Noise x GIF Fest 2017

Adeline Tan

Ella Zheng a.k.a ellaisweird

Aik Beng Chia

Williem Siddik

(from the press release)

Presented by Noise Singapore and creative agency Kult, Noise x GIF Fest 2017 is billed as one of Singapore’s largest GIF events to-date. The Festival which caters to today’s technology-loving generation promises to capture the richness of the GIF (or graphic interchange format), an engaging medium which loops visual data, as an artistic medium and explore its role as a form of digital art, entertainment and creative communication.

The inaugural edition themed “Spellbound” will be held from 5 – 11 October 2017 at Block 7 of Gillman Barracks. The main event will feature an immersive exhibition of over 50 original GIFs, including selected works submitted by amateurs to professionals, 35 years and under, through the Open Call held last month. These specially commissioned GIFs will be showcased through projections, large screens including a mammoth LED wall, and secret rooms, all combining to create a spellbinding experience.

Programmed to captivate a broad range of audiences, Festival-goers can also look forward to curated fringe activities including workshops, live performances, creative dialogue sessions and more. Highlights include a workshop hosted by Aik Beng Chia, one of Singapore’s most followed street photographers on Instagram, who will share how to transform photos into dynamic cinemagraphs (animated photographs). A special edition of ‘Good Times’ featuring a live set between Kiat from Syndicate and Deborah Emmanuel, Singapore’s foremost spoken word poet. A performance by electronic duo .GIF, a GIF making workshop for kids, interactive art installations and inspiring talks by industry pioneers.

Over 500 GIFs were created by professional and amateur artists from across Singapore to the festival theme ‘Illusions’ and submitted to GIF FEST curators through the Open Call. 50 GIFs have been shortlisted and will be showcased at the Festival.

Entry to the family-friendly festival is free with pre-booking required for selected workshops and talks. Refer to the GIF Fest website for more details.

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TIME LINE by Amon Wong

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A live visualist for Bakers In Space and part of musical collective Astral & Co. Meet sonic artist, Amon Wong.

Whilst studying a BA in Electronic Music at LASALLE, he tells us he started toying with the idea of creating narratives through electronic mediums. “With the systems I have since developed, the audio and visuals are never self-reliant nor completely predictable; on the contrary, they come together as a result of those systems communicating with each other. Using abstract musical patterns and visuals that react with each other simultaneously, what might seem random at first will reveal itself as a carefully orchestrated exploration of aural and visual textures.”

In a live exhibition on 29 September at Artistry, Amon will treat us to an audiovisual experience that draws from multiple genres of electronic music and visual artists. We asked him to talk us through the performance.

“TIME LINE is the chronicle of my academic journey through my years in LASALLE. Every piece is sequentially more complex than the other and this live performance explores the integration of sound and visuals controlled by algorithm sequencing in real-time on stage. The work draws musical inspiration from glitch, IDM, progressive and ambient music and relates them in a visual form that blurs the boundary between the two creative fields.”

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Exhib! Creativity in Pulses

The Identity Gyroscope by Fiona Tan

The Identity Gyroscope by Fiona Tan.

Flow by Ong Kian Peng (Supported by Modular Unit)

Flow by Ong Kian Peng (Supported by Modular Unit).

In Between by Zulkifle Mahmod

In Between by Zulkifle Mahmod.

(from the press release)

Held in conjunction with the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s (SCCC) official opening, Creativity In Pulses aims to bring fresh perspectives to the way we look at Singapore Chinese culture. The theme evokes a culture that embraces both newness and tradition, showcasing fresh perspectives yet acknowledging a deep rootedness in our culture and heritage.

The 21 works by 19 artists speak of new interpretations and perspectives of seeing and understanding our culture, values, traditions and history through the “lenses” of the various artists.

The exhibition draws from a wide spectrum of artists at the cutting edge of Singapore’s creative scene. From filmmakers, product designers, graphic artists, photographers and installation artists, the works displayed at the exhibition hope to provoke thought and conversation through each artist’s unique parsing of aspects of local Chinese culture.

The exhibition runs until 30 September at SCCC Gallery (Level 2). There are complimentary Guided Tours on week-ends: at 2pm inEnglish) and at 2.30pm in Mandarin. Free admission (Last admission to the gallery is half an hour before closing).

Images © Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

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Listen! Flight by Mind Vs Matter

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In advance of the EP launch at the end of the month, we would like to share two gorgeous tracks from Samuel Ong’s forthcoming FLIGHT EP.

(from the press release)

Mind vs Matter (MVM) is Samuel Ong, an instrumental/alternative rock artist from Singapore, set to make his debut in 2017. Marrying hard hitting sounds with entrancing ambience, MVM bridges the gap across a spectrum of musical styles.

The EP – Flight, is sincere and emotive; in its delivery of a mesmerising, sonic experience. Featuring a labyrinth of woven instrumental sections, Flight creates melodies worthy of undisputed triumph.

30 September, 7pm at Aliwal Arts Centre. See you there!

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Exhib! Void by Loi Cai Xiang

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Running until 20 August,  Loi Cai Xiang will be exhibiting new work at Chan+Hori Contemporary. The series titled VOID is a “ramification from his previous series of intimate spaces, and withdraws from the external (immediate surrounding) to the internal (self)”.

(from the press release)

The author finds values in personal experiences, drawing stimulation and empathy from nostalgia and sense of familiarity to visually reenact a mental scar or emotional blemishes. Beyond the soliloquy, the works also speak, with interest, of consciousness and awareness, of being and self, in relation to the masses.

Void taps into an emotional resonance from seemingly familiar spaces where personal emotional stimulation is present. The catalyst behind Void arises from a sense of intimacy and familiarity that one shares with the environment and space, and in so, rekindles experiences and memory. The spontaneity between the environment and personal experiences bounces off against each other, collides and interacts until a point of resonance is reached. Like an actor interpreting a dialogue, the paintings draw from personal experiences and first impression to interpret the environment and synthesizes new narrative with metaphors and stimuli into a palpable and stark visual poetry. This constant need to define a void that resides between us and the physical world is an attempt to make sense and create a synthetic connection to explain a state of being. This endeavor is a personal exploration for sensibility to define a private gulf that exist between my conscious and subconscious state of mind.

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