crazy custom design for your MOO business cards. Submit work that you own the rights to or that you have licence to share, reuse and remix legally. Email your design, full name and a link to your portfolio to Michele before 11 February.

On February 11, 2013 we will post the submissions up for voting in the ‘LIKE MY MOO’ album on our Facebook page. At the same time we will invite our Facebook fans to LIKE their favourite design. Voting ends on February 28, 2013.

The 3 winners will be announced on March 1, 2013.

Terms and Conditions

  1. In the spirit of Culturepush, the competition is open to young and emerging Singapore creatives only.
  2. One submission per participant.
  3. Winners selection is based on 100% Facebook LIKES.

About MOO

Passionate about designing business cards, MOO just love to print – and their ‘printfinity’ technology enables you to place a different image on every business card in a pack. You can make your own business cards by uploading your designs, photography, logos, and artwork to create unique cards. Additionally MOO offers an expansive range of templates and designs for your cards which can be personalised with your own details.


Actually’s 8th Signature Bag

For the design of  their 8th Signature Bag, Actually launched an open-entry competition in November 2011. They asked their Facebook members to choose from the six shortlisted artworks they thought best represented the Actually identity, and the four designs with the highest votes became their 8th signature carrier bags. The winning artworks are from left to right: Raven by Shannon Tan, Chromaticity by Rachel Han, I am An Owl by Denise Xu and Think Outside the Box by Asri Scola.


The Conqueror Awards 2010/11 Winners

The Conqueror Awards 2010/11 presented a total of 25 awards to honour excellent local design and print achievements at a ceremony held on March 14.

Positioned as a competition that celebrates design on paper, the Conqueror Awards is aimed at getting designers to push the envelope in print design amid prediction of the genre’s possible demise.

Held regionally for the first time, the Conqueror Awards attracted more than 1,000 entries across Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Splash Productions emerged as the winner for Best Design Singapore with its entry titled “Book of the New”  (Image 1, 2). Tan Chin Hwee, design student from Temasek Polytechnic, is the winner for the Student Design Award (Image 3). Entraco Printing wins Best Print Singapore for its technical excellence in printing on paper (Image 1, 2).


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