OH! Open House: Occupy Tiong Bahru

Singapore’s only art walkabout, OH! Open House, visits Tiong Bahru on 18, 19, 25 and 26 February. This year’s event expects to take 1500 strangers on tour into the heart of Tiong Bahru. Fifteen artists have installed their artworks – spanning a range of sculpture, photography, video, installation, interactive media – in six real life homes in the conserved and postwar apartments.

The tour will be touching on some of the issues there like gentrification, the clash of old and new, Eastern and Western through both the tours and artworks. For example, one of the artists is tackling the Speak Mandarin campaign, which has created a barrier between dialect speaking generation and the young. There will also be unique photo opportunities into private and intimate spaces of Tiong Bahru. Some highlights also include a reconstruction of an artist’s bedroom and life in its entirety using only plastic tape, an interactive light installation that will track 1500 OH! visitors, a site-specific project with Singapore’s first Monkey God temple, a scientific lab located in a bathroom dealing with what else – waste management and a social sculpture to create a new Tiong Bahru food court.

Confirmed artists are Ang Song NianCindy SalimDilys NgGilles MassotGreen ZengIsabelle DesjeuxJying TanLavender ChangMarc Gabriel LohMark WongPatrick StoreyRace KrehelSokkuan TyeStephen Black and Zhao Renhui.

OH! will be open from 4pm till 9pm on 18, 19, 25 and 26 February. The tour starts at Tiong Bahru Community Ctr, 67A Eu Chin Street. $15 tickets are sold at the door, and the last tour leaves at 8pm. Visit the website for details.


Spotted! Tok Wei Yuan

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Tok Wei Yuan gradutaed with a diploma in Fine Arts (Sculpture) from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Photography and Digital Imaging) at Nanyang Technological University, and is exploring ways to utilize both disciplines through a series of stop motion animations.

“My work is based on the concept of nature being constantly in a state of flux, and highlights the responsibility and impact of the actions of humanity on the world. The World As We Know & The End Of The World As We Know It, is a collab with Marni Rose Long Dworkin , and addresses the idea of how nature evolves and adapts, changing visually overtime in reaction to changes in their habitats -examples include food supply, climate, invasive species. We believe that this process has become accelerated due to our (humans) actions as a species, to the point where all of nature we know now would be different in someway in the future (either due to extinction or evolution, from something as minor as a longer beak to something as major as a new species hybrid), and all that we would have left of the animals now would be photo and text documentation in fiction and science. And even that, would eventually be lost. Hence, the work is taken to it’s logical conclusion and set on fire. But the act of burning something is also in some fashion, an act of preservation, based on my Chinese heritage, where objects burnt are sent into the keeping of one’s ancestors.”


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