Things to do, watch, listen this week: 14 to 20 Feb

Things to do, watch, listen this week: 14 to 20 Feb

An eclectic mix from The A List this week, kicking off with a showcase of innovations where dance, music and the literary arts meet Artificial Intelligence (AI) and immersive technologies. The National Museum of Singapore is hosting the event, which is the culmination of a lengthy multi-team research programme backed by the National Arts Council (NAC). Looking at the world through different eyes is also the theme of Chinese artist Chen Wei’s solo show at the Ota Fine Arts gallery in Gillman Barracks. You can turn the clock back at a free concert of beloved Chinese TV drama themes at the Esplanade Concourse, or experience through dance the challenges faced by women of different generations as they try to break free of traditional expectations.


Arts x Tech Lab Showcase

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Arts x Tech Lab Showcase is the culmination of an eight-month initiative backed by the National Arts Council that invites the public to experience 10 innovative prototypes. Each explores the application of tech like AI and immersive technologies to creative fields such as music, dance and the literary arts. Listen, watch and interact with the prototypes, and open your mind to the possibilities at the intersection of arts and technology. The showcase runs from 15–18 Feb 2022 at the National Museum of Singapore (Gallery Theatre) from 10am to 7pm daily. Find out more about the Arts x Tech Lab Showcase here.

Visual Arts

Chen Wei: Jamais Vu

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Chinese artist Chen Wei’s exhibition, on at the Ota Fine Arts gallery at Gillman Barracks until 5 Mar, deploys LED light sculptures, photography and installations to present objects and themes one recognises in some fashion, but that nonetheless seem novel and unfamiliar. Jamais Vu (‘never seen’), the title of the exhibition, is the opposite of déja vu (‘already seen’) – the common sensation of having experienced something before when, rationally, we know we have not. In this way, Chen’s work speaks to how accelerated technological innovation forces us to constantly adapt and do familiar things in unfamiliar ways. Find out more about Chen Wei: Jamais Vu here.


Our Theme Songs

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Wander down to the Esplanade Concourse on 17 Feb for a free concert of Chinese TV drama theme music favourites of old, including Like a Swallow, Kopi-O, I Can Endure Hardship, played by Yun Ensemble (previously known as The Qi Ensemble) on both Chinese and Western instruments. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Get more details about Our Theme Songs here.

Visual Arts

Urban Colours

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In this exhibition at Changi Business Park Central 1, 10 professional artists working under the wing of ART:DIS Arts & Disability Singapore use the forms and tropes of Cubism and pop art as the launching pad for new works celebrating vibrant colours in two-dimensional glory. The exhibition, which runs until 29 Apr, focuses particularly on the sharp edges and two-dimensional presentation that defined these two very different schools; in Cubism, objects are analysed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form, whereas pop art images are representational, kitschy and ironic. Find out more and take a virtual tour of Urban Colours here.


If It’s Now

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This Esplanade co-production with Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (SCDT) presents new choreography inspired by the bittersweet stories of women from different eras striving to break free from traditional female stereotyping. Past and present meet in a showcase of classical Chinese dance fused with the contemporary style that is a hallmark of SCDT. There are seven matinee and evening performances from 18 to 20 Feb at Esplanade Annexe Studio. Get your tickets here.

(Photos: Ota Fine Arts Singapore/Chen Wei, Yun Ensemble, ART:DIS Singapore, SCDT)

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