In a film workshop for The Future of Our Pasts, Ben Slater encouraged the teams to embrace multiplicity in narratives, and cautioned against succumbing to pure nostalgia when engaging with Singapore’s past.
Students from multiple different institutions — NUS, NTU, Yale-NUS, Oxford, Columbia and LSE — come together to investigate how forms of intimacy have manifested in human relationships from the pre-colonial period to Singapore's recent past. They hope to highlight the inherent complexity and diversity in our understanding of what love, intimacy, marriage and sexuality involve.
Four Royal College of Music student-musicians from Singapore explore the idea of Singaporean composition in a Western Classical Music tradition. Through Project IdIOM, they ask whether a collective identity exists in concert music written by Singaporeans, while gaining a new appreciation of our composers.
Artist, photographer, and author of 'Yesteryears' Sean Cham investigates the transition from kampungs, shophouses and informal housing to today's ubiquitous HDB with his project, First Storeys. Through anecdotal stories, Cham hopes to uncover the nuances during this transition as people first stepped into their new homes.