Things to do, watch, listen this week: 18 to 24 Oct
This week The A List has picked a couple of art exhibitions that examine time in different ways. STPI gallery on Robertson Quay presents a shifting meditation on our changing perceptions as time passes, while the DBS Singapore Gallery uses 400 paintings to chart Singapore’s changing identity since the 19th century. The Substation brings us right up to date with a series of dialogues with contemporary artists around Asia as part of its SeptFest programme. Alternatively, you can dive into Japanese culture as depicted through classic and modern movies at the 40th Japanese Film Festival, or enjoy classical Chinese music interpreted by a new generation of musicians at the SCO.
Head to STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery for this dynamic exhibition featuring new works by four Singaporean artists – Adeline Kueh, Jason Lim, Ian Woo and Zul Mahmod – spanning prints, sculptures and installations. The common thread is our shifting perceptions of time – and to throw into relief the changes we experience as the clock inexorably ticks, the exhibition is continuously altered to prompt different reactions in the viewer. So don’t go once; go two or three times before the show closes on 24 Oct! You can also talk to the artists in person or via Zoom on 23 Oct, or take in a guided tour. Get more information about On Time here.
SeptFest 2021: Alternative Voice(s)
The Substation celebrates its 31st birthday with SeptFest 2021: a combination of live dialogues with artists from Singapore, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka, as well as online versions of previous live performances. Another facet of the festival is Sunday Morning Conversations – a series of Facebook Live conversations with artists who give voice to marginalised communities. Find out more about SeptFest 2021: Alternative Voice(s) here.
The Rising Duo
This concert revolves around the friendship of two local rising stars: ruan player Jonathan Ngeow and flautist Rit Xu. Friends since schooldays, they have charted different musical paths but reunite for a special live and digital concert with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, led by resident conductor, Quek Ling Kiong. The programme comprises Ruan Kebyar, a piece redolent of Southeast Asian culture and traditions, Jacques Ibert’s timeless Flute Concerto, and works by SCO’s Composer-in-Residence Wang Chenwei. In keeping with the theme of youthful talent, there’s also a piece by budding composer Phang Kok Jun. All good reasons to get along to the Singapore Conference Hall on 23 Oct. You can also watch the performances online from 23 to 25 Oct. Find out more and book tickets for The Rising Duo here.
Japanese Film Festival 2021
One of the oldest country-based film festivals in Singapore serves up a fine line-up of contemporary and classic Japanese movies until 31 Oct – aiming to entertain, tickle the emotions and pique interest in Japanese culture. Undeterred by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s programme is more ambitious than ever, boasting a record number of screenings that showcase the many faces of Japanese cinema. Find out more about the Japanese Film Festival here.
Siapa Nama Kamu
This inaugural exhibition at National Gallery Singapore’s DBS Singapore Gallery invites you to consider how art relates to issues of identity and community (the name of the show translates as ‘What is your name?’) by weaving a narrative of the Singaporean experience through pictures from the 19th century to the present day. There are some works with potentially sensitive imagery, so viewer discretion is advised. The exhibition is free of charge for Singapore citizens and PRs. Find out more about Siapa Nama Kamu here.
(Photos: STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, madebybeverly, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Japanese Film Festival, National Gallery Singapore)