Things to do, watch, listen this week: 11 to 17 Jan
Lift your spirits this week with exciting arts and culture offerings in Singapore, including Instagram-worthy art installations at Downtown East and exhibitions on what home means to Singaporeans at the National Museum of Singapore and ArtScience Museum. Read on for our top picks of arts and culture activities to enjoy this week.
Step up your Instagram game with four multisensory light and art installations by home-grown artists at Downtown East. The eye-catching works include a rainbow-coloured tunnel by Space Objekt as well as a blue geometrical structure by Speak Cryptic. These neon installations will be on display until 21 March and admission is free. Learn more about Lite On! here.
Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s To The Present
Reflect on what home means to you through stories of lived experiences across different generations at the National Museum of Singapore. Presented in collaboration with The Straits Times, the exhibition explores collective moments and experiences that are unique to growing up and living in Singapore. It features artefacts from the National Collection, archival photographs, as well as a jukebox of distinctively Singaporean songs. It will also offer a pilot experience for visually impaired visitors, through the use of scents, sounds, and a smart landmark navigation cane. Learn more about Home, Truly here.
Lose yourself in Singapore artist Dawn Ng’s immersive installation, which uses text and colour to convey an intimate narrative time of space, and self. The installation, held at Asian Civilisations Museum, comprises sheets of paper, washed in a gradient of calming, gentle colours, and laid out on the floor. On the sheets of papers are notes drawn from a daily Q&A project that Ng carried out with Israeli psychologist Zehavit Efrati in 2016. The installation is on until 28 Feb. Learn more about Perfect Stranger here.
#THEATRE By Index
Take centre stage and immerse yourself in an intimate journey through the stories and memories of the Esplanade stage theatre. Instead of sitting in the stalls, audiences will now get to sit on stage and take in the grandness of the architecture, complete with the ephemeral language of light, sound and space. This 45-minute theatre experience, which features design collective INDEX, is an ode to the theatre following the unprecedented closure of performance spaces earlier in 2020. The programme is helmed by lighting designer Lim Woan Wen, alongside spatial designer Lim Wei Ling and sound artist Darren Ng. The show will run from 14 to 17 Jan. Get your tickets to #THEATRE By Index here.
ThisConnect – Threading Worlds
Come together to share, discuss, feel and heal at this free multi-media experiential art exhibition that aims to reshape and redefine our understanding of mental health. It features the documentation of performative, instructional and participatory art by the social artist duo Hunny & Lummy led by artists Hun Ming Kwang and Quinn Lum Fu Loong. The show will take place at 1 Neil Road, and will also have satellite exhibitions at Temasek Shophouse, Orchard Library and Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre. The exhibition is supported by Temasek Trust’s oscar@sg fund, and it will run until 30 Jan. Learn more about ThisConnect – Threading Worlds here.
(Photos: Downtown East, National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, ThisConnect)