Student Movies at 28th EUFF

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A Better Life by Eysham Ali

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Ayah by Amelia Lai

The European Union Film Festival is back for its 28th edition running from the 10th to the 20th of May at the National Gallery.

The EUFF will be partnering with Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film and Media Studies to present short films created by students of the school.

Eysham Ali is one of the young filmmakers taking part in this festival. He is an up and coming filmmaker and a self-described “writer by choice, a director in self-defence and a storyteller by necessity.” His short film “A Better Life” details the stories and struggles of migrant workers who come to Singapore in search of better prospects.

Another student short film being featured in the festival is “Ayah” directed by Amelia Sai and produced by Nur Khairah. The story, entirely acted in Malay, revolves around the experiences of an MRT engineer and his daughter on an eventful evening. It is a bittersweet tale of one of the many silent heroes that work tirelessly to keep Singapore moving, and the sacrifices they make to do their jobs well.

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Exhib! Intelligent Island

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“Intelligent Island” is an investigation concerning the issues of government regulation in digital space. Depicting a future where an island integrates with Augmented Reality, it aims to explore political ideologies within information communication technologies.

The show is organized by Haikel Yusuff a graduating BA(Hons) student LASALLE College of the Arts, School of Design Communication and runs from 13 to 15 April.

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Listen! Joie by Joie Tan

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(from the press release)

Joie’ is the first full-length release from songbird Joie Tan. The long-awaited 10-track album showcases her versatility as a songwriter as she explores love, life, and loss through a variety of styles and genres with her svelte vocals melding them all together. The album’s focus track ‘Can’t You See’ is an ode to two lovers playing hard to get: “if you knew the truth behind the words / the cruelty was by mistake”. Joie Tan’s impassioned plea tangos playfully with Bani Hidir’s big band arrangement, drawing the listener into a warm embrace.

Produced by Bani Hidir (53A, LEW), mixed by Don Richmond (Mark Bonafide, 53A, Vanessa Fernandez), and mastered by Evan Low (Zendyll Productions, Evanturetime).

The album launch is happening on 11 April at the Esplanade Annexe Studio. Get your tickets here.

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Ryan Benjamin Lee at Undescribed #3

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Unfold (2017)
Unfold is a stop-motion animation which takes the humble cardboard box and injects character into it, revealing its surprising malleability.

Mushroom (2018)
Video Installation, 5’20”
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Mushroom is a site-specific video installation that stretches the human body to its spatial limits. The video accumulates as disembodied movements and impulses reaching upwards and outwards, desperately trying to grasp on to something tangible.

This work was made in collaboration with movement artist and actor, Chaney Chia.

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Spawn (2018) – Silent
Screensaver, 4’20”

The screensaver becomes an unlikely breeding ground for video art. Its parasitic presence pops up when you are least interested in it.

Stray (2017)
Two-channel video installation, 10’50”
Sound in collaboration with Lee Hong Xuan

The stray cat pops up in Singapore’s HDB void decks and social media newsfeeds, roaming effortlessly between physical and virtual spaces, much like a video artist. Through recording the stray cats’ endless wanderings via my iPhone, I began adopting their playful attitude towards the world, integrating it into my art-making process.

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Waiting-Prinsep St. (2016)
Video, 2’00”
Sound

The traffic light is a transitory space for people to move around the city. This video work extends the frustration of waiting to a never-ending loop, fidgeting, scratching or tapping become ways of occupying time.

What Was Left Behind (2015)
Gifs, Washi Tape, QR Codes, Inkjet on print

Sticking out like a sore thumb, Waterloo Centre, though situated at the heart of the art district, is a reluctant participant in the hippie, trendy art events. I wanted to respond to the quaintness of Waterloo Centre by bringing attention to its many under utilised pockets of space and unattended objects found along every corridor.

Ryan Benjamin Lee one of the selected artists for this year’s Undescribed, an annual platform conceived by DECK to support emerging artists who have recently graduated from local art institutions.

Artist Statement
Ryan Benjamin Lee is a moving image artist whose practice utilises video art, animation, and installation to create a range of mixed media assemblages. Grounded in an interest in material investigation, his artworks explore the relationship between physical and virtual spaces and how our post internet experiences seamlessly merge the two. As such, his works often have a sculptural or site-specific quality to them.

Undescribed #3 runs until 31 March at DECK gallery 1 & 2.

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Spotted! Joses Phang

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We spotted Joses Phang‘s work at the TCC outlet on Circular Road. Joses is one of the 16 emerging artists from LASALLE College of the Arts’ BA(Hons) Fine Arts program showing works at Art Moves III, a year-long exhibition across various TCC cafés.

Joses tells Culturepush his works mostly talk about people and society. “I have always been very drawn to this idea of loneliness and isolation in an urban society, especially since I took up street photography as a hobby, and started capturing these moments of isolation in bustling areas of the city. As someone who enjoys doing things alone, my photographs and drawings mirror my own state of mind wandering the city, investigating these feelings of loneliness in crowds, yet feeling completely comfortable being alone at the same time. Influenced by the absurd, each work of mine is like a journey exploring these positions of isolation, torn between being an individual and being a part of a collective, and finding no real resolution to it.”

 

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