5 must-sees at Arts In Your Neighbourhood: Pasir Ris
Rediscover Singapore’s East through arts activities this March with Arts in Your Neighbourhood. The biannual National Arts Council initiative brings engaging arts experiences to the heartlands and encourages people to appreciate the arts in their everyday lives.
This month, arts activities such as an interactive art installation, a multi-sensory art and light projection display and a new visual arts walking trail will pop up in Pasir Ris. One can also look forward to digital arts activities and online performances that can be accessed anytime, anywhere.
Here are five not-to-be-missed arts activities taking place in Pasir Ris until 28 March:
The Puppeteer Prepares
Learn about the art of puppetry through this exhibition at the Pasir Ris Public Library from 20 to 28 March. The exhibition, which offers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of hand puppetry and the creative journey of a hand puppeteer, spotlights veteran puppeteer Ong Kian Sin from theatre company The Finger Players. There is also a complementary online film that documents the different ways puppeteers and artists have been coping with the pandemic in the past year.
Step into the mesmerising world of pinhole photography with this larger-than-life pinhole camera box installed on the back of a 14-foot truck. At each stop that the vehicle makes within Pasir Ris, the public is invited to board the truck to experience the lovely sights and sounds of Pasir Ris and have their world turned upside down, quite literally, as the pinhole camera box inverts the view of the surroundings when projected inside the truck. This activity, produced by community arts organisation 3Pumpkins, is a co-creation project by the artists Isabelle Desjeux, music composter Phang Kok Jun, and residents of Pasir Ris. Book your tickets here and visit the installation from 13 to 14 March, and 18 to 21 March at Pasir Ris Park, Area 2.
Podscape – Sounds And Stories Of The City: Hello Pasir Ris!
Record, share and listen to one another’s stories at this mobile recording booth stationed in Pasir Ris Park. Presented by placemaking studio Shophouse and Co., the PODSCAPE pop-up will feature a collaboration with sound artist Nathaniel Mah to create soundscapes with the community, and local music duo The Freshman, who will be hosting their first radio talk show. The event is on from 20 to 21 March, and audiences will be able to catch the audio recordings even after the event via the PODSCAPE Podcast on Spotify. Listen to the podcast here.
The Story Of A Place Is In Its Name
Discover Pasir Ris on foot with this new visual art walking trail, which spotlights new works of public art in the neighbourhood by Singapore artists Jamie Teo, Divaagar, Henry Lee and Regina De Rozario. Through murals and paintings installed in public areas such as void decks and coffee shops, the artists transform everyday spaces into meeting points for art and dialogue in the community. The art trail will be available till 28 March.
Api Api’s Dreams
Be wowed by the art and light projection display taking place every evening from 18 to 28 March on the facade of the White Sands Shopping Centre. Produced by audio-visual collective SYNDICATE, the show marries light projections by Singapore visual artists Marc Gabriel Loh and Juan Yong with sounds recorded along Sungei Api Api, a small river in Pasir Ris, and original tunes composed by musicians Anise, and Claude Glass. RSVP here today!
Learn more about Arts In Your Neighbourhood: Pasir Ris here.
(Photos: National Arts Council)